About WiSE

Welcome to the homepage for Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) at the University of Florida

UF WiSE aims to foster the success of women, non-binary folks, and other underrepresented genders in science and engineering. People of all genders are welcome and encouraged to attend any and all meetings and events.

We host WiSE-Ups, organize a feminist science reading group, help run Talk Science with Me, and provide career programming and other workshops (interview workshops, CV editing, etc.)

In addition to this, each year we help coordinate a Spring Break camp for middle schoolers. The camp brings local residents to campus during their Alachua County Spring Break and brings them into research labs, computing workshops, and the museum.​

Town Hall Meetings are an opportunity to meet as an organization and discuss the vision and goals for the year. Career Panel will be determined by preferences expressed at the Town Hall. WiSE-Up and feminist science topics will be chosen based on the Town Hall discussions.

Wise-Ups are meetings for discussing issues for women in science. Topics are announced in advance. Examples include #MeToo, grant funding rates, and publishing issues.

Feminist Science Reading Group meets to discuss feminist science readings of a particular topic. Each meeting is run by a discussion facilitator, and the role of facilitation rotates within the group. Past topics include gendered narratives of fertilization (“The Egg and the Sperm,” by Emily Martin, Signs 1991) and colonialism (works by Chanda Prescod-Weinstein).

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:

  • Talk Science With Me
  • Alachua County Science Fair judging
  • Cade Museum
  • University Minority Mentorship Program
  • WiSE Spring Camp

Visit the outreach page for more information about our involvement with these activities.


Gainesville Connections

To extend our activities to the greater Gainesville community, we also interact with other local organizations. Our past involvement includes:

  • AWIS – North Central Florida Chapter of the Association for Women in Science
  • eWiTS – a 10-week entrepreneurship workshop held by the UF Innovation Hub