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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:

WiSE Events

Events throughout the year help build community and an environment of mentoring and leadership. Here's what's coming up next.

WiSE Mentor Night

A chance to expand your network, meet professional women engineers and scientists, and get career and academic advice. Event occurs in spring.

WiSE Pre-Collegiate Summit

The Pre-Collegiate Summit brings in high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors to explore the College of Engineering. Attendees will gain insight on what it means to be an engineer and how to best prepare to become one. Event occurs in spring.

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.

WiSE Lectures

UW WiSE presents public lectures in fall and spring quarters. The speakers are nationally known women in engineering with years of leadership and experience.

WiSE/LSAMP 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 Conference »

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.

Etiquette Dinner

The Etiquette Dinner, hosted by WiSE and CC@E, teaches engineering students the do's and don’ts of a formal dinner. A sit-down, plated meal is provided at this event.

Women's Breakfast

The Women's Breakfast, hosted by WiSE and CC@E, is designed help students learn about what it’s like to work in today’s engineering fields. Take part in discussions with professionals about the benefits and challenges that women experience as engineers.

WiSE Industry Luncheon

An annual tradition and a great chance to network and meet with employers over the more casual atmosphere of a lunch. We welcome all students in engineering and the sciences.

WiSE Graduation Tea

An annual tradition that celebrates honoree WiSE graduates.


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 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 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 BRIDGE is a first-year academic program for the up and coming woman engineering scholar. The program starts with our WiSE Summer Early Engineering Discovery (SEEDs) an energetic and engaging six-week summer experience and continues through the academic year with WiSE BRIDGE. By participating in WiSE SEEDs and BRIDGE, women planning to major in engineering build community while learning strategies for university-level study and academic success, as well as a clear and compelling understanding of the engineering profession.


WiSE DTC Scholar

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

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.

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.

WiSE 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.

We encourage you to participate and invite your friends along as we build this community here at the UW. To register with WiSE, contact 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 Resource
  • Engineering Co-op/Internships Undergraduate Research and Industry Information Sessions
  • Annual WISE Conference
  • Career Fairs for the Engineers and Science

See also

ALVA - Incoming freshmen accepted into the ALVA (Alliances for Learning and Vision for Underrepresented Americans) 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.

Various Students Working in Loew Hall