Category: News-WISE

WISE Presents at Annual WEPAN Forum

Edyta Dudek, WISE Community Outreach Director, presented at the 2015 Women in Engineering Proactive Network (WEPAN) Forum in Denver, Colorado in June. In their presentation, entitled “Lessons Learned from a Year of “Girls Who Code” in a University Setting,” Dudek and Arreola shared lessons learned from hosting a beginner-level “Girls Who Code” club for middle and high school students in a university setting. Participants explored computer games designed by the young girls and practiced programming using the Scratch language.


FREE SciGirl Training for STEM Educators – Saturday, September 12 WISE Community Outreach Program is offering a free SciGirls training for STEM Educators on Saturday, September 12th, to learn how to use best strategies to teach STEM to middle and high school girls.

Workshop participants will:

  • Learn the latest research for exciting and engaging girls (and boys) in STEM
  • Experience hands-on STEM activities
  • Leave with curriculum that puts a creative twist on teaching STEM
  • Learn how to modify activities to engage kids in STEM using the SciGirls Seven
  • Discover additional online resources that enhance teaching and learning experiences for all kids

To learn more, or to register, visit:


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.

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:

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!

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 Featured in the Chicago Sun-Times

Women in Science and Engineering’s mentoring intiatives and the Presidential Award of Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring is featured in an article in the March 5, 2011 edition of the Chicago Sun-Times. The print edition incorrectly listed women faculty in biological sciences at 65% when it is 22.1%. This is corrected in the online edition.

WISE Receives Presidential Award in Mentoring

Women in Science and Engineering’s Mentoring Initiatives has received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring.“The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring, awarded by the White House each year to individuals or organizations, recognize the crucial role that mentoring plays in the academic and personal development of students studying science or engineering—particularly those who belong to groups that are underrepresented in those fields. By offering their expertise and encouragement, mentors help prepare the next generation of scientists and engineers while ensuring that tomorrow’s innovators reflect the full diversity of the United States.” The WISE team visited Washington, DC to accept the award and the Director of the Center for Research on Women and Gender was shown (at 4:35) in West Wing Week.

UIC News follows up on our trip to DC

pic2-15039UIC News wrote a follow-up article on our trip to Washington, DC to receive the Presidential Award. It features a great picture of CRWG Director, Stacie Geller, meeting President Obama in the Oval Office.