UC Davis ADVANCE Scholar Award Program and Lecture Series

Read announcement of 2020 ADVANCE Scholar Award Recipients!


jonathan eisen and veronica martinez cerdenoThe ADVANCE Scholar Award program is available for mid-career and senior Academic Senate or Academic Federation faculty who advance diverse perspectives and gender equity in STEM through their teaching, research and service. Two 2020 ADVANCE Scholar Awardees will be selected. New this year, the award will be given to one Academic Senate and one Academic Federation faculty member.

The intent of the ADVANCE Scholar Award is to encourage research, leadership, and outreach to underserved communities and/or mentorship of under-represented students, and to highlight and celebrate the contributions that STEM faculty at UC Davis have made to their fields through outstanding scholarship and mentorship.

The recipients will receive a small cash award and will deliver a distinguished campus lecture in fall 2020  at the ADVANCE Award Symposium.  

You can see the list of previous award recipients here.

ADVANCE Scholar Award Nominations 

Nominations can be made by UC Davis faculty, staff, postdocs and students. Individuals wishing to nominate a STEM faculty member will need to:

  • Provide a nomination letter indicating the contributions of the nominee to outstanding scholarship and outreach or mentorship;
  • Provide an expanded curriculum vitae of the nominee;
  • E-mail the requested materials in a single PDF to diversityinclusion@ucdavis.edu attention Mariel Vazquez, CAMPOS Faculty Director.

ADVANCE Scholar Award Symposium

Each of the two 2020 ADVANCE Scholars will deliver a distinguished campus lecture at the ADVANCE Scholar Award Symposium to be held in fall 2020. The Symposium will be widely advertised with the intent of bringing together a multi-disciplinary audience of faculty, post-doctoral scholars, students, and community members. 

If you have any questions about the award or the nomination process, please contact CAMPOS Faculty Director Mariel Vazquez (mrlvazquez@ucdavis.edu) or Tom O’Donnell (twodonnell@ucdavis.edu), Analyst in the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

General Information about UC Davis ADVANCE

UC Davis ADVANCE originated with an Institutional Transformation grant awarded by the National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE Program in 2012. The NSF ADVANCE program aimed to increase the participation and advancement of women in academic science and engineering careers.

ADVANCE logoInstitutional transformation that diversifies STEM faculty at UC Davis is having a significant, nationwide impact on these disciplines and the researchers who practice them. The UC Davis ADVANCE program is rooted in the premise that a multiplicity of perspectives derived from both gender and cultural diversity can increase STEM research innovation by seizing the advantages that a heterogeneous group of talented individuals can bring to problem-definition and problem-solving.

  1. UC Davis ADVANCE capitalizes on the growing pool of culturally diverse STEM professors and doctoral degree recipients, whose experiences and perspectives enhance our ability to solve complex problems that cross disciplinary boundaries. To this end, the UC Davis ADVANCE program has a four-pronged approach to increase the participation and advancement of women and members of groups currently underrepresented in academic science and engineering careers. The key objectives of the program were to:Build a vibrant, welcoming and diverse STEM research community through establishment of the “Center for the Advancement of Multicultural Perspectives on Science” (CAMPOS)
  2. Establish an institution-wide, inclusive STEM climate that values diversity
  3. Promote equitable career advancement among STEM faculty
  4. Understand barriers and catalysts for women and individuals from groups currently underrepresented in STEM, with an initial emphasis on Latinas.