WISE Women Undergraduate STEM Summer Research to be Showcased

By:     Ashley Duvelius
Date:  July 20, 2017

The research findings of UC’s Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Program participants will be presented at a special event on July 27, 2017.

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

Initiated and administered by the WISE Committee, the REWU (Research Experience for Women Undergraduates) Program encourages and enables the participation of talented young women in ongoing research. This year’s participants will be presenting their research findings during a special event on Thursday, July 27, 2017, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM, in Room 427 of the Engineering Research Center (ERC), on the Clifton West Campus.

The goals of the REWU Program are to expose students to various aspects of scientific research, and to encourage the pursuit of advanced studies in science, mathematics and engineering.

This summer, the program has 21 students working on research projects in Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Engineering, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, Nursing, Pediatrics, Social Sciences (Clermont), and Science and Health (Clermont).  The Program has also provided workshops on topics pertaining to the research process, and other important topics such as leadership skills, learning styles, Mentee-Mentor workshops, preparation for graduate school, etc.

Beginning May 8, 2017, each student had a rare opportunity to conduct research alongside an experienced faculty mentor/researcher on ongoing research projects.  Each young woman was given a stipend of $4,500 to carry out her research. In addition to the benefit of performing research as an undergraduate, students could also opt to have the program constitute as one of their normal co-op experience semesters, with one additional week of research commitment.

WISE has earned its success by embedding in it a win-win proposition – while exposing young students to the world of research, it also forces the faculty researcher to distill complex projects into smaller, more focused blocks. One mentor reflects, “It is one of the best programs for interacting with undergraduate students who are very passionate about projects, willing to learn beyond the scope of classroom material, and able to take charge and responsibility for their work.”

Urmila Ghia, 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, initiates a network with a faculty member and the associated lab personnel, and helps them grow professionally. These talented and dedicated young women are the bright future of STEM fields. This summer marks 19 years of WISE promoting research amongst women undergraduates.”

The WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) Committee cordially invites you to attend the REWU students’ presentations. With 21 presentations at 10 minutes each, the event will be completed by 5:00 PM.  Please plan to stay for as many presentations as your schedule permits. If you need any further information about the program, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Margaret Hanson, Margaret.hanson@uc.edu or at 556-5896. 

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