Why We're Here
The total number of female members registered with the Professional Engineers of Ontario in 2001 was 4,011. This represents 6% of the total membership. Careers in technology, math and some sciences have similar low female populations. The Women in Science, and Engineering (WiSE) group aims to benefit all students, staff and faculty interested in issues relating to women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. Men and women are encouraged to participate, as the education of both groups will be most beneficial. The executive is comprised entirely of undergraduate students, but members can be grads or undergrads. Most activities will include an invitation across campus, but since those in CPES face challenges unlike the other colleges, the group will be steered by their needs.
What We Do
We run internal and external events. Some of our internal events include Career and Mentorship Nights and Speaker events. For external events we run a number of outreach programs to promote women in science and engineering.
History of WiSE at Guelph
The idea to form this group came from experiences at two separate conferences. Jeannine Guindon attended the Women in Engineering conference held annually in Kingston and was surprised to find that the School of Engineering at the University of Guelph was one of very few schools without a Women in Engineering group. Nicole Webb attended the International Conference of Women Engineers and Scientists with her advisor. She was inspired to form this group by the surprising differences between the University of Guelph high female student population and the low workforce female population. She hoped to begin a process of educating female students to better prepare them for the work world. Dr. Valerie Davidson has been acting as faculty mentor for the project. She was recently awarded the Canadian Council for Professional Engineers award for promoting women in engineering.
An introductory meeting was held on October 8th, 2002 to determine interest and discuss the goals of the group. There were approximately 30 undergraduate and graduate students from the School of Engineering and Department of Mathematics in attendance.