Residential Learning Communities

Students in a residential learning community.

Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE)

Location:
Friley, Helser, Eaton, Martin, Oak, Elm, Willow, Buchanan, Geoffroy
Eligibility:
Aerospace Engineering, Agricultural Biochemistry, Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering, Agricultural Systems Technology, Agriculture undeclared, Agronomy, Animal Ecology, Animal Science, Athletic Training/Pre-Athletic Training, Biochemistry, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, Biological & Pre-Medical Illustration, Biological Systems Engineering, Biology, Biophysics, Chemical & Biological Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science/Pre-Computer Science, Construction Engineering, Culinary Science, Dairy Science, Diet and Exercise/Pre Diet and Exercise, Dietetics/Pre-Dietetics, Earth Science, Electrical Engineering, Engineering undeclared, Environmental Science, Food Science, Forestry, General Pre-veterinary Medicine, Genetics, Geology, Global Resource Systems, Horticulture, Industrial Engineering, Industrial Technology, Insect Science, Kinesiology and Health, Materials Science and Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Meteorology, Microbiology, Natural Resource Ecology and Management, Nutritional Science, Physics, Plant Pathology, Pre-Professional Health Programs, Preparation for Human Medicine, Software Engineering, Statistics
Description:
The Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) Learning Community for undergraduate women in science and engineering offers three main components:

- a living option
- course clustered "learning teams"
- peer mentoring

The living option, offered in conjunction with the ISU Department of Residence, places its participants on one of nine residence hall floors with 19 other undergraduate women in science and engineering. Options include both the Union Drive and Richardson Court Neighborhoods:

- Friley: Henderson, Pennell, Palmer and Bryan
- Martin: Campbell and Coover
- Larch: Kehlenbeck
- Oak: Fosmark
- Elm: Turner

Once enrolled in the living option of the WiSE Learning Community, during summer Orientation, learning community participants have the option of signing up for one of seven course-clustered learning teams. This year WiSE students take one of the following combinations of courses with other women living on WiSE floors:

- Calculus I (165), General Chemistry I (177) and lab
- Calculus II (166), General Chemistry I (177) and lab
- Biology I (201), General Chemistry I (177) and lab
- Calculus I (165) and Open Option Chemistry (177, 167, 163 or 155) and lab
- Calculus I (165 or 181), Biology (201) I and lab
- Calculus II (166), Open Option Chemistry (177, 167, 163 or 155) and lab

Finally, each residence hall floor/learning team is assigned a peer mentor: upper-class students with similar academic interests - with whom WiSE students meet regularly to discuss their coursework and adjustment to university. Teams also meet weekly for academic, leadership or social programming planned, organized and delivered by the peer mentor with assistance by the program coordinator.
Coordinator:
Carly Miller
millerc@iastate.edu
515-294-5278

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