About the WISE Program
Mission and Goals
The mission of the Women in Science and Engineering Program is to expand and improve educational and professional opportunities for women in all fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by facilitating individual, institutional, and social change.
The specific aims of the WISE Program are:
• To provide academic support;
• To promote professional development;
• To facilitate research opportunities;
• To establish and maintain community outreach; and
• To encourage global cooperation.
As an academic support program, WISE is committed to promoting activities that motivate and encourage undergraduate and graduate students to complete degree programs and pursue careers in scientific and technical fields.
As a professional development program, WISE is committed to promoting activities that empower women scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and health professionals to be successful and assume leadership positions in their professional careers.
As a research program, WISE is committed to supporting efforts to monitor the recruitment and retention of women as students, staff, and faculty, and to assess the effectiveness of WISE activities in supporting full participation of women and girls in science and engineering educational programs and professions.
As a community outreach program, WISE is committed to promoting educational opportunities in science for pre-college students that are "gender equitable." Gender-equitable science activities use gender-free language, require hands-on experience in small groups, develop component skills for research, relate the exercise to daily life, use goal-based competition rather than interpersonal competition, and support more than one correct outcome.
As a global cooperation program, WISE is committed to supporting activities that prepare women to enter the international STEM workforce; that support academic partnerships with foreign institutions; and that encourage the scholarship and professional development of international women in STEM disciplines who come here to study and work.
Brief overview of WISE Programs and Initiatives (Pdf document)
(updated August 2013)