Advancing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is a priority nationally, for the State of California, and at UC Davis. A strong STEM workforce will drive innovation, economic growth, and generate novel solutions to pressing national and international problems.
Efforts at the national, state and local levels aim to broaden participation in STEM education and employment and improve the career development of all STEM scholars.
A third set of videos in the D&I Series, “Promising Practices for D&I in STEM,” is now accessible HERE. This new set of videos features top university leaders describing D&I practices for underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. In addition, a posting of a new featured promising practice from the Museum of Science in Boston.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender in any educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. The National Science Foundation has implemented regulations to ensure that educational programs that receive NSF funds are free of gender discrimination and harassment.
Office of Science and TechnologyMichael Feder, December 18, 2012
The Obama Administration has formally designated increasing the number of students who receive undergraduate degrees in STEM fields by 1 million over the next decade a Cross-Agency Priority goal. With this designation, President Obama intends to focus attention and resources, require cross-agency coordination and encourage sharing of best practices among agencies.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, August 18, 2011Paul Basken
The National Institutes of Health promised a series of steps to help black researchers win scientific study grants in light of a new study showing a persistent racial gap in its review processes. The study, carried out with the cooperation of the NIH, found that applications from black scientists were 13 percentage points less likely to win grants than were applications from white investigators.Given that the NIH approves only about 30 percent of its grant applications, the gap means that whites are about twice as likel
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.