Professor and Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering
This award will enable Howard University to develop an innovative and strategic model for institutional transformation that increases the number of female faculty and academic leaders in the STEM disciplines. Though this model targets education, advocacy, and empowerment related to advancing the careers of women in STEM fields at Howard University, its portfolio of activities and outcomes will serve to transform institutional policies and practices that benefit the entire institution, while simultaneously making a significant contribution to strengthening the nation’s STEM workforce.
The HU ADVANCE-IT Writing Retreat was a huge success.
Nineteen (19) women participated in this year's writing retreat, with the goal of submitting their manuscripts for publication within 30 business days. Participants spent the weekend in continuous writing blocks, conferring with partners, and helping one another flesh out ideas, troubleshoot issues, and simply getting to know one another.
The Writing Retreat was held at Osprey Point, Eastern Shore, which proved to be a perfect location for writing and reflection.
We look forward to returning next year!
Dr. Kim Michelle Lewis, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Department of Physics, Applied Physics, & Astronomy, Troy, NY 12180
Binding and Electrical Characterization of DU145 Prostate Tumor Cells on Silicon Carbide
We invite you to submit an application to attend the first HU ADVANCE-IT Writing Retreat. Open to HU Women in the STEM disciplines, the HU ADVANCE-IT Writing Retreat will allow you the opportunity to get away from interruptions and devote two days to writing and/or finalizing your papers and articles. At Osprey Point Inn, Restaurant and Marina, you'll experience wonderful accommodations, great dining, and will be away from the burdens and distractions of everyday living.
HU ADVANCE-IT, in partnership with Women as Chang Agents (WACA) held a Women Faculty in STEM Research Symposium on March 26, 2013 celebrating Women’s History Month. The symposium opened with welcoming remarks by Dr. Paula Whetsel-Ribeau, WACA founder and HU ADVANCE-IT Co-PI. Nine (9) female faculty members presented their research and results to date from STEM disciplines ranging from Mathematics, Physics, Engineering, Biology, Nanotechnology and Biochemistry. Dr. Sonya Smith served as the moderator. A copy of the symposium booklet is in the attachment.
Institutional Transformation awards are expected to include innovative and systemic organizational approaches to transform institutions of higher education in ways that will increase the participation and advancement of women in STEM academic careers. These awards support comprehensive programs for institution-wide change. Additionally, IT projects must include a supplementary 5-page research study designed to investigate theory-driven models and innovations related to the participation and advancement of women in the academic STEM disciplines.