General Information

WISP aims to create collaborative learning environments where undergraduate women can thrive in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Interested in Becoming a Mentor?

All tenured, tenure-track, and research-track faculty at the college and professional schools can supervise WISP internships. Graduate students and post-doctoral fellow may assist faculty in mentoring students.

How to get started

Another way to support students

Faculty can also become involved by sharing their experiences as a scientist, meeting with groups of students.

About the Program

Student eligibility

  • First-year women can apply in all STEM disciplines.
  • Sophomore women can apply in STEM disciplines with female under-representation nationally (chemistry, computer science, engineering, math, and physics).

Research schedule

  • Interns work 6-10 hours/week during winter and spring terms. Sophomore interns may participate for one or both of these terms depending on their D-plans.

Culminating experience

  • Interns present research posters at the Karen E. Wetterhahn Science Symposium in May.

Funding

  • Interns receive an hourly wage up to a $2000 maximum for two terms.
  • WISP can fund a limited number of students per year (generally a maximum of 2 per faculty mentor).
  • Faculty who have funding available can support their own intern(s) so that more students can participate.
  • Students who arrange to work with a faculty mentor independent of the matching process are not eligible for WISP funding but may participate in the program if the faculty mentor has funds to pay their wages.