Women in STEM (new website)

Campus recently launched the UC Davis Women in STEM web page, https://www.ucdavis.edu/women-stem. The page includes profiles, videos, resources, and news about campus initiatives and efforts to recruit, support, and advance women in STEM fields. People across campus are welcome to share the content, as appropriate, with their key audiences. You can link to the page if you have any upcoming STEM-related communications or events.

Featured profiles will rotate every quarter, and recommendations are wanted. The aim is a diverse group of women along the career pipeline, from graduate students to seasoned faculty, researchers, etc.

Plant Sciences: this is a great opportunity to highlight individuals in our department, and our programs that support women in STEM. Don’t be shy about nominating someone (including yourself) for a profile. If you’re a first-generation scientist, that in itself might encourage young women to enter the science field. (If you have additional resources for the web page — student clubs or professional development opportunities for aspiring women in STEM, for example — let us know.)

The first profiles include:

Rachel Houtz, College of Letters and Science, Ph.D. student, Theoretical Particle Physics

Rebecca Calisi, College of Biological Sciences, Assistant Professor, Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior; CAMPOS Faculty Scholar

Linda Bisson, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Professor and Maynard A. Amerine Endowed Chair, Viticulture and Enology; ADVANCE Associate Director and Policy and Practices Review Initiative Co-Director

Examples of how the content can be shared:

  • Link to it on your website if you have existing STEM content
  • Include it in content related to campus diversity and inclusion initiatives
  • Share the profile stories on your site, via social media and/or department newsletter/email; link to subject’s bio pages
  • Recruitment/admit communications for students interested in a STEM major, prospective graduate students and faculty

The key contact is Kristin Burns in Strategic Communications, but Ann Filmer in Plant Sciences can help with content and/or connections. If you work directly with Kristin, let Ann know so that we can promote it on our department page.

(Article by Ann Filmer, Dept. of Plant Sciences, UC Davis)

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