General Information

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

WISP 2021-2022: Potential Changes

The plan for the WISP research internship program is as follows:

  • Interviewing and matching: fall term
  • Research experiences: winter and spring terms

Be sure to monitor the WISP website and communications for any changes to the research internship program process and/or schedule. The WISP program will remain active throughout the year, regardless of any potential pandemic-related restrictions (e.g. restrictions on access to campus facilities, including research facilities and labs), although the timeline and format may change.

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.


  • Interns receive an hourly wage of $12/hr for 6-10 hours per week.
  • 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.
  • WISP funds only student wages. The faculty mentors are responsible for any costs associated with the research.