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Mildred Dresselhaus Guest Professorship Program

Portrait BUCUI has established a special visiting professorship programme, to which Mildred Dresselhaus in the Department of Physics at MIT kindly has given her name in support of a worthy cause:

  • provide excellent research conditions for international outstanding women researchers: successful senior scientists as well as younger researchers with high potential;
  • invite them to work within CUI for a period of two to six months;
  • serve as role model for young women in the physical sciences;
  • attract world leading researchers to Hamburg, start new and intensify existing collaborations;
  • give a few lectures or focus courses on their topic of choice.

The Mildred Dresselhaus Award comprises a certificate and a personal prize money of Euro 20,000 resp. 10,000. To honour the awardees, it is presented within the festive frame of CUI’s New Year’s Reception.

The call for 2017 will be opened soon.

The Mildred Dresselhaus Guest Professors are

  • Prof. Dr. Cristiane Morais Smith, Universiteit Utrecht, Niederlande (2016)
  • Dr. Friederike Ernst, Stanford University, USA (2016)

(read also: Mildred Dresselhaus Guest Professorship: Awardees 2016 selected)

(read also: Mildred Dresselhaus Awards go to Prof. Elspeth Garman and Dr. Liesbeth Janssen)

(read also: Mildred Dresselhaus Awards go to Prof. Roseanne Sension and Dr. Anouk Rijs)

(read also: First Mildred Dresselhaus Awardees expected)


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Mildred Dresselhaus, Professor of Physics and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is a clear role model and leader in promoting opportunities for women in science and engineering.

She was born to Polish immigrants in the Bronx, New York, in 1930. As a young woman, she was advised that the only jobs open to her were schoolteacher, secretary or nurse. However, inspired by her physics teacher and future Nobel Laureate Rosalyn Yalow, she graduated from Hunter College with a science degree in 1951.

In 1958 Mildred Dresselhaus obtained her Ph.D. at the University of Chicago and – after marrying and giving birth to four children – she became the first tenured professor in MIT‘s engineering department in 1968.

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