UVa CHARGE Program

*** The CHARGE program ended on September 30, 2019 and some links may be outdated. ***



The goal of the NSF ADVANCE Program is to increase the participation of women in the academic science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and social, behavioral and economic (SBE) science careers. Since 2001, the NSF has invested over $130 million in over 100 institutions to help affect the underrepresentation of women in these fields.


The UVA CHARGE program had three goals with activities supporting each of the goals. Learn more about the activities and goals of the program by clicking on the links below.

  1. Goal 1: 21st Century Departments
    • Advocates and Allies
    • P&T Review in SEAS
    • Chairs and Deans training
  2. Goal 2: Recruitment and Hiring
    • Academic Search Portal
    • Recruitment Grants
    • Faculty Search Seminar
    • Equity Advisors
    • Innovations for Dual Career Faculty
  3. Goal 3: Voices and Visibility
    • Social Science Research on Sense of Safety and Productivity
    • Oral History and Photo Projects
    • Joanne MacGrath Cohoon Enhancement Grants


Link to full NSF ADVANCE proposal
Link to UVA's NSF ADVANCE abstract

News and Events

HEDY! The Life & Inventions of Hedy Lamarr

“Effervescent!” -- Silicon Republic
“Captivating!” --The Huffington Post

Did you know? Glamourous Hollywood star Hedy Lamarr was also a scientist who invented frequency hopping, used widely today in wireless communication.

Come see HEDY! The Life & Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the one-woman play written and performed by former UVA student, now award-winning actress, Heather Massie.

Thursday October 4, 2018 – 7:00 pm
Sunday October 7, 2018 – 2:00 pm
Old Cabell Hall Auditorium

For free tickets contact the UVA Arts Box Office 434.924.3376 or

Brought to you by UVA CHARGE, the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, and the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center at the University of Virginia.

For more information about the play go to www.heathermassie.com.

(Re)Imaging Women in STEM Online Exhibit

Voices and Visibility


What’s it like to hear swimming bacteria?

How can we develop the electronics to turn lights into WiFi?

What’s it like being a woman in a science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) field where you might be the only woman?

Find the answers online at Voices & Visibility: (Re)Imaging Women in STEM, an amazing look at women STEM scientists at UVA. The exhibit features photographic and narrative portraits of women STEM faculty at UVA and juxtaposes this with a history of women attending UVA and the recent conversations about women in STEM taking place on social media.


UVa CHARGE Candidate & Faculty Guide

Please visit the new UVA Candidate & Faculty Guide for UVA and Charlottesville! Powered by UVA CHARGE.

Please check out one of our sister STEM organizations

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Women in Computer Science is a resource that covers: schools with the highest women computer science graduates, scholarships for women in STEM, and much more. Visit www.computerscience.org for more info!

like us on facebookThroughout April, UVA CHARGE will be publishing weekly features on the wonderful members of our Implementation Team on the UVA CHARGE Facebook page.  These are the men and women behind the development and institutionalization our UVA CHARGE projects and programs.  Check out our Facebook page over the next couple months to read all about their research interests and accomplishments!

March was Women's History Month! And what better way to celebrate than by honoring women who have made extraordinary advances in STEM and SBE fields and have helped break the glass ceiling for all women after them. Check out UVA CHARGE Facebook to catch up!


(Re)Imaging Women in STEM
Portrait & Narrative Exhibits | Special Speaker Series

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Joanne M. Cohoon

It is with deep sadness that we report our colleague, friend, and Co-PI for CHARGE, Joanne M. Cohoon, lost her battle with breast cancer on February 14, 2016. Joanne was a National Center for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT) Consultant and Research Scientist, and a Professor in the Engineering and Society Department at UVA. Her research area was gender, technology, and education and she published numerous studies on departmental factors that influence recruitment and retention of women undergraduate and graduate students in computer science. Joanne was recognized for her innovative approaches to teaching that attracted young women to computing, engineering, and math with the A. Richard Newton Educator ABIE Award, and, with her husband Jim, ran the successful Tapestry Workshops each summer for high school computer science teachers.

