The annual award is given to a Dearborn faculty, staff member, alumnus or University supporter who exemplifies the dedication, fortitude and involvement of Susan B. Anthony, a leader of the womens suffrage movement.
Linda E. Fisher, associate professor of biology who nominated Parsons, said that Marilee has been a guiding force in implementing a number of programs for women and girls, particularly in the area of encouraging girls and young women to consider studies in science.
For the past four years, Fisher noted, Parsons has directed a week-long science camp for middle school girls. She also received a Diversity Steering Committee grant to organize a networking workshop for U-M-Dearborn women students and scientists in 1993.
An active member of the American Association of Women in Science (AWIS) Detroit chapter, Parsons is a mentor for many students, some of whom work with her as laboratory research assistants, and has encouraged girls to continue their participation in science and math.