Ways to follow or get involved with AIM

  • If you are an ADVANCE Project Manager,  join our network by contacting us.
  • Users can search the WSKC for "Publications by Funder", selecting "NSF-HRD-ADVANCE" to locate resources related to ADVANCE. 

AIM in the WSKC

Gretal Leibnitz photo

Gretal Leibnitz, Founder of AIM network

"Collaboration with a sister network, the Women Engineers Proactive Network (WEPAN), through the Women in STEM Knowledge Center has afforded an AIM Interest Group site as well as access to an extensive, growing, valuable library of STEM Knowledge Center resources."

About AIM

 ADVANCE Implementation Mentors Network

The AIM network currently consists of more than 80 Program Coordinators/Directors (PC/D's) from over 50 NSF ADVANCE funded programs throughout the United States.  Through the AIM network, PC/D's interact with other coordinators and directors via monthly teleconference meetings and through an email contact list which affords on-demand response and support.  
 
 The AIM Network has fashioned a community of practice in which ADVANCE project leaders have mentored each other in a warm and inclusive environment which has not only nurtured the  development of individual PC/D's but the national ADVANCE effort in general.
 

About ADVANCE 

In 2001, the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced a new program to address the underrepresentation of women in science and engineering. Unlike previous programs that had primarily focused on individual women, the ADVANCE program addresses the institutional structures and practices that have differential impacts on women pursuing academic careers. According to the program solicitation, "The goal of the ADVANCE program is to develop systemic approaches to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers, thereby contributing to the development of a more diverse science and engineering workforce."

More than sixty universities have received five-year, multi-million dollar ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grants in six rounds of awards through 2012. These institutions have taken a variety of approaches to transformation, from a focus on hiring more women to preparing women for leadership roles, educating department heads, and revising university policies. Outcomes of the ADVANCE program to date include publications, conference presentations, and websites that document best practices and successful strategies for increasing recruitment, retention, and advancement of women in academic sciences and engineering careers.

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