Visiting Women Scholars Program
The UNH ADVANCE visiting scholars program provides a way to build exposure and networking with senior women faculty in STEM and SBS disciplines from other institutions.
This program allows UNH departments, programs or faculty to apply to UNH ADVANCE for support to bring senior women faculty from other universities to UNH to build research collaborations in their department and/or with other departments. It is expected that one proposal will be funded each academic year.
Download the Visiting Women Scholars Program Application. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
The UNH ADVANCE Visiting STEM Women Scholars Program provides a way to build exposure and networking with senior women faculty in STEM disciplines from other institutions.
This program allows UNH departments, programs, or individual UNH faculty to apply to UNH ADVANCE for support to bring senior women faculty from other universities to UNH to build research collaborations and expand professional networks.
Spring 2016 Award
Technical Staff Member
Center for Materials at Irradiation &
Los Alamos National Laboratory
University of New Hampshire
Dr. Irene Beyerlein of Los Alamos National Laboratory has received an ADVANCE Visiting STEM Women Scholars award for Spring 2016. In collaboration with a team of UNH professors and graduate students lead by Dr. Marko Knezevic, Dr. Beyerlain will be conducting research projects involving plastic deformation and failure of low symmetry metals. Drs. Beyerlein and Knezevic anticipate several journal publications as the result of this work as well as the preliminary data for a Department of Energy funding proposal on phase transformations in hexagonal metals. In addition to her research aims while in residence at UNH, Dr. Beyerlein will take an active role in the development of successful careers of young female faculty members through seminars and more direct mentoring with her participation in a CEPS Cohort Career Advising Program meeting.
Fall 2015 Award
Biological Sciences & Biotechnology
University of New Hampshire, Manchester
Dr. Kathryn Johnson, Associate Professor of Biology at Beloit College has received an ADVANCE Visiting STEM Women Scholars award for Fall 2015 in collaboration with UNH professor Dr. Patricia Halpin. The objective of this collaboration is to enhance experimental learning at UNH, developing students’ abilities to connect their studies with past, current and future work, preparing them for future academic, career and personal endeavors. Beloit College has an established commitment to experimental learning: a success story with which Dr. Johnson has been closely involved. In consultation with Dr. Johnson and Dr. Annie Donahue, UNH associate professor and Director of Experimental learning, Dr. Halpin will develop and implement assessment strategies for experimental learning, specifically focusing on reflective activities. These strategies will culminate in the revision subsequent analysis of BSCI 701, a Biological Sciences senior seminar course. Apart from working with Dr. Halpin, while at UNH Dr. Johnson will also conduct an open workshop for faculty and staff interested in incorporating active and intentional reflection into their courses, special projects, or internships.
Fall 2014 Award
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Colorado State University
Natural Resources and the Environment
University of New Hampshire
Dr. Melinda Smith of Colorado State University has received an ADVANCE Visiting STEM Women Scholars award for Fall 2014. In collaboration with UNH professor Dr. Heidi Asbjornsen, she will investigate the impact of extreme drought across diverse ecosystems. Dr. Smith’s research concentrates on understanding the consequences on human-caused global changes with a recent focus on assessing the “impacts of increased frequency and severity of extreme climate events on plant community dynamics and ecosystem functioning”. Dr. Asbjornsen is currently working on reliably predicting changes in precipitation amounts and distribution and thus the impact on our ecosystem. Together it is anticipated these two lines of research will produce state-of-the-art knowledge from drought experiments conducted at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in NH along with the publication of scholarly works.
Earth Systems Research Center
University of New Hampshire
Dr. Jacqueline Geoghegan of Clark University has received an ADVANCE Visiting STEM Women Scholars award for Fall 2014. In collaboration with UNH research scientist Dr. Alix Contosta, she will work to integrate social science into research concerning land use, climate and global change. The goal is to help address these problems from the human perspective creating an interface between science and society. Dr. Geoghegan specializes in creating economic models of land use change using the combination of geographical information systems and economic models of human decision-making. This, in concert with Dr. Contosta’s research on how soils respond to both natural and human disturbances, will provide a more complete picture of land use and land use change and its impact.
