About half of new STEM hires in the School of Arts and Sciences in New Brunswick have been women.
The Office for the Promotion of Women in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics (SciWomen) was established in 2006 to serve faculty, post-doctoral, and graduate and undergraduate women working and studying in the science, social science, engineering, and mathematics disciplines at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
Led by Joan W. Bennett, Associate Vice President and Professor II of Plant Biology and Pathology, SciWomen provides resources and support for engagement and success in the sciences. It acts as a catalyst and partner in achieving diversity, contributes to developing an enriched workforce for the 21st century, seeks to identify and support visionary leaders; and serves as a national model for the advancement of women in science within higher education.
In September of 2008, the SciWomen office received an NSF ADVANCE grant to develop systemic approaches to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic science, social science, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers, thereby contributing to the development of a more diverse science and engineering workforce. Read more about the RU FAIR ADVANCE grant.