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Women in Science, Engineering and Mathematics Program (WISEM)

Throughout 鶹ӳ’ history, women have been a part of the institution, pioneering the future for women in engineering.

As early as 1880, women were on campus attending lectures and taking drawing classes. Graduating with a degree in civil engineering in 1898, Florence Caldwell Jones became the first woman to receive a bachelor’s degree from 鶹ӳ. She was followed by Grace McDermut (Engineer of 鶹ӳ, 1903), Ninetta Davis (Engineer of 鶹ӳ, 1920) and Jacquelyn Borthick (Petroleum Refining Engineer, 1949). These women created the foundation and legacy for future generations of women at 鶹ӳ to pursue degrees and careers in engineering, science and technology.

Women at 鶹ӳ make up over 31 percent of the student population on campus and is above the national average of 25 percent for engineering school enrollments. They also persist and graduate at a higher rate than their male counterparts; currently, 鶹ӳ has nearly 500 women graduates every year, with even more expected to graduate each semester.

To ensure success at the university and in industry, 鶹ӳ has two offices dedicated to promoting gender equity and inclusive excellence: the Women in Science, Engineering and Mathematics (WISEM) Office and the Multicultural Engineering Program (MEP).  There are also many student organizations dedicated to promoting women in engineering and applied sciences, a few include the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), (SWiM), (SWiG) and (SWiP). Additionally, there are programs geared to address issues specific to graduate students, including the Graduate Women’s Forum and the Women Graduate Students (WGS) group.

Women also have many opportunities to get involved in extracurricular activities, including a variety of student organizations, varsity sports, club and intramural teams and many campus events where students can get involved and show their Oredigger pride. For women interested in Panhellenic societies, 鶹ӳ has four sororities on campus: ,,Ի.

鶹ӳ is committed to increasing the number of women who aspire to be future engineers, scientists and business leaders, including those who come to 鶹ӳ with a goal of making the world a better place.

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“In this day and age, education is the way to get where you want to be—to be successful. The women at 鶹ӳ are so lucky to have the support to be able to come to this school. I really hope that one day I will be able to use my education and my experiences and help uplift women around the world who don’t have the same types of opportunities.”

Chloe Archuleta

Class of 2019

WISEM