Kaye Reed Scholarship Endowment

Kaye Reed Scholarship Endowment

Women are underrepresented globally in science

The Institute of Human Origins (IHO) has long supported an increased opportunity for women in paleoanthropology, so we are delighted to announce a new endowment that will advance and inspire young women’s participation in science.

The Kaye Reed Scholarship Endowment will support undergraduate and graduate student research and contribute to a shift towards the gender equity needed in the research community.

The idea for this scholarship was sparked by Elaine Reiss, a long-time supporter of IHO and champion of women in science. Ms. Reiss has donated the initial resources to launch this endowment, but we need your help to reach our goal of funding a robust endowment and achieving a long-term objective of $100,000 to establish a scholarship that will have a significant impact on student success in IHO.

Kaye Reed was a nontraditional graduate student embarking on a doctoral degree and an academic career after a successful business career and raising a family. After earning her PhD from SUNY, Stony Brook in 1996, she joined IHO, first as a postdoctoral fellow and then as an assistant professor at ASU.

Reed is now an IHO Research Scientist and an ASU President’s Professor of the School of Human Evolution and Social Change. She is also the co-leader of an international team of researchers who are responsible for one of the most important recent discoveries in human origins—a jaw that pushed back evidence of our own genus Homo 400,000 years to 2.8 million years ago.

Give now

You can donate online at the "Give Now" link above or by a check payable to ASU Foundation and noting “Reed Endowment” in the memo section and mail to

ASU Institute of Human Origins
Attention: Kaye Reed Endowment
PO Box 878404
Tempe AZ 85287-8404