The Ohio State ADVANCE office was established in 2012 to sustain the institutional transformation initiatives developed under a National Science Foundation ADVANCE grant, awarded in 2008. ADVANCE's mission is to impact the recruitment, retention and advancement of women faculty in the STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), with a focus on developing research leaders. Ohio State ADVANCE's success has been achieved in large part through its identity in the Office of Research, providing a strong link to the University's research mission.
The U.S. academic and corporate cultures are not improving at a rate commensurate with the demands of the STEM research enterprise. Universities are currently training a workforce that will solve society's most vexing problems. This will require the engagement of learners from all demographic groups, especially those traditionally underrepresented in the STEM disciplines. The mission of ADVANCE is to provide and sustain successful female role models to women students and eliminate barriers that persistently drive women away from STEM fields.
The STEM workforce, especially at the highest levels of leadership do not reflect the demographics of the general population. The critical need to build a sustained workforce in STEM can only be achieved if women are present at every level. Women disproportionately occupy the
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