Two female Vietnamese scientists were presented with the Kovalevskaya Prize at a ceremony in Hanoi on Mar. 3 to honour their great contributions to science.
The presentation is just one of Vietnam ’s many celebrations of International Women’s Day (Mar. 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 aims to encourage Vietnamese women to advance themselves and contribute to the nation’s industrialisation and modernisation.
This year’s award was presented to Professor Vu Thi Thu Ha, the 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 contributed to building and developing the petrochemicals industry. She also carried out research on catalysis technology which is used in the production of environmentally friendly products.
For her award Nhan had written 16 papers that were published in international science magazines such as the Science Citation Index (SCI) and the Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE). She also had five pieces of work published in the Algebra Journal.
To mark the occasion, 26 houses were donated to disadvantaged women and 1,000 scholarships worth a total of 2 billion VND 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 30 billion VND for the programme to build charity houses and 5 billion VND to provide scholarships for the children of soldiers./.