Spring 2014 Award
Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Rhode Island
Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of New Hampshire
Dr. Natacha Thomas of the University of Rhode Island has received an ADVANCE Visiting STEM Women Scholars award for Spring 2014. In collaboration with UNH professor Dr. Jennifer Jacobs, she will investigate the impact of climate change on various safety issues, including traffic safety and disaster management. Dr. Thomas hopes to align her prior work with transportation safety, transportation terminal security, and disaster management under hurricane threat, with Dr. Jacobs work on climate change, infrastructure and emerging technologies. Their goal is to produce preliminary research in these combined areas leading to scholarly contributions to the field and ultimately tangible changes to the way we handle natural disasters.
REAL Leadership Development Grants
For Chairs & Program Directors
The goal of the Reaching Excellence in Academic Leadership (REAL) program at UNH is to provide professional development training to academic Chairs and Program Directors to increase awareness of, and capacity to build, positive climate on campus.
The UNH Leadership Development Grant Program provides support for academic Chairs and Program Directors attendance at additional leadership development programs. We have provided a list of suggested academic leadership programs and encourage you to seek out additional leadership programs related to you professional field.
Associate Professor & Department Chair Education
Award: Academic Deans Conference on Public Scholarship
Associate Professor & Department Chair
Award: American Geophysical Union (AGU) Head and Chairs Pre-Session
Molecular, Cellular & Biomedical Sciences
Award: LEAD21 Leadership for the 21st Century Faculty Development Program
Associate Professor & Department Chair
Award: American Geophysical Union (AGU) Head and Chairs Workshop
Collaborative Scholarship Advancement Awards
For research and tenure track faculty collaboration
UNH ADVANCE Collaborative Scholarship Advancement Awards (CSAA) aimed to enhance collaboration between research and tenure track faculty at UNH. These awards offered pairs of research and tenure track faculty from the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines opportunities to integrate research and teaching activities that strengthened and broadened participants’ scholarly and teaching portfolios.
The CSAA was part of the UNH ADVANCE PAID grant, which was used to enhance and advance the scholarship of STEM women faculty at UNH, funded by the National Science Foundation. The grant focused on increasing the representation and advancement of women in academic science and engineering careers. The CSAA was awarded from 2010- 2013 with an additional award in 2019.
2019 Collaborative Scholarship Advancement Award Recipients
Drs. Frey and Contosta received this award to study the tradeoffs in urban ecosystem services by examining the benefits provided by these ecosystems such as carbon storage and wildlife habitat verses the downsides, including the presence of lead and other heavy metals surrounding older urban areas. The urban soils research will be incorporated into the Studio Soils course taught by Dr. Frey.
Drs. Howey and Burakowski received this award to study the long-term eco-climatic and social impacts of deforestation during the early colonial period (ca. 1620 to 1750 AD) in New England. The project aims to provide an interdisciplinary approach to both classroom learning experiences and research grants by crossing the social and natural sciences.
Daniel Howard, Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences
Jennifer Dijkstra, Research Assistant Professor, School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering
Drs. Howard and Dijkstra received this award to study how biological invasions in the Gulf of Maine, such as kelp forests being replaced by red seaweeds, influence native species. Drs. Dijkstra and Howard will use passive acoustic monitoring to determine changes in feeding rates of wrasse fish when invasive biological variants are introduced. This study will be integrated into Dr. Howard’s Research Methods in Animal Behavior course with Dr. Dijkstra as a co-teacher.
2013 Collaborative Scholarship Advancement Award Recipients
Serita Frey, Professor, Natural Resources and the Environment
Alexandra Contosta, Post Doctoral Researcher, EOS Earth Sys. Research Ctr.
received an award to develop a research-teaching collaboration that will integrate new, sensor-based research on soil processes with a new curriculum focused on environmental sensors in soil ecology, to be incorporated into the Soil Ecology course taught by Dr. Frey.
Meghan Howey, Assistant Professor, Anthropology
Adrienne Kovach, Research Assistant Professor, Natural Resources
received an award for an interdisciplinary study using ancient DNA to inform contemporary cod fishery management. This collaborative project will provide the conceptual basis and the data to develop new teaching models and to pursue new cross-disciplinary funding opportunities.
Feixia Chu, Assistant Professor, Molecular, Cellular & Biomedical Sciences
Kevin Culligan, Research Assistant, Professor, Molecular, Cellular & Biomedical Sciences
received an award to study how eukaryotic cells respond to DNA damage and replication blocks. They use Arabidopsis thaliana as a model to understanding molecular pathways involved in sensing DNA damage, using both genetic and biochemical approaches.
