Apply Now for 2021 Chasman Award for Women

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Applications are now being accepted for the 2021 Renate W. Chasman Award for Women, provided by Brookhaven Women in Science (BWIS) at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory. This year, there are two awards of $2,750 each, made possible with a generous contribution of $2,000 from an anonymous donor, $1,500 by the Long Island Section of the American Nuclear Society (LIANS), $500 by Brookhaven Women in Science (BWIS), $500 by the Nuclear and Particle Physics Directorate, $500 by the Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN) Users Executive Committee, and $500 by the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) Users Executive Committee.

The Chasman Award encourages women to pursue careers in the science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The award honors the memory and scientific contributions of Renate Chasman (1932-1977), a noted physicist at Brookhaven Lab. Her work significantly influenced the design of electron particle accelerators around the world, including Brookhaven’s NSLS and its successor, NSLS-II, a $912 million state-of-the-art facility that became operational in 2015.

The award recipients will be announced in the spring of 2021. The date, time, location, and online access to the award ceremony will be announced later this year.

BWIS is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the advancement of women in scientific and technical careers and established the Chasman Award in 1986. The award has been bestowed on more than 40 exemplary students and early career professional women in the STEM fields.

“The Chasman Award commemorates one of the pioneers in research at Brookhaven National Lab. The committee looks forward to selecting the 2021 recipient of this prestigious award,” said committee officer Maria Chamizo-Llatas. “We’re especially grateful to the Long Island Section of the American Nuclear Society for its generous contribution to enhance the award, with a special thanks to LIANS President Elect and fellow Chasman committee officer Ed Sierra of the Lab’s Quality Management Office.”

Eligibility requirements

  • The award is limited to women.
  • Candidates must be graduate students at an accredited educational institution doing research at Brookhaven National Laboratory in the STEM disciplines.
  • Candidates receiving their graduate degree on or before May 2021 are not eligible.

The application deadline is Feb. 28 extended to March 14, 2021. The application form can be found on the BWIS awards web page.

For questions about this year’s award or the application requirements, please contact

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