UC Davis ADVANCE is an Institutional Transformation grant that
began in September of 2012. The program is supported by the
National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE Program which aims to
increase the participation and advancement of women in academic
science and engineering careers. This website shares information
about the program, related research, and efforts to promote and
increase the diversity of science, technology, engineering, and
math (STEM) faculty on the UC Davis campus and beyond.
The UC Davis faculty includes 22 members of the National Academy
of Sciences, 13 members of the National Academy of Engineering,
24 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2
Pulitzer Prize winners, 3 MacArthur Fellows and 5 members of the
In addition UC Davis STEM faculty are recognized for excellence
in research, teaching, and service. Learn about some recent
award-winning scholars and their research.
The ADVANCE program is led by faculty and staff from across the
UC Davis campus. The leadership consists of a core management
team, Steering Committee, Initiative Committees, External
Advisory Board, Internal Advisory Board, and External and
Our on-campus leaders come from all four colleges at UC Davis -
the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the
College of Letters and Science, the College of Biological
Sciences, and the College of Engineering.
The National Science Foundation began supporting ADVANCE
initiatives in 2001, and has awarded over $130M in funding for a
variety of programs. The most significant efforts seek to create
permanent institutional transformation.
Professional disciplinary groups allow members to meet, engage,
and share knowledge. This effort is particularly important to
foster supportive, collaborative networks among scientists from
We have compiled multiple publicly available databases of the
published research related to NSF ADVANCE program efforts to
increase diversity in STEM education and the STEM labor force.
These include the literature on implicit bias, mentorship and
Balance is real challenge facing many faculty, particularly women
with children. The perception (and reality) of the inflexibility
and rigor of an academic career is one cause for the lack of
diversity in STEM disciplines.