Graduate WISP

The Women in Science Program serves and develops students who identify as women, non-binary individuals, and male advocates within the College of Science throughout their graduate and post-doc studies. WISP is organized by fellow female graduate students and is designed to offer strategies for personal and professional success in graduate school and career planning within science-based and life-skills topics during monthly dinner events. The program offers networking opportunities to interact with professional women in science, including both the invited speakers and the other graduate students within the College of Science and Interdisciplinary PULSe. WISP mentoring groups consist of students within the same department who interact during the meetings and encourage each other beyond.

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WISP Graduate Schedule



Place and Time

August 31, 2022

Kick-off Event

WALC 1132 from 5:30-7:00pm

September 14, 2022

Presenting Research Effectively to Diverse Audiences

WALC 1018 from 5:30-7:00pm

October 5, 2022

Getting the most out of conferences: Travel Funds, Preparation, and Networking

WALC 1018 from 5:30-7:00pm

October 25, 2022

The Technology of Tomorrow, Today (combined event with Undergraduate WISP)

MTHW 210 from 5:30-7:00pm

December 7, 2022

Socialize with WISP

WALC 1018 from 5:30-7:00pm

January 25, 2023

Perfectionism: Balancing Progress and Mental Health

WALC 1087 from 5:30-7:00pm

February 22, 2023

Self-Defense (extended session)

WALC 1087 from 5:30-8:00pm

March 22, 2023

Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing

WALC 2051 from 5:30-7:00pm

April 19, 2023

Family Planning or Family of One

WALC 2051 from 5:30-7:00pm

Graduate Travel Grants

Each semester, Women in Science Program and College of Science (CoS) departments provide $500 travel grants to female students in the CoS.  

Travel Grants have been created to narrow the gender gap for conference participation for soon to be graduates.  This grant is a one-time only award. 

Please do not apply if you have received a travel grant previously through your department or WISP

Fall travel grant applications will be available in mid-September and due the last Friday in October by 4pm. Travel must occur between December 1 and June 1 to be eligible. Spring travel grant applications will be available in mid-February and due on the Friday before Spring Break in March by 4pm. Spring travel must occur between May 1 and December 1.

Travel Grant Application

Contact information and photo will be removed when reviewing applications to ensure anonymity. If you have questions, please contact Connie Kaspar at 765-496-6095 or

Graduate Staff

Meet this year’s graduate WISP student leaders.