Xiwen Gong, assistant professor of Chemical Engineering and leader of the Gong Research Group, has been chosen as one of the finalists for Nature’s Inspiring Women in Science Program Awards. She joins an exclusive shortlist of five women poised to receive this prestigious accolade in the Scientific Achievement category.
“The support and inspiration I’ve received from incredible women mentors and colleagues have shaped my journey. I hope to pay forward such support and empower the next generation of women researchers in STEM,” Gong said. “I extend my heartfelt thanks to Nature and Estée Lauder for championing these remarkable initiatives.”
In collaboration between Nature and The Estée Lauder Companies, these awards aim to celebrate the incredible achievements of women in the field of science while providing support to individuals who actively encourage young women to explore and pursue careers in STEM.
Nature’s Inspiring Women in Science Program Awards feature two distinct categories: Science Outreach and Scientific Achievement. The Science Outreach award recognizes initiatives dedicated to supporting young women in their exploration and engagement in STEM disciplines, while the Scientific Achievement award recognizes early-career researchers who have made substantial contributions to scientific discovery.
Each recipient of these prestigious awards will receive a $50,000 prize, an exclusive invitation to the awards ceremony held in New York City, extensive coverage on Nature’s official website, and the unique opportunity to present their groundbreaking work or initiatives to the scientists at The Estée Lauder Companies.
Gong’s career has been marked by numerous accolades and honors, including the National Scholarship in China in 2013, the Mitacs Globalink Graduate Fellowship in Canada in 2014, and the prestigious Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad, where she received the Extraordinary Potential Prize in 2018. She was also recognized as a Rising Star in EECS at Stanford University in 2017 and was honored as a Schmidt Science Fellow in 2018. Gong is also a current Amazon Physical Science Fellow.
Gong’s research endeavors revolve around advancing the knowledge and technology required to achieve skin-interfaced electronics. Her mission is to enhance the quality of medical care, particularly in the face of the global demographic shift with people living longer lives. Gong and her dedicated research group are committed to achieving this goal through their innovative work in soft electronics that unites physics, chemistry and engineering.
Gong’s nomination for the Nature’s Inspiring Women in Science Program Awards is a testament to her contributions to the field of STEM and her commitment to empowering future generations of women researchers. The final award recipients will be announced in October.