By Cathryne Jordan, WISE Coordinator
The Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) program is designed to increase the recruitment and retention of women in engineering. We are committed to supporting and inspiring the next generation of female engineers and leaders. National statistics indicate that many females who enter college with the intent to study science and engineering will drop out of the pre-engineering and science track before they reach their junior year. In an effort to decrease this trend, WiSE is focused on enhancing the experience for women engineering students by providing resources and tools for academic support, guidance, networking, professional development, creating a community to build a foundation for future study and success within the STEM fields.
WiSE is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. Members are encouraged to make use of a variety of academic resources which are offered as early as the summer of their freshman year and continue through completion of their degrees. First and foremost among these include academic advising and mentoring. In addition, some of the WiSE endeavors that may be of interest to incoming transfer students include:
Academic Learning and Study Workshops
These workshops support women engineering students as they study and learn together. Students can register for a one-credit seminar course that includes one hour of discussion per week facilitated by an advanced engineering student plus three to four required additional hours in the study center. In addition, as part of WiSE community, students are privy to learning workshops that help them with their first-year math, chemistry and physics curricula. Participants benefit from a welcoming environment and an academic community in which to excel.
Student Success Seminars and Symposia
Seminars offered quarterly, cover a range of topics such as research opportunities, career options, resume development, and making and sustaining the grade.
Financial resources (merit- and need-based) are available for students through a variety of college and national resources.
UW WiSE Conference
This annual conference, offered in Winter quarter, is designed to empower women in the STEM fields to discover new opportunities, identify personal strengths, and to increase overall confidence in embarking on new academic and professional ventures. Throughout the day, students from all academic levels (pre-college, college and graduate level) engage with one another and participate in workshops and presentations on such topics as: transitions to university life, surviving and succeeding in school, enhancement of your personal development, developing your leadership potential, balancing life and school, and networking with industry and academia professionals, to name a few.
If you are coming to the UW to fulfill your goals and dreams of pursuing engineering, consider yourself invited to become a member of WiSE and take advantage of a community geared for academic success and achievement. If you are interested and motivated, than just Go To Loew. WiSE is located in the College of Engineering (COE), Engineering Advising and Diversity Center (EADC), in 301 Loew Hall. Take a moment to visit the UW WiSE web page and learn more about WiSE and how to get involved. Also, feel free to stop by or call UW WiSE Coordinator, Cathryne Jordan at 206-543-1770.