UVa CHARGE Program


The goal of the NSF ADVANCE Program is to increase the participation of women in the academic science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and social, behavioral and economic (SBE) science careers. Since 2001, the NSF has invested over $130 million in over 100 institutions to help affect the underrepresentation of women in these fields.


The U.Va. CHARGE program has five goals with activities supporting each of the goals. Learn more about the activities and goals of the program by clicking on the links below.

Goal 1: Departmental Diversity

Goal 2: Recruitment

Goal 3: Tournament of Ideas

Goal 4: Enhancement Funds

Goal 5: Voices and Visibility


Link to full NSF ADVANCE proposal
Link to U.Va.'s NSF ADVANCE abstract
U.Va. CHARGE Brochure

News and Events

NSF Recognizes Co-PI Joanne Cohoon and U.Va. CHARGE as agents of change

National Science Foundation: Discoveries - Discovery
Encouraging diversity in computer science education


Iris - the Thinking Woman's Magazine

Celebration for Women in STEM

Wednesday, April 1, 4-6 p.m.
Commonwealth Room of Newcomb Hall on the Grounds of the University of Virginia

Iris Magazine, a Women’s Center-sponsored publication, will facilitate a dialogue between students, faculty and staff at the University of Virginia, as well as women working in the Charlottesville area, about their experiences in STEM.
The following speakers, along with other esteemed guests who wish to engage with U.Va. students, will be in attendance:

Please feel free to forward this event invitation to others who you think would be interested in attending. All guests should RSVP to Agnes Filipowski, Women's Center Communications Assistant / Iris Magazine Editor, at abf4u@virginia.edu by March 18, Wednesday. Due to limited space at the venue, RSVPs are required.
Read more about last year'sevent that Iris Magazine hosted for women in business in this blog post.

The event is co-sponsored with the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women's Center and the U.Va. Parents Committee.

Tracking Trends in Gender in STEM Publications

This is a "must watch" presentation by Dr. Elizabeth Creamer (Virginia Tech) on Tracking Trends in Gender in STEM Publications. This NSF GSE funded project provides a valuable publication data base along with novel data visualizations, developed by Jane Langeman.http://www.wskc.org/ttgsp


>>U.Va. Charge Newsletter - February 2015

STEM and SBE Women Faculty: Applications for Enhancement Funds Available

Enhancement funds are small grants for the purpose of supporting women’s career advancement in the STEM and SBE disciplines. Career advancement activities include: research, teaching, scholarship, and professional development.  All full-time, permanent tenure and tenure track STEM and SBE women faculty at U.Va. are eligible to apply.  Since time to full rank may be longer for women compared to men tenured faculty in SBE departments, SBE faculty are especially encouraged to apply for resources to enhance their advancement from associate to full professor. Please see the U.Va. CHARGE Enhancement Fund Web page for a detailed description and application. Spring semester applications are due March 6th.


STEM & SBE Female Faculty - Portraiture Project

U.Va. CHARGE wants to highlight women faculty in STEM/SBE at U.Va. so we are inviting you to join in the U.Va. CHARGE photography project as part of the U.Va. CHARGE goal, Voices and Visibility. Find out how to participate here.

Tournament of Ideas Winners!

Congratulations to Michael Livermore, Faculty, School of Law, the WINNER of the Tournament of Ideas! And congratulations also to Murielle de Wekker, PhD alumna, Curry School, as the RUNNER UP!

>>November 2014 U.Va. CHARGE Newsletter

Petra Rudolf Seminar, "How to Keep Women (and Men) in Science" Now Available on Video

How to Keep Women (and Men) in Science

Petra Rudolf was on grounds as a guest of Petra Reinke to give a seminar on her research on nanomachines in the MSE department. As part of her visit, she gave this special seminar which was recorded and now available here.

U.Va. Charge Sponsors Invited Talk & Discussion: How to Keep Women (and Men) in Science

Petra Rudolf is on grounds as a guest of Petra Reinke to give a seminar on her research on nanomachines in the MSE department. As part of her visit, we are also happy to announce this special seminar. Read more.

Monday, November 10, 2014
10:30am - noon
Wilsdorf Hall, Room 200

Tournament of Ideas Final Presentation Event

You are cordially invited to the Final Presentation Event of the U.Va. CHARGE Tournament of Ideas.

Who: U.Va. Faculty, Staff & Alumi
Where: Nau Hall, Room 101
When: Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Time: 3:30-6:15pm
~ Refreshments will be provided.

