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$20M gender gap – Stanford departments lack women

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An anonymous donor has given $20 million to Stanford University to attract and retain female professors and students in science and engineering, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

“This gift will go a long way toward leveraging our ability to attract the best women in science and engineering, both as graduate students and as faculty members,” Stanford provost John Hennessy told the Chronicle.

The gift, which was donated through the Gabilan Fund of San Mateo, will be divided among three existing programs.

A special fund that allows the university to offer additional incentives to sought-after female scientists will receive $8 million. Another $10 million will fund 34 doctoral science fellowships, and $2 million will support freshman minority women who attend summer internships and tutorials in engineering, the Chronicle says.

A recent report revealed that the number of women in faculty positions in the physical sciences and engineering continues to lag far behind Stanford’s other academic departments, the Chronicle said.

Only 18 of the 221 faculty members in the Engineering School are female – although the school’s female faculty members have doubled in the last decade, the Chronicle reports.

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