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Women STEM faculty chosen for national mentoring network

March 23, 2012 | By Nick Alexopulos

Seven women faculty members at Loyola University Maryland have been accepted into a mentoring network that will offer professional and personal support for female math and science professors at undergraduate institutions across the country.

Known as ASAP (Advancing the Careers of Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics at Predominantly Undergraduate Institutions through Professional Networks), the mentoring project is part of a collaborative National Science Foundation ADVANCE program grant led by Gonzaga University. Recently, Loyola announced it had partnered with Gonzaga and 10 other institutions and won the grant to assist women faculty in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, where women are often underrepresented in all stages of their careers.

Loyola STEM faculty who were accepted into the network are:

Elissa Derrickson, Ph.D., associate professor, biology
Raenita Fenner, Ph.D., assistant professor, engineering
Suzanne Keilson, Ph.D., assistant professor, engineering
Mary Lowe, Ph.D., professor, physics
Megan Olsen, Ph.D., assistant professor, computer science
Dipa Sarkar-Dey, Ph.D., associate professor, mathematics
Mili Shah, Ph.D., assistant professor, mathematics

Each will each join a group, an “alliance,” of five women from their general discipline who are at a similar stage of their career. Over the next four and a half years, the alliances will meet in person for conferences and maintain frequent electronic contact. Additionally, Roberta Sabin, Ph.D., professor of computer science, is one of four co-principal investigators and a member of the steering committee of ASAP.

The project will provide networking opportunities for 70 STEM faculty and has the potential to reach more than 25,000 female undergraduate students at the 12 participating institutions.

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