How we got started
In 2010, West Virginia University joined an elite group of institutions receiving a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation (IT) grants. With this $3.8 million dollar five year grant, WVU increased the participation and advancement of women faculty in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers.
WVU ADVANCE has contributed to a more diverse science and engineering workforce by ensuring that women scientists consider West Virginia University as a viable and attractive career option.
The primary goal of the program was to increase the representation and advancement of women in the Biology, Chemistry, Math, Physics, Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology, and Political Science, and Statistics departments in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences and all the departments in the College of Engineering and Mineral Resources.
In a sense, ADVANCE functioned as a pilot program for faculty development opportunities that the institution has now made more broadly available as appropriate.