Women in Engineering Program

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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.

Need help with the application? Check out our FAQ's!

Contact
SCOTT CAMPUS (OMAHA)
Alma Ramirez-Rodgers (she/her/ella)
Senior Assistant Director of Student Development
aramirez-rodgers1@unl.edu

CITY CAMPUS (LINCOLN)
Cece Abbey (she/her)
Assistant Director of Student Success Programs
cabbey2@unl.edu

PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Jen Skidmore (they/them)
Director of Student Development
jenskidmore@unl.edu


Solana Honda
Q&A with Solana Honda
Freshman, Architectural Engineering
“One of my favorite parts of WIE is the environment and the people. The classroom environment is very relaxed and welcoming and the people I met have been absolutely incredible!”

Q&A with Solana

Program Components

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SUCCESS COACHING

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.

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FRESHMAN SEMINAR

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.

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WORKSHOPS

Workshop activities may include topics such as: preparing for the career fair, networking with faculty, health and wellness, experiential learning, or academic success strategies. Every WIE student is encouraged to request workshops on specific topics that interest them.

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STUDY SUPPORT

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!

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SCHOLARSHIP

Each WIE student receives a four-year, renewable scholarship for $500 per semester. You must be in good academic standing (minimum 2.4 cumulative GPA) and actively involved in the program to maintain your scholarship.

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MENTORSHIP

Students have the opportunity to become a mentor for the Women in Engineering Program. This includes building personal relationships with the WIE cohorts that follow you, and you would also maintain a leadership role in the program.