your monthly look at WiSE and STEM at Iowa State

March | 2021
The WiSE program serves individuals who identify as female (this includes women who are cisgender, trans, of trans experience, etc.) in STEM majors. WiSE welcomes all students, staff, and faculty to engage in STEM equity.
Iowa State Conference on Race & Ethnicity (ISCORE)
FULL CONFERENCE: Thur. & Fri., March 4-5, 2021
This comprehensive forum on issues of race and ethnicity is free and open to the Iowa State University community (students, faculty, and staff).

Registration will go live on February 1. For conference agenda and session details please go to our website at https://www.iscore.iastate.edu/conference/.
WiSE Office Closed for ISCORE
In order to allow WiSE staff and student workers to attend ISCORE 2021, the WiSE office will be closed Wednesday, March 3 through Friday, March 5. The office will reopen on Monday, March 8.

We encourage all students to attend ISCORE and learn more about how you can be a part of cultivating change at ISU. For conference agenda, session details, and to register, visit the ISCORE website at https://www.iscore.iastate.edu/conference/.
Concurrent MBA Program Panel
The Ivy MBA will give you the skills you need to stand out in your career and make a difference, but don’t take our word for it. Be inspired by a panel of women in science and engineering who made the MBA decision.

Panelists include Amy Noel (’20 MBA) and current MBA students Emily Guilfoyle, Erin Starkey, and Claire Voiss. Sam Sivaskandan, director of recruiting for professional masters programs, will be available to answer questions about the program.
Attend this event to learn how to start working on an MBA while working toward your STEM degree.
Wednesday, March 17
WiSE Scavenger Hunt - March 14

Sunday, March 14
2:00 PM
Meet at the Hub
Be a Student Role Model with WiSE!
Student Role Models are current undergraduate STEM students at Iowa State University employed by the Program for Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE). Role Models visit classrooms and other academic settings across Iowa to provide hands-on STEM activities for K-12 youth. Role Models encourage an interest in STEM fields and share their college and STEM experiences. 
Are you interested in being a WiSE Student Role Model in the Fall 2021?
Spring 2021 WiSE Nest Hours

We're thrilled to be able to continue the WiSE Nest space for the spring semester!

Stop in, stay to study, or just grab a pick me up - the space is there for YOU!

Spring 2021 Hours
Monday - Friday
10 AM - 8 PM

Feel free to stop by the WiSE office in 218 Carver for help finding the Nest!
Request a Tutor!
WiSE partners with the Colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Engineering, Human Sciences and Liberal Arts and Sciences to support students academically each semester. Female identifying first-year, second year and transfer students are eligible for one science, engineering or math course each semester while enrolled in a STEM major at Iowa State.

Contact Katie Walker at katiew@iastate.edu for access to the funding for tutoring request form and directions for requesting a tutor.
ISU Student Government Women’s Week
The 2021 Women’s Week is a celebration of all women everywhere! This conference is during Women’s History Month with the goal of empowering and highlighting strong women. Throughout this week we will have keynote speakers and panels discussing many different topics pertaining to women. For a full calendar of events please follow link to the informational Women’s Week Webpage.
2021-2022 Undergraduate Research Assistantship Program
The URA program offers hands-on experience in a formal research environment to outstanding juniors and seniors. Participation in the URA Program assists students in making career decisions and in attaining information about graduate education and fellowships. In its thirtieth year, the URA program continues to help students develop technical and specialized skills as well as foster originality, imagination, judgment, and patience -- the traits of an independent scholar.

To qualify for the URA Program, students must:
  • Be classified as juniors or seniors by the beginning of the term employed as a URA
  • File the 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and be eligible for work study funding (be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen)
  • Maintain an ISU cumulative GPA of at least 3.25
  • Complete URA application (soft deadline of March 26 for spring interviews)

Contact Julie Arnold at jaarnol@iastate.edu or 515-294-0103 with questions.
Planners Available
In need of a planner?

We've got you covered!

Stop by the WiSE Office in 218 Carver Hall and pick one up!

Available to anyone who needs a planner!
Study Group Connections
Are you looking to form or join a study group?
With classes being held in a variety of formats, we recognize it may be difficult to connect with others taking the same coursework.

If you would like to be connected with others who are seeking study groups, please complete this form.

Volunteer Opportunity: State Science + Technology Fair of Iowa
The Iowa 4-H Program’s State Science + Technology Fair of Iowa (SSTFI) serves as a platform for student researchers (grades 6 – 12) to meet with professional researchers and communicate their findings and understanding of the research process. The SSTFI is an affiliate of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.
It takes many volunteers to make the SSTFI a successful event for around 700 young researchers from across the state of Iowa! This two-day event hosted at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa has opportunities for those with a background in science, engineering, and technology and for those that want to support STEM exploration in Iowa’s youth.

Click here for further information and to apply!
NCORE-ISCORE Project for Students
This year-long developmental program on race and ethnicity includes attendance at and participation in NCORE, taking UST 321—a course designed to expand your knowledge of issues around race and provide you with tools to deliver a thought-provoking presentation at ISCORE.

Learn more at ISCORE.iastate.edu!
Cargill Global Scholars Program
The Cargill Global Scholars Program selects 10 scholars who will receive an annual scholarship award of $2,500 for up to two years, participation in two fully funded development leadership seminars during summers 2021 and 2022, opportunities to network with fellow scholars from Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, and Russia; and one-on-one mentorship from Cargill executives in the the United States and abroad.

The Cargill Global Scholars program is looking for freshman or sophomores, who will be graduating between May 2023 and August 2024 who are US citizens or permanent residents, and demonstrate high academic performance and leadership potential.

Application Deadline: March 4, 2021

For eligibility and application information, click here.
WiSE Scholarships
The WiSE Scholarship Application is part of the University Scholarship Application (One App).

You will be asked if you would like to apply for the WiSE Scholarship and if you answer yes, you will be directed to the essay question prompt.

Scholarship Requirements:
  • Must be majoring or planning to major in an undergraduate STEM field at Iowa State University
  • Identify as female (This includes women who are cisgender, trans, of trans experience, etc.)
  • Must demonstrate financial need determined by the Office of Financial Aid

Application Deadline: March 5, 2021
For more information, click here.

UCWLC National Virtual Conference
The United Collegiate Women’s Leadership Conference is an interactive transformational experience where women from all walks of life come together to understand the authentic leader they have within themselves, while preparing them to tackle critical issues facing their campus and larger communities.
STEM Student Organizations
Biomedical Engineering Society

  • March 2nd, 7-8 pm in Hoover 1227 & on our Teams page
  • March 16th, 7-8 pm in Hoover 1227 & on our Teams page
  • March 30th, 7-8 pm in Hoover 1227 & on our Teams page
  • April 13th, 7-8 pm in Hoover 1227 & on our Teams page
Have an announcement or upcoming event for your student organization? Email wise@iastate.edu to have it shared in next month's e-WiSE!
WiSE Corporate Sponsors
WiSE programs and initiatives are made possible through the generous financial support of our partners like Computers & Structures, Inc.

Click here for the full listing of WiSE Corporate Partners.