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Office for the Advancement of Women in Science and Engineering

ADVANCE Distinguished Lecture Series (ADLS)

This award is currently being planned to resume in Spring 2022. 


K-State ADVANCE program awards up to $1200 to tenure-earning faculty from different departments of five partner STEM colleges to invite and bring seminar speakers to campus. The funds may be used for travel expenses and/or honorarium. Each faculty member selected to receive funding from this program, in conjunction with their department head and dean, identifies and invites a leader in their discipline to participate in the seminar series.

Spring 2020 Materials Below!

ADLS for Assistant Professors

RFP Spring 2020 (PDF)

ADLS Application (doc) *new for Spring 2020*

Eligible Departments (PDF)

ADLS Rubric (PDF)

Sample ADLS Application (PDF)

Tips on Hosting a Speaker (PDF)

List of Previous Awardees


Additional Information and Forms for Awardees

The following two forms are to be completed and submitted electronically per the forms' instructions no later than one month after the seminar occurs. 

ADLS Report Form (doc)

This report  form should be completed to satisfy part of the award requirements. 


ADLS Remittance Form (doc) 

This remittance form should be completed to request speaker reimbursements.


Questions may be sent to kawse@ksu.edu.

Yearly Time Line


Mid-January - call for proposals on ADVANCE listserv 

Mid-February - materials due as outlined in the Request for Proposals  

February/March - review of proposals by KAWSE ADLS Screening Committee

April - announcement of KAWSE ADLS Awardee(s) 

September - honoree(s) recognized at KAWSE’s Women’s Recognition Ceremony


Upcoming ADLS Speakers


  • none currently scheduled


Past ADLS Speakers 

"Cingulate Cortex in the Rat: Foraging for function amoung difficult, conflicting choices." - presented by Jill McGaughy, Professor at the University of New Hampshire in the Department of Psychology. 

  • April 5, 2021, 3:30 pm, Zoom 
  • ADLS Awardee - Bethany Plakke, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychological Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences

"Metal-Organic Frameworks: From Energy Storage to Drug Delivery" - presented by Adam J. Matzger, Charles G. Overberger Collegiate Professor of Chemistry at the University of Michigan, Ann Abor. 

  • March 11, 2021, 1:30 pm, Zoom
  • ADLS Awardee - Tendai Gadzikwa, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Chemistry Seminar Announcement 

"Coexistence and Community Assembly" - presented by John Maron, Professor at University of Montana in the Division of Biological Sciences. 

  • February 22, 2021, 3:30 pm, Zoom
  • ADLS Awardee - Allison Louthan, Assistant Professor, Division of Biology, College of Arts & Sciences 

"Postcard from the Future - The Physics Landscape at at the High-Luminosity LHC" - Presented by Meenakshi Narain, Professor at Brown University in the department of physics. 

  • November 11, 2019, 4:30 pm, 102 Cardwell Hall
  • ADLS Awardee - Keti Kaadze, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, College of Arts & Sciences 

"Salmonella-microbiome Interactions in the Gut and their Impact on Transmission" - Presented by Denise Monack, Professor at Stanford University in the department of microbiology and immunology. 

  • November 4, 2019, 3:30 pm, 221 Ackert Hall 
  • ADLS Awardee - Steph Shames, Assistant Professor, Division of Biology, College of Arts & Sciences

"Why populism is the Sugar Salt Fat in Our Politics, with examples from Venezuela" - Presented by Javier Corrales, Dwight W. Morrow 1895 professor and chair of political science at Amherst College, Amgerst, Massachusetts. 

  • October 17, 2019, 3 p.m., Calvin Hall 
  • ADLS Awardee - Alissandra Stoyan, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, College of Arts and Sciences 

"Inverse boundary problems for elliptic PDE in low regularity setting" - Presented by Katya Krupchyk, Professor at the University of California, Irvine

  • April 25, 2019, 2:30 p.m., Cardwell room 122
  • ADLS Awardee -  Lizaveta Ihnatsyeva,  Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics, College of Arts and Sciences