Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE)

students in labs and classes

The WiSE program recruits and supports women of all ethnic backgrounds in science and engineering (S&E) and fosters a healthy academic and social environment for men and women in engineering at all levels of study.

WiSE creates a collaborative and learner-centered environment for women in S&E. Academic and support programs include:

Academic services | WiSE UP summer bridge | Pre-major program | Pre-professional program

WiSE Events

Welcome orientation | WiSE Lectures | WiSE Mentor Night | WiSE/LSAMP student & faculty café hour | Industry luncheon | Evening with Industry | WiSE Conference

WiSE Welcome Orientations

For 2014 Incoming Women Engineering Freshman

"Mentoring the Transition"
Saturday, May 3rd, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
UW Seattle - Main Campus

If you are interested in attending this event, email uwwise@uw.edu.

Fall Welcome Event

The WISE Advisory Board, COE women faculty, industry friends, and alums welcome our future women engineers. This gathering, usually in October, offers an opportunity for many of our local resident incoming Freshman and/or Transfer engineering women scholars to come together.

Join us and mix it up as you begin a new informational network, share experiences, learn about resources, and meet new friends. We introduce you to a collaborative academic and social environment to help navigate the pathway of engineering education at the UW.

the 2012 WiSE advisory board
The 2012 WiSE advisory board

WiSE Lectures

Qualcomm logo UW WiSE and Qualcomm present public lectures in Autumn and Spring quarters.

2014 Women in Science and Engineering Spring Lecture: You Are More Than What You Wear

Featuring Dianne Chong, PhD
Vice President of Materials, Manufacturing, Structures & Support,
The Boeing Company

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Location change: Kane Hall, room 130

This lecture is about much more than fashion. Speaker Dianne Chong is not only a vice president at The Boeing Company; she is also a blogger, writer, public speaker, parent, engineer, and scientist. In a recent guest column in The Seattle Times, Chong wrote:


"Debating clothes and hair may seem superficial, but it reveals the critical challenges women face attaining a technology career and — more importantly — keeping one. I started with undergraduate degrees in psychology and biology, so I appreciate the relevance, both professionally and personally.

"When a young physicist asks me what to wear to work, she's not asking for fall-fashion trends. She's actually asking: 'How do I fit in at my office, where everyone else is a man?' The fact that women are still asking these questions exposes a deep sense of not belonging."

  Dianne Chong, WiSE Lecture Speaker, Spring 2014

Register to Attend button and link Space is limited! Registration is free, but required. Reception and networking following the lecture.

Submit a question button and link Dr. Chong is looking forward to answering questions at the lecture. Attendees are invited to submit questions in advance.

WiSE Mentor Night

Expand your network, meet professional women engineers and scientists, and get career and academic advice.

WiSE/LSAMP Student & Faculty Café Hour

Sponsored by Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) and Women in Science & Engineering (WISE), the November café hour usually features grad students, faculty and professionals in engineering, who are happy to discuss career choices, challenges and rewards.

Group photo from 2012 café Front row industry speakers: Ce'Nedra Martin, Erin Fletcher-Slayton, Hamdi Mohamed, Dr. Isabel Casimiro

WiSE Industry Luncheon

slideshow from 2013 WiSE Industry Luncheon A January tradition, the Industry Luncheon is a great chance to network and meet with employers over the more casual atmosphere of a lunch. We welcome all students in pre-engineering, engineering and the sciences.

Check out the photos from the 2013 luncheon »

WiSE Conference

photos from previous conference

This annual event offers educational and professional development and enrichment for women interested in engineering and science careers. High school, college, graduate school scholars, academic faculty, administrators, and professional women come together for a day of exciting and fun exploration and encounters.

Attendees discover new opportunities, identify personal strengths, and increase their confidence to embark on new academic and professional ventures. The conference is well-attended by over 200 or more students from around the region.

Learn more about the Women in Engineering Conference.

SWE Evening with Industry

Evening with Industry is a unique event for both students and employers. The career fair is open to all students looking for internships, co-ops, and full time employment in the fields of engineering, science, or technology. The awards banquet features a keynote speaker and honors outstanding female students from each of the engineering departments. It also provides an opportunity for students and recruiters to interact in a more casual setting.

