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NSF ADVANCE Recipients

Montana State University ADVANCE

Our primary goal was to transform Montana State University and broaden the participation of women faculty in STEM and underrepresented areas of Social and Behavioral Science (SBS) at MSU Bozeman. As former First Lady Obama articulated, invoking the metaphor of a “runner’ s track,” women faculty may find themselves on an “outside” track with hurdles to overcome and a longer distance to run. Our proposal initiatives aimed to transform MSU by removing those hurdles, advancing women to an equal starting point, and thus reducing the “accumulation of disadvantage” (Valian, 1998). Our project operationalized a highly innovative approach to the selection, implementation, and importantly, the empirical understanding of the transformation process.

Oregon State ADVANCE

The overarching goal of OREGON STATE ADVANCE is to serve as a catalyst for advancing the study and practice of equity, inclusion, and justice for women and others from historically underrepresented groups who are faculty in the academy. Through this goal we focus on influencing the personal, symbolic, and institutional levels of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and social and behavioral sciences (SBS) disciplines.

Western Washington University ADVANCE 

To cultivate and maintain partnerships with faculty and inclusion programs locally & nationally that are devoted to the recruitment, retention and support of underrepresented faculty in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

University of Montana-Missoula ADVANCE (PACE)

The University of Montana Partnership for Comprehensive Equity (UM PACE) is an alliance of central administrators, deans, department heads/chairs and faculty has been formed to bring about lasting change in the following: Institutional policy, the number of tenure-line women on the faculty, the empowerment of faculty, and the creation of a statewide network of women scientists.


Community College Partners

Wenatchee Valley College

Wenatchee Valley College enriches North Central Washington by serving educational and cultural needs of communities and residents throughout the service area. The college provides high-quality transfer, liberal arts, professional/technical, basic skills and continuing education for students of diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds.

Whatcom Community College

Whatcom Community College is a regionally and nationally accredited college with an accomplished faculty and staff who serve nearly 11,000 students annually. On its 72-acre campus in Bellingham, Wash., and through online courses, Whatcom offers transfer degrees, professional-technical training programs, as well as basic education, job skills, and Community & Continuing Education classes.

Missoula College

Today, the variables that define career success are ever-changing. In order to get ahead and stay ahead you need the right kind of preparation. Career-focused education teaches you the skills that employers demand. You need hands-on, practical experience with real-world applications. And you need the right kind of job placement assistance to get started in your new career. Missoula College can give you the education you need to reach your goals.

Missoula College offers facilities to create a valuable and relevant learning experience for students. River Campus, designed by StudioFORMA Architects, opened in Fall 2017 and has innovative technology to prepare students for their careers, like a cadaver lab and cybersecurity center. West Campus has facilities to house heavy equipment, welding technology tools, our student-built modular homes, and more.


ADVANCE at WSU Lighty Building, Room 190F  P.O. Box 641061 Pullman, WA 99164-1061

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