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University of Houston Receives $3.3 Million Grant to Promote Women in STEM Fields

August 23, 2014 | By admin

woman in front of white boardThe University of Houston has a received a $3.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to increase the number of women faculty in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, as well as to ensure they have opportunities to move into leadership roles.

The five-year grant is part of the foundation’s ADVANCE program, which is intended to increase the number of women in academic science and engineering careers. The University will build a new center called Center for ADVANCING Faculty Success, which will focus on attracting and retaining a more diverse faculty.

UH President and Chancellor of the University System Renu Khator will serve as principal investigator on the grant. He is pleased that the University has been chosen for the ADVANCE grant. “It is so important that we ensure that women are given the opportunity to succeed as faculty members in all disciplines, not just for the University of Houston, but for the future,” commented Khator.

Co-investigators on the grant are Bonnie Dunbar, M.D. Anderson Professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering, director of the UH STEM Center and the aerospace engineering program; Joseph W. Tedesco, dean of the Cullen College of Engineering; Dan Wells, interim dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics; and Holly Hutchins, associate professor of human development and consumer sciences in the College of Technology.

To learn more about the University of Houston Center for ADVANCING Faculty Success, go to


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