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.
October 29, 2015 - 9:00am - October 30, 2015 - 5:00pm
ADVANCE will be presenting on “Igniting the Dream: Supports and Strategies to Diversify STEM Fields” at the 3rd Annual California STEM Symposium October 29-30, 2015 in Anaheim, CA. The presentation will explore findings from a national research project focused on determining the predictive factors influencing and promoting diverse students to enter STEM fields in academia. Key findings, along with practical tools, will be presented for educators to provide culturally appropriate supports and strategies.
October 29, 2015 - 9:00am - October 31, 2015 - 5:00pm
ADVANCE will be presenting a workshop on “Securing your first faculty position: Keys to successful interviewing” at the Annual Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) National Conference October 29-31, 2015 in Washington, DC. The workshop will provide skill-building answers to key questions: What does it take to make the “short list”? What are search-committees looking for?
The ADVANCE Scholars will be presenting as part of the ADVANCE Scholar Award Symposium on January 13, 2016, 2-5pm in the Student Community Center-Multi Purpose Room. *Specific presentation titles will be provided closer to the date!
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.