Honors & Awards – Olsen

Academic Awards

Horry County Schools & Coastal Carolina University Scholars Academy

2011 Stardust Award For life’s work of providing motivation, education, guidance, & inspiration to young women and men

Barnard College

2000 Barnard Medal of Distinction College’s Most Significant Recognition of Individuals for demonstrated excellence in conduct of their lives and careers

Chatham College

1974 Phi Beta Kappa

1999 Cornerstone Award

2003 Doctorate of Public Service

Clarkson University

2002 Honorary Doctoral Degree

University of California – Irvine

1976 Edward A. Steinhaus Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching

1978 University of California System Citation for Excellence in Teaching

2005 Lauds & Laurels Distinguished Alumna

University of South Carolina

2004 Honorary Doctoral Degree

University of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

2010 Honorary Doctoral Degree

Commerce/Cleveland High School Alumni Association, Portland Oregon

2010 The Order of the Feather for Lifetime Achievement in the Field of Science

Government Agencies

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

1999 Group Achievement Award: Neurolab Spacelab Mission Science Team
For vision and efforts that enabled mission to advance knowledge to benefit people on Earth and future astronauts in Space

2001 NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medal

National Science Foundation

2010 Director’s Superior Accomplishment Award For sustained, exemplary performance that significantly advanced the Foundation’s mission, enhanced administrative operations, and promoted equal opportunity.

1995 Director’s Superior Accomplishment Award For exceptional Division leadership and cross-agency NSTC activities

1994 Director’s Award of Excellence For outstanding accomplishments in program management and administration.

1990—1998 General Workforce System Outstanding Performance Awards

1992—1995 Certificate of Appreciation for Outreach Activities

Scientific Societies

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

2014 Public Service Award

American Association for the Advancement of Science

2003 Elected Fellow (Neuroscience)

American Institute of Aeornautics and Astronautics (National Capitol Section)

2003 Barry M. Goldwater Educator Award

International Behavioral Neuroscience Society

1998 For important contributions to behavioral neuroscience

Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology

1998 For outstanding contributions to development of research & education initiatives

Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN)

2006 Mentor Award as outstanding role model and mentor for young women

Association for Women in Science (AWIS)

2007 Elected Fellow

Association for Neuroscience Departments and Programs (ANDP)

2008 Distinguished Service Award

Society for Neuroscience (SfN)

2013 Louise Hanson Marshall Recognition Award for significantly promoting the professional development of women in neuroscience

Foreign Governments

Kommandor den Kongelige Norske Fortjenstorden (Norwegian Royal Order of Merit)

2005 Highest honor bestowed by the King of Norway for non-Norwegians

Non-Profit Organizations

Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary

2013 “Women Who Make A Difference” honoree for the greater Washington area