Who We Are
The Women in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics (WiSEM) supports the Rutgers University mission of outstanding teaching, research, and community engagement by advancing gender and racial equity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), including social and health sciences.
What We Do
WiSEM works to advance gender and racial equity by providing resources and support for engagement and success in the sciences. Below is what we do and some specific examples of the programs, awards, and projects that support this effort.
Provide Leadership and Professional Development Opportunities
- Special events and projects with Institute for Women's Leadership consortium members
- Faculty Leading Change
Foster Interdisciplinary Research Collaborations
- Mentoring Luncheons
Provide Funding Opportunities to Advance Career Development
Increase the Visibility of the Accomplishments of Female Scientists
Partner to Develop and Sponsor Programs for STEM Equity
- American Association of University Women
- New Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals
- STEM-UP PA
- Girl Scouts of America
- Association for Women in Science
Advance Institutional Diversity and Inclusion
- Climate assessments, focus groups, data collection
- Dual-Career Faculty Initiative
- Recruitment and retention of female faculty
- Roundtable discussion with university leaders
- Faculty Search Committee Tools
How We Do It
After completing RU FAIR ADVANCE (a five-year project funded by a multi-million dollar ADVANCE IT grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), NSF awarded SciWomen supplemental funding to continue its efforts through the Dual-Career Initiative. The initiative is focused on the needs of dual career couples with an aim to recruit new hires and retain current faculty members in STEM.
SciWomen is also very grateful for the guidance it recieves from its faculty advisory board, the joint intellectual efforts of our institutional partners, and the support it recieves from the many school deans.