ASC Professor Joins NSF Alliance of Women Scientists

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Amy Lovell, professor of astronomy at Agnes Scott College, has been selected to participate in a National Science Foundation (NSF) pilot program for women mathematicians and scientists. 
Amy Lovell
The ADVANCE project—Advancing the Careers of Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics at Predominantly Undergraduate Institutions through Professional Networks (ASAP)—is a five-year, $600,000 project that aims to create a national peer support network for 70 women STEM faculty. By connecting members to others in similar disciplines, the project is expected to decrease participants’ isolation, increase their research opportunities, garner them more recognition for their work, advance their careers and develop their student mentoring skills. 

Ultimately, ADVANCE seeks to cultivate and sustain women’s professional development in the STEM disciplines. 

“The country is almost in a crisis as far as an appropriate number of scientists to take us into the future. And I think people realize that we can’t do that with half the population. We need everybody to participate,” Lovell said. 

In the coming years, Lovell will engage in teleconferences with five other mid-career women in physics, computer science and engineering to discuss their research interests, career goals and departmental challenges. This November, she will spend a few days in Kansas City to meet the 69 other mathematicians and scientists face-to-face.

An advisory board consisting of women leaders from the national organizations involved in the project – including the Council on Undergraduate Research, the Association of American Colleges and Universities and Project Kaleidoscope – will help develop and maintain the network structure.

“Professor Lovell’s selection for participation in this prestigious program speaks volumes about her professional accomplishments,” said Carolyn J. Stefanco, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college at Agnes Scott. “Lovell’s interaction with peers from across the country will not only promote her continued success, it will also advance our strategic priority at Agnes Scott College to prepare women students for careers in math and science.”


Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Students are drawn to Agnes Scott by its excellent academic reputation, exceptional faculty and metropolitan Atlanta location—offering myriad social, cultural and experiential learning opportunities. This highly selective liberal arts college is known for its diverse and dynamic intellectual community. Through SUMMIT, it provides every student, regardless of major, with an individualized course of study and co-curricular experiences that develop leadership abilities and understanding of complex global dynamics.