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.
Welcome to WISE!
Thank you for visiting the University of Iowa's WISE Program website! Follow the links at the top of each page to view information based on the various populations we serve. Read through the links at the left on the home page for other great WISE programs and resources!
What's happening in WISE
Lena R Hann and Yvonne M. Kobayashi receive WISE Poster Awards at the 9th Annual Interdisciplinary Health Group (IHG) Research Poster Session
The 2008 IHG Student Poster Session was a great success, with 32 student researchers from across campus presenting their cutting edge research. Congratulations to both of you and great success in the future!
Title: Bacterial Vaginosis and Post-Termination Infection: Protocol Questionnaire Results for 32 National Abortion Federation-affiliated Clinics
Yvonne M. Kobayashi, PhD, Research Fellow
Roy J. and
Title: NO to Fatigue - Role of Sarcolemma Localized nNOS After Mild Physical Activity
Other Author(s): Robert W. Crawford, BS; Robert M. Weiss, MD; Steven A. Moore, MD; Kevin P. Campbell, PhD
Iowa becomes one of two states chosen to join the NSF STEM Equity Pipeline Project
Last April a team of Iowans interested in broadening the scope of state efforts to increase participation of girls and
women in the STEM pipeline attended the STEM Equity Pipeline Leadership Institute in Arlington, Virginia
to assess the feasibility of submitting a proposal to become one of the state teams supported by this NSF-funded grant. Upon
returning to Iowa, the attendees gathered interested parties from around the state and helped facilitate the submission of a
proposal to NSF through the Iowa Department of Education. We received notification that Iowa has been selected to
join the five states already supported by this project and we are thrilled that money will now be coming into the state to coordinate and extend
existing STEM initiatives.
The STEM Equity Pipeline Project, funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), is a collaborative effort between State Teams and an Extension Services Group of leading researchers and practitioners in gender equity and STEM education. Consulting and professional development services are provided to State Teams who serve as “extension agents” working with local educators to adopt research-based strategies that will lead to greater participation of women and girls in STEM Career Cluster programs at both the secondary and community college levels. States already involved in this NSF Project include California, Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin.
WISE Facilitator honored with 2008 Audrey Qualls Diversity Awards
Rebecca Anthony, director of the Educational Placement Office in the UI College of Education and a WISE facilitator, was the staff recipient of the 2008 Audrey Qualls Diversity Award. Anthony's work in the College of Education sparked the inspiration for extending the ePortofolio (tm) to WISE participants to better help women showcase their professional accomplishments in ways that will help them more successfully market themselves. Anthony developed an ePortfolio program specifically for WISE participants.
WISE Announces Two New Funding Opportunities for Undergraduate Women - Carol Fethke Scholarship, Lina Arbash-Meinel Scholarship Program
The Carol Fethke Scholarship, a $1,000 gift which will be given in alternating years to a Tippie College honors student and a student in the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Program at Iowa, was established by Fethke's close friends and colleagues in the fall of 2007 to recognize her contributions as an economics professor, student mentor, and as "First Lady" of the University of Iowa while her husband, Gary Fethke, served as interim UI president. Dr. Fethke received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Iowa and served as a faculty member in the Tippie College of Business until May, 2004. Carol also served on the WISE Advisory Board for four years and was a strong and vocal advocate for the program.
For more information about the Fethke Scholarship, contact WISE via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Chris Brus, WISE Director at 335-3511.
Beginning fall of 2008, WISE will be competitively awarding two $300 travel scholarships a semester to undergraduate women in Biomedical Engineering through the Lina Arbash-Meinel Scholarship Program. Dr. Arbash-Meinel received her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Iowa in May 2006. The title of her dissertation was Development of Computer-Aided Diagnosis System for Breast MRI Lesion Classification. Dr. Arbash-Meinel was also a recipient of a Eunice Beam WISE Travel Grant while a doctoral student at Iowa.
For more information about the application process, contact WISE via email, or call Chris Brus, WISE Director at 335-3511.