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Welcome to WISE


The Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Program seeks to increase the number of women in science, math and engineering fields through outreach, recruitment and retention efforts. Combining the vast resources of a major university with the close bonds of a small community, the WISE College Program enables undergraduate women to work closely with peers and faculty to form friendships and to achieve a solid background in their field. The WISE Precollege Program reaches out to local schools to inspire young women to choose to pursue science math and engineering degrees.

The WISE Program offers a variety of opportunities that are designed to serve a student's changing needs throughout her four-year college experience. Students admitted into the WISE Program receive merit based scholarships to help with tuition, most often receiving Presidential or Provostial scholarships. Specially designed courses introduce the diversity and vast opportunities within science and engineering, and give you first hand experience in a variety of disciplines. During your first year, you will join five or six other first year WISE students in a small study group led by an advanced undergraduate mentor devoted to helping you with your coursework. You will attend evening programs specially designed for WISE women. These programs will introduce you to the opportunities in science and engineering both on and off campus, and help guide you in taking advantage of those opportunities. You will receive academic advising from faculty and staff who are familiar with the requirements for your major, and advanced priority registration so you are more likely to get the courses you choose. WISE scholars also can choose to live in O'Neil College, a residence hall where many WISE women live and study together. Becoming part of WISE introduces you to a supportive community of students, faculty and staff who are committed to helping women pursue their interests in science math and engineering. WISE students learn about opportunities for internships and research by being a part of this community.

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