Beatrice Hicks

At a time when less than 1% of engineers employed in the United States were women, Beatrice Hicks forged her own path and then helped to usher in the next generations of engineering women.

Elinor Ostrom

Dr. Elinor Ostrom was a political scientist and economist that was also a lead researcher at the Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resource Management Collaborative Research Support Program, managed by Virginia Tech, where she worked on one of the programs long term research projects focusing her work on how communities manage their common lands and natural resources including pastures, forests, and lakes.

Carol Greider

As a graduate student Dr. Carol Greider was studying molecular biology at the University of California Santa Barbara in the laboratory of Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn. In 2009, she and Blackburn shared the Nobel Prize in medicine.

Elizabeth Blackburn

DNA is what makes you – you. It contains the genetic code for all the cells in your body that are used to make your entire system. In 1980, Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn published her first findings about the molecular nature of telomeres showing that they actually contain a particular DNA, and her work eventually led her to win a Nobel Prize.

Linda Buck

Dr. Linda Buck shared the Nobel Prize in medicine for helping discover odorant receptors and the organization of the olfactory system, learning more about how we smell the world around us.

Gertrude B. Elion

Gertrude Elion was a pharmacology researcher that changed the way drug research is undertaken and make it much more rigorous and less trial-and-error. Not only did she help develop numerous medications but she was award a Nobel Prize for her work.

Barbara McClintock

Often considered an outsider and rebel, Dr. Barbara McClintock was really more a visionary and very ahead of her time.

Rosalyn Sussman Yalow

Dr. Rosalyn Sussman Yalow was able to use the radioimmunoassay methods she and a colleague developed to prove that type 2 diabetes is caused by the body’s inefficient use of insulin not a lack of insulin like had been previously thought.

Gerty Cori

Working side by side in an equal partnership for their entire careers Dr. Gerty Cori and her husband shared their work and the 1947 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

Martha Chase

It is said that much of our current research into genetic theory is rooted in the work of Dr. Martha Chase and a colleague and their “blender experiment.”

Carol Shaw

Carol Shaw pursued a bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering and Computers at the University of California, Berkeley. She then earned a master’s degree in computer science. This was unprecedented in the 1970s, Shaw said she ignored implicit gender barriers and pursued what came to her naturally.

Catherine Woteki

Dr. Catherine Woteki is the current undersecretary for the USDA Research, Education and Economics mission area.