group of WISE residents at convocation

Women in Science & Engineering (WISE)

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.



WISE residents enjoy their convocation barbeque

The WISE Seminar | 1 Credit

The WISE seminar is a one-credit class offered each fall and spring. Seminar helps WISE residents network to build their social and professional community by developing connections with other WISE residents, as well as to a large and diverse group of women professors and corporate professionals in STEM fields. Seminar often includes dinner although this varies depending on the program. Students may enjoy a guest speaker, a round table discussion with visiting women professors or corporate STEM professionals and/or discuss a particular topic relevant to women studying or working in STEM. Two to three times each semester students take field trips that might include a movie, a corporate visit, a lab tour or a performance. The seminar is only open to WISE students and fulfills the CALS Freshman Seminar Requirement.

Programs and Activities

Discovery and community building are at the core of every event and program that takes place in WISE. Residents have an opportunity to enjoy events in the dorm and around campus as well as field trips in our region.

Below are some of the events and activities from the last several months that residents have participated in:

  • Field trips
  • Cultural events and workshops
  • Hands-on arts activities
  • Career and professional development
  • Performing arts events – theater, concerts and more
  • Behind the scenes tours
  • Self-care and de-stress workshops
  • Holiday celebrations
  • Birthday celebrations
  • Fun community building
  • Outdoor activities

Campus Organizations of Interest

  • Women in ECE (Women in Electrical & Computer Engineering)
  • SWE (Society of Women Engineers)
  • WACM (Association of Computing Machinery – Women)
  • WIA (Association of Women in Agriculture)
  • WiN (Women in Nuclear)
  • WISER (Women in Scientific Education and Research)
  • WME (Women in Mechanical Engineering)

WISE Professional Staff

Kelly Giese

Position title: Assistant Director of Residence Life

Laura Hernandez

Position title: Faculty Director of WISE
Assistant Professor of Lactation Biology

Dylan Kersten

Position title: Residence Life Coordinator

Scott Seyforth

Position title: Assistant Director of Residence Life

Jacqueline Whitley

Position title: Program Coordinator

Jaqueline Whitley

Position title: WISE PC