L'Oréal and UNESCO Honor U.S.-Based Researcher for Scientific Achievements

Dr. Anela Choy recognized as International Rising Talent at 20th Annual For Women in Science Awards in Paris

Anela Choy IRT

NEW YORK – March 14, 2018 – L'Oréal USA today announces that Dr. Anela Choy will be recognized as an International Rising Talent during the 20th annual L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards in Paris on Wednesday, March 21st. Each year, the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science program recognizes 15 outstanding young researchers from around the globe for their scientific achievements in order to support and encourage them as they further pursue their scientific careers. 

Dr. Choy is an oceanographer and researcher at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. Later this fall, she will join the faculty as an assistant professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego. Dr. Choy is being honored as an International Rising Talent for her work on how human activity such as fishing and pollution shape deep ocean food webs. Marine food webs encompass and support all life in the ocean, and Dr. Choy’s innovative work combines multiple tools and perspectives to understand their structure and function. This research contributes fundamental understanding of how pollution and contaminants move through food webs, and will aid in developing strategies to sustainably manage and conserve ocean ecosystems into the future. In addition to being recognized as a 2018 International Rising Talent, Dr. Choy was also recognized as a 2016 L'Oréal USA For Women in Science fellow.

“L’Oréal is proud to once again honor Dr. Choy for her scientific achievements and support her groundbreaking research,” said Lauren Paige, Vice President of Public Affairs and Strategic Initiatives at L'Oréal USA. “For more than twenty years, L’Oréal has been on a mission to advance women in science and, over that time, our commitment to this cause has only strengthened.”

The L'Oréal-UNESCO International Rising Talents program is dedicated to both honoring distinguished women scientists and supporting promising young women researchers through a 15,000 euros grant, mentorship support and international exposure. The International Rising Talents were chosen from the recent recipients of the For Women in Science fellowships awarded locally by L'Oréal subsidiaries worldwide, including the L'Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship program.

“I’m humbled to have been selected as an International Rising Talent,” said Dr. Anela Choy. “L’Oréal has provided invaluable support at critical junctures of my career. I’m grateful that L’Oréal is committed to increasing the visibility and success of women in all fields of science and am honored to join an esteemed group of international women whose work is transforming global societies.”

The L'Oréal-UNESCO International Rising Talents program is a component of the global L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science program. Now in its 20th year, the program has recognized more than 3,000 women scientists in 112 countries, including two Nobel Prize winners.