We are pleased to announce the recipient of the 2023 Women’s Leadership Forum Award:

Michele Marcolongo, PhD

Dr. Michele Marcolongo is the Drosdick Endowed Dean of Engineering at Villanova University where she is also a Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Marcolongo’s field of research is biomaterials or materials that can be implanted into the body to replace diseased or damaged tissues. Specifically, she works on injectable biomaterials and macromolecules to replace and augment degenerated soft tissues.

About the Award

The Women’s Leadership Forum Award is given every year to recognize a woman biologist, clinician, or engineer who, throughout her professional lifetime, has made significant contributions to the understanding of the musculoskeletal system and musculoskeletal diseases and injuries. She will have also demonstrated outstanding leadership through service to the professional community and mentorship of colleagues and trainees.

Nominations will be reviewed by the ORS Awards and Recognition Committee


  • Honorarium of $500
  • Commemorative plaque
  • Complimentary registration to the Women’s Leadership Forum Reception

The winner must be present at the ORS Annual Meeting to accept the award.


  • Nominee must be an ORS member* in good standing
  • Nominations/applications packages for this award must be received by August 13 (self nominations are accepted).

*Note: If you are not a member of the ORS, but would like to apply to be eligible for this award, visit our membership section of the website for an application. Thank you for your interest.


Submission package must include:

  • Nomination Letter
  • Brief Letter Outlining Achievements
  • Nominee’s Full Curriculum Vitae (NIH biosketches will not be accepted.)

Only complete electronic submissions will be considered for review.

Deadline for nominations: August 14, 2023

2022Audrey McAlinden, PhD
2021Leesa Galatz, MD
2020Brigitte von Rechenberg ,Prof. Dr.med.vet., Dipl. ECVS
2019Tamara Alliston, PhD
2018Jennifer Westendorf, PhD
2017Susan Chubinskaya, PhD
2016Joan E. Bechtold, PhD
2015Marjolein van der Meulen, PhD
2014Mary Goldring, PhD
2013Clare Rimnac, PhD
2012Barbara Boyan, PhD
2011Martha Gray, PhD
2010Linda Sandell, PhD
2009Jo Hannafin, MD, PhD
2008Adele Boskey, PhD
2007Joan McGowan, PhD
2006Kate Vogel, PhD

For further information, please contact Karey Hyland at [email protected].

Learn more about the ORS Women’s Leadership Forum.