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Elsevier Foundation Awards 2013 Grants To Champion Libraries In Developing Countries And Women In Science

Strengthening Team Science & Work Life Satisfaction in the UC System, University of California Santa Barbara

Collaborative, interdisciplinary team science-based research has become increasingly central in scientific discovery. Team science garners more funding, more impactful research and publications. Having a strong network of collaborators and mentors is critical to a productive and successful academic career, yet women are both less likely to participate in team science and to do so later in their careers. The UC Team Science Retreat will address these disparities among early- to mid-career STEM women scientists across the 10 campuses of the University of California (UC) system through a three year series of retreats on team science leadership, research design, and proposal writing. Held in collaboration with UC Merced and UC Office of the President, the retreats will accommodate child care and include male researchers, fostering a climate of family-friendly inclusion while science leadership skills, experience and productivity are gained earlier on in careers. The retreats provide the first comprehensive training in the country for this core competency. Sixty participants will be tracked and supported throughout and joint investment will be made by participating institutions. The UC Team Science retreat promises to deliver new knowledge regarding the relative importance of team science and how diverse points of view inform research, innovation and the public support of science, bringing scientific questions and research more in line with social needs and benefits.

African Network of Portuguese speaking women in Tropical Health, Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Portugal

This project will improve tropical health career development for women scientists in five African Portuguese speaking countries: Mozambique, Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea, St. Tome and Principe. With a focus on improving integration into the wider scientific community, the project will be led by the Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (IHMT), in Lisbon, to develop a critical mass of African women scientists and connect them with mentoring Portuguese academics and the European Platform of Women Scientists. In addition, relevant transferable skills will be offered through distance learning, an in person workshop will be held in each country, a dedicated mobile phone-accessible website and expertise driven database will be developed and childcare grants offered to promote professional visibility. The network proposed here will be the first to include African Portuguese speaking countries, and in an area of research-Tropical Health-- that is particularly relevant to many low and middle income countries. The project addresses the geographic and linguistic isolation of these women scientists and shows great potential as a model for international collaboration, particularly in an area of significant health concern.

Cambridge   Equality Collaboration: Advancing Women in Science within & beyond  Cambridge ,  University of Cambridge

The Cambridge Equality Collaborations (C=C) project aims to develop a comprehensive approach to the advancement of women in STEM, aligning the university's many existing initiatives into an integrated program with lasting potential. Over a three year period, primary research investigating the transition from early career researcher to tenure will be conducted as well as resources developed through the expansion of a leadership development programme; high impact opportunities for the professional and personal development of women in STEM; local and national events to develop a support network for parents and carers; collaboration with previous New Scholars grant recipients (Portia and the National Postdoctoral Association); and profiling visible women role models, including delivery of a prestigious annual event and wide dissemination of book/web/virtual resources celebrating women of Cambridge.

Motivating Enrollment of Women into STEM Majors,  LaGuardia Community College

The first two years of a college career are considered key predictors for students who wish to major in STEM fields. This project targets women in community colleges, an overlooked demographic providing critical STEM career entry points to students-especially women students-of lower socioeconomic status. LaGuardia Community College (LGCC) has a student population that is 58% female-out of all degrees awarded (in the 2012 academic year), less than 5% of the degrees were awarded to women. Of these students, more than 80% report household income of less than $25,000, hence financial might dictate the low graduation rates in women. Within two-year colleges in particular, the shortage of affordable childcare services and common gender stereotypes discourage women from pursuing careers in STEM. This project is open to all LaGuardia Community College students and will implement a series of workshops, research internships, assistance for scholarships and childcare to encourage women to pursue careers in STEM. Program data will be analyzed and submitted for publication, forming the foundation for a subsequent full grant application to a key NSF program directed at community colleges. For the New Scholars program, this proposal represents a new space-or segment in the academic pipeline.

Womens IS Network,  Worcester Polytechnic University

Information Systems is the backbone of our global innovation economy and vital to our future. It is a field of great societal and industry importance which is suffering from an ever diminishing proportion of women as well as a lack of awareness of this gender inequality as a growing problem. With women making up more and more of the workforce, women will be increasingly in leadership roles in Information Systems. Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) is nationally and internationally recognized as a leader in educating women in STEM fields. We are proud to be leading an initiative to support women researchers and thought-leaders in the critical field of Information Systems. The Information System Women's Network (ISWN) supported by WPI has four goals: to collect global data on what women in IS academia need to flourish in their careers; to provide an outlet for current research on women in IS; to grow awareness, membership and visibility within the international IS community and to establish a successful self-supported workshop format sponsored by academic and industrial sponsors. This is an interesting, and potentially high impact approach to a global issue in information systems and presents a clear plan to address the issue in a safe context for women in this area.

Media contact Ylann Schemm Senior Corporate Responsibility Manager, Elsevier +31(0)20-485-2025 newsroom@elsevier.com

SOURCE Elsevier

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