Elizabeth Bingham Mentoring Award

The Elizabeth Bingham Award is presented each year to a distinguished local scientist who has significantly influenced the advancement of women in science and has served as a mentor and role model.

History of the Bingham Award: Elizabeth (“Liz”) Bingham was the force behind the founding of the Philadelphia Chapter of AWIS. She gathered a group of women scientists (many from the USDA’s Eastern Regional Research Center where she worked) and drove the process until AWIS-PHL was born. She was 100% committed to AWIS and its mission. Soon after the chapter was founded in 1987, an award was created to recognize those who had promoted the entry and advancement of women in science. The AWIS-PHL Mentoring Award was given for the first time in 1990. When Liz passed away in 1998, it was obvious to everyone in AWIS-PHL that the best way to honor her memory was to rename this award after her.

Call for Nominations: Think back on your career, no matter how long or short it has been. Has there been someone who has had a great impact on your career as a role model, or as a mentor? Was there someone who helped you and others select or advance in your careers or who was willing to listen to your problems and give you support when needed? If so, you now have an opportunity to recognize that person’s contribution.

The recipient of the Elizabeth Bingham Award receives an engraved plaque and is the guest of honor and speaker at our annual awards banquet. Nominating letters, accompanied by a brief biography (no set format for nominations), are due by January 15 of each year for presentation at the banquet the following May. To submit a nomination or for more information or a postal mail address contact president@awisphl.org.