NC State recognizes that women are often the minority in the science and engineering fields, and therefor may need additional support to thrive in these areas of study. The WISE program allows women to not only live together in the WISE Village, but to develop a strong support system and network.
The Women in Science & Engineering program at NC State University is both an academic & social Village designed to recruit, retain, and graduate women in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields. First and second-year students live together on three floors of Lee Hall, a co-ed residence hall. The first-year students have an upper-class mentor who is there to help her student’s transition to the university. She is like a big sister!
Women in WISE participate in many great events and have wonderful experiences. Most are involved in numerous activities and organizations outside of WISE as well. WISE hosts academic speakers on campus, offers free tutoring in chemistry, calculus, and physics, and helps facilitate the formation of study groups. WISE also has many fun programs & activities, such as painting the free expression tunnel, going to movies, dinner, and celebrating yearly events. Service activities are an integral part of the program and women routinely help with STEM activities at local elementary schools, the local food bank, Service NC State & Service Raleigh, downtown museum events, Carolina Tiger Rescue, and many others.
The women of WISE make the program what it is today! They are intelligent, vibrant, creative and thoughtful participants. Participants in Living and Learning Villages have higher grade point averages in college than those who do not live in a Village. WISE women are retained in the STEM field at a higher rate than women not in WISE.
Graduates of the program go on to work in industry and many are in graduate school, including medical schools, veterinary schools, and dental schools. One recent NC State graduate who participated in WISE just received a fellowship from the National Science Foundation to pay for her research, all her tuition & fees, and a generous stipend/salary to live on while she works on her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering!