SciWomen History

Rutgers Establishes the SciWomen Office
Led by Joan W. Bennett, Professor II of Plant Biology and Pathology


Data Warehouse Established
SciWomen partners with the Office of Institutional Research and Academic Planning to create a data warehouse for collecting and reporting NSF indicator data.

RU FAIR Professorships
Campus ambassadors are named to help promote, advance, and support women in the sciences on all three campuses.


Research Awards for Graduate Students
SciWomen creates research awards for graduate students to present their work at national conferences.


SciWomen Website Re-Launched
We revamped our website to be more creative and dynamic. Faculty Profiles, My Stories, and key resources were added.


Dual-Career Initiative Begins
SciWomen is awarded supplemental  funding from NSF to begin the Dual-Career Initiative for faculty.

SciWomen received a 3.67 million dollar 5-year ADVANCE grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), HRD #0810978.

SciWomen Recieves Funding for Workforce Development
 from the New Jersey Department of Labor.


Faculty Leadership Programs Launched
OASIS Leadership & Professional Development Program and Women of Color Scholars Initiative (WoCSI) debut.


IWL Member
SciWomen Becomes a Member of Rutgers’ Institute for Women’s Leadership (IWL).

Faculty Grants Awarded
SciWomen creates funding opportunities for faculty, (Mini-grants and Life-cycle grants).

   SciWomen Implements First Faculty Learning Community(FLC)


Dual-Career Supplement Begins. 


We Join OIDI
Following the University’s new strategic plan, SciWomen has a new reporting structure – now part of the university-wide Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion (OIDI).


Led by Joan W. Bennett, Associate Vice President and Professor II of Plant Biology and Pathology, 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 by:

      • providing resources and support for engagement and success in the sciences
      • acting as a catalyst and partner in achieving diversity
      • developing an enriched workforce for the 21st century
      • contributing to the development of visionary leaders
      • serving as a national model for the advancement of women in science within higher education

In 2008, the SciWomen Office received an NSF ADVANCE grant (award HRD # 0810978)  that lasted five years (ending in September 2013).  The grant allowed us to develop systemic approaches to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic science, social science, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers. Learn more about what we accomplished through the RU FAIR ADVANCE grant and explore our current initiatives that advance gender and racial equity in the sciences.