Apply Now for 2023 Chasman Award for Women

By Amber Aponte

Renate Chasman

Applications are now being accepted for the 2023 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, BWIS is pleased to offer two awards of $3,250 each, made possible by generous contributions from the following groups: Long Island Section of the American Nuclear Society (LIANS), National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II), Human Resources Directorate, Energy and Photon Sciences Directorate, Nuclear and Particle Physics Directorate, Center for Functional Nanomaterials Users Executive Committee, Computational Science Initiative, and the 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. The date, time, location, and online access to the award ceremony will also 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.

“This award has been very useful to help women pursue careers in the STEM field and we are very proud to continue the tradition of this award that started over 35 years ago,” said committee co-officer Maria Chamizo-Llatas.

“The award highlights the outstanding science conducted by BWIS members while supporting the Laboratory goal to attract, develop, and retain a diverse, inclusive workforce that enable the research mission,” said committee co-officer Ed Sierra. “We’re grateful to all the donors for their generous contributions, which made two awards possible this year.”

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 2023 are not eligible.

The application deadline is extended to March 31, 2023. 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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