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.
Nearly the same percentage of men and women enter Dartmouth with an interest in the sciences, math and engineering. However, fewer women continue on to major in science. Ongoing research tells us that while women are just as capable as men there are societal, cultural and academic discouragements that can affect who persists in, and who leaves the sciences. WISP offers connections, information, and opportunities to help young women students develop their talent and potential. The WISP research internship program capitalizes on first-year students’ strong motivation upon entering college by providing connections with faculty, graduate students, and other researchers as well as the opportunity to experience science research first-hand.
1. Good mentoring teaches life skills like critical thinking, responsibility, time management and assertiveness.
2. A research experience can sharpen the focus of high-caliber students who are already interested in science as a career.
3. A good research mentor provides valuable coaching, support and feedback in developing future science scholars.
4. A first-year internship can be an entry point for future research opportunities on campus during their undergraduate years.
(from 2011 Sponsor Post-Internship Questionnaire)
The most positive aspect of being a WISP Sponsor:
Responses to our 20th Anniversary WISP alumnae survey in 2011 indicate that 67% of the respondents currently work in a science-related field. The factors at Dartmouth that encouraged these alumnae to pursue a career in the sciences were: specific classes; faculty advisors or mentors; and undergraduate research experiences.
* Number of WISP research interns since 1990: 1,494
* Number of Dartmouth faculty who have mentored interns: 300
* Number of women (at Dartmouth) who majored in the sciences: 45 in 1990 vs. 102 in 2010
See "WISP by the Numbers" and selected findings from 2011 WISP Alumnae Survey in Anniversary Booklet
Last Updated: 11/15/11