WPI is dedicated to empowering women and promoting gender equality in the STEM fields. We promote a strong network and community of women who support, empower, and encourage each other both in and out of the classroom. We also strive to enhance the quality of student life and create a welcoming, inclusive environment for all students.

Women of WPI gathering together

Throughout the academic year, programs are held that are targeted specifically to the women of WPI. These programs, which range from seminars on nutrition, fitness, and work-life balance to professional development workshops and leadership programs, aim to support, educate, and inspire women to become leaders who will make a positive impact on the world.

For more information on these and any other women’s programs, contact Julia Sorcinelli by email or at 508-831-5819.

Imagine Anything. Women of WPI.

Top 10

Best colleges for women in stem fields

Best Colleges Online (2016)
#4

for engineering BS degrees to women

American Society for Engineering Education (2014)

Professional Development & Leadership Programs

Women students at WPI have many opportunities to expand their academic, social, and professional networks, including career-focused workshops, networking events, and special programs for women in engineering and other STEM fields. Be sure to check out the calendar for up-to-date information on these and more events.

  • Women’s Networking Night: This event provides students with the opportunity to develop a support network, connect with a mentor, and find professional opportunities. It includes time for networking among students, professionals from a wide variety of companies, and WPI alumnae.
  • Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop: This interactive workshop increases women’s awareness of the gender wage gap and educates them on how to reduce it.
  • Strategic Futuring Career-Life Planning Seminar: This six-session seminar includes activities and exercises to help women students learn how to most effectively carry out their future plans and achieve their goals.
  • Confident U: Empowering Your Inner Superwoman: This one-day retreat teaches women students new ways to set and achieve goals by developing their core desired feelings. Through a series of exercises and reflection, women walk away feeling more confident and secure about who they are and how they can achieve their goals.

Health & Wellness Programs

As students are faced with a rigorous and demanding academic schedule, it’s easy for them to put health to the side and forget to take time to focus on well-being. Departments across campus work together to ensure that women students have distinct health and wellness programs and resources tailored to their needs, including:

  • Women’s Support Group: This close-knit support group meets on a weekly basis to discuss body image, work-life balance, and more in a friendly, supportive environment.
  • Yoga Classes: A certified yoga instructor visits campus during particularly challenging months for students to teach restorative yoga poses, as well as breathing techniques and useful skills for mindfulness.
  • Nutrition Seminars: Women students can learn more about the importance of exercise, the benefits of eating a well-balanced diet, and have the opportunity to prepare and sample easy, healthy meals.
  • Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) System for Women: This important program teaches women realistic self-defense tactics and techniques to protect themselves against various types of assaults. Visit RAD for more information.
  • Women’s Healthcare Services: Available by appointment, women students have access to professional healthcare that ranges from routine exams and pregnancy testing to emergency contraception and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Clubs & Organizations

From professional organizations and community service clubs to sororities and sports teams, there’s no shortage of ways for women students to get involved at WPI. Some opportunities have been included here; check out Clubs and Organizations to explore all available opportunities.

  • Association for Women in Science (AWIS) Central Massachusetts: This organization works to ensure that women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields can achieve their full potential across all disciplines and places of employment.
  • Gender Equality Club (GEC): Open to all, the GEC uses awareness and empowerment to promote equal opportunities in education and employment and social, political, and economic rights of all students.
  • National Association of Women MBAs (NAWMBA): NAWMBA is dedicated to advancing women MBA students and professionals into leadership positions in business through programs covering professional development, networking, and more.
  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE): A nonprofit national organization, SWE empowers women students to succeed and advance in the field of engineering through training and development programs, scholarships, networking, and outreach activities.
  • Women in Computer Science (WiCS), Electrical & Computer Engineering (WECE), and Robotics Engineering (WiRE): Each organization aims to promote and encourage women in their respective fields through on-campus meetings, community outreach, and professional events.
Rita Bagala
Rita B.
Sophomore, BS in Civil Engineering

Rita is grateful for the support she receives from the WPI community, and she’s become an integral part of that support network for the next generation.

Need for a Diverse Technology Workforce

WPI’s Senior Vice President Kristin Tichenor recently penned an op-ed for Worcester Business Journal about the need for a bigger, more diverse technology workforce in the United States, and how WPI is contributing to the effort.

“WPI is now partnering with Girls Who Code, a national nonprofit dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology…WPI has pledged $100,000 in scholarship funds annually to help Girls Who Code alumnae pursue undergraduate studies in computer science and engineering at WPI.”

Outstanding Women Student Awards

WPI presents the Marietta E. Anderson, Bonnie-Blanche Schoonover, Ellen Knott, and Gertrude R. Rugg Awards to exceptional women students based on academic excellence, contributions to the WPI community, and professional goals.

First presented in 1979, these four awards are presented annually by the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

 

There is a great support network of women on our campus—from academics and clubs to professional societies—that help women to succeed both at WPI and in their careers.
Naomi O.
Junior

News

April 14, 2016