More information: SWE website.

Academic Services

Trying to decide which major is right for you? What classes to register for? Where to find resources for women in science and engineering?

If so, schedule an appointment with an academic adviser. Cathryne Jordan, WiSE's primary academic adviser, is available to meet with you Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. located in Loew Hall 301. To make an appointment, call (206) 543-1770 or email uwwise@uw.edu or stop by Loew 301 to either drop in (if available) or schedule an appointment.

Learn more about the academic services and resources available to help pre-engineering students succeed:

Academic Workshops - One-credit/no credit courses (ENGR 197) that provide additional support for students in engineering prerequisite classes.

Study Centers - Study resources and learning facilitators available in the Engineering Academic Center in Loew Hall, second floor.

ENGR 199W Study Course - One-credit/no credit course you can take up to three times for credit. Requirements include time in class and a paper.

Co-Enrollment Courses - WiSE works with the Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics departments to enroll students in math and science courses with other students with similar backgrounds and interests, creating the smaller communities that many students seek at large institutions. Courses are noted in the time schedules as "Includes MSEP/WiSE students" and are designed to work with the appropriate Academic Workshops. To register for these courses, students must see an MSEP, WiSE or other engineering adviser.

WiSE UP Summer Bridge Program

WiSE UP is an energetic two-and-a-half-week program for first-year women starting at the UW in autumn quarter. Women planning to major in engineering or computer science learn strategies for university-level study and engage with the UW academic community and peers. During the two weeks and one weekend, students participate in class instruction, labs, seminars, and visits to local companies and receive an introduction to engineering prerequisite courses in math, physics, and engineering design.

Registration for summer 2014 opens in spring.

Optional On-campus Housing

While this is a commuter program (non-residential), campus housing can be arranged through UW Housing and Food Services (HFS). For more information, contact HFS at (206) 543-4059 or hfsinfo@uw.edu.

WiSE Pre-Major Program

Have you chosen your major yet? Do you need assistance in your pre-engineering coursework? Do you want direction in finding resources and opportunities for women in science and engineering?

For help with any of these, be a part of the WiSE Pre-Major Program!

WiSE is here to assist you by directing you to various resources and opportunities to aid you with your choice of major as well as your pursuit of success in your academic coursework and extracurricular activities.

The Pre-Major Program gives you the opportunity to connect with women who have experienced some of the same challenges that you may encounter. WiSE staff can assist you with pre-requisite courses and advising as well as give you tips about balancing school, work and other activities.

The program offers these resources to assist you as a pre-major and beyond:

  • WiSE Student Success Seminars
  • ENGR 199 - WiSE Academic Study/Tutoring Session
  • ENGR 202 - Academic Success and Life Long Learning Seminar
  • WiSE Academic Support Resources
  • Pre-Professional Events
  • Engineering Information Sessions and Workshops

We encourage you to participate and invite your friends along as we build this community here at the UW. To register with WiSE, contact uwwise@uw.edu or call 206-543-1770 or stop by Loew Hall 301.

WiSE Pre-Professional Program

Have you decided which field of study you will pursue? Have you been accepted into your department? What are your next steps as you move down your major pathway?

The WiSE Pre-Professional Program can help!

WiSE provides services and resources to assist you both academically and professionally as you work to complete a degree in engineering and/or the sciences and prepare to transfer your skills and knowledge to the workplace.

Come join a network of your peers, university staff, and industry friends to learn what it takes to establish yourself in and outside the classroom. The WiSE Pre-Professional is invited to participate, attend, and get involved in:

  • WiSE Student Success Seminars
  • WISE Academic Support Resources
  • Engineering Co-op/Internships Undergraduate Research and Industry Information Sessions
  • Annual WISE Conference
  • Career Fairs for the Engineers and Science

See Also - Programs for Incoming First Year and Transfer Students

  • ALVA - Incoming freshmen accepted into the ALVA program are assigned to paid, high tech or research jobs that improve their college financing and give them an early taste of a professional career.
  • STEM Bridge - a four-week academic experience for incoming first year engineering students planning to major in engineering or computer science. Students live in a UW Residence Hall, attend workshops and build community.