“As a member of the Women in Science and Engineering Program during my first two years of college, I found a community of women in STEM fields who build each other up and celebrate each member's success. Being a part of WISE allowed me to connect with other women who shared my interests and wanted me to succeed.” -Susan Rusinowski (2016)
The Women in Science and Engineering Program began in 1980 as the Women in Science Program as a part of the Center for the Education of Women. Their goal was to recruit women into the sciences to address the gender gap seen in that field of study. They held lab science courses at night at the Center and set up several conferences surrounding the issues faced by women going into STEM fields.
WIS officially became the Women in Science and Engineering Program in the 90s and in 1993 it began its living unit in the form of the WISE Hall. In 1999, WISE became a separate unit and left the CEW as it continued to grow.1 Today, WISE supports undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate students and has a living learning community located in Mosher-Jordan Hall.
1. Jeanne E. Miller, A Matter of Fairness: A History of the Center for the Education of Women at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor: Bentley Historical Library, 2014), 37.