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.
Tina Jeoh is an Assistant Professor in the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department. She studies the science and engineering underlying the use of naturally occurring biopolymers as feedstock or raw material in various applications. Currently, her research program addresses two global necessities – a sustainable and renewable energy supply and improvement in food quality and value. Specifically, Jeoh lab members are researching the bioconversion of structural sugars in plant biomass to biofuels and microencapsulation of bioactive compounds in polysaccharide matrices for stable integration into foods. In addition to advancing research, her collaboration with the Women’s Research and Resources Center (WRRC) established STEM for Girls on the UC Davis campus, an annual day of hands-on activities and lab/facility tours for 10-12 year old girls from Sacramento and Woodland elementary schools.
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.