The Advance Project

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

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

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The National Science Foundation’s funding of the URI ADVANCE Project has had a profound impact on the life of our university community. . . the work of ADVANCE is a constant reminder to us all to develop a sustainable view of equity and to nurture the commensurate opportuntiy that will benefit all members of the institution.
– URI President Robert L. Carothers, in a letter to NSF site visit team, July 2006. Read full text

The ADVANCE project at the University of Rhode Island was a 6-year program funded by the National Science Foundation designed to improve and enrich the scientific, technology, engineering, and mathematic academic workforce at URI through the increased representation and participation of women faculty.  URI ADVANCE was active from 2003 to 2009, and included efforts in recruitment, faculty development, improving professional and social networks, work-life balance, and overall climate change, to the ultimate benefit of all faculty at the University of Rhode Island.


Many of the initiatives of ADVANCE have been institutionalized at the University, and efforts continue in this regard. This website contains much useful information as well as a record of URI’s activities, and remains available as a resource to the URI community and the public.


Please view the results of the program’s END OF GRANT SURVEY to get an idea of the impact the ADVANCE program had on faculty at URI.


We wish to honor the passing of Janett Trubatch on October 26, 2010, originator and PI of the URI ADVANCE program, former Vice Provost of Graduate Studies, Research & Outreach at URI, a passionate advocate for women and minorities, and a remarkable and dynamic leader through the initial years of our ADVANCE program. We are deeply indebted to Janett for all she did for women and all underserved populations. She was original, barrier-breaking, inspirational, unafraid, colorful, brilliant, full of zest, and a true leader. There were no rules she wasn’t afraid to challenge for the right reasons. Janett was one-of-a-kind, and the kind of leader who engenders change. Janett changed URI. She will be sorely missed.We invite you to see:

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