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Women In Science Programs

Connie Kaspar Wise, Assistant Director of Science Diversity
MATH 914
(765) 496-6095



Living, learning, and growing together

For more information about Women in Science Programs, or to contribute to the Endowment for Women in Science, contact WISP at (765) 496-6095 or email:

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Program Goals and Objectives

The Science Diversity team believes mentoring relationships play a significant role in the academic and social development of mentors and mentees and that development is enhanced through programming that promotes a strong professional identity early in one’s college career.

Program Goals

The goal of WISP is to implement programming and facilitate relationships with upper class peers and faculty members that help retain women in the College of Science.

Program Objectives

WISP is designed so that faculty and peers serve as role models, offer support, and recommend strategies to contribute to the success of first year students.

Program Benefits

The program is designed to facilitate relationships, share information, and provide support that enhances the professional identity of women in science.

Program Description

WISP is composed of four components:

  • Residential Program
  • Tutoring Program
  • Undergraduate Mentoring Program
  • Graduate Mentoring Program

These four components work together to form a continuous environment that fosters success for students in the College of Science at Purdue University from freshman year through Ph.D.

Residential Program for first-year students

The Residential Program for first-year students allows students with the same academic interest to live together in Meredith South Hall as a group and form a network for studying, support and friendship. To learn more about the Women in Science Residential Program, visit the Learning Communities website.

Tutoring Program

Tutoring is conveniently located in the University Residences Support Center within Shreve Hall, which is near where the first-year students reside. Upper-class undergraduate honor students are trained and supervised to provide tutoring to the first-year students and thus provide academic support to those who may need it.

Undergraduate Mentoring Program

The Undergraduate Mentoring Program is a complement of the Residential Program. Upper-class undergraduates who have displayed leadership and a passion in their field of study are invited to be mentors to the first-year students participating in the Residential Program. To provide an environment in which the mentor/mentee relationships can grow and flourish, and to expose the students to role models, WISP provides monthly dinner and social programs where speakers relate their experiences as women in Science. Informal communication is encouraged between the monthly meetings to strengthen the mentor/mentee relationship.

Take a look at the following videos to hear what our members have to say about the WISP program!


Graduate Mentoring Program

The Graduate Mentoring Program is a series of dinner meetings that feature a speaker in a relevant field, allows busy, dedicated scientists to share their experiences with one another at a convenient time. The graduate students, along with several faculty members and post-doctoral students, meet and interact over a light dinner. These meetings are invaluable in that they provide contact with role models, who are successful women in science, to the students in science. In addition, these meetings provide an opportunity to increase informal networking between faculty members and graduate students.

Both the Undergraduate and the Graduate Mentoring Programs are facilitated by Student Leadership Teams. The Leadership Teams are composed of supervised, paid students who plan the monthly meetings and aid in the daily operational activities critical to the success of the programs. The Leadership Teams enable the student-leaders to shape the programs to benefit the WISP participants, while gaining valuable skills for themselves as future leaders.


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