The Women in Engineering (WIE) is one of our Inclusion Scholars Programs. WIE is a cohort-based program designed to engage and enhance the experiences of talented scholars who demonstrate experience with, or commitment to, the recruitment and advancement of people of all marginalized genders in engineering. While our name says women, this program is inclusive of scholars of all genders.
The program provides professional development, an encouraging academic environment, and a supportive community of peers, staff, and faculty to support women and gender minorities in the College of Engineering.
All students interested in learning more about the opportunities and developing strategies to overcome challenges of diversity and inclusion in engineering are invited to apply.
Applications are due February 1. If you are considering attending both of our campuses, we recommend you apply to WIE on both campuses.
SCOTT CAMPUS (OMAHA) Alma Ramirez-Rodgers (she/her/ella) Senior Assistant Director of Student Development firstname.lastname@example.org
CITY CAMPUS (LINCOLN) Cece Abbey (she/her) Assistant Director of Student Success Programs email@example.com
Q&A with Dani Williams
Freshman, Mechanical Engineering
“The best part of being a member of WIE is the community. Since we all face the same struggles and underrepresentation in engineering, we are better able to understand and help each other academically and socially.”
The WIE program coordinator is your resource to help navigate through each semester by establishing goals, maintaining accountability for them, and helping you take advantage of opportunities that come up. That could include exploring the things you’re already interested in doing, such as studying abroad or getting an internship, or it could be discovering new opportunities on campus, such as doing a research experience for a summer in a different state.
WIE students will enroll in a First-Year Seminar together that will meet every week during the fall semester. During this class time, your program coordinator will lead class sessions on topics related to academic, professional, or personal success.
WORKSHOPS & EVENTS
Workshop activities may include topics such as: preparing for the career fair, networking with faculty, health and wellness, experiential learning, or academic success strategies. Social events with peer mentors may include activities such as: welcome orientation, game and craft nights, kayaking, or a trip to Henry Doorly Zoo. Every WIE student is encouraged to request workshops on specific topics that interest them.
WIE students will make use of regularly scheduled study times or space. The goal is for you to connect around your academics and help you stay on top of your schoolwork, but you can also use this time to connect with your peers about anything!
Each WIE student receives a four-year, renewable scholarship for $500-$1000 per semester. You must be in good academic standing (minimum 2.4 cumulative GPA) and actively involved in the program to maintain your scholarship.
All WIE students receive mentorship from an upper class student in the program. Students also have the opportunity to become an WIE mentor themselves. Mentorship includes building personal relationships with WIE cohorts, and an opportunity to develop leadership skills.