WiSE (Women in Science and Engineering)


Program Description

The Program for Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) is a supportive community dedicated to making STEM equitable and welcoming for all. The goal of WiSE is to provide the network and resources WiSE students need to excel in their studies, approach their career with confidence, and become advocates and leaders. Female-identifying students in a STEM major are automatically in WiSE.


WiSE 201x Course: Foundations in Development for Women* in STEM

This course equips first-year WiSE students with skills needed to persist and thrive in their chosen STEM major at Iowa State and beyond. Students explore experiences of diverse women leaders in STEM fields, engage with peers across STEM fields, and develop community in small groups with peer leaders.
This course also fulfills the U.S. Diversity requirement.

*this includes women who are cisgender, trans, of trans experience, etc.


WiSE Community Groups

Community groups are designed to connect first-year and transfer WiSE students with each other. Groups meet informally once a week with an upper-division WiSE Community Coordinator. During these meetings, groups do a variety of activities ranging from eating together, studying, and exploring what Iowa State has to offer. The focus of these groups is to foster connections between students, specifically the peer-to-peer relationship. 


WiSE Connects

WiSE Connects are monthly events featuring food, speakers and activities! Open to all WiSE students to attend and connect with one another. These activities connect the WiSE student community together and with other individual that impact their undergraduate experience.


Living Options

Residential clusters are designed to help students connect and build community with other female-identifying students in STEM. WiSE residential clusters options exist for first-year and transfer students.

For the full listing of locations, visit: https://www.wise.iastate.edu/students/residential


Signing up

All female-identifying women in STEM are automatically in WiSE and will receive the e-WiSE to their Iowa State email. The e-WiSE has information on how to sign up for WiSE opportunities. Students are also welcome to stop in the WiSE office at 218 Carver and talk to a staff member.



Sarah DuBois
218 Carver


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