Recognition

The WINGS Fellows Program recognizes extraordinary women who are making discoveries and finding solutions to global problems through bold research, conservation and exploration projects. Further, the WINGS Fellows program has become a powerful network for women working in the field sciences to actively engage in interdisciplinary exchange and collaboration.

WINGS Fellows are recognized in the areas of  Air and Space, Conservation, Courage, Earth, Field Research, Film and Exploration, Humanity, Leadership, Sea and Lifetime Achievement. Each newly inducted Fellow is recognized at the Women of Discovery Gala and receives a $10,000 grant to support her work.

 Felicity Aston, 2014 Courage Award

Felicity Aston, 2014 Courage Award

 

Selection Process

Fellows are nominated by the the WINGS Fellows Network and the WINGS Board of Directors. Nominations are reviewed by the Nominations Committee, which is composed of WINGS Fellows and Board Members. The Nominations Committee presents its findings to the Board of Directors for consideration and final Fellow awards.

WINGS WorldQuest Fellows are women of any race, culture or age who:

  • are actively engaged in field work focused on investigating questions about the nature of our world;

  • have demonstrated the ability to think outside the box and follow an uncommon path;

  • have shown promise for contributing to important future advances in sciences and humanities; and

  • share a commitment to contributing to WINGS’ education and outreach mission.

WINGS WorldQuest does not accept unsolicited nominations for Women of Discovery Awards or WINGS Fellows.

 Rosaly Lopes, 2009 Air & Space Award

Rosaly Lopes, 2009 Air & Space Award


WOMEN OF DISCOVERY AWARDEES

 
 
 
 Helen Thayer, Felicity Aston, Arita Baaijens, Daphne Soares

Helen Thayer, Felicity Aston, Arita Baaijens, Daphne Soares

 
 Polly Wiessner, Gretel Ehrlich, Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, Kate Jackson, Catherine Powers, Anna Cummins

Polly Wiessner, Gretel Ehrlich, Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, Kate Jackson, Catherine Powers, Anna Cummins

 
 Kate Harris, Susan Dudley, Carol Beckwith, Angela Fisher

Kate Harris, Susan Dudley, Carol Beckwith, Angela Fisher

 
 Rosaly Lopes, Aparajita Datta, Leela Hazzah, Maya Tolstoy, Bolortsetseg Minjin

Rosaly Lopes, Aparajita Datta, Leela Hazzah, Maya Tolstoy, Bolortsetseg Minjin

 
 Ann Bancroft, Birgit Sattler, Lene Holm, Liv Arnesen, Vera Metcalf, Irina Nikolaeva, Jill Fredston

Ann Bancroft, Birgit Sattler, Lene Holm, Liv Arnesen, Vera Metcalf, Irina Nikolaeva, Jill Fredston

 
 Constanza Ceruti, Terrie Williams, Jane Goodall, Erin Pettit, Grace Gobbo

Constanza Ceruti, Terrie Williams, Jane Goodall, Erin Pettit, Grace Gobbo

 
 Julianna Brush, Edie Widder, Elizabeth Bennett, Eugenie Clark, Sveva Gallmann, Janine Benyus, Aquilina Lestenkof

Julianna Brush, Edie Widder, Elizabeth Bennett, Eugenie Clark, Sveva Gallmann, Janine Benyus, Aquilina Lestenkof

 
 Sue Hendrickson, Ana Pinto, Nathalie Cabrol, Marianne Greenwood, Sabriye Tenberken

Sue Hendrickson, Ana Pinto, Nathalie Cabrol, Marianne Greenwood, Sabriye Tenberken

 
 Marie Tharp, Vera Rubin, Stephanie Schwabe, Katy Payne, Iris Love

Marie Tharp, Vera Rubin, Stephanie Schwabe, Katy Payne, Iris Love

 
 Meenakshi Wadhwa, Anna Roosevelt, Carol Amore, Sylvia Earle, Rosita Arvigo, Marilyn Bridges

Meenakshi Wadhwa, Anna Roosevelt, Carol Amore, Sylvia Earle, Rosita Arvigo, Marilyn Bridges