Underwriters Laboratories ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women opens application

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Committee on Science, Technology, and Innovation (COSTI), in partnership with the U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and Underwriters Laboratories, recently launched the call for applications for the eighth annual Science Prize for Women competition.

The 2022 competition aims to raise awareness on cutting edge advancements by women in Artificial Intelligence (AI) research addressing pressing issues in ASEAN communities, said the organisation in a statement.

Candidates working in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) fields will compete in one of two categories, mid-career scientist and senior scientist, over the next several months.

Underwriters Laboratories, a U.S.-based, non-profit organisation dedicated to the discovery and application of scientific knowledge, will award $12,500 to each category winner and $5,000 each to the runner-up finalists.

The theme Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Health and Safety underpins this year’s competition, which can play an important role in delivering better and more affordable healthcare services to over 660 million ASEAN citizens. In addition, robust AI applications can strengthen environmental safety in the workplace, bolster the security of industry processing systems, and help address COVID-19 pandemic recovery efforts to deter future epidemics.

“Underwriters Laboratories continues to proudly support the work of women scientists in the ASEAN region through the science prize,’’ said Dr Christopher J Cramer, Underwriters Laboratories Senior Vice President and Chief Research Officer.

“We especially appreciate the opportunity to recognize these extraordinary scientists as they strive to harness the promise of artificial intelligence to safely and equitably garner long-term health and economic benefits for communities in the region.”

“The United States is proud to promote, along with ASEAN and Underwriters Laboratories, women scientists that capitalize on artificial intelligence solutions to counter the region’s environmental, health, and safety challenges,” said Rachel Cooke, Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. of the U.S. Mission to ASEAN.

“Through USAID’s continued support for this successful annual competition, the United States reaffirms its commitment to close gender gaps so that more women can help shape advancements in STEM fields.”

ASEAN COSTI Chair and Deputy Minister of Science and Technology of Vietnam, H.E. Mr. Bui The Duy, conveyed that, “Research and work in AI by talented women scientists of the region will not only benefit the local communities but will, more importantly, enable replication that will improve millions of lives within the region.”

Since 2014, the Science Prize for Women represents an ongoing successful U.S. initiative in support of ASEAN and its 10 member states. As part of the U.S. strategic approach to the Indo-Pacific, USAID partners with ASEAN to promote prosperity and security through economic inclusion, women’s empowerment, and good governance.

To learn more about this year’s competition and the application process, prospective applicants are encouraged to visit the Underwriters Laboratories-ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women website. The application deadline is March 18, 2022.

For further queries related to the contest, applicants can email scienceprize4women@gmail.com and for public outreach, contact jakartausaidasean@usaid.gov

This article was first published on 15 January 2022 in our Weekly E-Paper issue 176 |  More stories here


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