Women in Science

Women in Science Luncheon

On April 3, 2018, the Field Museum will welcome acclaimed scientist Dr. Jane Goodall to Chicago.

Dr. Goodall will serve as the Keynote Speaker for the annual Women in Science Luncheon, hosted by the Women's Board of the Field Museum. The 2018 Women in Science Luncheon is expected to draw 1,000+ corporate, civic, and philanthropic leaders from throughout Chicago and the region. Proceeds from the day support museum opportunities for young women aspiring to science and STEM careers. These include summer internships, graduate fellowships, and other outreach to young women.

Dr. Goodall will also spend time with young women from Chicago public high schools and participate in an evening birthday celebration at the Museum, including the sculpture unveiling of artist Marla Friedman’s "The Red Palm Nut: Jane Goodall and David Greybeard" in Dr. Goodall’s honor. "In this sculpture, Marla has captured one of the most magical moments of my early time with the chimpanzees of Gombe,” said Goodall, “when David Greybeard refused my offering of a palm nut but then reached out with a reassuring touch. It is wonderful to have this commemorated in this beautiful sculpture."

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Women in Science Fellowship

Established in 2000, the Fellowship is awarded each year to an outstanding female graduate student who is pursuing an advanced degree in the natural sciences. The Fellowship enables these talented scientists to fully immerse themselves in their research and utilize the Museum’s resources to collect data essential to the completion of their dissertations. 

Women in Science Internships

Each summer, the Women's Board supports internships for high school and undergraduate students. Learn about past Women in Science interns and their work and look for new available internship opportunities each spring. 

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