University of Wisconsin–Madison
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.


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 trip to see an American Players Theater play
  • Campfire night
  • Chazen Art Museum gallery tour
  • Tour of Epic Systems corporate headquarters
  • Weekly seminar featuring professors and local professional women in STEM
  • Self-care and de-stress workshop
  • Exploring the science of chocolate, with tasting of course!
  • Dumpling-making to celebrate Lunar New Year
  • Resume night
  • Broadway shows at the Overture Center
  • Career options workshops
  • Painting at the Wheelhouse Art Studio
  • Arts and crafts night
  • Nature walk at Picnic Point
  • National Geographic Lectures
  • Henna and samosa night
  • Movie nights at local theaters
  • Volunteering with children in STEM
  • Beading with a jewelry artist
  • Resume and application skill workshop

Campus Organizations of Interest

  • Alpha Chi Sigma (Professional Co-Ed Chemistry/Science Fraternity)
  • MANRRS (Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences)
  • NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers)
  • OHM (WISE Out of House Members)
  • oSTEM (Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)
  • SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science)
  • SHPE (Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers)
  • 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)

Seminar Info

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.

WISE Professional Staff

Sue Babcock

Professor of Materials Science & Engineering, Faculty Director of WISE

Kelly Giese

Area Coordinator

Barb Haggerty

Residence Life Coordinator

Suzanne Swift

Program Coordinator