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People gather for the WiSE Center launch in fall 2015.
People gather for the WiSE Center launch in fall 2015.
South Dakota Public Broadcasting photo
November 30, 2015

SDSM&T Opens WiSE Center For STEMinists

The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology in Rapid City has a new component, the WiSE (Women in Science and Engineering) Center, reports South Dakota Public Radio. Walls of the new WiSE Center are painted with science-themed murals and include stories of successful women.

The WiSE program is designed to educate, recruit, retain, and graduate academically motivated women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields, and refers to its members as "STEMinists." WiSE focuses on three main components: 

  • Networking/mentoring -- Through monthly WiSE talks and events
  • Outreach -- Engaging K-12 students during outreach opportunities throughout the year
  • Professional development -- Through workshops and monthly WiSE talks

The program notes success in a higher graduation rate among women than among men, but sees room for improvement in the faculty made up of 27 percent women. 

Read more about SDSM&T on the Black Hills Knowledge Network.

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