2017 WISE REWU Research Opportunities Now Available!

UC’s Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Program calls for women undergraduates in the fields of science, technology, engineering mathematics and medicine (STEMM) to participate in a unique research experience.  The WISE 2017 Summer Research Experience for Women Undergraduates (REWU) Program is now open.

The WISE deadline is extended to March 7, 2017, for completing the WISE applications in their entirety.

We suggest that you submit the online application by the original deadline of March 1, 2017, and use the extension time until March 7, 2017 for completing the pending documentation (official transcripts and recommendation letters).

REWU-2016 participants, with WISE Graduate Assistants and Dr. Urmila Ghia. Photo/Joseph Fuqua

REWU-2016 participants, with WISE Graduate Assistants and Dr. Urmila Ghia. Photo/Joseph Fuqua

The University of Cincinnati’s WISE Program encourages women undergraduates to take an initiative in research this summer. Urmila Ghia, PhD, and Chair of the WISE Program, explains, “Participation in research projects is a significant factor in increasing student retention, and in encouraging talented students to excel.  It enhances the students’ overall educational experience, and initiates a network with a faculty member and the associated lab personnel.  These talented and dedicated young women are the bright future of STEM fields.  This summer will mark 19 years of WISE promoting research amongst women undergraduates.”

The WISE REWU Program is sponsored, in part, by the Offices of the Provost and the Vice President for Research, and the support and cooperation of several departments in the Colleges of Arts & Sciences, Engineering and Applied Science, Allied Health Sciences, Pharmacy, Nursing and Medicine, by way of their faculty’s participation and committing matching funds.  

This twelve-week program seeks to expose women undergraduates to diverse areas of research early in their education, and to encourage the pursuit of advanced studies in these fields.

Women students get a rare opportunity to conduct research alongside UC’s leading scientists and engineers in a wide range of fields. This year, we expect to have lab opportunities in: Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Communication Science Disorders, Computer Science, Engineering, Geology, Mathematics, Nursing, Orthopedic Surgery, Pediatrics, Pharmacy, Physics, Psychology, Science & Health, Social Sciences, and many more!

Beginning May 8, 2017, each student will work closely with an experienced faculty mentor/researcher on ongoing research projects.  Additionally, the student will be involved in interpreting the results of the research, deriving conclusions, and preparing and presenting a technical paper.  A stipend of $4,500 is provided to each student to carry out her research. The young researchers will share their research findings in a special presentation session (open event), in Room 427 ERC (Engineering Research Center), on Thursday, July 27, 2017.

In addition to the benefit of conducting research as an undergraduate, students may also opt to have the program constitute one of their normal co-op experience semesters. Students will need to commit one additional week (for a total of 13 weeks) to the project in order to meet the semester-long co-op requirement.

UC undergraduate women students are eligible to apply if they will have completed the freshman year by the end of the Spring 2017 Semester and if they have a GPA of 2.5 or above in engineering, science and math classes.  Previous research experience is not required.  However, interest in research is expected.  A limited number of slots are also available for non-UC undergraduate, STEMM-major female students. These applicants must state their plans for connecting with UC either during their undergraduate program, or subsequently for graduate/professional studies at UC.

So women undergraduates, take the first step toward achieving your career goals by working with the best minds at UC!

The application deadline for students, both UC and non-UC, is March 7, 2017.

The application must be completed online at www.wise.uc.edu/apply.  Announcement of selected applicants will be made after April 1, 2017.


Please view instructions for the online application at:  https://www.wise.uc.edu/apply/instructions.php
For application-related questions, contact: ceas-userhelp@listserv.uc.edu
If you still cannot complete the application online, you may send your application material to: Ms. Luree A. Blythe
Mechanical and Materials Engineering
598 Rhodes Hall        
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0072
Phone: 513.556.2738
Fax: 513.556.3390
For Student FAQs regarding the program, please visit: https://www.wise.uc.edu/studentfaq.php
For Faculty FAQs regarding the program, please visit: https://www.wise.uc.edu/facultyfaq.php
For further questions, please contact: Dr. Urmila Ghia, Chair, REWU 2017 Program
Women in Science and Engineering (WISE)
Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering
683 Rhodes Hall        
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0072
Phone: 513.556.4612

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