Category: WISE

WISE program receives WEPAN Women in Engineering Program Award

In June 2015, our Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program was honored at the annual Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN) national conference in Denver, CO. WISE received WEPAN’s Women in Engineering Program Award. The annual award recognizes an outstanding Woman in Engineering Program that has a long-term impact on program recipients, and serves as a model for other institutions. WISE Director, Veronica Arreola, accepted the award on behalf of WISE.


New! WISE Graduate Student Research Award

WISE is proud to announce a new award. The WISE Graduate Student Research Award will recognize one outstanding woman graduate student in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. The award will be presented at the annual WISE End of the Year Dinner (Tuesday, April 14, 2015) and come with a small monetary award and one-year membership to a professional organization.

Requirements for the award include:

1. Must be a current graduate student at UIC in any science, technology, engineering or mathematics field;

2. Must have presented at a professional meeting and/or have a paper published or  in press between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015;

3. Must provide evidence as to how student’s work adds to her field of study;

4. Application (see below) must be filled out in full. Self-nominations are expected (step up, WISE women!), but nominations from research advisors and others are gratefully accepted;

5. Deadline is March 18, 2015 at 5 PM.

WISE Graduate Research Award

  • Please list any papers and/or presentations this student will have completed between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015
  • Accepted file types: pdf.

WISE Girls Who Code featured in UIC News

This past fall, our Women in Science and Engineering program began a chapter of Girls Who Code, a national organization with a mission to provide computer science education and exposure to girls. Our Girls Who Code program was recently featured in UIC News.  Read more at: http://news.uic.edu/girls-who-code


Girls Who Code Update

WISE launched a Girls Who Code club in October and now we present a short update from our club’s historian, Sydney C.

This year in Girls Who Code we were basically covering coding from learning how to make a square to art and now video games. This week the group learned to make video games. It was hard to make the programs because you had to be precise on making one section at a time. The computer only responds to the program we give it so that was the hardest part but overall the staff and student ambassadors were helpful, gave you tips into creating a programs, and they were generous to help and support us students into this program so I thank you all. :­) :­) :­)

We made a short video of some of the girls’ projects during week three. Enjoy!


Fall 2014 CRWG Newsletter Now Available

The Fall 2014 edition of the CRWG Newsletter, Building Research Connections, is now available. Check it out here: Building Research Connections Fall 2014.


Status of Women in the Geosciences

Ioana StefanescuFriend of WISE, Dr. Roy Plotnick, WISE student, Ionana Steanescu (pictured at left) and Dr. Alycia L. Stigall of Ohio University (whose lab alumni include former WISE Chic President Jennifer Bauer), have published a paper on the status of women in the geosciences by examining who has been presenting at the North American Paleontological Convention (NAPC). NAPC is held every four to five years and is the one conference where all the different flavors of geoscience gather together.

What they found is that participation of women has increased over the years and that this increase is due to collaboration. Women’s increase in presenting at the meeting is not reducing men’s participation as 90% of the abstracts included a male name. This does mean that women were more likely to be part of a group of presenters than to be solo authors. The other finding of note is that the increase in women’s representation appears to be attributable to an increase in student authorship.

While the news is good in the geosciences in terms of women’s participation in this specific and important meeting, the authors do note that there is still a lack of women in leadership positions and being keynote speakers. This speaks to one aspect of WISE’s work. While we want to see the number of women go up in STEM, we also want to see women’s role in leading their respective fields go up as well.

Evolution of paleontology: Long-term gender trends in an earth-science discipline
Roy E. Plotnick, Alycia L. Stigall, Ioana Stefanescu


WISE bringing Girls Who Code to UIC!

Our Women in Science & Engineering program is excited to announce our new partnership with Girls Who Code!

MISSION: Girls Who Code programs work to inspire, educate, and equip girls with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities.

To kick off the chapter, we will have an information meeting on Saturday, October 4th from 10 am – 12 pm at the WISE office:

845 W. Taylor Street
Room 205 D
Chicago, IL 60607

Our first GWC meeting will take place on Saturday, October 18th – same time and place as the information meeting.

To learn more about WISE’s GWC chapter, please visit our webpage. Additional questions can be sent to WISE Community Outreach at WISE_OutreachATuic.edu.


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Ambassador Application

The UIC WISE Outreach Program is currently seeking undergraduate and graduate students to be WISE Ambassadors.  If you are interested in a service project AND want to work with students in grades k-12, please send e-mail toWISE_outreach@uic.edu
List your major, current class schedule, and experience with k-12 students. A WISE staff person will contact you for an interview if you are selected as a WISE Ambassador.

Thank you for your interest in the WISE Outreach Program!


GEM-SET Application

Applications are currently CLOSED for the GEM-SET program.

Questions?

Contact: WISE_Outreach@uic.edu