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. Eligibility for receipt of the $1000 honorarium of this award will be based on compliance with federal laws.

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.

Leona Woods Award application process

The requirements for each applicant are

  • From the applicant: A CV and a short description of the two talks
  • A nomination by a colleague, submitted through AJO (see below)
  • A primary recommendation letter, also submitted through AJO (see below). While we prefer the primary letter to be separate from the nomination letter, they can be combined as a single letter (but please make that clear in the letter text).
  • Besides the primary letter, we will consider additional letters the applicant wishes to arrange and one or more for reference letters (if separate from the nomination letter).

Application deadline: June 15, 2024
Expected award date: July 15, 2024

We expect the lecture and technical talk will take place during September 2024 - May 2025.

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

Dekrayat Almaalol (UIUC)
April 16, 2024

Zoya Vallari (Caltech)
May 7, 2024

Previous Lecturers:

Leona Woods

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