Women in Engineering Program FAQ

Women in Engineering Program FAQ

Alma Ramirez-Rodgers (she/her/ella)
Senior Assistant Director of Student Development

Cece Abbey (she/her)
Assistant Director of Student Success Programs

Below you will find answers to common questions about this program. If you find that you have more questions, don't hesitate to contact the program coordinator on your campus of interest:

Scott Campus (Omaha): Alma Ramirez-Rodgers - aramirez-rodgers1@unl.edu or 402-554-3618

City Campus (Lincoln): Cece Abbey - cabbey2@unl.edu or 402-554-2670

How do I apply?

City Campus (Lincoln) Instructions: To apply, simply complete the Diversity Enhancement Application in MyRED (under "Admissions," select "Undergraduate," and then look for Diversity Enhancement Application under Scholarships). Indicate your interest in the Women in Engineering Program, and complete the short essays there. Applications are due February 1.

Here is a short video showing you how to get to the Diversity Enhancement Application in MyRED:

Scott Campus (Omaha) Instructions: To apply, you must first be admitted to the University of Nebraska Omaha and the College of Engineering. Once admitted, access UNO's Scholarship Application at http://unomaha.academicworks.com. Complete UNO's general scholarship application. Once you're through that, you'll see "Other Recommended Opportunities." See below for a screenshot. Select "Multicultural Engineering Program" and/or "Women in Engineering Program" (may be on the next page) to access the MEP/WIE apps. You must complete the essays required for the program in this application in order to be considered. Applications are due February 1.

Omaha screenshot of application

I haven't decided between Lincoln and Omaha yet. Should I apply for WIE on both campuses?

It is recommended that you apply for this program and scholarships on both campuses if you are considering both campuses. If you are admitted to both campuses and apply for this program only on one of the campuses, we will still consider you for the other campus as well. It does make it a little smoother of a process! The questions are the same, and by filling out UNO's Scholarship Application in addition, you might find that you qualify for more scholarships than you initially knew about.

Can I apply to the Multicultural Engineering Program, too? I want to be in both!

Yes, you may apply to both the Multicultural Engineering Program and the Women in Engineering Program on both campuses. In fact, if you're interested in both, we encourage you to apply to both. However, you can only be selected for one program. The programs share a lot of the same benefits, and they are open for anyone to apply.

I want to join a learning community. Does that conflict with WIE?

There is no residency requirement for the WIE Program, so it does not conflict! We simply encourage students to consider the time commitments required for the things they wish to do on campus. If you plan well, you will be able to do both with no problems. 

I want to participate in a sorority/fraternity, William H. Thompson Scholars/Thompson Learning Community, or another program on campus. Does that conflict with WIE

These programs do not directly conflict! We simply encourage students to consider the time commitments required for the things they wish to do on campus. If you plan well, you will be able to do both with no problems.

When will I hear back if I got accepted into the program?

You will be notified by March 1 and you will have until May 1 to formally accept or decline your place in the program. Should you decide early, we welcome your commitment!

The website lists a lot of goals like studying abroad or doing research. What if I don’t want to do those things? Can I still join?

It is not a requirement that you pursue any of those opportunities, but we hope that you will be open-minded to consider if any of them will help you reach your goals in the future. Your program coordinator will bring them up to begin discussing your options for educational experiences outside of the classroom, but you will be supported to pursue the ones you want.

The website says that I meet with my program coordinator once a month at first, but then the meetings decrease. Does that mean I can’t meet with my coordinator as often?

Of course not! Your program coordinator will be available for as many meetings and check-ins as you’d like. These numbers indicate the minimum number of 1:1 meetings per semester. You are encouraged to reach out whenever you want or need support, connection, or just a friendly face.