Two female Vietnamese scientists were presented with the Kovalevskaya Award at a ceremony in Hanoi on March 3 in recognition of their great contributions to science.
This year’s awardees were Professor Vu Thi Thu Ha, Deputy Director of the Vietnam Industrial Chemical Institute and Professor Le Thi Thanh Nhan, Deputy Headmaster of the Science College at Thai Nguyen University.
Ha has greatly contributed to building and developing the petrochemicals industry in Vietnam while Nhan has written 16 papers that were published in famous international science magazines such as the Science Citation Index (SCI) and the Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE).
The presentation is one of Vietnam’s celebrations of International Women’s Day (March 8) as well as welcoming the up-coming 11th National Women’s Congress.
Named after the great Russian mathematician and advocate of women’s rights, Sofia Kovalevskaya, the prize is aimed at encouraging Vietnamese women to advance themselves and contribute to the nation’s industrialisation and modernisation.
Also on the occasion, 26 houses have been donated to disadvantaged women and 1,000 scholarships worth a total of VND2 billion were provided by the “Fund for Going to School” for the children of soldiers who are currently serving on the country’s borders and island areas.
According to the Vietnam Women’s Union, its chapters nationwide have raised VND30 billion for the programme to build charity houses and VND5 billion to provide scholarships for the children of soldiers.