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UC LEAF Award Notification Delayed

Thank you to all who submitted applications for the UC LEAF awards!  We have had to delay the notification of recipients until November 15, 2013.

UC LEAF Receives NSF Supplement to Work on Dual Career Resource

The effort will explore the establishment of a regional exchange for dual career couples as a measure to attract women STEM faculty to UC.   More than two-thirds of women in STEM fields have an academic partner and women scientists are more likely than their male counterparts to resign from academic positions due to their partners’ career consideration, contributing to breaks in careers that impact advancement.  Dual career supportive institutions have shown positive outcomes in three important areas: advancement of a family-friendly STEM workforce, enhancement of the institution’s diversity goals, and success in recruiting and retaining top female scientists in academic careers.  More details regarding UC LEAF’s efforts supporting dual career hiring will be announced in the near future.  

To learn more, visit our Dual Career Supplement website

Schlumberger Foundation Invites Applications for 2014-2015 Faculty for the Future Fellowships

This program awards fellowships to female scientists from developing nations to help them pursue advanced graduate degrees and postdoctoral fellowships in scientific disciplines at leading universities around the world. Fellowship amounts are based on actual costs up to a maximum of $50,000 per year and may be renewed through to completion of a fellow's studies.

The application deadline is November 15, 2013

For more information please visit http://www.facultyforthefuture.net/

Congratulations to Dr. Urmila Ghia, UC LEAF Internal Advisory Committee Chair, on election as ASME Fellow in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers!

Urmila Ghia, professor of mechanical engineering, is being recognized by her peers for her exemplary record of engineering achievements in education, research and professional development at the University of Cincinnati.  Dr. Ghia is one of just 2.7 percent of ASME members to be elected an ASME Fellow.  She is internationally recognized for her research and development leading to noteworthy advances in understanding fluid-structure interactions in high-altitude aircraft and in turbomachinery flows.  Since joining UC, Dr. Ghia’s research has resulted in 82 grants and contracts with $28.6 million in support, and more than 400 articles. Her papers have been cited more than 2,300 times. 

For more on Dr. Ghia’s work, view the UC News article announcing her election. 

Congratulations to Dr. Melanie Cushion on New Role in College of Medicine!

UC LEAF Program Director Dr. Melanie Cushion has accepted the position of Senior Associate Dean for Research at the UC College of Medicine.  She will be charged with creating a team to oversee all research areas and doctoral training programs within the college.  Melanie will continue her work to improve and invigorate the research environment for investigators at the College of Medicine through faculty development focusing on mentoring and inclusion.  To continue to advance the College of Medicine Melanie will encourage individuals to build teams and programs that reside outside the box and traditional silos through interdisciplinary collaboration.

More information on Melanie’s plans for her new role is available in the UC Health News article announcing her appointment. 


Upcoming UC LEAF Events

Diane Halpern: Gender Differences in Cognition and Their Implications for Undergraduate and Graduate STEM Education

Diane F. Halpern is an American psychologist and past-president of the American Psychological Association (APA). She is the McElwee Family Professor of Psychology at Claremont McKenna College. Dr. Halpern’s work is considered groundbreaking and pivotal, especially with respect to critical thinking, gender differences in cognition, and balancing work and family. She is a prolific author and editor with over 20 books and hundreds of book chapters and other scholarly publications.

April 3, 2014
1:00 - 2:30 PM
TUC 100


Diversity Breakfast

Celebrating Women & Diversity in STEM Series Networking Breakfast & Discussion

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
8:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Kingsgate Marriott – 151 Goodman Drive 45219
Caminetto Private Dining Room
 (inside Kingsgate Restaurant, see signs)

This event is open to all faculty, trainees, and students and will provide valuable opportunities for interactive dialogue and meeting new people.

Dr. Kathy Burlew, Ph.D will discuss her successes and lessons learned in academia, tips for promotion and career advancement, and the value of collaboration and mentorship. In addition, Dr. Burlew will discuss her unique experiences and perspectives as an African American woman in academia.

To learn more about this event, please visit our Celebrating Women & Diversity in STEM website.


UC LEAF Fall 2013 Visiting Scholar

Catherine Morrison, J.D., a negotiation and conflict management expert from Johns Hopkins University will be presenting workshops for UC LEAF faculty October 22, 2013.  
Click here for additional information

Slides from the workshops are avaliable here.

Sloan Foundation Research Fellows Program - Free Informational Workshop

Thursday, August 29, 2013
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
University Hall 450

The Sloan Foundation awards prestigious $50,000 fellowships to candidates holding a Ph.D. in chemistry, computational or evolutionary molecular biology, computer science, economics, neuroscience, mathematics, ocean sciences (including marine biology), physics or a related field.

Please click here for more details on the Worshop and Sloan Foundation Fellowship.


UC LEAF Mission and Vision


The University of Cincinnati is committed to providing an environment that promotes the advancement and well-being of faculty across all departments.  The mission of LEAF is to ensure that these opportunities extend to women faculty in the STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) by transforming the culture of the University into one that embraces and champions equity for women STEM scientists.


Our vision is to create a continuous pipeline that integrates bottom up initiatives targeted to women faculty, top down leadership reform, and advocacy and accountability initiatives with programming and policy change that will provide the sustainable support system necessary to develop women STEM faculty to their fullest potential.