Skip to main content

Women in Science Project
6201 Parker House
Hanover, NH 03755

Phone: 603-646-3690


Women in Science

WISP is committed to increasing the number of women pursuing their interests in science, math, and engineering. 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. Nearly the same percentage of men and women enter Dartmouth with an interest in the sciences, math, and engineering, but fewer women continue on to major in the sciences. WISP offers connections, information, and opportunities to help young women develop their talent and potential. Data gathered over the 20+ years of WISP at Dartmouth shows that the first year women who participate in WISP's Research Internship Program and/or the Peer Mentor Program major in the sciences at a higher rate than those who do not participate.

Working in a laboratory setting for the first time completely solidified my passion for science and has made the lab my office of choice. I love working in the science field, and my internship started me off on that path!

WISP offered a great networking opportunity... It was encouraging to meet and share experiences with other female students who faced similar challenges both academically and personally in pursing majors and careers in science fields.

WISP programs

  • Research Internship Program: First and second year women are matched with faculty research mentors in the sciences 
  • Peer Mentor Program: First-year women are matched with upper class women in the sciences 
  • Food for Thought:  Informal opportunities to meet with women scientists 
  • Karen E. Wetterhahn Science Symposium: Dartmouth’s annual celebration of undergraduate research in the sciences features a keynote speaker and student poster session

Other resources

Last Updated: 10/10/16