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AWIS has published several scholarly articles on the importance of recognition and the data from the AWARDS in addition to writing articles with several societies to disseminate information about the collaboration.

The Matilda Effect in Science: Awards and prizes in the US, 1990s and 2000s

Science is stratified, with an unequal distribution of research facilities and rewards among scientists. Awards and prizes, which are critical for shaping scientific career trajectories, play a role in this stratification when they differentially enhance the status of scientists who already have large reputations: the ‘Matthew Effect’. Contrary to the expectation that the personal attributes of scientists do not affect evaluations of their scientific claims and contributions, a great deal of evidence suggests that the scientific efforts and achievements of women do not receive the same recognition as do those of men: the ‘Matilda Effect’.

  Social Studies of Science, 2012

Is Math Still Just a Man’s World?

This study compares awards data for disciplinary societies in STEM to the proportion of women in each respective field. By establishing availability pool estimates of women who should be eligible for senior scholarly awards, a comparison can be made between the proportion of female award winners and the percent age of women active in the discipline. A survey in 2005 reported that women were 9% of all full-time tenured professors in doctoral-level mathematics departments; yet during the last decade, women received only 4.8% of scholarly awards from the American Mathematical Society.

  Journal of Mathematics and System Science, 2012

Limitations on Diversity in Basic Science Departments

It has been over 30 years since the beginning of efforts to improve diversity in academia. The thesis of this article is that research-intensive basic science departments of highly ranked U.S. medical schools are stuck at a midway point in their progression, resulting in a less diverse tenured and tenure-track faculty than seen in well-funded science departments of major universities.

  DNA and Cell Biology, 2012

Scholars' Awards Go Mainly to Men

One area in which female scientists still have to confront sexism (Nature 468, 733; 2010) is in scholarly awards: women win fewer. Scientific societies must examine practices for selecting awardees.

Nature, 2011

Investigating the Gender Gap in SIAM Prizes

Each year SIAM awards a variety of prizes---some for noteworthy career-long research contributions, some for outstanding research in specific areas. Some prizes are reserved for early- and mid-career people; some recognize service to the community. Each is important, serving in a sense to define the area in which it is awarded. Prizes, especially those for younger people, can have a huge impact on careers. Clearly, the selection of prize recipients should be done fairly and equitably; all deserving groups should have the same opportunity for representation.

  Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics News, 2011

Does Gender Bias Influence Awards Given by Societies?

AGU is a participant in a U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)–funded project called Advancing Ways of Awarding Recognition in Disciplinary Societies (AWARDS), which seeks to examine whether gender bias affects selection of recipients of society awards. AGU is interested in learning why there is a higher proportion of female recipients of service and education awards over the past 2 decades. Combined with a lower rate of receipt of research awards, these results suggest that implicit (subconscious) bias in favor of male candidates still influences awardee selection.

  Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union, 2011

AAS and the Under-recognition of Women for Awards and Prizes

The recipients of scholarly awards (those the society deems to have made the most significant advances in the field) impact both the retention of researchers and the recruitment of future talent.  For this reason and others, it is important that demographics of award winners reflect the diversity of accomplished researchers in a field.

  American Astronomical Society (AAS) Newsletter, 2011

Achieving Recognition Equity

In 2009, the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) received a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation for a new project entitled Advancing Ways of Awarding Recognition in Disciplinary Societies (AWARDS). AWARDS is designed to create a sustainable framework for ensuring progress toward more equitable awards and recognition for women and members of underrepresented groups in a wide range of scientific communities.

Chemical & Engineering News, 2010

Awards for Women Fall Short

Measuring against percentage of PhDs going to women from 1971–2000, the percentage of scholarly awards going to women fell short in all of the societies (except the relatively new SfN). In awards for service, the situation was reversed or close to reversed in all the societies except the ASA, where women are still substantially under-represented.

  AmStat News, 2010

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