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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under ADVANCE-PAID Grant SBE-0618406. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Partnership of Women in Engineering, Research, & Science


The Partnership of Women in Engineering, Research, & Science (PoWERS) was formed when the National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE PAID grant was awarded. The purpose of the grant is to increase the number of women faculty in engineering, science, pharmacy, and medicine at Texas Tech University (TTU) and Texas Tech University Health Science Center (HSC).

PoWERS is a collaborative project between the TTU College of Engineering, TTU College of Arts and Sciences, HSC School of Pharmacy, and the HSC School of Medicine. The project includes a collection of initiatives over three years that will enhance and augment existing recruiting, retention, and promotion efforts for women faculty.

Program Initiatives

PoWERS has chosen to adopt proven strategies from successful NSF-ADVANCE universities that will enhance our ability to recruit and retain women faculty within the PoWERS participating departments at TTU and HSC during the next three years. Program initiatives include:

  • a recruiting program
  • a two-component mentoring program
  • a mandatory third year pre-tenure and promotion review
  • a more effective exit interview

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