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 Royal Society.
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 Internal Evaluators.
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.
Did you know that laboratory buildings use approximately 3-5 times as much energy per square foot as an office or classroom, as shown in the figure? This is true for other resources as well: water, solid waste, chemicals, and electronics. The UC system has committed to goals of Zero Waste by 2020 and Carbon Neutrality by 2025. In response to these goals, Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability created the Green Lab program, and you can get certified through it, or learn about additional resources.
CAMPOS hosts a series of Cafecitos/Coffee Breaks throughout the academic year, for faculty to network and discuss topics relevant to promoting, and sustaining a diverse community of STEM faculty.
“Institutionalizing Inclusion: Policies and Practices that Sustain and Enable Inclusive Climates”
The policy and practices initiative has been reviewing polices as well as practices related to faculty recruitment, advancement and retention with the goal of breaking down barriers to inclusion in the faculty ranks. Some suggested changes have already been implemented and others will be presented in our final report to the campus. Come to the cafecito to discuss the draft of the findings and recommendations of this final report.
Team Science is a transdisciplinary approach to solving complex problems that integrates and aligns expertise and technologies around a shared vision with common expectations.
Join us for this brown bag, where you will learn Team Science is and what it is not, the driving factors of Team Science, characteristics of successful Team Science leadership (managing, motivating, and inspiring individuals toward a common goal), how to identify collaborators and build Team Science networks, and how to foster effective lines of communication (in the context of different interdisciplinary languages).
*Please bring your own lunch. Only light refreshments will be provided.
Where: 1100 Surge III (“The Grove”)
When: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 from 12:30pm-1:30pm
The ADVANCE Scholar Award program encourages research leadership and outreach to underserved communities and/or mentorship of underrepresented students to highlight and celebrate the contributions that women STEM faculty at UC Davis have made to their respective fields. ADVANCE Scholars are selected for their outstanding scientific and mentoring contributions.
At this seminar, ADVANCE Scholar JoAnne Engebrecht will make a presentation on her research and mentorship activities, followed by an informal reception.
CAMPOS Faculty Scholar, Rebecca Calisi-Rodriguez, was featured in the news recently for her ground-breaking research on using pigeons to monitor possible dangers to our health in the environment! Check it out:
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 under-represented groups.
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 other topics.
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.