Women who win prizes get less money and prestige

A new analysis of biomedical awards over five decades shows men receive more cash and more respect for their research than women do, report Brian Uzzi and colleagues.

Scientists might gauge their success by the usual publishing metrics, or perhaps by how many Nature papers they have. Yet the rest of the world cares little for citation counts, publication rates or journal prestige — people are more likely to learn of a scholar’s impact through the media buzz surrounding big scientific awards. Such prizes also catch the eye of granting agencies, influence the direction of research and bring scientists personal recognition, particularly in the formative period of their careers.

However, there have been surprisingly few quantitative analyses of prizewinning in science, and even fewer that consider nuances such as prestige and financial rewards.

 

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