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. This award, 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 prize committee recognized nine winners in three categories: life sciences, engineering and physical sciences, and mathematics and computing. The awardees were honored 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. These jewelry pieces, crafted by master jeweler Martin Baker based on designs by students at art and design college Central Saint Martins-UAL, are 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 her commitment to supporting and uplifting others to help them stay focused on their goals without getting distracted by external noise. Oliva highlighted the importance of retaining the next generation of women in STEM fields, stressing that immense talent could be lost if not properly supported. She felt honored to be part of the Suffrage Network and its mission of fostering diversity and inclusivity in STEM.

For more information about this award-winning researcher, visit the College of Arts and Sciences website.

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