awards given to students

Ethel Ashworth-Tsutsui
Memorial Lecture & Award

Recognizing the research and mentoring efforts of graduate students on the Texas A&M campus.

Ethel Ashworth-Tsutsui Memorial


Each year Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) sponsors an awards program that recognizes the research and mentoring efforts of graduate students on the Texas A&M campus. These awards are offered in honor and remembrance of Ethel Ashworth-Tsutsui, a long-time member of the faculty of the Biochemistry Department here at Texas A&M University. Dr. Tsutsui was a founding member of WISE and cared deeply about the retention and recognition of women in our graduate programs.

Graduate students are invited to apply for these awards. Faculty members are encouraged to nominate deserving individuals.

Dr. Ethel Ashworth-Tsutsui

Dr. Ethel Ashworth-Tsutsui was a Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics at Texas A&M University where she taught biology and biochemistry from 1969 until her death in January 1998.

Ethel’s efforts as an educator were recognized by numerous awards including Outstanding Alumnae for Kenka College, Outstanding Educator of America and the Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching in the College of Agriculture from the Texas A&M University Association of Former Students. She was instrumental in the establishment of women’s programs at Texas A&M University, serving as a member of the Program Advisory Committee for Women’s Studies in 1988 and 1989 and as the Director of Women’s Studies for 1993-94. Ethel also served as the first Chair of the Committee on the Status of Women in the University for the TAMU Faculty Senate.

As a feisty fighter, a loyal friend, and a nurturer of women scientists, Ethel could always soothe with compassion and understanding, uplift with praise and encouragement. She had an indomitable force of spirit and yet a deeply gentle and humorous nature. Women in Science and Engineering wishes to continue Ethel’s legacy of nurturing the intellectual spirit in all women by offering these awards.

Women In Science and Engineering at Texas A&M

Women in Science and Engineering is an organization of graduate students, staff and faculty from various science and engineering backgrounds. The group was created to address specific problems faced by women in non-traditional fields.

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For more information about the lecture or other outreach events and programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, please contact Rhiannon Kliesing at (979) 458-4450 or