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
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.
Please visit the new UVa CHARGE Candidate & Faculty Guide for UVa and Charlottesville!
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