About WISER

WISER LogoWISER (Women and Science and Engineering Roundtable) is open to all female CWRU students (undergraduate, graduate and professional) with a major or planning a career in science, technology, engineering, medicine or math.

New members and guests are always welcome at all WISER events, as are all interested CWRU faculty and staff. WISER sponsors a variety of programs and events, including peer and professional mentoring, monthly meetings, social outings, field trips and opportunities for professional and educational enrichment. To join, please see on-line application below.

Goal:

To promote the academic excellence of women pursuing science at CWRU by building a learning community and by giving them the tools they need to succeed.

Events and Activities:

Each month, an event or activity is planned for WISER members. These activities are designed to stimulate discussion and thought about some of the issues related to being a woman in science, to help build skills for success in the university and beyond, and to build a community of women in the sciences and engineering at Case. Activities this semester included:

  • Activities Selection – Meetings with WISER members to discover what this year’s members most wanted to see, so that events and activities could be planned based on interest.
  • Panel Discussion – Women faculty and professionals in multiple science and engineering disciplines discussed their career paths, the choices and events that led to their current careers, and advice for women entering similar fields.
  • Networking Reception – Women students, alumni, faculty, and professionals came together as part of “Women in Week” to meet one another and discuss work in a variety of fields.
  • Study Break – The WISER room  (Sears 545) is opened for a community gathering during the week before exams, complete with healthy and decadent snacks, and stress relief activities.
  • See the WISER Calendar for upcoming events.

WISER Lounge - Sears 545:

WISER students are able to gather and meet in their own WISER room. The room is centrally located on campus, and set up for conversation, napping, and working. The lounge also has computers and a printer available specifically for student use.

WISER Committee Descriptions

Social Committee

The Social Committee is responsible for planning the nonacademic activities that will help us get to know each other better. The goal is to get our mind off of the stress of Case for a bit! Planned events so far include: a water balloon fight with SWE and NSBE, ice-skating and more!

Academic Committee

The Academic Committee is responsible for planning all educational and academic activities for WISER. The academic committee plans educational content for each WISER general body meeting and also plans educational activities outside of meetings. Past events included a behind-the-scenes tour of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, tours of the workplaces of our professional mentors, and a dinner with women professionals. General body meeting programming included speakers from SOURCE, the Co-op Program, and ESS.

Public Relations Committee

The Public Relations committee is responsible for advertising various WISER social, academic, and community service events by making and posting flyers, chalking, running ads in the Observer, and finding other creative ways to get the word out! They also maintain the WISER FaceBook page and will develop and coordinate fundraising activities.

Service Committee

Service committee is responsible for planning and coordinating events for WISER members to volunteer and give back to the community. This year we have partnered with Citizen's Academy in Cleveland to form an after-school girl's science club and plan to bring the girls on campus to experience real 'science' in a college environment. Additionally, the Service Committee coordinates WISER volunteers for other CWRU events including the Egg Drop Contest (a part of National Engineer's Week) and 'Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day'.

 

WISER IN THE NEWS

The following article was in the
CHUH City School District News

WISER Comes to Monticello

October 15, 2012 Cleveland Heights, OH

The Girls’ Science and Engineering Club at Monticello Middle School began its second year of programming, thanks to Case Western Reserve University’s Women In Science and Engineering Roundtable (WISER) program. At the community level, the program exposes girls to careers in science through two, six-week sessions during the school year. Last year, 15 sixth-grade female students participated in the club, and this year, 24 students are participating.

Students must apply to join the club, and Monticello sixth-grade science teacher Jason Jeske selects the students who participate. Before deciding, he carefully considers which students show an aptitude for science and are likely to gain the most from the experience. The school’s principal, Brian Sharosky, appreciates how Mr. Jeske encourages his female students to pursue science and his continual work to grow the partnership between the WISER program and the District.  

The girls in the Girls’ Science and Engineering Club meet once a week to conduct hands-on experiments and explore topics that include genetics, electrical engineering, polymer chemistry and ocean engineering. The program is facilitated by Rebecca R. Carter, WISER Outreach Programming Specialist and full time PhD student in Epidemiology and Biostatistics.  Each session Rebecca brings at least four WISER volunteers to work with the students. During the experiments, the volunteers explain how the work they’re doing could evolve into careers in science, technology, engineering, math and the medical fields.

Sixth grade student Amanee Muhammad is a member of the club.

“You learn new things that you don’t usually learn in middle school,” Amanee said.

In addition to weekly meetings, members of the Girls’ Science and Engineering Club may attend two events on Case Western Reserve University’s (CWRU) campus:  “Introduce a Girl to Science” and “Introduce a Girl to Engineering.” Both full-day events promote the sciences as career paths for young women. And, during the visits, the girls also tour CWRU’s research and innovation labs, assets that help make it one of Ohio’s prestigious universities. Heather Clayton Terry, a Cleveland Heights High School alumna, is the Associate Director for Women in Science and Engineering and the WISER Advisor at the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women at CWRU.

“More women have come to Case Western Reserve University with majors in science, technology, engineering, math and pre-med than ever before,” Mrs. Terry said.

The WISER program supports female students, staff and faculty within science, engineering, technology, math and pre-med departments on CWRU’s campus, but the program also seeks to reach out to young girls in the community. Mrs. Terry is thrilled to help bring programs like WISER to our District.  To learn more about the program, please email wiser@case.edu or check out their website.

Ashlie Dyer is the Pathway Partnership Specialist for the CH-UH City School District.  Ashlie is developing and maintaining partnerships in the community to promote the development of programs like WISER with Case Western Reserve University.  Please contact Ashlie if you have any information on new and innovative programs that would benefit our students. A_Dyer@chuh.org