Mailed 9/10 /96


Upton, NY - Mary Carlucci-Dayton of East Patchogue, Long Island, has won the 1996 Renate W. Chasman Scholarship for Women. The $2,000 scholarship is awarded annually by Brookhaven Women in Science (BWIS), a not-for-profit organization at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory. The goal of BWIS is to promote the advancement of women in the scientific professions.

Ms. Carlucci-Dayton is a junior at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook, where she is pursuing a B.S. in physics. She also hopes to earn an M.S. and go on to a career in physics research.

After graduating from West Babylon High School, Ms. Carlucci-Dayton worked in the electronics industry from 1977-80 at Circuit Technology, Inc., in Farmingdale, and then at ILC Data Device Corporation in Bohemia, from 1980-95. She also took courses at Dowling College in accounting and at Suffolk County Community College in physics from 1984-94. Her education was interrupted in 1986, due to the birth of her son David, and again in 1989, when her daughter Cori was born.

At present, Carlucci-Dayton is working at SUNY Stony Brook part-time as a laboratory assistant, constructing, testing and calibrating laser-optical instruments.

The Chasman Scholarship is named after the late Renate Chasman, a renowned physicist who worked at Brookhaven National Laboratory. The scholarship is intended to encourage women to pursue research careers in the sciences, engineering or mathematics.

Since its inception in 1986, the award has been presented each year to a re-entry woman -one whose college education was interrupted, but who has returned to pursue a degree on a half-time or greater basis.

Brookhaven National Laboratory carries out basic and applied research in the physical, biomedical and environmental sciences and in selected energy technologies. Brookhaven is operated by Associated Universities, Inc., a nonprofit research management organization, under contract with the U.S. Department of Energy.