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“Marie Curie is the role model for every girl who states a claim to the life of the mind.” - Eve Curie, daughter

A century ago, Marie Curie became the first scientist ever to win 2 Nobel Prizes. Her spectacular scientific career was achieved in spite of the obligations of family, extreme prejudice against women, a relentless search for research funding, and the constant battle for recognition that was her due.

Thousands of women and other historically under-represented individuals today continue to face similar struggles as young scientists, researchers, professors, and leaders in their fields.

Curie Club was founded by passionate, successful, civic-minded, and intellectually engaged women to help overcome those barriers, support women scientists and encourage more young women to pursue a life of the mind.


“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.” - Marie Curie

Young scientists represent the future for breakthroughs in medicine, environment, new materials, and other discoveries critical to addressing our greatest global challenges. Curie Club was founded to help ensure that all historically under-represented scientists are given the opportunity to help shape that future.

Curie Club is made up of individuals committed to the advancement of science and to creating opportunities for women to make an even greater contribution to medicine, scientific research, environmental solutions and entrepreneurial innovation.


In honor of the 100th anniversary of Marie Curie’s selection as the first woman ever to receive a Nobel Prize in Chemistry, leading women founded Curie Club to:

  • Inspire historically under-represented individuals to pursue careers in science and reach the top of their field.
  • Help all scientists balance the competing challenges of family, the pursuit of scientific discovery, and the battle for research funding.


All interested parties are welcome to join the Curie Club. A detailed list of membership levels and benefits are located here.

Curie Club meets multiple times per year for stimulating lectures, career development support, and lively debates. High school and college age scientists are also welcome. Please lend your passion, intellect, and caring to this cause. Your involvement and support will help to inspire the next generation of women scientists whose work will shape our future.

Each member of the Club is asked to make an annual tax-deductible contribution of at least $500 to support and sustain the work of under-represented individuals in science. Our initial project will be to establish an interactive learning laboratory dedicated to Marie Curie and women scientists in the new Thatcher Biological and Biophysical Chemistry building. Curie members’ names will be prominently displayed in perpetuity for the thousands of students who must take at least one chemistry course for their degree. In return for your support, you will receive an unparalleled education on a variety of cutting scientific topics by women scientific leaders and pathfinders.

To join, please submit the pledge form to the development team.


  • Opportunity to contribute to America’s future by inspiring and supporting historically under-represented individuals in science.
  • Meet and associate with outstanding scientists and introduce your kids with some of the world’s leading scientists and professors.
  • Attend intellectually fascinating events and learn through lectures ranging from thechemistry of alternative energy to the chemical basis of aging and disease.


  • Chemistry is the foundational science upon which discoveries in medicine, pharmacy, energy, clean water, and other vital areas of our well-being depend.
  • Science and technology are the engines of economic growth and national security. To compete globally, the US must harness all of its intellectual talent.
  • Science, especially Chemistry, plays a critical role in the fields that will shape the 21st century (personalized medicine, the search for new energy sources and clean water, and sustainability) and the world our daughters will live in. It is essential that we support women in the making of this new future.
  • 100 years ago Marie Curie became the first woman to receive a Nobel Prize in Chemistry and the first scientist ever to receive two Nobel Prizes. Since then, only 4 other women have received a Nobel Prize in chemistry or physics.



Honorable Olene Walker
Norma Matheson
Claudia Skaggs Luttrell, Founding Member


Cynthia Conner
Kathy Thatcher


Lori Digal
Erin Gaffney


Bethany Buck-Koehntop, PhD
Associate Professor


Scott Anderson, PhD
Carol C. Browning, PhD
Bethany Buck-Koehntop, PhD and Kevin Koehntop, PhD
Deborah Burney-Sigman, PhD and Matthew Sigman, PhD
Anthony Czarnik, PhD
Margaret M. DeAngelis, PhD and Michael Feehan
Carolyn L. Fey
Mary Lane Grisley
Frances N. Harris, PhD
Jen Heemstra, PhD
Amy M. Herbener, MD
Heidi M. Ingham
Sara Johnson, PhD and Jason Johnson, PhD
Lucinda Kindred
Carol Korzeniewski, PhD
Linda Lee and Craig Lee, DDS, Founding Members
Cynthia Levinthal
Marilyn A. Marquis, PhD
Olena Maydanovych, PhD
Sarah Meehan
Jerry A. Murry
Nalini M. Nadkarni, PhD
Ruth L. Novak, PhD
Kalpana Patel and Dinesh Patel, PhD, Founding Members
Anne Peterson and Peter Peterson
Susan R. Poulter, JD, PhD and C. Dale Poulter, PhD, Founding Members
Rebecca Reese and Don Reese, MD, Founding Members
Jennifer Shumaker-Parry, PhD
Janice R. Ugaki and R. Douglas Greally
Erin L. and Jacob T. Umbriaco
Mary Ann White, PhD and Peter B. Armentrout, PhD
Pearl Wright


Na An
Laurel E. Anderson
Jil Brandol
Dayi Chen
Tilani De Costa
Yun Ding
Kylie and Hadley Eckman
Anne Edwards
Elizabeth Fine
Pranjali Ghude
Sharon Kirk
Sara Koepke
Lindsey Pelster
Elias Sigman
Ruth Sigman
Anna H. Wolna
Fei Wu

Last Updated: 8/19/21