A Vietnamese female scientist has been selected to receive the L'Oreal-UNESCO for Woman in Science award this year.

Chosen from among the winners of the 236 fellowships awarded locally by L'Oreal subsidiaries and UNESCO around the world, Dr Tran Ha Lien Phuong, a lecturer from the HCM City-based Vietnam National University's Department of Biomedical Engineering, has become the first Vietnamese to receive the award for her project on the development of fucoidan-based polymeric micelles for cancer treatment and diagnosis.

Her research will reportedly help in making cancer treatment cheaper and more effective.

Phuong, together with 14 other female scientists from across the world, will receive the 40,000 USD award, known as International Rising Talent Grants, at a ceremony in Paris on March 18.

The International Rising Talents are chosen from countries in each world region. This year, three PhD students and post-doctoral fellows have been chosen from Africa and the Arab States, the Asia-Pacific region, Europe and Latin America, besides North America. Talents are already making significant contributions in disciplines as varied as ecology and sustainable development, physics, pharmacology and epidemiology, as well as medical research, neuroscience and evolutionary biology.

Established in 1998, the L'Oreal-UNESCO partnership is a long-term commitment to recognising women in science and supporting scientific vocations.

The Women in Science has grown into a global programme that includes international, regional and national fellowships, and an international network of more than 2,000 women in more than 100 countries.-VNA