American Association of University Women of Virginia

Educational Issues and Special Projects

Education Advocacy

Educator and Education Advocate of Year Award Recipients 2005  2006

The Educator of the Year Award is for teachers, administrators, or guidance counselors from all levels of pre-college public education, pre-K-12, who are positive role models for girls’ and are involved with projects or devote extra time in support of projects.

The Education Advocate of the Year Award is for parents, community members, business partners, and other non-educators who support educators in a myriad of ways (volunteering, resource, verbal and written advocacy, etc.). More Info and Nomination form

Fellowships, Grants and Awards
One of the world’s largest sources of funding exclusively for graduate women, the AAUW Educational Foundation supports aspiring scholars around the globe, teachers and activists in local communities, women at critical stages of their careers, and those pursuing professions where women are underrepresented through its Fellowships & Grants.  A Directory of Fellowship, Grant and Award Recipients is available online. 

View list of Virginia Recipients of Fellowships and Grants from EF & Virginia Endowments.

All branches in the state are being asked to dedicate their EF money to the Mary Thrasher Fellowship and/or Newport News Research and Projects Grant.  Get more info     2005 EF Honorees 

Gender Equity
To check out a list of GENDER EQUITY websites
compiled by the Blacksburg AAUW, click here!
Association for Gender Equity Leadership in Education (AGELE)

Sister to Sister Summits

The AAUW National Association has developed and piloted a community  project called Sister-to-Sister, a summit for and about girls. Branches desiring an educational equity project can follow the step-by-step instructions and use Association-generated materials such as a logo, brochure, news release, evaluation form, and facilitator’s guide at:

A Sister-to-Sister summit is designed for 50–100 girls, ages 12–16 from diverse backgrounds. It is best used in coalition with other organizations such as Girls Scouts or the YWCA. Girls themselves are to take an active part in the planning of the summits.  A number of Virginia branches have hosted summits since the program was introduced about five years ago. Take a look at Roanoke Valley Branch’s Summit.

AAUW Leadership and Training Institute
Through institute programs, women and girls acquire the skills they need to succeed and assume leadership roles in their academic, professional, and personal lives. AAUW’s institute now directs the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders, an event that grows in depth and popularity each year. Beyond this college-aged program, the institute will develop a breadth of programs addressing women in all stages of life.

Tech-Savvy Girls

In the spring of 2001, Reston-Herndon branch members Elizabeth Vandenburg, Clare Klunk, and Laura Jones applied for and received a Community Action Grant from the Educational Foundation to create and distribute a short video to educate parents, guidance counselors and technology teachers on the importance of encouraging girls in technology. This project covered a two-year period and has become a model for educators in this area. 

Read description of project at:

View the Resource Guide for Tech Savvy Girls at:

Or visit the following to order the video:

Under the Microscope

The Education Foundation has recently published a new research report, “Under the Microscope: A Decade of Gender Equity Projects in the Sciences“. Through an examination of more than 400 projects funded by the Educational Foundation and the National Science Foundation, the report examines trends on gender equity projects in science, technology, engineering and mathematics during the past decade. The project was conducted by a team of researchers at the University of California – Los Angeles. The report can be downloaded free of charge at

More AAUW Research Projects