The Women & Gender Collaborative Grant Program funds and assists the development of projects for two years to support and promote their potential for creating long-term positive impact across campus.

Through an annual proposal process, the Women & Gender Collaborative selects projects that promise to produce long-term positive impacts for our campus community and serve the University’s mission to make Colorado State University the best place for women to work and learn.

By partnering with sponsoring campus units, our goal is to provide each project with an institutional home that will support a project’s continuation as a permanent program after its first two years.

The Women & Gender Collaborative Grant Program was initially made possible by the gift from an anonymous donor.

CURRENTLY FUNDED PROJECTS

Research Mentoring to Advance Inclusivity in STEM (RMAIS) is a project of the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology (GDPE) and is funded by The Women & Gender Collaborative at Colorado State University (CSU). Through RMAIS, we hope to provide enhanced experiences and improve gender inclusivity for undergraduate and graduate students engaged in STEM research at CSU.

While women comprise approximately 50% of STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) undergraduates, they comprise only about 35% of STEM postdoctoral researchers, thus constraining the percentage of women in advanced career and leadership positions in STEM. Research suggests that early mentorship can improve retention of women in STEM. Thus, the goal of RMAIS is to develop a mentorship framework and associated materials for students engaged in STEM research at CSU. 

The main product RMAIS will deliver will be a set of mentorship materials at the gender/STEM intersection made available to the CSU community. As an integrated part of this project, RMAIS will fund small grants to research triads consisting of an undergraduate student, a graduate student, and a faculty member. Participating graduate students will develop modules on mentorship at the gender/STEM intersection with feedback from a faculty review panel with experience in mentorship and inclusivity. The modules will be implemented and refined through the research triads and a summer research seminar for undergraduate and graduate students. Since GDPE students span eight colleges at CSU, GDPE provides a robust context for developing gender-conscious STEM mentoring materials that will be broadly useful to others in STEM fields. 

Supporting activities of RMAIS include a graduate seminar on inclusivity in STEM, an invited speaker with broad invitation to the CSU community, and a workshop on the developed mentorship materials at the Front Range Student Ecology Symposium held at CSU. 

Read the SOURCE story on this program.

For more information on RMAIS or the GDPE Program, contact Dr. Colleen Webb at colleen.webb@colostate.edu, visit https://ecology.colostate.edu/rmais, or download this informational flyer.