Montana State University


Montana State University
P.O. Box 173095
Bozeman, MT 59717-3095

Tel: (406) 994-4690
Location: 319 Leon Johnson

Primary Contacts

Jessi L. Smith, Ph.D.
Special Assistant to the Provost/
Director of ADVANCE

Sara Rushing, Ph.D.
Co-Director of ADVANCE/
University Family Advocate

Theresa Marchwick
Project Manager

Micaela M. Young
Grant Submission Training Coordinator

Becca Belou
Equity Data Analyst


Waded Cruzado, Ph.D.
Montana State Univerity

Martha A. Potvin, Ph.D.
Provost & V.P. for Academic Affairs

Montana State University | ADVANCE Project TRACS

ADVANCE Project TRACS Events

Upcoming Events

Spring 2014

Click here to see the 2014 Research Capacity Event Poster

April 15th, 2014 - Campus Climate Data Charrette - Leigh Lounge 3:30 - 5:00 pm

The major findings from the Fall 2013 ADVANCE campus climate survey will be presented in poster-session format and your feedback, insights and questions will be collected. Over 250 MSU Bozeman TT faculty and Department Heads participated in this second annual job satisfaction survey. We will present findings on the changes in campus climate from last year, highlight selected institutional data, as well as present snapshots of data from interviews with faculty who left MSU and from those who went through P&T this year.

We encourage you to stop by anytime in that hour and a half to enjoy refreshments and engage with the data.
Come meet the ADVANCE Social Science Team and learn more about the social science research methods ADVANCE employs.

May 7th, 14th, & 21st, 2014 - How to Be an Effective Research Mentor - Reid 425


  • Session One: Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 from 9:00 to 11:30 am
  • Session Two: Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 from 9:00 to 11:30 am
  • Session Three: Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 from 9:00 to 11:30 am

Location: Reid Hall, Room 425

Description: These sessions are based on 8-hour curriculum, Mentor for Clinical and Translational Researchers, which has been successfully tested via a multi-site randomized controlled trial (RCT) led by UW-Madison. The seminar uses a case-based approach to explore an intellectual framework for research mentoring, providing opportunities for reflection on mentoring skills and a forum to solve mentoring dilemmas and share strategies for success (UW ICTR, 2012). Findings from the RCT include:

  • Trained mentors reported significantly higher learning gains as compared to the control. They also reported more implemented changes in their mentoring practice.
  • 88% of training participants reported that the 8-hour seminar was a valuable use of their time and 90% said they would recommend it to a colleague.
  • Mentees of trained mentors noted a greater number of positive changes in their mentoring relationship over the study period (UW ICTR, 2012)

This 8-hour seminar will be offered in the summer session of 2014 as two, four-hour sessions, on Wednesday, May 7th, and Wednesday, May 21st. Upon registration, participants will indicate their course time preferences, and a final schedule will be distributed to the group.

Registration Process: Please register at Registration for this event will close at 5:00 pm on April 25th. Participants will receive confirmation of their registration and any additional resources for the course. If the event is full, you may be placed on a waiting list and notified of any openings by May 2nd. For questions or more information, please call or email Micaela Young at or x5338.

March 7th - May 2nd, 2014 - Grant Writing Boot Camp


  • The ADVANCE Boot Camp will begin on Friday, March 7th and end on Friday, May 2nd. The format of the event will be one week on or in-session, and one week off for assignment completion.
  • ADVANCE Final Event: We will host a working lunch to debrief and discuss plans for final submissions. This event will take place on May 2nd, 2014.

Location: Animal Bioscience Building, Room 145  

Description: This event is a culmination of two successful boot camp events; one that took place in summer of 2013 through EHHD and another hosted by ADVANCE in the fall of 2013. This training is designed to facilitate the production of a solid, review-ready grant proposal. Participants will have the opportunity to submit proposals for review and comment by grant successful senior investigators, and a team of proposal support personnel will be aligned to the submitters individual needs.

Session Format: In each every other week session, participants can expect to interact with grant successful faculty facilitators and agency leaders to learn the skills and insights required to develop competitive grant proposals. The first hour of the session will be devoted to lecture and/or discussion, and the remaining session will consist of peer review, hands-on participatory writing, and workshop activities. The off-week session will be used to apply the concepts learned to components of active proposals so that participants make steady progress towards completion.

Bootcamp Sessions

Expected Outcomes: At the end of each session, grant submitters will have gained critical knowledge of developing narratives and budgets, funding agency and university requirements, and the process of the grant review panel for their respective funding agency. The most significant product of these sessions will be a review-ready grant proposal.

Registration Process: For more information, email Micaela Young, Grant Submission Training Coordinator at or call 994-5338. To register for the workshops, please RSVP by clicking on the following link: and send an introduction email to from your preferred email account to help establish the participant listserv.

Archived Events

Spring 2014

March - Event Descriptions
March 5th, 2014 - Department Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Self Study Panel
March 7th - May 2nd, 2014 - Grant Writing Boot Camp
March 18th, 2014 - Applications for Faculty Excellence Grants Program Due

February - Event Descriptions
February 6th - Finding Funding: Databases, Strategies, and Techniques
February 7th - Foundation Opportunities: Finding and Securing Funding through Foundations
February 20th - Women in Science Empowerment Lunch
February 24th - CRLT (Center for Research on Learning and Teaching) Players

Fall 2013

December - Event Descriptions
December 4th - 12th - Study Space Provided to Women and Gender Studies Students
December 5 - ADVANCE End of the Semester Open Meeting

November - Event Descriptions
Tuesday, November 26 - Best Practices for Family Friendly Policies - An AWIS Webinar

October - Event Descriptions
Thursday, October 17 - NIH Grant Panel Review
Friday, October 25 - Examining the Biases that Bind Us: A Presentation By Dr. Toni Schmader
Tuesday, October 29 - Do Babies Matter? - An AWIS Webinar
Thursday, October 31 - Women in Science Distinguished Professorship Nomination Deadline

September - Event Descriptions
Monday, September 16 - Friday, October 18: Grant Writing Boot Camp
Tuesday, September 17 - Wednesday, September 18: Hastening Diversity at MSU: A Workshop with Dr. JoAnn Moody
Tuesday, September 24 - What Works for Women at Work - An AWIS Webinar

Spring 2013

April - Event Descriptions
Tuesday, April 9th: Data Charrette
Monday, April 29th: STRIDE Workshop (click here to view Video of STRIDE Presentation)

March - Event Descriptions
Thursday, March 21st: How we can all contribute to Institutional Transformation
Tuesday, March 26th: Opportunities for Enhancing Research Capacity