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Mara Prentiss ’80 is Honored with a 2022 Alumnae Achievement Award!

Mara Prentiss ’80 is Honored with a 2022 Alumnae Achievement Award!

For the third year in a row, the Class of 1980 has an Alumnae Achievement Award recipient. Mara Prentiss ’80, physicist and environmental revolutionary, is the recipient of a 2022 Alumnae Achievement Award — very exciting and well-deserved!

Mara and the other recipients, Lulu Chow Wang ’66 and Laura Wheeler Murphy ’76, were honored in a ceremony at Alumnae Hall on October 14, 2022 — back to being in person made this extra-exciting! Watch the replay.

Alumnae Achievement Awards 2022 Mara Prentiss '80

Mara is a physics professor at Harvard and also runs the Prentiss Research Lab, focusing on DNA and the principles of self-assembly, specifically proteins that play a role in DNA recombination and repair. She applies science to energy conservation and made one of the first calculations proving that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is airborne. Learn more about Mara's impressive achievements in this profile in Wellesley Magazine.


Here is the original Alumnae Achievement Award announcement.

Our previous class Alumnae Achievement Award winners were Robin Chase '80 (2021) and Darby Dyar 80 (2020).

Congrats Mara, Robin and Darby!