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, 2023

Kick-off Event

Founders Park (Loeb Fountain between Stone & Beering)

If inclement weather, SMTH 118 from 5:30-7:00pm

September 13, 2023

Advocating for Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace and Beyond

SMTH 118 from 5:30-7:00pm

October 24, 2023 (Tuesday)

Unlocking the Potential of AI (with Undergrad WISP)

UC 114 from 5:30-7:00pm

November 15, 2023

Empowering Voices: Navigating Difficult Conversations and Building Resilience

SMTH 118 from 5:30-7:00pm

November 29, 2023

Socialize with WISP

SMTH 118 from 5:30-7:00pm

January 24, 2024

Your Body and You: Resources and Self-Advocacy (with Undergrad WISP)

BRNG 2280 from 5:30pm-7:00pm

February 21, 2024

Negotiations: Academia vs Industry Opportunities

BRNG 2280 from 5:30pm-7:00pm

March 20, 2024

Embracing Authenticity: Overcoming Imposter Syndrome and Empowering Self-Advocacy

BRNG 2280 from 5:30pm-7:00pm

April 17, 2024

Empowering Women Through Financial Literacy

BRNG 2280 from 5:30pm-7:00pm

Graduate Travel Grants

Each semester, Women in Science Program and College of Science (CoS) departments provide $1,000 travel grants to 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 August 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 January 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.