RFS Awards in Science Recognize Outstanding Contributions from Women and

We are thrilled to announce a new publication honoring the scientists receiving the 3rd Annual Rosalind Franklin Society Awards in Science!

In partnership with Mary Ann Liebert Inc., we launched this prestigious annual award in 2021. It recognizes the best paper by a woman or underrepresented minority in science in each of the publisher’s 100 peer-reviewed journals. Our goal is to highlight the important contributions of these scientists and provide role models and mentors for younger scientists following in their footsteps.

“Science, engineering, and technology, critical in a global society, are underappreciated and under attack at a time when extraordinary advances have been accomplished. We have seen the swift introduction of COVID-19 vaccines to quench a pandemic, the widespread introduction of metagenomics to improve human health, and intriguing applications of machine learning and artificial intelligence in the neurosciences. Yet, those who contribute to advances in knowledge and produce innovations that improve our lives do not receive the appropriate recognition and praise their discoveries merit. Nor appreciation of the dedication and perseverance that are the foundation of science and the hallmark of the scientist,” said Rita R. Colwell, PhD, President of the Rosalind Franklin Society, Director of the National Science Foundation (1998–2004), Distinguished Professor at the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Chair and Founder of CosmosID. “These outstanding individuals and their accomplishments make it clear that their talent cannot be overlooked, and their achievements can now be recognized fully. We salute them and their successes.”

The anthology includes a biography of each winner and an abstract of their selected work. A total of $100,000 has been allocated for these award winners. The book is a remarkable compendium of research in science, engineering, and medicine that has been accomplished by outstanding investigators who, early in their careers, were not considered “real” scientists, engineers, or medical researchers because they did not fit the stereotypical scientist, engineer, or physician role.

The RFS Awards in Science 2023 was produced with generous support from the Rita Allen Foundation, Lyda Hill Philanthropies, and Warren Alpert Foundation.

To obtain a copy of the anthology of the RFS Awards in Science 2023, please contact us at [email protected]

The anthology of the RFS Awards in Science 2023 is COMING SOON!

The Society honors the achievements of Rosalind Franklin (1920-1958), a British x-ray crystallographer whose extraordinary work, though largely overlooked and under-appreciated at the time, was crucial to the discovery of DNA’s structure by James Watson and Francis Crick. The powerful symbolism of her remarkable story drives the Society’s agenda.

The Rosalind Franklin Society is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3).