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At a 2009 White House ceremony, Elaine Fuchs, Ph.D.,
received the National Medal of Science from President
Barack Obama for her contributions to skin biology
and stem cell research. Dr. Fuchs joined the Rockefeller
faculty in 2002 as the first Rebecca C. Lancefield Professor.
This distinguished chair was endowed with $3 million
contributed by
to help address the
need for more senior women scientists at Rockefeller.
The professorship is named in recognition of an extraor-
dinary Rockefeller scientist who advanced the study of
streptococcal bacteria, yet never attained the kind of
name recognition achieved by many of her male peers.
Like Rebecca Lancefield, Dr. Fuchs is a pathfinder—but
a widely acclaimed one. Since receiving the Medal of
Science, she has been recognized for her leading work
by several other major prizes, including the largest
award in medicine and science in the United States, the
Albany Medical Center Prize.
Contributions to
support outstanding
women scientists engaged in ground-breaking research.
Major initiatives funded by contributions to Partners in
Discovery include:
Faculty Recruitment Fund
Increasing the numbers of tenured and tenure-track
women on the faculty is vital to achieving a balance
between men and women heading laboratories at
Rockefeller. It is also essential to ensuring a wide range
of mentoring opportunities for women scientists.
Postdoctoral and Graduate Fellowships
Fellowships provide critical support for young women
scientists at the onset of their careers and ensure that the
next generation receives the training and support they
need to succeed. Postdoctoral fellowships are particularly
critical; a major factor in the attrition of women scientists
is lack of support following the completion of a Ph.D.
Seed Funding
Seed funding can enable women scientists to
pursue independent investigations by providing them
with the financial support needed to advance their
innovative studies.
also directs support to Rockefeller’s
Child and Family Center; to professional development
initiatives for women (such as a travel expense fund to
help women attend conferences to present their work);
and to young women in the University’s pre-college and
college outreach programs, which are designed for students
interested in careers in the biomedical sciences.