CLEMSON — Clemson University professor Sez Atamturktur has been accepted into a national leadership institute focused on the advancement of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

Atamturktur received a competitive Clare Booth Luce Scholarship from Higher Education Research Services (HERS) to attend the 2018 HERS Institute at the University of Denver June 18-30. Atamturktur will be part of the HERS Luce Program for Women in STEM Leadership.

Sez Atamturktur

Sez Atamturktur

“I am excited about the opportunity to meet some tremendous leaders and to bring back some ideas to support the advancement of women in STEM,” said Atamturktur, assistant vice president for research development, Provost’s Distinguished Professor and a professor in the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences.

Atamturktur will join a group of approximately 65 women leaders from across the United States as part of the HERS Institute, just six of whom were awarded Clare Booth Luce scholarships.

As director of the Office of Research Development, Atamturktur is working to build interdisciplinary research teams to pursue scientific discoveries with significant impact. The office provides numerous institutional advancement and professional development programs designed to create opportunities for faculty and to grow the university’s research enterprise.

As a faculty member, Atamturktur has successfully led Clemson proposals for several multimillion dollar grants and has been the principal investigator or co-principal investigator of about $10 million in funding.

“Sez is one of Clemson’s rising stars, an extremely driven leader passionate about creating opportunities for students and faculty through increased research,” said Tanju Karanfil, vice president for research. “Her acceptance into the HERS Luce Program for Women in STEM Leadership is another feather in her cap and should benefit the entire Clemson community.”

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Higher Education Research Services
In 2015, HERS was awarded a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation in celebration of 25 years of extraordinary support for individual women students and faculty in science through the Clare Booth Luce (CBL) Program. Agreeing with the Luce Foundation that the advancement of women in STEM education requires advancing more women into leadership roles in STEM fields and into senior positions supporting STEM, HERS will draw upon more than 40 years of providing leadership development experiences for women in higher education through its intensive residential program, the HERS Leadership Institute.

A key part of the HERS Luce Program is the development of a HERS STEM Community. The goals of the community are to provide support and encouragement to women in STEM and to develop strategies for advancing a diverse cadre of women into STEM leadership roles. Based on experience with HERS alumnae in STEM fields and research on women’s leadership paths, HERS has identified the importance of women leaders having structured peer and mentor connections at various stages of their careers. Working together, this community of women leaders can thrive and shape a new environment for equality and excellence in STEM higher education.

The goal of the HERS Luce Program for Women in STEM Leadership is to build a community of support and transformation among women who are working in the STEM fields and those who recognize the importance of a thriving and diverse cadre providing leadership in STEM.