Pinay scientist named 2017 L'Oreal UNESCO For Women in Science fellow

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Posted at Oct 26 2017 11:09 PM

A Filipina scientist is among the five L'Oreal Australia For Women in Science fellows for 2017.

Dr. Jacq Romero was recognized for her research about the "strangeness" of quantum physics and "how it is different from the world as we know it."

"I am very proud and I feel very privileged that I've been chosen as one of the fellows this year," she said.

For Romero, having both a doctorate degree and children can go hand in hand.

"You don't see a lot of Ph.D students having kids while their doing Ph.D, and it's really because I think people don't think that youa re serious with science when you have a child, as you're doing science research. It's as if these two things don't go together," she said.

"In winning the L'Oreal UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship, I will be able to bring this story that mothers can also succeed in science," Romero added.

Founded in 1998 by L'Oreal and UNESCO, the For Women in Science program aims to promote and highlight "the critical importance of ensuring greater participation of women in science."

The fellows were given a $25,000 grant to further their research.