The Program for Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) was formed in 1986, from a grass-root effort of faculty and staff on the ISU campus to address the issue of the underrepresentation of women in programs focused on math, science, and engineering. Initially started as a volunteer effort of faculty and staff as part of the University Committee on Women, the program was transformed into a university program under the leadership of Dr. Mary Ann Evans, with the support of then Vice-President George C. Christensen.

Programs administered by WiSE have varied over the years, based on funding and priorities of the institution. Over the course of its 30+ year history, WiSE has offered programs for women faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students in STEM. Outreach programs have been offered for both youth and educators. Current programming efforts are focused on outreach, recruitment, and retention of undergraduate women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines.

WiSE reports to the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost and supports undergraduate students across Iowa State's colleges: College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of DesignCollege of EngineeringCollege of Human SciencesCollege of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Ivy College of Business.



Contact Information

Program for Women in Science and Engineering • • 515-294-0966