NSF Grant



ADVANCE Adaptation: University of Wisconsin Oshkosh – Three Campuses, One Institution

National Science Foundation LogoAmendment Date: January 24, 2023

Start Date: August 1, 2022

End Date: July 31, 2025 (Estimated)

Award Amount to Date: $999,674.00

Principal Investigator: Jennifer Schuttlefield Christus (schuttlj@uwosh.edu)

Co-Principle Investigator: Samantha Larson (larsonsj@uwosh.edu)

Former Co-Principal Investigator: Alicia Johnson

External Evaluator: Denise Roseland

Project Manager: Karee Orrick (advance@uwosh.edu)

Project Assistant: Amy Hardy


The project is designed to address gender inequities in STEM departments at a recently integrated, restructured, multi-campus, comprehensive University, which is a unique context for an ADVANCE grant to be implemented. In 2018, the University of Wisconsin (UW) System underwent a restructuring process. As one of the largest systems of public higher education in the nation, with ~165,000 students and 39,000 faculty and staff, the impacts were wide-reaching. The goals of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (UWO) ADVANCE project include: developing a web-based dashboard for tracking progress and transparency on the three campuses; creating awareness of and training to address the climate issues uncovered in the 2021 Climate Survey; conducting an equity review of STEM departmental tenure, renewal, and promotion (TRP) policies; establishing roadmaps for TRP for faculty and instructional staff; and aiding departments in creating new/revised, equitable policies and procedures to improve department climates. The project will use several strategies from NSF ADVANCE awardees, StratEGIC Toolkit, the ADVANCEGeo Transforming the Workplace Project, as well as targeted best practices outlined in the Chancellor’s Study on Work/Life Balance.

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Advancing Women in Science and Engineering in the University of Wisconsin System

National Science Foundation LogoAmendment Date: Sept. 6, 2011

Start Date: Sept. 1, 2011

End Date: Aug. 31, 2017 (Estimated)

Award Amount to Date: $171, 011

Principal Investigator: Jennifer Mihalick (mihalick@uwosh.edu)

Evaluator: Erin Winterrowd (ewinterr@gmail.com)

2017 ADVANCE poster


The proposed project included two main professional development activities designed to address specific problems for the advancement of STEM women in the University of Wisconsin (UW) system.

  • The first will provide opportunities for STEM female postdocs from the two UW PhD granting institutions to give seminars/practice job talks at one of the eleven comprehensive institutions in the UW system.
  • The second initiative is a horizontal mentoring program for 50 senior women broken down into nine or 10 disciplinary groups of four to six members each.The goal is to advance careers, reduce isolation and energize senior women STEM faculty.

The proposal intends to use the existing structure of the Women & Science Program housed on the UWO campus to administrate the new programs.

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Universities of Wisconsin Alliance for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Advancement in STEM

UW Oshkosh Campus
Halsey Science Center, Room 121
(920) 424-7414