An award that promotes gender equality in the scientific environment by recognizing initiatives of female scientists had a record number of applications this year. The 13th edition of the ‘For Women in Science’, a program developed by L’Oréal Brazil in partnership with UNESCO and the Brazilian Academy of Sciences (ABC), had 524 projects submitted in its 2018 edition, presenting a 34% increase in relation to the previous year. Scientists were awarded in four categories: Life Sciences, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics, and each winner received a grant of R$ 50,000. Ethel Wilhelm, an UFPel professor from the Graduate Program in Biochemistry and Bioprospecting, was one of the winners in the category Life Sciences. Her research deals with effective ways to ease the side effects of chemotherapy among the elderly.