Category: WISE

Status of Women in the Geosciences

Ioana StefanescuFriend of WISE, Dr. Roy Plotnick, WISE student, Ionana Steanescu (pictured at left) and Dr. Alycia L. Stigall of Ohio University (whose lab alumni include former WISE Chic President Jennifer Bauer), have published a paper on the status of women in the geosciences by examining who has been presenting at the North American Paleontological Convention (NAPC). NAPC is held every four to five years and is the one conference where all the different flavors of geoscience gather together.

What they found is that participation of women has increased over the years and that this increase is due to collaboration. Women’s increase in presenting at the meeting is not reducing men’s participation as 90% of the abstracts included a male name. This does mean that women were more likely to be part of a group of presenters than to be solo authors. The other finding of note is that the increase in women’s representation appears to be attributable to an increase in student authorship.

While the news is good in the geosciences in terms of women’s participation in this specific and important meeting, the authors do note that there is still a lack of women in leadership positions and being keynote speakers. This speaks to one aspect of WISE’s work. While we want to see the number of women go up in STEM, we also want to see women’s role in leading their respective fields go up as well.

Evolution of paleontology: Long-term gender trends in an earth-science discipline
Roy E. Plotnick, Alycia L. Stigall, Ioana Stefanescu

WISE bringing Girls Who Code to UIC!

Our Women in Science & Engineering program is excited to announce our new partnership with Girls Who Code!

MISSION: Girls Who Code programs work to inspire, educate, and equip girls with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities.

To kick off the chapter, we will have an information meeting on Saturday, October 4th from 10 am – 12 pm at the WISE office:

845 W. Taylor Street
Room 205 D
Chicago, IL 60607

Our first GWC meeting will take place on Saturday, October 18th – same time and place as the information meeting.

To learn more about WISE’s GWC chapter, please visit our webpage. Additional questions can be sent to WISE Community Outreach at

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Ambassador Application

The UIC WISE Outreach Program is currently seeking undergraduate and graduate students to be WISE Ambassadors.  If you are interested in a service project AND want to work with students in grades k-12, please send e-mail
List your major, current class schedule, and experience with k-12 students. A WISE staff person will contact you for an interview if you are selected as a WISE Ambassador.

Thank you for your interest in the WISE Outreach Program!

GEM-SET Application

Applications are currently CLOSED for the GEM-SET program.



Summer Experience: Linda Z.

Summer Experience: Linda Z.
WISE Outreach interviews GEM-SET Club member, Linda Z., about her 2009 summer  internship at Cornell University’s Nanobiotechnology Center.

WISE Annual Dinner Spring 2009

See pictures from the 2009 WISE Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony.

Reavis Elementary School Spring 2009

UIC WISE Women in Nanotechnology (WIN) visited Reavis Elementary School to give students a nanotechnology demonstration.  This event was sponsored by the Motorola Innovation Generation Grant.

Packer Engineering Tour Winter 2009

Packer Engineering hosted a company tour and panel discussion for the UIC WISE Women in Nanotechnology (WIN) students in January 2009.  WISE WIN students were from the College of DuPage, Truman College and UIC.

UIC WISE Campus Tour Spring 2008

UIC WISE_Campus_Tour_Spring 2008
The WISE Program hosted a UIC campus tour for a selected group of junior high students from the Young Women’s Leadership Charter School in March 2008.  Students participated in hands-on experiments, visited campus dorms, and enjoyed a lecture given by mentor volunteers from Siemens.