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WISE REWU Program Seeks Faculty Mentors


Your project could be the next great opportunity for a female undergraduate to garner research experience in a STEMM field. Volunteer to be a mentor for the UC Women in Science and Engineering Summer Research Experience for Women Undergraduates program. Project proposals are due Feb. 16.

Date: 2/7/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Ashley Duvelius
Phone: (513) 556-9181

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REWU-2016 participants, with WISE Graduate Assistants and Dr. Urmila Ghia. Photo/Joseph Fuqua II
REWU-2016 participants, with WISE Graduate Assistants and Dr. Urmila Ghia. Photo/Joseph Fuqua II

The University of Cincinnati’s WISE REWU Program is searching for more UC faculty members who wish to encourage women undergraduates to take an initiative in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, math and medicine) research this summer.

Urmila Ghia, chair of the WISE Program, explains, “Participation in research projects is a significant factor in increasing student retention and in encouraging talented students to excel. It enhances the students’ overall educational experience and initiates a network with a faculty member and the associated lab personnel. These talented and dedicated young women are the bright future of STEMM fields. This summer will mark 19 years of WISE promoting research amongst women undergraduates.”

The WISE REWU Program is sponsored, in part, by the Offices of the Provost and the Vice President for Research, and the support and cooperation of several departments in the Colleges of Arts & Sciences, Engineering and Applied Science, Allied Health, Pharmacy, Nursing and Medicine, by way of their faculty’s participation and committing matching funds.

The 12-week program seeks to expose women undergraduates to diverse areas of research early in their education, and to encourage the pursuit of advanced studies in these fields.

Beginning May 8, each student gets the rare opportunity to work closely with an experienced faculty mentor/researcher on ongoing research projects. Additionally, the student will be involved in interpreting the results of the research, deriving conclusions, and preparing and presenting a technical paper. A stipend of $4,500 is provided to each student to carry out her research. The young researchers will share their research findings in a special presentation session (open event), in Room 427 ERC (Engineering Research Center), on Thursday, July 27.

In addition to the benefit of conducting research as an undergraduate, students may also opt to have the program constitute one of their normal co-op experience semesters. Students will need to commit one additional week (for a total of 13 weeks) to the project in order to meet the semester-long co-op requirement.

UC undergraduate women students are eligible to apply if they will have completed the freshman year by the end of the Spring 2017 semester and if they have a GPA of 2.5 or above in engineering, science and math classes. Previous research experience is not required. However, interest in research is expected. A limited number of slots are also available for non-UC undergraduate, STEMM-major female students. These applicants must state their plans for connecting with UC either during their undergraduate program, or subsequently for graduate/professional studies at UC.

Faculty mentors need to submit project proposals at https://www.wise.uc.edu/projects/. The deadline for proposal submission has been extended to Feb. 16, 2017.

For Faculty FAQs regarding the program, please visit: https://www.wise.uc.edu/facultyfaq.php

For further questions, please contact:

Dr. Urmila Ghia, Chair, REWU 2017 Program
Women in Science and Engineering (WISE)
Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering
683 Rhodes Hall;
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0072
Phone: 513.556.4612