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Neuroscientist Azahara Oliva receives the Suffrage Science Award

In 2024, Azahara Oliva, an assistant professor of neurobiology and behavior in the College of Arts and Sciences, was awarded the international Suffrage Science Award for Life Sciences. The prize, launched on the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, aims to create a cohort of talented individuals who can inspire others to pursue careers in science and achieve leadership roles.

The award is given in three categories: life sciences, engineering and physical sciences, and mathematics and computing. Nine winners were recognized at an event on March 7 at the University of Oxford and received heirloom jewelry pieces designed with the traditional suffragette colors of green, violet, and white. The jewelry, crafted by master jeweler Martin Baker based on designs by students at art and design college Central Saint Martins-UAL, is meant to be worn by the awardees for two years.

Oliva expressed her joy in generating new knowledge as a scientist and acknowledged the challenges faced by individuals on their scientific journey. She emphasized the importance of supporting and uplifting others to help them stay focused and not get distracted by external noise. Oliva highlighted the immense talent that could be lost if not properly supported and stressed the need to retain the next generation of women in STEM fields. She expressed her honor in being part of the Suffrage Network and its mission of fostering diversity and inclusivity in STEM.

The full story can be found on the College of Arts and Sciences website.

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