Skip to content Skip to navigation

Academic and Research Programs

Many individuals and organizational parts of Stanford University are engaged in activities which contribute to support of women and advancing gender equity in science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics fields at Stanford. Below are some of the programs and projects which are part of the WISE Ventures "Ecosystem."

VMware Women's Leadership Innovation Lab

The VMware Women's Leadership Innovation Lab at Stanford University generates foundational research to advance women's leadership by diagnosing barriers, developing and evaluating interventions to get beyond barriers, and disseminates research-based solutions by bridging the gap between research and practice.

Clayman Institute for Gender Research

Founded in 1974, the Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford creates knowledge and seeks to implement change to promote gender equality. The Clayman Institute offers a number of programs, an active mailing list, fellowships for graduate students and faculty, and numerous other resources. In 2013, Clayman collaborated with the office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education to extend its signature Voice and Influence program for women faculty and business executives to graduate students and postdoctoral scholars , and in 2014, launched a new Center for Advancing Women's Leadership.

Distinguished Women in Science Seminar (DWIS) Series

Stanford's chemistry department hosts distinguished scientists for seminars through its Distinguished Women in Science (DWIS) seminars. DWIS was founded to provide graduate students and postdoctoral scholars with an opportunity to interact with prominent female role models. The seminars feature engaging, enthuastic speakers interested in interacting with students.

Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

The Program in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Stanford offers undergraduate and graduate degrees and other opportunities to students across the University. Through our courses, scholarship, and events, the Program  examines how societies organize gender roles, relations, and identities, and how these intersect with other hierarchies of power, such as class, race, nationality, ethnicity, sexuality, disability, and age, among others. 

Gender Issues in Neuroscience (GIN)

Gender Issues in Neuroscience (GIN) offers a monthly event organized by neuroscientists at Stanford who gather to discuss gender differences that could affect careers, and brainstorm strategies to overcome challenges that might limit success. Meetings are open to all, regardless of gender and professional status (students, postdoctoral scholars, faculty).

Gendered Innovations in Science, Health & Medicine, Engineering, and Environment

Gendered Innovations offers methods of sex and gender analysis to create new knowledge and stimulate gender-responsible science and technology, thereby enhancing the quality of life for both women and men worldwide. This international, collaborative project is directed by Stanford History of Science Professor Londa Schiebinger

The Katharine D. McCormick Distinguished Lecture Series

The annual McCormick Distinguished Lecture highlights the accomplishments of distinguished women in the fields of medicine and science. The series hosts a national woman leader in science who gives a presentation about her science and her experiences, challenges, and strategies for success as a woman in science. 

Office of Vice Provost for Graduate Education (VPGE)

The Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education (VPGE) at Stanford also offers a wide variety of programs designed to provide helpful professional development complementary to graduate students’ academic programs and postdoctoral scholars’ research programs, including those specifically designed to advance diversity among graduate students, as well as other programs which serve all students’ needs.

Stanford Center for Health Research on Women and Sex Differences in Medicine (WSDM)

WSDM encompasses research and education opportunities targeting women as well as the spectrum of biological (and sociocultural) differences that affect female and male health outcomes. The center aims to unite the many Stanford faculty members conducting health research on women and sex differences in basic biology and the influence of gender on disease.

Stanford Medicine Office of Faculty Development and Diversity

Stanford Medicine's Office of Faculty Development and Diversity (OFDD) offers various opportunities for medical school faculty aimed at advancing the next generation of physicians, scholars and educators who reflect the global nature of medicine and science today. OFDD’s programs encompass diverse faculty recruitment, professional development, and work-life flexibility. OFDD also provides fellowships, networking opportunities, and department-level programs throughout the year. OFDD has published research on its initiatives and interventions to address gender gaps in academic medicine.