Ruth Straethern Dickie, a life member of GWIS, passed away on December 24, 1993 at the age of 80, a Professor Emeritus at the UW‐Madison at the time. Professor Dickie became a member of GWIS in 1947 and served in most offices of the Madison Chapter, including President twice and National President from 1978‐1979. Her support and dedication to the graduate education and research efforts of women in science were expressed in her personal and professional life. She cared passionately and left a generous endowment to the Madison Chapter, the income to provide scholarships and grants‐in‐aid to women in science.

Several awards are given in Ruth’s honor each year as a research scholarship or a grant-in-aid. The amount of the awards vary from year to year but are generally $500 to $3000. Grants-in-aid are always $500.

Who can apply?

Graduate students at UW-Madison, with at least one year remaining before graduation, and are current members of the GWIS Madison Chapter. Domestic and international students may both apply.

When are applications due?

Applications for 2022 awards are CLOSED.

What is required for an application?

Awards are given based on a hypothesis-driven research proposal. The complete application includes:
▪ An application form.
▪ An abstract and project title, totaling no more than 100 words.
▪ A project description. This should cover a hypothesis and specific aims, a brief background of the project, and a brief explanation of methods used for the planned experiments.
▪ A brief resume-style summary of the candidate’s academic history and professional experiences.
▪ Two letters of recommendation, one from an advisor or department head, and one from another person qualified to evaluate the candidate’s ability to perform the research proposed.
▪ A budget proposal showing how the Ruth Dickie award or Grant-in-Aid will supplement the funding for your entire research project.

How are applications submitted?

Application materials should be submitted via email to the Madison Chapter President Margaret Jameson ( Submissions should be in Word or PDF format and given filenames in the format “last name_year_grant in aid OR scholarship”.

Helpful documents:

A list of past recipients of the Ruth Dickie awards may be found at the link below:

If you have questions about the awards, contact the Madison Chapter President Margaret Jameson (