Overview of WIMSE

Welcome to WIMSE!

With many academic and co-curricular programs, WIMSE is designed to foster community among women who major in traditionally male-dominated fields of study. Research and our experience in WIMSE have shown that women benefit from a supportive network of fellow students who share similar academic pursuits.

Academic

  • Special course sections are open to WIMSE residents, many of which are taught at WIMSE.
  • Computer lab on the third floor for exclusive use by WIMSE students; software supports assignments given in engineering and other majors
  • Evening tutoring is available for WIMSE residents only in several subjects including math, physics, chem, and theoretical and applied mechanics.
  • Researchers Initiative: Students in WIMSE apply to participate in a program where they are paired up with faculty mentors to be introduced to research through hands-on work.

Co-Curricular

  • WIMSE Orientation offers early move-in where residents get to know each other and get a jump on being on campus. (It does not conflict with Women in Engineering Camp)
  • Annual trip – In Chicago, we have visited the Museum of Science and Industry, the Shedd Aquarium, the Museum of Surgical Sciences; this year we will visit the Aquarium and take in a show at the Second City Comedy Improv.
  • Many other programs are led by paraprofessional staff (Resident Advisors) and Peer Mentors which are social or social-educational in nature including a “spa-night,” Bollywood and Henna Night, involvement in Relay for Life, and arts and crafts.

Florida Avenue Residence Halls

  • Beyond WIMSE, there are also many students organizations housed right in Florida Ave Residence Halls (FAR) or across the street in Pennsylvania Avenue Residence Halls (PAR)
  • Excellent dining facility in PAR and specialty menus in FAR, for example, “Soul” on Thursday nights, Better Burger for the lunch menu.
  • FAR is a very diverse community with American and International students and students from different ethnic-racial backgrounds
  • It is close to intramural fields and beautiful parks
  • The buses run frequently to campus and there are a number of different bus lines that stop at PAR/FAR
  • PAR across the street offers “break housing” in case you want to stay during fall, winter, or spring breaks

The WIMSE Students

  • Since it opened in 1996, over 3000 women have passed through WIMSE.
  • Nearly 50% of the WIMSE women are in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences with Biology the most popular major. Just over 40% of the women are enrolled in Engineering.

AGRICULTURAL, CONSUMER AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCI.

188

6.46%

APPLIED HEALTH SCIENCES

37

1.27%

BUSINESS

11

0.38%

MEDIA

10

0.34%

DIVISION OF GENERAL STUDIES

48

1.65%

EDUCATION

2

0.07%

ENGINEERING

1209

41.53%

FINE AND APPLIED ARTS

11

0.38%

AVIATION

1

0.03%

INTENSIVE ENGLISH INSTITUTE

3

0.10%

LANGUAGE ARTS AND SCIENCES

1387

47.65%

  • Nearly 75% hail from Illinois while another 18% come from other states and 8% come from countries outside of the United States.
  • WIMSE is a diverse community where 46% of the residents indicate they are white, 16% Black or African American, 25% Asian, and 6% Latina or Hispanic. Just over 3% identify as having more than one race and less than 1% identity as American Indian, Alaskan Native, or Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander.