Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science & Technology (WISEST)

A set of diverse programs aimed at increasing young women's participation in science, engineering, and technology careers

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HOW IS WISEST ADVANCING ITS GOALS? 

WISEST programs and networks engage and encourage young people at important points in their education and career paths, and work to encourage young women to choose careers in science, engineering, and technology.

WISEST FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS:

  • Choices Conference: a day of science activities for 600 Grade 6 students and their teachers.
  • Tales from the Science Buffalo: a series of classroom visits with interactive presentations and hands-on activities that integrate Aboriginal Perspectives into the Grade 6 science curriculum. 
  • Meet-a-Mentor: a videoconferencing collaboration with 2Learn.ca Education Society featuring dynamic science, engineering and technology role models and experiments.
  • IlluminateIT: evening or weekend sessions that invite young women into the exciting world of Information Technology
  • SET Conference: a one-day immersion into the sciences for 200 High School students.
  • Summer Research Program: a hands-on research experience for 60 Grade 11 female and male students.

WISEST FOR UNIVERSITY STUDENTS

Wisest support networks for undergraduates, graduates, and early-career female professionals in science and engineering.

  • UA-WiSE  (University of Alberta – Women in Science and Engineering) a learning and support group for undergraduate women in the fields of science and engineering.
  • WISER  (Women in Science, Engineering, and Research) to connect early-career women in STEM with each other and with the information, resources, support, and professional development opportunities they require to advance in their careers.