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ADVANCE Florida Network

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The ADVANCE Florida Network (AFN) provides mentoring, networking, collaboration, and professional opportunities to tenured and tenure-track STEM women faculty and STEM women postdoctoral fellows among the three urban public research universities that comprise the Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities: Florida International University (FIU), University of Central Florida (UCF), and University of South Florida (USF)

The goal of the AFN is to encourage collaboration and the sharing of information and resources in the areas of recruitment, promotion, retention, and leadership for women.

Women tenure-line STEM faculty and women Postdoctoral Associates are invited to apply for funding to offer research seminars and colloquia at departments from any of the Metropolitan Universities (USF/UCF/FIU) other than their current institution in order a) to develop research collaborations and networks and b) to increase their professional visibility.

For more information about the ADVANCE Florida Network Women in STEM Scholars (AFN-WISS) program, read this overview. 

Priyanka Alluri and Tingting Zhao

Priyanka Alluri, Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, FIU, and Tingting Zhao, Postdoctoral Associate, Civil and Environmental Engineering, USF (both AFN-WISS scholars)


Success stories

During an AFN-WISS visit, faculty at the host institution told one participant about the McKnight Junior Faculty Fellowship, which the AFN participant subsequently applied for and received. The award includes a one-year sabbatical and $15,000 to the institution. Another professor at the host institution agreed to be her mentor for the William T. Grant Scholars Program, which she won. Scholars receive $350,000 over 5 years to conduct research that “stretches their skills and knowledge into new disciplines, content areas, or methods” (read more here). Similarly, another participant was encouraged during her visit to apply for an NSF CAREER award, which she was recently awarded. The award is $760,607 over 5 years.

Other participants are currently collaborating with their hosts on grant proposals or discussing future collaborations.