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STEM-UP PA - University Partnership for the Advancement of Academic Women

This National Science Foundation (NSF) funded program includes research on gender equity issues, and seeks to improve recruitment, retention, and advancement of female faculty in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) academic disciplines. The program will develop both campus-specific and regional programs among the STEM-UP PA collaborative and the Innovation Transfer Network, building upon existing successful NSF-ADVANCE programs, integrating research findings and proven benefits. Expected benefits of STEM-UP PA participation include social and professional networks, interdisciplinary collaboration, opportunities for personal and professional growth through mentorship, and an increase in leadership roles.

View Video from the regional kick-off event announcing the program in March 2012.

View the STEM-UP PA website

About the Partnership

This four-year program (2012 to 2015) includes research to address gender equity issues among STEM faculty at teaching institutions of higher education in Central Pennsylvania. The research will inform programs and policies to improve conditions for success of female faculty in STEM fields. Other program components include workshops for recruitment, mentoring, and leadership development, and a web clearinghouse for model practices and professional networking.

STEM-UP PA is a collaborative program among Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, the Innovation Transfer Network (ITN), Shippensburg University and Elizabethtown College.

Get Involved! To learn more about the STEM-UP PA program and how to get involved in promoting women in science, contact:

STEM-UP PA - Call 717-477-1317 or email