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.
HU ADVANCE-IT is pleased to announce the awardees for its 2014 MiniGrant initiative! These awards are made through a competitive selection process to qualified individuals and/or teams of researchers in the Natural Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Computer Science in the College of Engineering, Architecture and Computer Science and the Basic Sciences in the College of Medicine. The money is intended to be used for faculty development and to further the professional advancement and collaboration potential of STEM* women faculty.
This year HU ADVANCE-IT highlights and celebrates Howard University's STEM Pipeline with a photo representing women at each level:
1. Howard University's Early Learning Program
2. Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science
4. Graduate School
5. Early Career Faculty
6. Senior Faculty
This year, HU ADVANCE-IT is a Platinum Sponsor of the Howard University Research Day. Sponsorship included branding, center stage at the event’s reception, a panel discussion, STEM Women Faculty Presenters, the launch of the 2nd round of the HU ADVANCE-IT Mini-Grants, and the announcement of the 2014 Researcher of the Year Award.
That award was given to Dr. Georgia M. Dunston.
Please watch our livestream of Howard University Research Day - Women in STEM @ Howard University Panel
HU ADVANCE-IT mini-grants are awarded to qualified individuals and/or teams of researchers in the Natural Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Computer Science in the College of Engineering, Architecture and Computer Science and the Basic Sciences in the College of Medicine. More specifically, these grants are designed for faculty advancement and development to further the professional advancement and collaboration potential of STEM women, especially women of color. Of particular interest, for example, is the desire and need to provide seed money for interdisciplinary research collaborations. Another, equally important vision is to promote visibility of women in the physical sciences, engineering, and mathematics through lectureships or other creative mechanisms.
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