Linda Kalnejais, Assistant Professor, Earth Sciences
Joe Salisbury, Research Assistant Professor, EOS-OPAL
received an award to develop a research collaboration coupling marine chemistry observational data with sediment geochemistry. They will study reactions occurring in sediment near a Stellwagen Bank mooring, the site of an instrument array measuring carbonate-system parameters. This collaboration will provide a new understanding of carbon chemistry in the bottom waters of this region, and will provide an assessment of the impact of ocean acidification on the calcifying organisms in the Southern Gulf of Maine.
2012 Collaborative Scholarship Advancement Award Recipients
Rosemarie Came, Assistant Professor, Earth Sciences
Tom Lippmann, Research Associate Professor, Earth Sciences
received an award to collaboratively study the link between Milankovitch forcing and changes in the intensity of the Indian monsoon over the past 100,000 years—a geochemical time series approach.
Mary Stampone, Assistant Professor, Geography
Cameron Wake, Research Associate Professor, Earth Sciences and EOS
received an award to enhance scholarly collaboration on New England climate change. They will establish a research, teaching, and engagement program on New England climate change.
Jo Sias Daniel, Associate Professor, Civil Engineering
Paul Kirshen, Research Professor, Civil Engineering and EOS
received an award to study climate change adaptation for coastal roads. They will look at the benefits and costs of various adaptation methods for coastal roads, with an emphasis on the roles of pavement materials and pavement thickness.
Ruth Varner, Research Associate Professor, Earth Sciences and EOS
Joel Johnson, Associate Professor, Earth Sciences
received an award to document an in situ sediment source of methane in the Great Bay Estuary, NH: "Assessing the role of estuaries in the global methane cycle." Along with their research collaboration, they will develop a teaching module for training students in field sampling tools and techniques, sampling protocols, and sample storage.
2011 Collaborative Scholarship Advancement Award Recipients
Adrienne Kovach, Research Assoc. Prof., Natural Resources and the Environment, COLSA
Eleanne Solorzano, Assoc. Professor, Decision Sciences, WSBE
William Kelly Thomas, Professor, Molecular and Cellular Biology, COLSA
received an award to integrate genomic and statistical tools for enhancement of research and teaching using the population genomics of the saltmarsh sparrow.
Elizabeth Fairchild, Research Asst. Professor, Biological Sciences
Linda Kalnejais, Asst. Professor, Earth Sciences and EOS
received an award to study the effects of ocean acidification on fish development: preliminary testing of a carbon dioxide-injected seawater system on winter flounder embryonic development.
Heidi Asbjornsen, Asst. Professor, Natural Resources and the Environment
Michael Palace, Research Asst. Professor, EOS Earth Systems Research Center
received an award to understand tropical ecosystem responses to climate change from leaves to landscapes.
Li-Jen Chen, Research Asst. Professor, EOS Space Science Center and Dept. of Physics
Roy Torbert, Professor, EOS Space Science Center and Dept. of Physics
received an award to conduct a joint study on magnetopause reconnection. The new research results and activities will form the core materials of a new course "Magnetic explosions in space", which will be open to all CEPS graduate and advanced undergraduate students.
Michele Dillon, Professor and Chair, Dept. of Sociology, COLA
The funds will be used to support her leadership position as the President of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (SSR), a professional association of scholars from different disciplines (including sociology, psychology, economics, and history) who are dedicated to the scientific study of religion. Dr. Dillon will be the eighth woman to assume this important leadership role in the Society's 60-year history.
Julia Bryce, Associate Professor, Earth Sciences
Erik Hobbie, Research Associate Professor, Natural Resources and the Environment and EOS
The award funded proposed work incorporating samples from innovative biogeochemical experiments into a framework of project-based learning in a jointly taught graduate/undergraduate interdisciplinary Earth Science course.
Alison Watts, Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering
Jennifer Jacobs, Associate Professor, Civil Engineering
received an award to develop a collaborative research program exploring the impact of stormwater runoff on stream temperature.
The Office of the Provost supports professional development of faculty by providing funding for the acquisition of new skills. The funds may serve to advance the career of a junior faculty member or provide the means for a senior faculty member to obtain or expand new competencies or pursue new directions. Joint proposals from more than one faculty member will only be considered in special circumstances. Requests for applications are sent out in campus mail to eligible faculty at the beginning of each semester.
This table, which was compiled by the UNH Office of Research, provides an extensive alphabetical list of the internal funding opportunities available at UNH for research and other scholarly activities. Faculty interested in internal funding are encouraged to scan the entire list for opportunities that match their scholarly endeavors.