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.
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.