The CHARGE team remembers Joanne's sense of humor, intellectual rigor, and passion for diversifying STEM. We will miss our colleague.

In honor of Joanne's life achievements, we announce the Joanne McGrath Cohoon Enhancement Grants that will support professional development and advancement for women STEM faculty.

At the request of her family, all donations to NCWIT between now and the 2016 Summit will be received in Joanne's honor. You may make a donation here.  Donations help support NCWITs programs, campaigns, and alliances with the goal of increasing women's participation in technology and computer sciences.


American Council on Higher Education (ACE): Pipelines Pathways and Institutional Leadership Status of Women

UVA CHARGE Program Update

NSF LogoLast Spring, the CHARGE program hosted its 3rd Year Site Visit by NSF. The purpose of the site visit was to provide an external mid-point evaluation of the program and a set of recommendations to improve programmatic results. Overall, CHARGE had a very positive NSF site visit resulting in some exciting changes in our program. Many faculty members participated in the site visit, and we send a heartfelt thank you to all participants—you made it a success! 

As a result of the site visit, CHARGE combined and restructured the program goals in order to take advantage of synergies between old and new projects. We are also proceeding with institutionalizing our projects that have shown success so they will be sustained beyond the life of our grant.

For more details on changes to the CHARGE program, please go here.

UVA Female Astronomers in the News!

Op-ed written by UVA Astronomer and CHARGE team member, Kelsey Johnson. Dr. Johnson's recent significant scientific discovery received considerable press; however, the press misidentified her as a man. Read Dr. Johnson's take on why this error matters for women in STEM!

Another UVA female astronomer -- and CHARGE enhancement grant recipient-- in the news! Check out this story about Dr. Anne Verbiscer. https://news.virginia.edu/content/uva-scientists-expect-witness-unexpected-new-horizons-flies-pluto


Academic Search Portal ButtonThe CHARGE Academic Search Portal provided information and resources to faculty, regarding applicant and candidate evaluation tools, bias literacy training, dual career best practices and other topics of interest for academic search committees.

As part of the CHARGE “institutionalization” process, responsibility for this portal has moved to the provost’s office. They have joined forces with the office of Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights (EOCR) to develop a new search portal, utilizing some material and resources from the CHARGE portal.

This module will acquaint you with policies, procedures and resources related to the recruitment and selection of faculty, staff and healthcare professionals. It also offers information about bias as it relates to academic searches.

Enter the new portal


UVA CHARGE Enhancement Grant winner, Astronomer Kelsey Johnson, Makes Scientific Discovery

UVATODAY:Astronomer Discovers Cosmic 'Dinosaur Egg' About to Hatch

About the UVA CHARGE Enhancement grant: “This funding was essential to helping me keep my work (and therefore me) visible at a time in my life where it is easy to fade into the scientific background due to my family responsibilities. I was subsequently awarded an NSF grant to continue this project, and I suspect that the visibility that the Enhancement funds helped to provide was important in this process.”--Kelsey Johnson


Headed in the Right Direction!



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An Investment in Our Future

At the University of Virginia, we endeavor to provide an excellent education, create new knowledge, encourage innovation and promote a culture of integrity and equity. UVA CHARGE, the NSF ADVANCE grant, and the programs that have come out of it, are an investment in our future. They provide opportunity and means for all members of our community to participate in realigning our current culture and demographics with our most deeply held ideals and values. With women’s increased Ph.D. attainment in STEM-SBE fields, hiring the highest quality faculty requires that we broaden our networks to attract the best. Both our fundamental commitment to fairness and equity, as well as academic rigor, require that we develop and retain our increasingly diverse faculty. We can only be at our best through the creative problem solving that comes with diverse groups of thinkers. Broadening the participation of women in STEM-SBE fields strengthens the University’s ability to compete in the increasingly global environment of higher education. UVA CHARGE better enables us to achieve our aspirations as an inclusive institution, to ensure that all individuals, regardless of their gender, have the opportunity to excel.

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