STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Still, many organizations expand the definition of STEM to include more scientific fields than just those ones. The National Science Foundation (NSF) defines the following departments at Missouri State as being STEM departments:
- Computer Science
- Geology, Geography, and Planning
- Physics, Astronomy, and Material Science
- Biomedical Sciences
- Political Science
- Sociology and Anthropology
Missouri State takes a lot of pride in these departments. They all have amazing faculty working within them. All these faculty, regardless of gender, deserve credit for their accomplishments in STEM. The NSF ADVANCE program at Missouri State is intended to help all of them continue to have rewarding careers in science. The ADVANCE program at MSU aims to improve hiring, retention, mentoring, communication, and work-life balance policies throughout the university. The program may be centered on STEM departments, but it will ultimately improve the university climate for everyone.