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WSE 187 Introduction to Research

Each spring the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program at SBU offers WSE 187 for first-year WISE woman, a very successful Introduction to Research course. The students are divided into small groups of 5-10 members and rotate from lab to lab participating in different hands-on research experiences during the semester. The research experiences are in diverse areas including Engineering, Mathematics, Life Sciences, Physics and Social Sciences. Projects are designed and implemented by male or female scientists, postdocs, or graduate students, and while most of the rotations are at SBU, there will be two Saturday classes at BNL. The projects can be a piece of the ongoing research in your laboratory or an activity that demonstrates the essence of your field. The total commitment is about 11 hours. Many of the WSE 187 students continue on as research assistants in project leaders' laboratories, making this a beneficial experience for all involved.

This teaching/mentoring opportunity is for faculty or postdocs at SBU and BNL; there is no compensation given for participating in this program; and you must procure the written permission of your PI as these students will be in the lab working with you.

Postdocs interested in participating should think about the following questions and contact the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs to sign up. 

  1. What is the title and nature of the activity?
  2. Can you commit time/space in your lab or work environment to host students?
  3. How many students can you accommodate in your session(s)?

 

WSE 242 Society and Gender in Science and Engineering

The course below is offered by the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program for undergraduates at SBU. Female Postdocs from SBU, CSHL and BNL are eligible to teach 1-2 lectures in the course upon approval of the instructor. There is no compensation given for lecturing in this course

Course description:
A study of the social context in which modern science operates with an emphasis on women’s historic and current participation. Students examine how social issues and gender influence scientific inquiry and policy.

The major topics discussed are:  

  • Participation of women in science: cultural factors, media influence, development of gender schemas, and gender roles
  • History of women in science, and their exclusion from the scientific patriarchy
  • The wage gap and other measures of gender discrimination
  • Current topics as they arise

Postdocs interested in participating should think about the following questions and contact the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs to sign up. 

  1. What topic are you considering and how is it relevant to the course goals?  

 

WISE High School Program

The Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program for undergraduates at SBU offers mentoring opportunities to both male and female Postdocs from SBU through their high school program. The HS program entails working on a project in your lab with 4-8 (depending on lab space and experience) high school juniors for five sessions in either the fall or the spring semester. Mentors can participate in both fall and spring but would have different groups of students - thus can do the same project in both semesters if repeating. The objective of the five sessions, which meet after school for approximately three hours (usually from 2-5 pm or 3-6 pm), is to introduce students to the laboratory environment and science research with the ultimate aim of having the students go on to college and careers in science or engineering.

In addition to working on the project with the students, you are encouraged to share your own personal stories, and introducing students to other related events or labs on campus is encouraged - e.g. tours, attending a special lecture, an interesting exhibit, etc. 

There is no compensation given for participating in this program. You must also procure the written permission of your PI as these students will be in the lab working with you. 

Postdocs interested in participating should think about the following questions and contact the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs to sign up. 

  1. What is the title and nature of the activity? Is it appropriate for younger students? 
  2. Can you commit time/space in your lab or work environment to host students? 
  3. How many students can you accommodate in your session(s)?

 

 

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