Dr. Woodruff's passion for women’s health research led to a number of high awards and honors. Her awards include the U.S. Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Mentoring (2011), the Beacon Award from Frontiers in Reproduction (2013), the Women in Science Award from the Weitzman Institute (2012), an Alumni Association Merit Award from Northwestern (2012), the Distinguished Woman in Medicine and Science from Northwestern (2009), Feinberg School's Faculty Mentor of the Year (2009), and was named Northwestern Universities Distinguished Alumnae (2008). She has given the commencement address at Olivet Nazarene University (2012) and has also received an honorary degree from Bates College (2012) and delivered commencement remarks. She has been honored nationally with awards from the American Women in Science (Innovator Award), and American Medical Women’s Association (Gender Equity Award) (2009). In addition to her academic stewardship, she also serves as the President of the Endocrine Society. She was recently named to the Time Magazine 2013 list of the Worlds Most Influential People and was voted 112th. She was the only scientist on the list.
Honorary Degrees and Addresses
Bates College, in Lewiston, Maine, celebrated the work of Dr. Teresa Woodruff with an honorary degree on May 30, 2010. During the 2010 Commencement activities, Dr. Woodruff spoke to the graduating class and their families about how the Oncofertility Consortium® brings hope to young cancer patients across the globe. She also discussed the tools that Bates graduates can utilize to become the leaders of the 21st century.To view her commencement address, click here.
In 2012, Dr. Woodruff visited her alma mater, Olivet Nazarene University to deliver the commencement address. “At Olivet, I learned how to collaborate and coordinate,” Dr. Woodruff said to the Class of 2012. “As you leave this place, you will meet emerging needs in our society. We are counting on you to become the thought leaders and doers of this century." Dr. Woodruff is the first scientist to deliver the keynote address for this event.
Endocrine Society President
Dr. Woodruff was inaugurated as president of the Endocrine Society- the world’s oldest, largest, and most active organization devoted to research on hormones and the clinical practice of endocrinology. She was handed the gavel at their 95th Annual Meeting at the end of June.
“Worldwide, the endocrinology community is facing a variety of challenges, including the colliding epidemics of obesity and diabetes, growing awareness of the health risks associated with endocrine-disrupting chemicals, the tension between global population expansion and personal reproductive needs, and the need to support scientific research in an environment with limited resources,” said Woodruff, also the Thomas J. Watkins Memorial Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. “As president of the Endocrine Society, I am looking forward to working with the talented clinicians and researchers in our membership to develop tactics and offer continued scientific leadership to address these issues.”