Leona Woods

The Leona Woods distinguished postdoctoral lectureship award is sponsored by the BNL physics department to celebrate the scientific accomplishments of outstanding female physicists, physicists from under-represented minority groups, and LGBTQ physicists -- and to promote diversity and inclusion in our department. Lecturers will visit BNL for at least a week and give a general interest colloquium and a technical talk in their area of expertise. The laboratory will provide travel and local support, along with a $1000 honorarium.

Applicants should be current postdocs within 7 years of the Ph.D. and have achievements in broadly-defined areas of interest to the BNL physics department: experimental and theoretical nuclear and high energy physics (including astrophysics and cosmology).

Leona Woods was one of a small number of female physicists contributing to the Manhattan project and was a visiting physicist in the BNL Physics Department between 1958 and 1962.

BNL September 26, 2017 article.

APS News, This Month in Physics History article.

Atomic Heritage Foundation article.

Voices of the Manhattan Project interview.

Wikipedia article.

Due to the COVID-19 shutdown, the next Leona Woods application process is now planned for Spring 2021

The requirements for each applicant are

  • From the applicant: A CV and a short description of the two talks
  • A nomination by a colleague, by email
  • A primary recommendation letter, ideally a PDF sent by email
  • Besides the primary letter, we will consider additional letters the applicant wishes to arrange

Application deadline: May 15, 2021
Expected award date: June 15, 2021

We expect the lecture and technical talk will take place during September - December 2021.

Applications are submitted via Academic Jobs Online. Please create a referee for your nomination, and one (or more) for reference letters.

Lena Funcke (Perimeter Institute)
March 25, 2021

Lena Funcke

Colloquium Recording

Previous Lecturers:

Leona Woods

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