The Advance Project

Enhancing the academic careers of women in science, technology, engineering, & mathematics

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Advance Overview

Thank you . . . for your interest in the ADVANCE program at the University of Rhode Island. The National Science Foundation created ADVANCE to increase the participation of women in the scientific and engineering workforce through the increased representation and advancement of women in academic science and engineering careers. In September 2003, URI received a 5-year Institutional Transformation Award to accomplish these goals. Project efforts will include climate assessment, faculty recruitment, faculty development, work/family policy initiatives, developing professional and social support networks, and overall climate change.


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URI ADVANCE Program Goals

  1. Develop and share a comprehensive understanding of the status of women STEM faculty, through:
    • data collection
    • climate survey
    • focus groups
    • active dissemination of findings
  2. Increase the number of ranked women STEM faculty, through:
    • Faculty Fellows Recruitment Program
    • supplemental funding opportunities for new hires
    • general administrative emphasis on diversification
  3. Advance the careers of all women faculty, especially STEM faculty, through:
    • Incentive Award Program
    • faculty workshops, lectures, & seminars
    • mentor training program
    • topical lunch series
  4. Improve the available networks of support for all women faculty, especially STEM faculty, through:
    • work-life policy revisions and dissemination
    • increased social networking opportunities
    • increased professional networking opportunities
  5. Increase administrative collaboration to engage in and promote organizational change, through:
    • leadership workshops
    • working closely with administration in developing a message pyramid


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