WISE History

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For almost twenty years, the Center for Research on Women and Gender (CRWG) WISE program has focused on the status of women in the sciences and engineering at UIC:

•  In 1991, CRWG sponsored a conference on access to careers in science for women, “Changing Women/Changing Science.” An important outcome of the conference was the creation of the WISENET listserv, a resource for information sharing and networking

•  The Committee for Institutional Cooperation WISE Initiative was also launched bringing together advocates for women in science and engineering from across 15 campuses

•  In 1997, UIC was awarded funding by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to examine pedagogy and curriculum reform in the sciences, “Professing Science by and for Women”

•  In 1999, UIC hosted the “Young Women in Science and Technology” conference

•  In 2001, UIC co-sponsored, “Balancing the Equation: Women and Girls in Science and Technology

•  In 2003, WISE launched the WISEST initiative which focuses on increasing women faculty in STEM departments

•  In 2006, NSF selected UIC to receive a $3.3 million NSF ADVANCE Award over a five-year period which currently funds WISEST.

•  In 2011, WISE received the 2009 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring.