SciWomen History


Led by Joan W. Bennett, Associate Vice President and Professor II of Plant Biology and Pathology, The Office for the Promotion of Women in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics (SciWomen) was established in 2006 to serve faculty, post-doctoral, and graduate and undergraduate women working and studying in the science, social science, engineering, and mathematics disciplines at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey by:

  • providing resources and support for engagement and success in the sciences
  • acting as a catalyst and partner in achieving diversity
  • developing an enriched workforce for the 21st century
  • contributing to the development of visionary leaders
  • serving as a national model for the advancement of women in science within higher education

In 2008, the SciWomen Office received an NSF ADVANCE grant (award HRD # 0810978)  that lasted five years (ending in September 2013).  The grant allowed us to develop systemic approaches to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic science, social science, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers. Learn more about what we accomplished through the RU FAIR ADVANCE grant and explore our current initiatives that advance gender and racial equity in the sciences.