PRESS RELEASE: Dr. Gay Jane Perez from the Philippines Wins $20,000 ASEAN-US Science Prize for Women

Dr. Perez (center) at the press interview upon her winning.


Dr. Gay Jane Perez from the Philippines Wins $20,000 ASEAN-US Science Prize for Women


Cebu, Philippines, October 18, 2018 – The United States Mission to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Underwriters Laboratories (UL) congratulate Dr. Gay Jane Perez from the Philippines as the winner of the fourth annual ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women, awarded by ASEAN, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and UL. Dr. Perez will receive $20,000 for her exceptional research on how precision agriculture can improve yields by using satellite observations, in conjunction with models and ground data, to better derive and develop prediction tools for agriculture in the Philippines.

She was honored at an Award Ceremony in the presence of ASEAN Science and Technology Ministers and Senior Officials and the U.S. Delegation in Cebu, Philippines. The 2018 ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women supports promising early-career women scientists in the ASEAN region and encourages collaboration between ASEAN Member States and the United States around opportunities for agricultural improvement across Southeast Asia.

“The prize is intended to reward female scientists who deliver major safe, sustainable and relevant scientific contributions to the ASEAN region and their local communities while also inspiring other young women to pursue careers in STEM. This directly aligns with UL’s values and the importance we place on promoting diversity and inclusion,” said UL Technical & Innovations Manager Dr. Anne Bonhoff.

“The United States is proud to support women across ASEAN working to harness the power of science, innovation, and technology to achieve excellence in the field of precision agriculture. We are excited to recognize and reward talented women, like Dr. Perez, as role models for other scientists, both men and women alike,” said U.S. Head of Delegation Ryan Washburn.

“Through their work, these women help harness the power of precision agriculture for the benefit of all residents of ASEAN region. Advances in applied sciences promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth in Southeast Asia,” said ASEAN Secretariat Head of Science and Technology Division, Cheong Lee Sing.

The ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women is one of many U.S. initiatives in support of ASEAN and its 10 Member States. The United States partners with ASEAN to support economic integration, expand maritime cooperation, cultivate emerging leaders, promote opportunity for women and address transnational challenges. Through USAID’s cooperation with ASEAN, the United States addresses the root causes of poverty and instability and strengthens the foundation for prosperity and security.

To learn more about the 2018 ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women, follow @USMission2ASEAN and #SciencePrize on Twitter and Facebook.