2014 AWARD Liberian Delegation: The Honorable Seklau Elizabeth Wiles (second from left), Deputy Minister for Administration, Ministry of Agriculture, Liberia, is volunteering as an AWARD Mentor to AWARD Fellow Cheryl Williams (far right), of the Liberian Ministry of Agriculture. Mentor/fellow pair Sayba Yawai Tamba (far left) and Cleopatra Felecia Jallay are also with the ministry. They are among the 140 fellows and mentors who attended the recent Mentoring Orientation Workshops in Nairobi, Kenya.
For more fun photos of all 2014 AWARD Fellows and Mentors, visit Flickr
"Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway"
Chapwa Kasoma (left), AWARD Fellow and Research Associate at Zambia Seed Company (ZAMSEED)
Zambian 2014 AWARD Fellow Chapwa Kasoma finds fresh motivation post-MOW
with her mentor, Evelyne Nguleka, President, Zambia National Farmers Union.
By Chapwa Kasoma
Like other AWARD laureates and mentors, I left the Mentoring Orientation Workshop (MOW) as a very motivated young scientist, enlightened with the understanding that it is up to me to create my future, based on my daily decisions.
Arriving home from the workshop, I was asked to give an introductory session on biotechnology at a maize technician training course organized by the International Center for Maize and Wheat Improvement (CIMMYT). At this regional training, agricultural technicians are equipped with skills and knowledge pertaining to crop research and production.
Motivated and confident following the MOW, I agreed to speak at a session on March 27, which gave me a few days to prepare. However, on Monday evening I was informed that my session was now scheduled for the next day. This shift in schedule made me somewhat nervous and apprehensive, as I doubted my ability to prepare in such a short time. Read more
Can Women Succeed Without a Mentor?
Turns out, they may have to: Why female workers are failing to pay it forward
By Peggy Drexler, Forbes Magazine
Do you have a “Queen Bee” in your workplace? Are you one yourself? Tell us how your AWARD experience as a mentor/mentee is making a difference in your career via our Facebook
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AWARD Advanced Science Training: Call for Applications
We are pleased to announce the call for applications for AWARD’s Advanced Science Training Competition. This year, 45 post-master’s and post-doctoral 2014 AWARD Fellows are eligible to apply for up to 25 fully funded training opportunities at global institutions of excellence
, including Agropolis Fondation, Dow AgroSciences, and DuPont Pioneer, among many others. Read more
AWARD Science Skills Course
for post-master’s and post-doctoral 2014 AWARD Fellows/Mentors
Eastern/Southern Africa June 15-21, Nairobi
West Africa June 29 -July 5, Accra
AWARD Fellows can connect with the latest debates, methods, and findings relevant to their research through a two-year membership in a professional association of your choice (subject to budget limits). This opportunity is part of your fellowship package so sign up today and take full advantage of it. Find the right association for you.
Please review this extensive list of upcoming conferences, and the guidelines for participation. Contact Dr. Josephine Songa (email@example.com
) for advice on the conference that will best enhance your career.
The Quest for Work-Family Balance
Struggling to achieve the elusive “work-life” balance? You’re not alone! Pauline Bomett, AWARD’s Leadership and Training Coordinator, recommends these thought-provoking articles. You can also glean wisdom from Dr. RoseEmma Mamaa Entsua-Mensah’ speech on career and family, presented at MOW 6.2.
Do you have effective tips and recommendations that have helped you juggle workplace and family responsibilities? Share them with us on Facebook and LinkedIn.
Moving from Work-Life Balance to Work-Life Passion: the Successful Woman Scientist’s New Paradigm
Dr. RoseEmma Mamaa Entsua-Mensah, Deputy Director-General, CSIR, AWARD Steering Committee Member
Respected Ghanian scientist Dr. Entsua-Mensah shares insights and lessons learned on her career journey in an inspiring speech delivered to 2014 AWARD Fellowship laureates in Nairobi, Kenya. Watch video
Why Women Still Can’t Have It All
Anne-Marie Slaughter | Atlantic Monthly
It’s time to stop fooling ourselves, says a woman who left a position of power: the women who have managed to be both mothers and top professionals are superhuman, rich, or self-employed. If we truly believe in equal opportunity for all women, here’s what has to change.
Forget Work Life Balance – Seven Paradigm Shifts for the New 24/7 Normal
By Henna Inam, Forbes Magazine
Call for More Plant Pathologists in Ghana During Fellow’s Role-modeling Event
AWARD Fellow Dr. Mary Apetorgbor recently held a successful role-modeling event
at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana, that attracted more than 500 participants from primary and secondary schools, universities, colleges, and farming communities.
(Be sure and send us news about your role-modeling event, as well as good, high-resolution photos.)
AWARD Leadership Skills Course
for post-bachelor’s 2014 AWARD Fellows
August 4--8, 2014
Venue: to be announced
Participants will soon receive information about extensive pre-course online preparation to be completed before the start of the course.
AWARD Women’s Management and Leadership Course for Partner Organizations
October 5--11, 2014
Venue: to be announced
Back by popular demand, this course is being offered to non-AWARD women who work for national, regional, and international agricultural research and development organizations, including their donors and partners. Staff members from the CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs) are especially encouraged to apply. Encourage your colleagues and friends to attend this outstanding course. Read more