The National Science Foundation has awarded the University of San Diego a $600,000 grant to increase the number of female professors in science and technology, according to a release.
The five-year grant supports the project Advancement of Female Faculty: Institutional Climate, Recruitment and Mentoring to recruit more female professors, especially those of color, in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, as well as social and behavioral sciences.
“Too often we still see talented young female professors leave the academy because of feelings of isolation, problems with balancing career and family life, and other issues," said Mary Boyd, dean of the university's College of Arts and Sciences. "The AFFIRM project can help change the culture and provide the support to attract, retain and advance more outstanding female professors in areas of science and technology that are vital to our nationís future.”
The University of San Diego is a Catholic institution that enrolls 7,800 undergraduate and graduate students.