The Tournament of Ideas was a contest open to all staff, faculty, students and alumni.  The contestants were asked to develop innovative ideas to address the challenges of dual career hires for faculty and staff.  The event will showcase the first phase of results from the tournament. 

The top four finalists in this competition will present their ideas to improve the University’s ability to support dual career couples. The winner and runner-up will be announced at this event!

Outreach and Travel Funds Available

U.Va. CHARGE is pleased to announce that we are accepting requests for support for outreach and travel to assist with identifying and recruiting highly qualified women tenure track faculty candidates,  especially underrepresented women candidates, in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and social, behavioral and economic (SBE) departments. Read more about this important goal and fill out an Active Recruitment & Outreach Fund request form.


Tournament of Ideas Proposal Submissions Represent a Diverse Group

Thank you for your Tournament of Ideas proposal submissions! We are proud to have a great cross section of the university represented and such a diverse group submitting proposals. We received proposals from many schools to include SEAS, A&S, Batten, Med/Law, Law, Curry, and SCPS. Many groups were also represented to include faculty, staff, grad students, and alumni. Although the competition was indeed fierce, the following finalists have been selected.


  • Devin Harris, Faculty in SEAS, CEE
  • Murielle de Wekker, PhD alumna, Curry School (and spouse of a faculty member)
  • Michael Livermore, Faculty, School of Law
  • Lois Shepherd, Faculty, School of Medicine/Law (dual appointment)

U.Va. Becomes More Inclusive and Encourages a Diverse Workforce

The Cavalier Daily: University. Extends Spousal Benefits for Same-Sex Partners

U.Va. CHARGE Newsletter - October 2014

Academic Search Portal Released

U.Va. Beta Academic Search PortalUniversities are increasingly competing for the same highly accomplished diverse faculty candidates.  The UVa Strategic Plan identified recruiting and retaining talented and diverse faculty in research, teaching and service  as a priority. The Academic Search Portal provides information, resources, tools and discussions to help search committees leverage the broad spectrum of research and best practices that are proven to attract the best and most diverse faculty candidates.

>> Please help us by providing feedback at uvacharge@virginia.edu.   We look forward to hearing from you and meeting the needs of search committees.  <<

Related News from The Chronicle of Higher Education: Top Biology Labs Run by Men Hire Fewer Female Scientists

Related News from Columbia Business School: New Research Proves Gender Bias Extraordinarily Prevalent in Stem Careers

Award-Winning Computer Scientist Opens Door to Women

Mary Lou SoffaMary Lou Soffa, co-PI for the U.Va. CHARGE Program, was recently recognized with the Association for Computing Machinery SIGSOFT Influential Educator Award, presented annually to educators who have made significant contributions to, and impact on, the field of software engineering with their accomplishments as teachers, mentors, researchers, authors and/or policymakers. Read the whole story at UVAToday.

UVa CHARGE leadersUVAToday: "U.Va. Engineering Professor Working to Attract More Women to Computing"

U.Va. CHARGE Co-PI JoAnne Cohoon not only works to improve gender equity for women faculty at the university level, she also  leads national workshops for high school teachers on how to diversify their computer-science classrooms. These workshops train teachers how to engage high-school age girls—the pipeline of future STEM faculty.

U.Va. ADVANCE sponsors Life-Friendly Faculty Guide.

Life-friendly Faculty Guide
Web version | PDF version

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Investing in Our Future

At the University of Virginia, we endeavor to provide an excellent education, create new knowledge, encourage innovation and promote a culture of integrity and equity. The NSF ADVANCE grant, and the programs that will come out of it, are an investment in our future. They provide opportunity and means for all members of our community to participate in realigning our current culture and demographics with our most deeply held ideals and values. With women’s increased Ph.D. attainment in STEM-SBE fields, hiring the highest quality faculty requires that we broaden our networks to attract the best. Both our fundamental commitment to fairness and equity, as well as academic rigor, require that we develop and retain our increasingly diverse faculty. We can only be at our best through the creative problem solving that comes with diverse groups of thinkers. Broadening the participation of women in STEM-SBE fields will strengthen the University’s ability to compete in the increasingly global environment of higher education. U.Va. CHARGE will better enable us to achieve our aspirations as an inclusive institution, to ensure that all individuals, regardless of their gender, have the opportunity to excel.

© Copyright 2012-2014 by the Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia

This is an ambitious effort that will require the assistance of many! If you are interested in getting involved, we welcome your participation. Please send an email to the team at uvacharge@virginia.edu. Feedback and suggestions are also welcome.

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