ADVANCE Scholar Award

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UC Davis ADVANCE Scholar Award Program and Lecture Series

The ADVANCE Scholar Award program is available for mid-career and senior, ladder-ranked faculty who will advance gender equity in STEM through their teaching, research or service. 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.

Two ADVANCE Scholars will be awarded for the 2018-2019 academic year. The recipients will receive a small cash award and will deliver a distinguished campus lecture regarding their research and mentorship activities at an award symposium.  

ADVANCE Scholar Award Nominations

The deadline for nominations for the 2018-2019 academic year is April 1, 2019. Award recipients should be notified by mid-April and the ADVANCE Scholar Award Symposium will be held in fall 2019.

Nominations can be made by UC Davis faculty, staff, postdocs and students and are encouraged to nominate UC Davis ladder-ranked colleagues who will advance gender equity in STEM through their teaching, research or service to underserved communities and/or underrepresented 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 mentorship,
  • Provide an expanded curriculum vitae of the nominee, and
  • Log into their UC Davis (Kerberos) account to access the nomination form.

Nominations can be made by clicking here.

ADVANCE Scholar Lecture Series

The two ADVANCE Scholars award recipients selected for the 2018-2019 academic year will deliver a distinguished campus lecture regarding their research and mentorship activities at the ADVANCE Scholar Award Symposium anticipated to be held in mid-April. 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.

General Information about ADVANCE

UC Davis ADVANCE is an Institutional Transformation grant that began in September of 2012. The program is supported by the National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE Program which aims to increase the participation and advancement of women in academic science and engineering careers.

Institutional transformation that diversifies STEM faculties at UC Davis will have 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.

The program 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 in academic science and engineering careers:

  1. 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 Latinas in STEM

You can read about the 2016-17 award recipients here.