Women In Science & Engineering (WISE)

WISE members participate in team-building activities at the Ropes Course

Waters Residence Hall | 81 residents (double rooms; female only floor)
Sponsored by the College of Agricultural & Life Sciences; College of Engineering | $200 learning community fee

Based in Elizabeth Waters Residence Hall, the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) residential learning community is a stimulating environment, where women interested in science, technology, engineering, or math make strong academic and personal connections with each other as well as UW-Madison staff and faculty who share their interests.

WISE creates a community that gives each young woman a place that is comfortable and where she can thrive socially and academically. WISE participants develop supportive relationships with peer mentors, faculty members and Madison-area professionals as well as meaningful friendships with each other.

WISE residents participate in a variety of events each year including lab and research tours, plays and concerts, as well as a regular schedule of social and enrichment activities. These events offer students the opportunity to network with professionals in the STEM fields while also discovering a variety of interests and topic areas.

WISE residents benefit from personal, academic and social networks designed to help them take advantage of all that a large research university offers while at the same time. Residents also enjoy the feel of living on a floor of exclusively female residents within a large coed residence hall that includes on-site dining.

By combining social, cultural, academic and professional development WISE helps students thrive in their first years at the UW while building a foundation for lifelong success in STEM fields.

Program Benefits:

  • Live together with women who share an interest in science and engineering
  • Build strong academic and personal connections with peers, faculty and professionals
  • Create a smaller community within a large university
  • Develop lifelong friendships with women who share a passion for STEM
  • Explore new ideas in a seminar designed to build a foundation for lifelong success
  • Learn about cutting-edge scientific research topics and future career possibilities
  • Connect with UW faculty that can share student research opportunities
  • Network with professional women from our local community
  • Access summer research grant money just for WISE students
  • Visit innovative scientific labs and companies
  • Experience local cultural arts, visits to area attractions and hands-on arts activities


Email us at WISE@housing.wisc.edu

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In the News: A Dorm of Their Own

"WISE opened doors. It helped me go to another country and succeed in my classes. It helped me learn to recognize when to ask for help and when to do things on my own. The possibilities are endless."

Christine Morris
Washington, DC