You can get a mentor who is a professional scientist or engineer in industry or government through MentorNet. Apply online at MentorNet.net at anytime during the year. Open to Dartmouth men and women undergraduates, graduates, post docs and junior faculty.
WISP's Research Internship Program provides paid, part-time research internships for first and second year women interested in the sciences. Interns work for two terms with faculty and laboratory researchers. Sophomore women are eligible to apply for internships in areas where women are most under-represented: chemistry, computer science, engineering, mathematics and physics. An important Internship Information Session is held each fall where application procedures and program guidelines are reviewed and internship opportunities are announced. Graduate students and post docs often serve as supervisors and “assistant sponsors.” In May, students present their work at Dartmouth's annual celebration of undergraduate research, the Karen E. Wetterhahn Science Symposium.
Since the program began in 1991, over 1500 women have participated in research internships and more than 300 faculty and researchers have volunteered as WISP research mentors. All of Dartmouth’s science departments, including Geisel School of Medicine, have participated, in addition to off-campus institutions such as Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Veterans Administration Research Center, and the U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory.
|Feedback from Past Participants:
“[WISP] assured me that I could learn science. I learned how to look for useful information. It is the scientific method that is most important to scientific research.
“I always had the picture of the lone scientist conducting research in a quiet, desolate lab, but its not all like this. I’ve learned that science is found in unexpected places, such as watching rats have sex!”
“Science is no longer a dream, a far-out wish that I wish I could participate in. Science is a reality. My work has given me every confidence that I can go out there and get my Ph.D. and really make an impact in science.”
“In an age quickly being consumed by cyberspace, I knew very little about computers beyond word processing. I hope this would be an opportunity to break beyond my ‘computer phobia.’ So far, I have not been disappointed.”
“The women in the lab with whom I work all seem to be very intelligent, hard-working, dedicated individuals, and I find it very inspiring to work alongside them. They always offer me advice and try to encourage me when I start to question my abilities in science. I think that this environment has helped me a great deal. I am learning so much about science and research, and it is wonderful to see the women in my lab as models of what I can become with hard work.”
Last Updated: 12/16/13