WISE has built a strong network with community organizations and local businesses to attract grade school girls to math and science, provided tutoring for pre-college young women to improve their math and science college proficiency scores, and implemented a comprehensive peer mentoring program for undergraduate women in of science, technology, engineering and math majors.
"This grant will allow us to expand our mentoring programs to graduate students to increase the numbers of women advancing in science, technology, engineering and math programs and increase the participation of women in related academic and professional careers," said Veronica Arreola, director of Women in Science and Engineering program and assistant director of the center.
Participants in WISE mentoring initiatives have a 76 percent, 6-year graduation rate; WISE travel grants have allowed over 120 graduate women to present research at professional meetings and conferences; and more than 1,300 sixth through 12th grade students have received on-line mentoring from 225 science, technology, engineering and math professions, according to Arreola.
Center programs also extend to faculty through WISEST, Women in Science and Engineering System Transformation, a program launched by the center and senior UIC administration and funded by a $3.3 million NSF grant in 2006. The initiative has made a priority of increasing the number and leadership status of women and under-represented minority faculty in academic science and engineering at UIC.
Along with Gellar and Arreola, the UIC team that submitted the proposal and will accept the award includes Sarah Shirk, director of Community Outreach for Health for the center and director of pre-college outreach for WISE; and Manorama Khare, director of evaluation and senio
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