One of the primary goals of UC Davis ADVANCE is to support the career development of all STEM scholars.
This website will serve as a clearinghouse of information related to career development including mentorship, professional associations, networking, leadership, work-life balance, funding, awards, and teaching resources.
The UC Davis ADVANCE started its LAUNCH committee pilot mentoring program for new faculty in 2015, and it has taken off! Within two years, the pilot program has already served 34 new faculty members across the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, College of Biological Sciences, College of Engineering, College of Letters & Sciences-Mathematics and Physical Sciences, School of Medicine, School of Veterinary Medicine. In the coming years, UC Davis hopes to expand this LAUNCH committee mentoring program to all its colleges and schools.
This “handbook” of advice was written by the late Dr. Evelyn M. Silvia, Professor of Mathematics and a STEM faculty leader at UC Davis. It offers practical, actionable advice drawn from her own experience and from the advice of members of the Faculty Women’s Research Support Group. Although the advice was gathered in the 1970s and 1980s, it applies equally for women faculty in the 21st century.
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.