Women in Science & Engineering (WiSE)
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:
Events throughout the year help build community and an environment of mentoring and leadership. Here's what's coming up next.
About the Annual WiSE Events
WiSE Welcome Orientations
The WISE Advisory Board, COE women faculty, industry friends, and alums welcome our future women engineers. This fall gathering offers an opportunity for many of our local resident incoming first-years and/or transfer engineering women scholars to come together.
UW WiSE presents public lectures in fall and spring quarters. The speakers are nationally known women in engineering with years of leadership and experience.
Fall Lecture: 'Girls Coming to Tech!': A History of American Engineering Education for Women, Oct 19, 2016, 5:30 p.m.
Amy Sue Bix is Professor of History at Iowa State University and director of ISU’s Center for Historical Studies of Technology and Science. Her book Girls Coming to Tech!: A History of American Engineering Education for Women was published by MIT Press in December, 2013. That work analyzes the story of how women gained entrance to the traditionally male field of engineering in American higher education, looking at both individual experiences and institutional evolution.
A chance to expand your network, meet professional women engineers and scientists, and get career and academic advice. Usually in November.
WiSE/LSAMP Student & Faculty Café Hour
Quarterly café hour, usually featuring grad students, faculty, and professionals in engineering, who are happy to discuss career choices, challenges and rewards. Co-sponsored with the UW Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP).
WiSE Industry Luncheon
A January tradition and 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.
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
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 and provides an opportunity for students and recruiters to interact in a more casual setting. See the SWE website.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. The course offers academic assistance in engineering gateway courses (calculus, physics, chemistry, applied math, and engineering fundamentals), facilitated by an upper level engineering student 1 to 2 hours a week. Students also have 2 to 3 additional hours of study per week in the Engineering Academic Study Center (EAC) between Monday and Friday. Students find a welcoming environment and an academic community where they can excel. Course requirements include time in class and a paper. See UW Course catalog »
- 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 4½-week summer program for first-year students who will start at the UW the following 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 program, 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.
WiSE Summer Bridge Students Develop Smart, Stable Walker
As part of their WiSE Summer Bridge experience, pre-engineering students April Opsvig and Zoe Nelson helped design the Wise Walker, a more stable option for walker users. Under the guidance of Electrical Engineering Research Associate Professor Linda Bushnell and EE Ph.D. student Sang Sagong, Opsvig and Nelson learned several electrical engineering components, including control feedback, sensors, actuators and testing. Through the use of sensors, they were able to develop a system that is more stable – a significant need for those who rely on a walker.
Excerpted from Electrical Engineering News
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) 543-7636 or email@example.com.
Photo Album from WiSE Bridge 2015
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
- 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.