Current Projects

I-STEM Project
Funder: National Science Foundation PIs: Sally Stevens & Rosi Andrade, University of Arizona SIROW Collaborators: Strengthbuilding Partners; Hohokam Middle School; Lawrence Intermediate School; Pascua Yaqui Tribe SIROW and its partners are currently working with over 30, 3rd-8th grade students in a program that combines one-on-one mentoring with science and engineering exploration in two Tucson area schools. In the summer of 2012, the NSF funded, i-STEM Project, was launched with the goal of designing, implementing and evaluating an innovative model for engaging underrepresented students, specifically Native Americans and Hispanic youth, in science, technology, engineering and math. Undergraduate and graduate UA students, including GWS grad students are volunteering as mentors to Yaqui youth as they work on hands on inquiry-based science related activities. The experiences, products, and information that will emerge from the i-STEM project will yield new avenues for community partnerships and suggest new strategies for increasing and diversifying STEM participation in our community, specifically among underrepresented groups. Throughout all of the phases of the project new information will be shared with participants, educators, scholars and anyone interested in creating meaningful, engaging science experiences and programs for underrepresented youth, specifically Native American and Hispanic youth. Please check the SIROW website ( for updates, products, curriculum and other information. We are looking for science mentors who would like to work one-on-one (once a week) with a 3-8th grader on science activities and accompany them on science field trips (6-8 per year). Please contact November Papaleo ( for more information. General iSTEM Contact: Rachel Paz, iSTEM Coordinator,

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To view pictures from the iSTEM Project click HERE.

To view a Press Release from the iSTEM project click HERE.

To view a March 21, 2013 UA-News piece on the iSTEM project click HERE.

To view a recruitment flyer click HERE.

To view a May, 2012 news piece click HERE.


Women in Science and Engineering: WISE
Contact: November Papaleo, Director
Visit WISE Website

The Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program was established at the University of Arizona in 1976 as part of the Women's Studies Department and the Southwest Institute for Research on Women. WISE offers programs for middle school students to professionals, including a conference for middle and high school students, academic and career preparation programs for college students, mentoring, internships, scholarships, a living-learning residential community, and much more!

To View an October 3rd WISE press release on engagement with the biotech leader Ventana Medical Systems, Inc., click HERE.


Love Maps for Middleschoolers

Funded by the University of California Humanities Research Institute. This project aims to engage middle school students in digital activism for social justice. Primarily working with girls and communities of color, our Saturday workshops offer middle school studens an opportunity to collaborate, produce, and use a geographic information system (GIS) social application that enables them to locate, follow, and learn from positive examples of social justice. Focusing on the UA compus, specifically the Women's Plaza of Honor, LoveMaps engages youth in both technology and activism - fostering lifelong engagement and community identity.

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Completed Projects


Service Equity Among Female Faculty in STEM

Contact: Sally Stevens (

This research project used online surveys and follow-up interviews to examine the perception of service load equity, relative effort, and perceived value of service work of female and male faculty members across three STEM departments at the UA.  The departments include: 1) The Department Electrical and Computing Engineering in the College of Engineering, 2) The Department of Geography and Regional Development in Social and Behavioral Sciences, and 3) Molecular and Cellular Biology in the College of Science.  These departments were chosen to represent the diversity of STEM fields, including social science, life science, and engineering, as well as to reflect a variance of female faculty representation across three Colleges.  This project was funded by UA Advance.



The UA-ADVANCED Program: Eradicating Subtle Discrimination in the Academy

Contact: Corey Knox (

The goal of the UA-ADVANCED Program was to increase the participation of women in the scientific and engineering workforce through the increased representation and advancement of women in academic scientific and engineering careers.  The award allowed the UA to build on more than a decade of intensive work at the UA to identify and address equity issues for faculty.  UA-ADVANCED had three major themes: (1) fostering the scientific and leadership careers of women, (2) promoting responsibility for equity among faculty and administrators, and (3) equipping the institution for sustainable transformation.  The program, focused in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) areas, initiated a series of activities including distinguished lectureships, interdisciplinary grant competitions, education on the role that subtle discrimination and unconscious bias plays in the hiring, promotion, and retention of tenure-track faculty, and developed a unique software program to promote more equitable decision-making in the university environment.  In addition to these activities, UA-ADVANCED has a significant research component focused on the issue of gender equity in the academy.  While each of the three Workgroups included in UA-ADVANCED have an internal evaluation component, SIROW served as the “external evaluator” complimenting the evaluations conducted by the workgroups.  UA-ADVANCED was funded by the National Science Foundation.




Contact: Sally Stevens (

Project FUTUREBOUND: Identification Of Effective Strategies To Increase Placement And Success Of Women In Science And Engineering (Special Focus: Minority Women), was a collaborative project involving SIROW and Pima Community College (PCC). FUTUREBOUND aimed to significantly increase the enrollment, retention, and success rate of women, particularly of minority women, who initiate their studies at PCC and transfer to the UA in tracks leading to a Bachelors of Science degree or a graduate degree in astronomy, non-health related biosciences, chemistry, physics, technology and engineering-related fields.  Mexican American and American Indian students made up a substantial portion of the target population.  The joint PCC/UA program offered career workshops at PCC and a year-long research internship after transferring to the UA.  Upon transfer to the UA as a junior, the student had a choice of diverse research experiences from laboratory work on genetics to fieldwork in local desert habitats.  A research seminar course taught students to present scientific research in oral and poster format, and provided an opportunity to share their research experience with other transfer students in the program.  Workshop, mentoring and career seminars helped to guide participants towards a successful transfer experience at the UA.  In addition, participants gained the experience needed to apply for other in-depth research programs at the UA as well as graduate programs in the sciences and engineering.  Futurebound convened a conference entitled Shared Journeys: Empowering Futurebound Communities, Past, Present, and Future at the UA for university and community college representatives and for Futurebound alumnae.  Futurebound was funded by the National Science Foundation.

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