WISEST: Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science & Technology is a unit of the University of Alberta that has dedicated over 35 years to empowering women in the fields of science, engineering and technology.
Mission and Vision
Empower women in the sciences, engineering and technology.
Engage young women in the sciences, engineering and technology through: hands-on experiences and active participation; mentorship and networking; and outreach and education.
Importance of Women in Science, Engineering, and Technology
Science, engineering and technology are critical to the Canadian economy. Enthusiastic, bright young minds with their diverse outlooks are needed to help these fields grow to their full potential.
Women now comprise slightly more than half of all first-year science students at Canadian universities, up from about 30 per cent two decades ago. But there are still many fewer women than men at the post-graduate level and in decision-making positions in academia and industry.
WISEST programs address this continuing disparity in order to strengthen society by ensuring that diverse voices are being heard in the workplace and in all areas of scholarship.