WISE Advocates for Women to Pursue Degrees, Careers in Science and Engineering

WISE Advocates for Women to Pursue Degrees, Careers in Science and Engineering

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The following is a news release from The University of Southern Mississippi

Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) is an organization at The University of Southern Mississippi that inspires women to study and build careers using science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Dahlia Amato, president of WISE, said "I always try to open the door to anyone in a science-related field such as behavioral science, because we never want to turn anyone away." WISE has 150 graduate and undergraduate women members, and has weekly lunch meetings with guest speakers.

As a WISE participant, students have the opportunity to apply for scholarships. They host concession stands during football season, and partner with Raising Cane's restaurant to raise money to fund scholarships and weekly luncheon meetings.

WISE has raised $4,000 with $1,500 going to scholarships. Each recipient gets $200 each while the Honorable Mention winner gets $100.

Recent WISE scholarship recipients include  Li Xiong (Polymer Science, graduate); April Fogel (Polymer Science, graduate); Sherrie Amadi (Biochemistry, undergraduate); Yetunde Adewunmi (Microbiology, graduate); Sunita Subedi Paudel (Physics, Graduate); Chelsey Smith, (Biological Forensic, undergraduate); Grace Garner (Biology, undergraduate); Honorable Mention: Sam Kalmbacher (Therapeutic Recreation, undergraduate)

For more information on WISE, e-mail Dahlia Amato at dahlia.amato@eagles.usm.edu. WISE meets every Tuesday from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. in the Polymer Science Auditorium. Any student is welcome to attend.