The Women in Science and Engineering Residence Program (WISE RP) is an academically supportive living-learning community for students who are interested in academic majors and careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and/or pre-health. WISE RP participants live together on two floors of the newly-renovated Mosher-Jordan Residence Hall. The community is comprised of approximately 100 first-year students, 50 returning students who serve as Peer Mentors and Program Board Members, and 4 upper-class students who are Resident Advisors. WISE RP students have an abundance of academic and social opportunities available to them to help expand their horizons and successfully transition them into the university environment. All students have access to peer-facilitated study groups that are offered for most of the introductory level math and science courses, which meet in Mosher-Jordan. All first-year students have opportunity to learn from and network with female faculty, researchers and program alumni through the one-credit fall seminar course UC107. Additionally, every first-year student is paired with a second-year student who will serve as their Peer Mentor by introducing them to campus and offering support and resources throughout the year. Second-year students have similar opportunities to network through participation in the “Dinner and Discussion” series with faculty and alumni. Additionally, the Resident Advisors and Program Board plan numerous social, community service, academic and cultural activities and events each semester. Overall, the WISE RP strives to support the academic pursuits of its students and to build a supportive social community in which students can make lifelong friendships. The WISE RP students are admitted to colleges across campus including Engineering, LSA, Nursing and Kinesiology, with concentrations in all areas of engineering and science as well as pre-health fields.
The mission of the WISE RP is to recruit, support, and retain a diverse population of students in the science, mathematics, engineering, and technology fields; to link students with resources and opportunities that will support their academic and personal pursuits; to develop relationships among students with similar interests while building a community based on mutual respect and affirmation of diversity; and to enhance students’ undergraduate experiences by providing engaging cultural and educational opportunities.