You can get a mentor who is a professional scientist or engineer in industry or government through MentorNet. Apply online at MentorNet.org at anytime during the year. Open to Dartmouth men and women undergraduates, graduates, post docs and junior faculty.
The WISP Research Internship Program was established in 1991 and matches undergraduate women with faculty mentors in paid, part-time research internships in the sciences. WISP internships provide early hands-on research experience and the opportunity for mentoring from a research scientist or faculty member.
Interns work for two terms with faculty and laboratory researchers in Dartmouth's science departments, including Geisel School of Medicine, as well as off-campus institutions such as Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, the Veterans Administration Medical Research Service, and the U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory. In some cases, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows may supervise students' work in the lab and serve as assistant research mentors.
First year students may do internships in any science discipline, and sophomore women are eligible to apply for internships in areas where women are most under-represented: chemistry, computer science, engineering, mathematics, and physics. In May, WISP interns present their work at the Karen E. Wetterhahn Science Symposium, which is Dartmouth's annual celebration of undergraduate research in the sciences.
|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: 10/1/15