NSF ADVANCE Program
The goal of the NSF ADVANCE Program is to increase the participation of women in the academic science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and social, behavioral and economic (SBE) science careers. Since 2001, the NSF has invested over $130 million in over 100 institutions to help affect the underrepresentation of women in these fields.
NSF ADVANCE at U.Va. is U.Va. CHARGE
The U.Va. CHARGE program has three goals with activities supporting each of the goals. Learn more about the activities and goals of the program by clicking on the links below.
News and Events
Please visit the new UVA Candidate & Faculty Guide for UVA and Charlottesville! Powered by UVA CHARGE.
Please check out one of our sister STEM organizations
Throughout April, UVA CHARGE will be publishing weekly features on the wonderful members of our Implementation Team on the UVA CHARGE Facebook page. These are the men and women behind the development and institutionalization our UVA CHARGE projects and programs. Check out our Facebook page over the next couple months to read all about their research interests and accomplishments!
March was Women's History Month! And what better way to celebrate than by honoring women who have made extraordinary advances in STEM and SBE fields and have helped break the glass ceiling for all women after them. Check out UVA CHARGE Facebook to catch up!
Joanne M. Cohoon
It is with deep sadness that we report our colleague, friend, and Co-PI for CHARGE, Joanne M. Cohoon, lost her battle with breast cancer on February 14, 2016. Joanne was a National Center for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT) Consultant and Research Scientist, and a Professor in the Engineering and Society Department at UVA. Her research area was gender, technology, and education and she published numerous studies on departmental factors that influence recruitment and retention of women undergraduate and graduate students in computer science. Joanne was recognized for her innovative approaches to teaching that attracted young women to computing, engineering, and math with the A. Richard Newton Educator ABIE Award, and, with her husband Jim, ran the successful Tapestry Workshops each summer for high school computer science teachers.
The CHARGE team remembers Joanne's sense of humor, intellectual rigor, and passion for diversifying STEM. We will miss our colleague.
In honor of Joanne's life achievements, we announce the Joanne McGrath Cohoon Enhancement Grants that will support professional development and advancement for women STEM faculty.
At the request of her family, all donations to NCWIT between now and the 2016 Summit will be received in Joanne's honor. You may make a donation here. Donations help support NCWITs programs, campaigns, and alliances with the goal of increasing women's participation in technology and computer sciences.
American Council on Higher Education (ACE): Pipelines Pathways and Institutional Leadership Status of Women
UVa CHARGE Program Update
Last Spring, the CHARGE program hosted its 3rd Year Site Visit by NSF. The purpose of the site visit was to provide an external mid-point evaluation of the program and a set of recommendations to improve programmatic results. Overall, CHARGE had a very positive NSF site visit resulting in some exciting changes in our program. Many faculty members participated in the site visit, and we send a heartfelt thank you to all participants—you made it a success!
As a result of the site visit, CHARGE combined and restructured the program goals in order to take advantage of synergies between old and new projects. We are also proceeding with institutionalizing our projects that have shown success so they will be sustained beyond the life of our grant.
For more details on change on changes to the CHARGE program, please go here.
UVa Female Astronomers in the News!
Op-ed written by UVa Astronomer and CHARGE team member, Kelsey Johnson. Dr. Johnson's recent significant scientific discovery received considerable press; however, the press misidentified her as a man. Read Dr. Johnson's take on why this error matters for women in STEM!
Another UVa female astronomer -- and CHARGE enhancement grant recipient-- in the news! Check out this story about Dr. Anne Verbiscer. http://news.virginia.edu/content/uva-scientists-expect-witness-unexpected-new-horizons-flies-pluto
UVa CHARGE Enhancement Grant winner, Astronomer Kelsey Johnson, Makes Scientific Discovery
About the UVa CHARGE Enhancement grant: “This funding was essential to helping me keep my work (and therefore me) visible at a time in my life where it is easy to fade into the scientific background due to my family responsibilities. I was subsequently awarded an NSF grant to continue this project, and I suspect that the visibility that the Enhancement funds helped to provide was important in this process.”--Kelsey Johnson