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The Women in Science Programs (WISP) Learning Community is open to all incoming students in the College of Science regardless of gender. Participants are paired with an upper-level WISP mentor. WISP strives to build a cohort by 1) promoting the development of individual personal and professional identities, 2) increasing persistence, and 3) offering support by addressing issues of isolation in the STEM fields. As a WISP learning community participant, students have access to free WISP sponsored tutoring and attend monthly programs that expose them to industry professionals, as well as university faculty and staff. 

For more information about the Women in Science Programs, call (765) 496-6095, e-mail, or visit the WISP website. College of Science students are also encouraged to apply for combined participation of the WISP learning community with other College of Science learning communities. Please see individual learning community profile pages for eligibility requirements. 

If you are interested in participating in WISP and another learning community, the learning community you preference higher will dictate your housing assignment.

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  • First-time beginning students admitted to the College of Science

Residential Component

  • Required. The location of learning community housing will be determined based on the incoming size and needs of the learning community. 
  • A signed housing contract is required to apply to this learning community. Once a housing contract is completed, you will indicate your learning community housing preference within the learning community application. Applications received by the priority deadline will be considered first. 
  • If you want to be placed with a preferred roommate and be admitted to a learning community with a required residential component, both you and your roommate must apply (and be accepted) to the same learning community. Students admitted to learning communities with a required residential component cannot be paired with students admitted to learning communities with an optional residential component
  • For specific question regarding learning communities, email 
  • Completing a housing contract is a separate process from applying to a learning community. If you have questions about housing, contact University Residences ( at


Fall and Spring semesters

Associated Courses and Information


  • SCI 19500 Women in Science Programs I (1 cr)


  • SCI 19500 Women in Science Programs II (1 cr)

Every fee eligible student involved with a learning community (LC) at Purdue will be assessed the $200 LC fee to their university account.  These funds support activities and travel, signature LC events, housing assignments and/or course registration and instructor stipends.

Events and Activities Included:

  • Monthly dinners with faculty and staff
  • Guest speakers from industry and academia
  • Participation in a mentoring program
  • Introduction to Purdue resources
  • Convenient tutoring access
  • Variety of social interactions
  • Annual field trip to science museums

Information above is subject to change. If you are placed in the LC, the associated courses will be on your schedule prior to you registering for the rest of your courses.

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