The Alumnae Award recognizes a woman who has brought honor to Northwestern University through outstanding professional contributions in her field and who has attained national recognition. Established in 1976, the Alumnae Award has been presented every year to an alumna who has had a significant impact in her field of endeavor. Educators, journalists, doctors, scientists, and artists are included among The Alumnae’s roster of awardees.
Theresa Woodruff, PhD, is the Thomas J Watkins Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Feinberg School of Medicine, which features the latest advances in sex and gender-based medicine. Through the Women’s Health Research Institute there, science educational programs, policy efforts, and outreach activities help elevate women’s health research throughout the world. Dr. Woodruff advocates for sex inclusion in all levels of science. She has received numerous awards and honors, including a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, presented by President Barack Obama in an Oval Office ceremony.