Association for Women in Science (AWIS) Kirsten R Lorenzen Awards
The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) Kirsten R Lorentzen awards was started by the Association for Women in Science, formed in 1971 at the annual meeting of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. AWIS champions the cause of women indulged in different branches of scientific and technical studies at all levels of education. The AWIS Educational Foundation was formed in 1974 with the sole purpose of receiving and awarding donations. Contributions to the AWIS fund was firstly made by the AWIS members, the first among them being Estelle Ramey, the AWIS president.
The AWIS-Kirsten R Lorentzen Award is a scholarship program formulated by the AWIS Educational Foundation for graduates in physics, space physics or geophysics or even geoscience. Award of $1000 under this program is awarded one time in a year to those students who perform exceptionally well in academics as well as in outdoor sports, social service, music and extra-curricular activities. Sometimes a student's ability to perform under trying circumstances will be taken into consideration.
Female graduates inclusive of those in the junior year of college, who are having physics, space physics, geophysics or geoscience are eligible to apply for the Kirsten R Lorentzen award.
While nominating students for the award, reviewers judge them, based on academic achievement. Importance is also given on their achievements outside of academics and their ability to overcome and fight hurdles in their respective lives.
The AWIS-Kirsten R Lorentzen scholarship awards may be used for paying tuition fees, buying books, getting of a housing facility, organising research work, traveling and sometimes also for registration as well as publication expenses.