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URI marks anniversary of Advance initiative

BETHANY JENKINS, associate professor of oceanography, is an Advance fellow and new faculty member at the University of Rhode Island.
Posted 6/19/13

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The University of Rhode Island recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of Advance, an initiative that has recruited a growing number of women to science faculty positions.

The initiative is funded by a $3.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation program with a 20 percent match from the university.

“This program helped to dismantle the myths about why women aren’t usually hired in these disciplines – that there aren’t enough women available, that they’re not serious about their careers, and that the available women aren’t very good,” Barbara Silver, assistant research professor and director of the Advance initiative at URI, said in prepared remarks.

“Because the recruitment program was so high profile, it spotlighted how incredibly talented and successful these women were. We think that they paved the way for everything else that followed,” added Silver.

The funds have been used to hire approximately 20 female faculty members in disciplines such as physics, oceanography, engineering and life sciences.

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