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Elizabeth Weisburger Fellowship

Elizabeth Weisburger Fellowship



Elizabeth KreiserWeisburger was born in 1924 in Finland, Pennsylvania. She received her B.S in Chemistry with minors in math and physics from Lebanon Valley College in 1944. She received her Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Cincinnati in 1947. She worked at the University of Cincinnati for two years before moving to Bethesda, MD for a two-year post-doctoral program at the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Weisburger had an extraordinary career in chemical toxicology. As an officer in the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service, she did extensive work with carcinogenesis at the National Cancer Institute, authored numerous publications, and won several prestigious awards, including the Hildebrand Prize and the Garvan Medal from the American Chemical Society. In 1977, she received an Honorary Membership award from GWIS for her excellence in research. Prior to retirement, she served as an Assistant Director at the National Cancer Institute.


In addition to her contributions to cancer research, Dr. Weisburger was also a mentor and a community advocate. Dr. Weisburger was a long-time member of GWIS and served as National Treasurer from 1986 to 1988; she was a beloved and active member of the Omicron (Washington, DC) Chapter. Dr. Weisburger did not grow up wealthy and she was especially thankful for the scholarships she received that helped change her life. “I believe it is important to help people get an education,” she said. To this end, she sponsored scholarships for college students, judged local science fairs, tutored middle school students, and was also involved in promoting chemical safety. Dr. Weisburger continued to be an active supporter of education and the advancement of women in science until her death in 2019.The first Elizabeth Weisburger Fellowship was awarded in 2018.


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