Vietnamese female scientists receive Kovalevskaia Award

The Kovalevskaia Awards 2011 were granted to Vietnamese female scientists at an awards ceremony held in Hanoi on March 3, attended by Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan.

Professor Vu Thi Thu Ha, Deputy Director of the Vietnam Industrial Chemical Institute and Associate Professor Le Thi Thanh Nhan, Deputy Headmaster of the Science College at Thai Nguyen University were among the recipients.

Ha is the first scientist from the Vietnam Industrial Chemical Institute who has made outstanding contributions to the development of the catalysis and petrochemical refinery industry, and has produced many environment-friendly products.

Nhan is Vietnam’s youngest mathematician to be bestowed title of Associate Professor in 2005 at the age of 35. She has five among 16 research projects published in the Journal of Algebra, a well-known international science magazine.

On this occasion, the Vietnam Women’s Union donated charity houses to 26 disadvantaged women and 1,000 scholarships worth a total of VND2 billion to children of soldiers who are currently serving on the country’s borders and remote island areas.

The Kovalevskaia Prize Committee was founded in 1985 and is headed by Mrs. Nguyen Thi Binh, former Vice-President of Vietnam.

Over the past 25 years, the Kovalevskaia Prize Committee in Vietnam has selected and awarded prizes to more than 34 individuals and 15 groups.

By B.Quyen – Translated by Kim Khanh

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