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Impacts of the NSF ADVANCE IT Award to recruit, retain and promote women in STEM/SBS.

Overall impact

ADVANCE initiatives, in combination with other college and university initiatives, resulted in increased hiring and promotion of women.

More women in STEM and Social and Behavioral Science departments were positioned at the rank of associate and full professor by the end of the ADVANCE funding period compared to the start.

Faculty who participated in ADVANCE programming and initiatives expressed greater positivity toward WVU’s climate.

23 Institutional transformation articles have been published by members of the WVU ADVANCE Team, documenting the outcomes of the grant.

sponsorship program Outcomes


Faculty received grants to support external mentorship through the ADVANCE Sponsorship Program  


Per person in grant funding received
(on average)


Peer reviewed publications per person
(on average)


Achieved promotion and/or tenure since completing the program

top 3 benefits for participating faculty members

Increased visibility in their fields

Higher profile for their research

Their mentors helped them build national and international reputations.

Partial support for this work was provided by the National Science Foundation's ADVANCE IT Program under Award HRD-1007978. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.