ADVANCE - Purdue and the Center for Faculty Success

2013 WOC Conference

WOC Conference

ADVANCE is a National Science Foundation program designed to develop systemic approaches to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers, thereby contributing to the development of a more diverse science and engineering workforce. ADVANCE-Purdue is an institutional transformation project that targets recruitment, retention, and advancement of women STEM faculty at Purdue University. The mission of ADVANCE-Purdue is to conduct research and evaluate Purdue Center for Faculty Success (PCFS) programming, structure and institutionalization, and to institutionalize PCFS as a vibrant center integrated into the fabric of Purdue.


A key component of ADVANCE Purdue is the hosting of the Women of Color Faculty in STEM Conference. This year’s conference theme “HEAR OUR HEELS: Succeeding in Academia to Tenure and Beyond” will provide a forum for Women of Color faculty in STEM from various institutions to develop individual and collective strategies for institutional transformation and to enhance their experiences and success in the academy.


Conference participants will have an opportunity to engage with other Women of Color faculty in STEM from various institutions. Conference workshops will provide a personalized experience with the following outcomes: (1) the creation of professional development plans; (2) the development of formal mentoring networks; (3) identifying success strategies to address professional and personal obstacles; and (4) to identify and develop research collaborators and networks.


To enhance the experience of participants in the 2013 Women of Color Faculty in STEM Conference, usage of the WOC STEM HUB will be fully integrated in the professional development activities.

Travel Grant Applications are due August 23, 2013

Faculty members are invited to apply for an ADVANCE Purdue Travel Grant to attend the 2013 Women of Color Faculty in STEM Conference. Travel Grant Award includes lodging through conference dates, materials, and meals.


2013 TRAVEL GRANT APPLICANTS: Once your application has been received, you will be sent a confirmation email with a supplemental document attached. You will have seven (7) business days to submit your supplemental document to be considered for a travel grant.

TRAVEL GRANT AWARDEES: Once you have received your award notification, you have two (2) weeks to register for the conference. A registration code to waive the cost of registration will be provided.

Special Note for Post-Doctoral Fellows: We have limited funding to assist with the cost of registration for Post-Doctoral Fellows. If you wish to apply for funding, please send a request to Porsche Townsend, prior to submitting a travel application. Post- Doctoral Fellows are required to present a research poster to be considered for an award.



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The ADVANCE 2013 Gender and STEM Research Symposium was held on November 13-14th.  Proceedings from this symposium are available through Purdue e-Pubs.

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