WiSE (Women in Science and Engineering)

Majors Eligible to Join

Female students in a STEM major are automatically in WiSE.

Program Description

The Program for Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) is a supportive community dedicated to making STEM equitable and welcoming for all. The goal of WiSE is to provide the network and resources WiSE students need to excel in their studies, approach their career with confidence, and become advocates and leaders.


WiSE 201 Course: Foundations in Development for Women* in STEM

This course equips WiSE students with skills needed to persist and thrive in their chosen STEM major at Iowa State and beyond. Students explore experiences of diverse women leaders in STEM fields, engage with peers across STEM fields, and develop community in small groups with peer leaders.
This course also fulfills the U.S. Diversity requirement.

*this includes women who are cisgender, trans, of trans experience, etc.


WiSE Community Groups

Community groups are student-led, stress free, FUN groups based on your interests! Meet new people and connect. 


WiSE Connects

Monthly events featuring food, speakers and activities! A great way to meet with other WiSE students and pursue personal and professional development.

Living Options

Residential clusters are designed to help students connect and build community with other female students in STEM. WiSE residential clusters options exist for first-year and transfer students.

For the full listing of locations, visit: https://www.wise.iastate.edu/students/residential

Signing up

All women in STEM are automatically in WiSE and will receive our newsletter, The Hoot, to their Iowa State email. Follow us on social media (@wise_isu) for the latest events and programs. Students are encouraged to stop into the WiSE Office at 218 Carver for studying, snacks and conversation!

To sign up for a residential learning community, simply select your learning community preference when filling out your Department of Residence contract in the Housing portal. You can go in and update or change your learning community preference information at any time up until the deadline without losing your “priority date.”


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Sarah DuBois

218 Carver

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Cait Spencer