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Sophia Chen recipient of the L'Oréal-UNESCO grant

Sophia Chen, fundamental physics researcher at the Laboratoire pour l’Utilisation des Lasers Intenses (LULI) at École Polytechnique, is one of twenty women scientists rewarded on December 4, 2014 by the program "For Women in Science" of the L'Oréal Foundation and UNESCO.

Contributing to the development of a new source of clean energy, that is what her work is about. Sophia Chen, a postdoctoral researcher at the Laboratoire pour l’Utilisation des Lasers Intenses at École Polytechnique (LULI), received on December 4 a grant of the program "For Women in Science" implemented by the L'Oréal Foundation and UNESCO.

Her research is a continuation of the work initiated in 1913 by Niels Bohr, Nobel Prize in Physics, of "measuring energy loss mechanisms of energetic ions propagating in dense matter." In 2013, Sophia Chen developed a spectral ion selection technique to be able to specifically measure their deceleration, particularly in plasmas. It is another step towards the possible development of a clean energy source.

Selected among 561 applicants

Sophia Chen was selected among 561 applicants for the 2014 grants of the French program "For Women in Science". The jury, chaired by Philippe Taquet, President of the French Académie des Sciences, chose ten PhD students and ten post-docs.

As a postdoctoral fellow working in a laboratory or a French research institute, Sophia Chen received a grant of € 20,000. The winning PhD students were awarded a grant of € 15,000.

One hundred and twenty young researchers received a grant since 2007

Since the creation of the French part of the international program "For Women in Science" by L'Oréal-UNESCO in 2007, 120 young researchers in life and material sciences have been rewarded for their excellent academic level, the quality of their scientific project and their ability to pass on their passion for science.

To promote a better representation of women in scientific careers, the L'Oréal Foundation and UNESCO reward successful women scientists and encourage young women researchers through this program since 1998.