Women in Science Project
6201 Parker House
Hanover, NH 03755
WISP Information for Faculty
WISP's mission is to collaborate in creating a learning environment where undergraduate women can thrive in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Components of the program include:
- Research internships: meaningful research experiences that will positively impact the retention of young women in the sciences
- Peer Mentor Program: first year women are matched with sophomores, juniors, and seniors who can provide advice and support about STEM majors and careers
- Food for Thought: opportunities for undergraduate women to meet informally with women scientists (email WISP if you are interested)
How Dartmouth faculty can get involved:
- Be a mentor in the research internship program (see below)
- Participate in a Food for Thought session and share your experiences as a scientist
Interested in being a WISP internship mentor?
All tenured, tenure-track, and research-track faculty at the college and professional schools are eligible to supervise WISP internships.
How to get started (more details are in the program timeline):
- Submit a project description (refer to the program timeline for deadline)
- Interview the students who contact you.
- The interview period is September 30 through October 20, so be sure that you or someone in your lab will be available during that period to interview student applicants.
- Suggestions for interviewing students
- Submit ranking form for the students who you interviewed
- Wait for notification of your match!
Information about the internship program
- Student participants: The program is intended for first year women, but women in their sophomore year can apply for research experiences in chemistry, computer science, engineering, math, and physics as these are the science disciplines with the most gender inequality at the national level.
- Research schedule: Students work 6-10 hours per week during winter and spring terms, and they are expected to present a poster at the Karen E. Wetterhahn Science Symposium in May.
- Note that sophomores may only be available to participate in one of these terms because of their D-plans.
- Internship funding: students are paid an hourly wage up to a maximum of $2000 for two terms. WISP is able to fund a limited number of students per year (generally one per faculty mentor).
- Faculty who have funding available are welcome to support their own intern(s) so that more students can participate.
- Matching process: Students interview with potential faculty research mentors, and WISP staff match students with faculty based on a variety of factors, including student preferences, faculty preferences, and availability of funding (which may vary for projects in different science departments).
- Students who make arrangements to work with a faculty mentor independent of the matching process are not eligible for WISP funding. However, they may participate in the program if the faculty mentor has funds to pay their wages.