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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) 494-1769, 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

  • Female student from this learning community reside in Meredith South Hall
  • If you wish to participate in an additional learning community, but want to live with WISP, be sure to preference WISP higher on your application
  • Male students from this learning community reside in Earhart Hall
  • Circumstances preventing a student from living in this hall, such as participating in the Honors College or Athletics, will be taken into consideration when conducting the placement process
  • Your roommate in many cases will be a member of the learning community
  • Completing a housing contract is a separate process from applying for a learning community


Fall and Spring semesters

Associated Classes


  • No course


  • SCI 19500 Women in Science (optional)

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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