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Our Organization

UA-WiSE (University of Alberta Women in Science and Engineering) is a student group that supports all undergraduate students underrepresented in fields including science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  


We plan events that focus on topics such as mentorship, networking, different careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and the challenges of working in a non-traditional field.


Our History


UA-WiSE operates under its parent organization WISEST: Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science and Technology. WISEST is a University of Alberta organization that has been dedicated for over 30 years with the vision of strengthening science, engineering and technology communities through diversity.


WISEST began in 1982, when Dr. Gordin Kaplan, the first University of Alberta Vice-President (Research), noted that there was only one woman among the 150 participants present.


Today, WISEST collaborates with industry, government, academia, and over 600 volunteers a year to deliver programs and networks that increase the diversity of voices represented in science, engineering and technology, thus strengthening the workplace and society.


Dr. Margaret-Ann Armour

Founding co-chair of WISEST

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