VCU wins $3M NSF grant to expand STEM female faculty recruitment, retention and advancement

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $2.99 million grant to an interdisciplinary team of faculty women leaders at Virginia Commonwealth University aimed at increasing the recruitment, retention and advancement of STEM female faculty across the university, according to a VCU announcement.
The grant has the goal of raising the participation and advancement of women in academic science, technology, engineering and math careers by initiating systematic change throughout VCU's institutional structure and culture, according to a university article

“With this grant, we will identify the structural and cultural elements that are preventing us from actually transforming our institution,” Montse Fuentes, Ph.D., dean of the College of Humanities and Sciences said in the article.

Along with Fuentes, the project includes co-principal investigators from VCU's School of Medicine, College of Engineering, School of Education and Division for Inclusive Excellence. BMES member Barbara D. Boyan is on the team. Boyan is the Alice T. and William H. Goodwin Jr. dean of the College of Engineering and professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

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