Darlene Solomon Award

Co-sponsored by FeMS and Agilent.

  • Awardee Profile: Scientist in early career role including graduate students and post docs.
  • Region: Global.
  • Award Details:
    • Provide grant money for an early career, female scientist in the field of mass spectrometry to attend a mass spec conference that is co-sponsored by Agilent and FeMS.
    • For 2021, the awardee will have the opportunity to attend the International Singapore Lipid Symposium (iSLS) for clinical translation focused sessions in March 2021*. The scientist does not need to be involved in lipid research to be considered for the award.
    • The scientist will also get an opportunity to spend time at the Agilent Global Solutions Development Center in Singapore, at the state-of-the-art facility alongside a senior Agilent scientist to gain hands-on experience with Agilent’s products and workflows serving life sciences, food and environmental market space. In addition, the awardee will get an opportunity to engage one-on-one with key executives within Agilent to gain coaching and career advice.
    • This award is designed as an opportunity for early-career scientists who can benefit from cutting-edge research in the fields of mass spectrometry-based research on lipids and small molecules, systems biology, clinical research & translational medicine, and those who are looking to gain more exposure to the industry-leading technologies in this space.
  • Award amount: $5,000 USD will be provided to the awardee through FeMS to cover travel, accommodation, conference registration, etc.

Key Requirements/Eligibility to Enter Applications:

  1. Scientists in either graduate studies or early career roles such as post docs, currently studying in relevant field.
  2. Must have valid passport to obtain visa and make travel arrangements for travel to Singapore.
  3. Be willing to participate in agreed upon PR activities and have photographs included (e.g. Agilent interviews on the experience).

Nomination Process:

  1. Only self-nominations are accepted.
  2. Applications should submit a personal statement describing how they expect to use mass spectrometry in their career and how this experience will help them develop in their career (250-word limit) to femalesinms@gmail.com (please include “Darlene Solomon Award” in subject line) by October 15th.
  3. One reference letter should be submitted to femalesinms@gmail.com (please include “Darlene Solomon Award” in subject line) by October 15th.
  4. Awardee will be announced in early December.

*Note: Attendance at conference and timing of travel will be dependent on Singapore’s local regulations addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. If travel cannot be made during this time, grant money can be utilized to select appropriate conference or milestone for travel at a later date.

About Darlene Solomon, Ph.D

Darlene Solomon is senior vice president and chief technology officer for Agilent Technologies. Her responsibilities include Agilent Research Laboratories which focuses on high impact, longer range research in support of Agilent’s sustained business growth, and Agilent’s programs in university relations, external research and venture investment. In her leadership role, she works closely with Agilent’s businesses to define the company’s technology strategy and R&D priorities. She earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Stanford University and a doctorate in bioinorganic chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and she completed Stanford University’s Executive Development Program.

About Agilent


Agilent is a global leader in life sciences, diagnostics, and applied chemical markets. Now in its 20th year as an independent company delivering insight and innovation toward improving the quality of life, Agilent instruments, software, services, solutions, and people provide trusted answers to customers’ most challenging questions. The company generated revenue of $5.16 billion in fiscal 2019 and employs 16,300 people worldwide. More information about Agilent is available at www.agilent.com.

About FeMS

Females in Mass Spectrometry (FeMS) is a community-led initiative to create a network of support for women in the field of mass spectrometry. Our goal is to bring together, encourage, empower and facilitate visibility of women in mass spectrometry – and to create connectivity between all members of the mass spectrometry community.
We strive to engage our entire community: women in mass spectrometry and their supporters – to hear and learn from all perspectives. As a global initiative FeMS supports all related events where women working the MS field gather. More information and resources can be found at https://femalesinms.com/.