ADVANCE Scholar Award

UC Davis ADVANCE Scholar Award Program and Lecture Series

Congratulations to our 2021 award recipients!

Diane Beckles
Plant Sciences, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences


Luis Carvajal-Carmona
Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, School of Medicine

Please read the full announcement here.

Chen-Nee Chuah and  Jesús A. De Loera
2020 ADVANCE Scholar Recipients Chen-Nee Chuah (Electrical and Computer Engineering) and Jesús A. De Loera (Mathematics)

The 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 2021 ADVANCE Scholar Awardees will be selected.

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 2021 at the ADVANCE Award Symposium.  

You can see the list of previous award recipients here.

ADVANCE Scholar Award Nominations 

The deadline for nominations is June 1, 2022

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 attention Mariel Vazquez, CAMPOS Faculty Director.

ADVANCE Scholar Award Symposium

Each of the two 2020 and the 2021 ADVANCE Scholars will deliver a distinguished campus lecture at the ADVANCE Scholar Award Symposium to be held during the 2021-22 academic year.† 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.

Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the 2020 symposium was postponed

If you have any questions about the award or the nomination process, please contact CAMPOS Faculty Director Mariel Vazquez ( or Tom O’Donnell (, 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. At the completion of the NSF Grant, the ADVANCE Program was institutionalized, and its different components are currently overseen by the Office of Academic Affairs and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (Academic Diversity). The ADVANCE Scholar Award is overseen by CAMPOS within DEI.

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.