WiSE Program

Female science majors

"For what is done or learned by one class of women becomes, by virtue of their common womanhood, the property of all women." - Elizabeth Blackwell

A Living Learning Community of Women in the Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering

The Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) Living Learning Community (LLC) is focused on building community among women who are pursuing degrees in science, math, and engineering programs. As incoming freshmen, all members of the WiSE LLC cohort will live together on the same floor of the Nevada Living Learning Community Residence Hall.

Students in the WiSE LLC cohort will develop strong social and pre-professional relationships during a fall retreat, enrollment in common courses, and participation in activities in the residence hall during the academic year. This community spirit among the WiSE students will continue through their undergraduate degree programs and beyond as they forge life-long friendships.

WiSE students at University of Nevada, Reno have shown that they have a high rate of success in achieving degrees in science, math and engineering programs. WiSE students who graduated in 2011 and 2012 had average grade point averages of 3.6 and received science degrees in Animal Science, Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Community Health Science, Mathematics and Statistics, Neuroscience, and Wildlife Ecology and Conservation.

Engineering graduates in 2011 and 2012 earned degrees in Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Geological Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. Continuing plans for graduating WiSE students included dental school, physical therapy Ph.D. program, medical school, pharmacology Ph.D. program, public health M.S. program, chemistry Ph.D. program, geotechnical engineering M.S. program, information systems M.S. program, renewable energy graduate program, wildlife biology graduate school, engineering internships, engineering position with the defense industry and veterinary medical school. The WiSE Program is proud of the accomplishments and continued success of our graduates.

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Requirements for the program include math competency scores of 610 or higher for SAT Math, 27 or higher for ACT Math, or placement into Math 127 or higher with the Accuplacer Math Placement Exam. If you are qualified and interested in being a part of a successful program for women college students in science, math and engineering, please follow the links on right panel this web page to apply. Participation in the community is limited to 38 in-coming students each year. We begin processing WiSE applications beginning in February, so apply early for the best chance of being a part of the 2016-17 WiSE LLC.

Benefits of being a WiSE Student:

  • Housing in the Nevada Living Learning Community Residential Hall
  • Academic and social support in science, engineering, and mathematics degree programs
  • Ability to enroll in courses with other WiSE students
  • A strong sense of community with other WiSE students and the beginnings of life-long friendships
  • Access to undergraduate research opportunities
  • Networking with professional women who are well-established in their careers.
  • Balance between academic and social experiences