Welcome to the homepage for the Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) Initiative at the University of Florida
WiSE is a grass-roots directed program of discussions, workshops, and networking events designed to foster the success of women and other members of under-represented groups at all stages of their careers in science and engineering by providing a forum for academic and personal guidance and support. We welcome ALL members of the academic community at WiSE events – yes, men too!
The purpose of WiSE at UF is to bring together students, post docs, faculty and staff in STEM fields. The activities we plan are aimed at professional and academic development as well as providing support to the women in these fields. We welcome all genders to our meetings and events. Our activities fall into 5 broad categories.
WiSE is completely run by UF students and post-docs, along with the help of our faculty advisor. Each year the WiSE officer list grows as more students take the lead in helping guide and run our organization. Last year we recruited Department Liaisons, who helped build stronger connections between WiSE and other UF departments.
Professional Career Development
Most of our events focus on developing professional skills for success in graduate school and beyond. Each year we host 2 events in the style of a panel and a workshop. Topics for these events are decided by members at the beginning of each semester.
Discussions and Networking
One of our primary areas of focus on is engaging in dialogue with others about issues for women in STEM fields and with that, increasing our personal and professional network. We do this by organizing 2 monthly events: a general body meeting held on campus, and an informal current event discussion, WiSE UP, held in downtown Gainesville.
Visit our events page for details of upcoming events.
Outreach and Mentorship
We recognize the need to engage with girls and women at all stages of their education and career. We have regular involvement with the following groups/programs:
- Alachua County Science Fair judging
- Cade Museum
- University Minority Mentorship Program
- WiSE Girlz Spring Camp
Visit the outreach page for more information about our involvement with these activities.
To extend our activities to the greater Gainesville community, we also interact with other local organizations. Our primary involvement has been with:
- AWIS – North Central Florida Chapter of the Association for Women in Science
- eWiTS – a 10-week entrepreneurship workshop held by the UF Innovation Hub
Each year the outgoing and incoming Presidents of WiSE write a newsletter that highlights our activities of the previous year and upcoming plans.
This newsletter highlights our activities from the 2014/2015 school year. We are excited to bring you these highlights. Please share with others!
If you are interested in participating in these events and activities, please become a member!