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ADVANCE Program

Current Initiatives

Career Advancement/Mentoring

ADVANCE Distinguished Lecture Series

The purpose of this series is to encourage tenure-track women faculty members in partner departments to make the professional connections with leaders in their research area. Participation in this initiative accelerates the development of networks for the new faculty members, include women in decision-making roles, and create links between women faculty and disciplinary leaders.

Postdoctoral Researcher Travel Award

Most postdoctoral researchers in the natural science and social science departments in the Colleges of Agriculture, Arts & Sciences, Human Ecology, Technology & Aviation, and Veterinary Medicine are eligible to apply for travel funds (see http://advance.k-state.edu/initiatives/postdoc_travel.html for eligible departments). The purpose of this series is to enhance the postdoctoral researcher experience and enrich the lives of women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines. Factors that enhance the postdoctoral researcher experience include the purpose of the meeting and the extent to which postdoctoral researchers will participate in informal and formal networking opportunities. Factors that lead to enriching the lives of women in STEM disciplines include participating in professional development workshops relevant to gender inequality and inequity.

KAWSE Award

This award honors exceptional efforts undertaken by a K-State faculty or staff member to enrich girls’ and women’s lives in STEM disciplines. Recipients will be recognized with an engraved plaque and a $500 award.

Networking Opportunities

Informal gatherings are held at the beginning and end of each semester at the Manhattan Country Club. The purpose is to meet and make connections with others who are committed to retaining women in STEM disciplines. Watch for announcements of these events on the ADVANCE listserv. 

Informal brown bag networking lunches are held for junior faculty in STEM disciplines to have an opportunity to network with each other. This is an opportunity for junior faculty women to meet other junior faculty women across campus. Lunches are informal so that guests can come and go during the hour. These luncheons have also been host to guest speakers, such as the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, and discussion topics have included dual academic career couple concerns, the tenure track process, negotiation committee assignments, and the importance of shared interests in leisure time activities. Watch for announcements of these events on the ADVANCE listserv.