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ADVANCE Partnership: From the Classroom to the Field: Improving the Workplace in the Geosciences

This project addresses the need for safe and productive STEM education and research workplaces for each and every person studying and working in STEM. The project will likely result in systemic change in the geosciences and may become a model for other STEM disciplines. The focus is on the geosciences because it includes field work expectations and is one of the least diverse of the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. The project will develop bystander intervention workshops for department heads, chairs, and faculty to reduce incidents of sexual harassment and to properly handle it if it happens. The partners include experts from scientific and professional societies in geoscience, education, and professional development. The project team has experience leading successful professional development programs for faculty and early-career scientists. The project will transform teaching of research ethics of current and future geoscientists by addressing sexual harassment as scientific misconduct. The partnering organizations include: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Brown University, California State Los Angeles, Colorado College, University of California Merced, American Geophysical Union (AGU), Earth Science Women’s Network (ESWN), and the Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG).

The CSU STEM Center serves as the evaluators for this project.

Status: Current

PI: Erika Marin-Spiotta

Source of Funding: NSF

Funding Program: ADVANCE

Award Amount: $741,804

Start Date: 08/01/2017

End Date: 07/31/2021

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