Women in Science and Engineering (W.I.S.E.) Career Day

Women account for less than twenty percent of the workforce in science, math and engineering fields. W.I.S.E. is a career day program that aims to address that imbalance by exciting and educating middle school girls with a personal and hands-on experience that could lead to a career in math and/or science field. At the same time, the program encourages these girls to continue enrolling in math and science courses in high school.

Project W.I.S.E. is organized through the Salem State College Collaborative Project for Math, Science and Interdisciplinary Education (CPMSIE). CPMSIE is dedicated to linking students, teachers and industry representatives for the improvement of math and science education for today's changing work environment. The W.I.S.E. Career day initiative specifically targets young women at an impressionable age and exposes them to today's technologically oriented careers in mathematics and science.

This March, over 300 young women from over 20 middle schools will be invited to an all day conference at Salem State College. The conference is designed to encourage their interest in these challenging fields. Each girl experiences three presentations given by professional women who work in math and/or science areas. The careers represented run the full gamut from engineering on the "Big Dig" in Boston to a plastic polymer researcher developing new ideas for the plastic industry.

Since the inception of W.I.S.E. in 1990, thousands of young women in the 6-8 grades from the North Shore area have been provided with both role models and insight into a wide variety of science and math related fields.

Program Contact Info
First Name: 
James
Last Name: 
Kearns
Title: 
CPMSIE Executive Director
Location: 
Salem State College
Salem, MA 01970
United States
Fax: 978-542-7215
Program Details
Year Established: 
1990
Affiliation: 
None
Program Focus: 
General Science
Program Focus: 
Technology
Program Focus: 
Engineering
Program Focus: 
Math
Girls served annually: 
300
Boys served annually: 
0
Organization Info
Organization Name: 
Salem State College Collaborative for Math, Science and Interdisciplinary Education (CPMSIE)
Organization Contact Info
First Name: 
James
Last Name: 
Kearns
Location: 
Salem State College
Salem, MA
United States
Phone: 9785426068
Slug: 
women-in-science-and-engineering-wise-career-day
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unemployed
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