Women in STEM (WiSTEM) is a university-wide outreach, recruiting and retention program for pre-college and undergraduate students in STEM fields who identify as women.
A unit within the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE), WiSTEM positions the university as a national leader in women-focused STEM initiatives. In addition to providing access to STEM education to traditionally underserved students, the program works to expand research and broaden mutually beneficial corporate and community partnerships.
Precollege Outreach and Education Programs
WiSTEM pre-college outreach and education programs such as Girl Day at UT Austin and high school summer camps are designed to increase awareness of and interest in STEM fields, strengthen STEM identity and increase self-efficacy for pre-college students who identify as girls.
WiSTEM also serves as the administrative home for the Texas Girls Collaborative Project (TXGCP), connecting nonprofits, K-12 schools, higher education institutions, companies, organizations and individuals across the state of Texas committed to informing and motivating girls to pursue careers in STEM.
Undergraduate Student Programs
WiSTEM undergraduate programs focus on strengthening STEM identity, creating a sense of belonging and increasing self-efficacy for all undergraduate women in STEM. These three areas of focus are directly linked to increased undergraduate retention/persistence, graduation rates, advancement to graduate school and persistence in the workforce for women in STEM.
WiSTEM creates opportunities for mentoring, cross-discipline collaboration, community building, advancing leadership, living-learning communities, career exploration, professional and leadership development and role model engagement programs.
WiSTEM initiatives are only possible thanks to the generous financial support, mentorship and guidance of our corporate partners. Companies are invited to contact WiSTEM regarding opportunities to provide financial support, volunteer at a student event, offer internships and co-ops or become involved in other ways.
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