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Women in Science & Engineering (W.I.S.E.)

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Empowering the next generation of leaders

The First-Year Women in Science & Engineering (W.I.S.E.) Living-Learning Community is engineered to provide women with a hands-on, real-world educational living and learning experience that focuses on taking an inside look into navigating a career within a Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (S.T.E.M.) field. Through participation in the LLC, students are exposed to challenges women may face as they embark upon their career pathways. LLC students will benefit from the unique living experience of being part of a community of likeminded peers with similar goals and career aspirations. Free tutoring is offered to all First-Year W.I.S.E. students within the subjects of Physics, Chemistry, Calculus and Economics. With dedicated Faculty Advisor’s whom empower the women within this community, this LLC is open to all First-Year students whom identify as women and are majoring in either engineering or one of the sciences. This LLC is sponsored by the Francis College of Engineering and the Kennedy College of Sciences.

As a result of living in the First-Year Women in Science & Engineering Living-Learning Community, students will have the opportunity to…

  • Understand social issues facing women within the fields of Science & Engineering.
  • Identify and use campus resources that can assist in accomplishing personal, academic and career goals (e.g., Internships, Finding a Mentor, Public Speaking, Resume writing, Time Management, etc.).
  • Develop meaningful relationships through networking opportunities with faculty, staff, alumni and peers that will promote professional and academic success.
  • Apply effective time management principles, in concert with setting realistic goals that will promote personal and academic success and overall well-being.
  • Recognize key components of effective leadership, including understanding their leadership style, ways in which they can lead others in a team and how to be an effective member of a team.
  • Identify service opportunities within the fields of Science & Engineering, including opportunities provided on the UMass Lowell campus, and within the greater community, that will promote teamwork and leadership development.

LLC Faculty Advisors

Professor Janet Schrenk | Lecturer, Chemistry, Kennedy College of Sciences

Professor Gulden Camci-Unal | Assistant Professor, Francis College of Engineering

How to Sign Up

Applying to a Living-Learning Community is free and easy:

1. Visit the Online Housing Portal and click on the housing application form.

2. Select the Living-Learning Community you wish to apply for and answer a few short answer questions on the "Living-Learning Community Selection" page of the housing application.

3. Invitations to participate in the LLC will be extended via email to applicants based on application answers and availability.

4. If offered a spot in the Living-Learning Community, return to the housing application using the link sent in the invitation email to accept/decline your place in the community.

5. Select your room in the Living-Learning Community on LLC Room Selection Day.