Women in STEM Education (WiSE) Program
The Women in STEM Education (WiSE) Program supports the career development of women studying in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at Western Sydney University.
We know that currently, only 16% of STEM qualified Australians are female, noting a significant underrepresentation of females in the STEM workforce. WiSE aims to reshape this and connect students with valuable knowledge and lifelong skills to improve the overall representation of females in STEM careers. The WiSE program encourages students to challenge gender disparity in STEM with practical strategies for building a successful career with the support of their peers, female STEM alum and Industry mentors.
The WiSE Program (launched as Women in Science and Engineering in 2015) is unique in the tertiary sector, connecting students with peers, alumni and employers. In doing this, students are empowered to enhance their professional skills and networks through a broad range of activities and events, both online and face-to-face.
Students will learn about the opportunities their degree presents when entering a STEM career, gain access to career advice, connect with professionals in the industry, attend conferences and workshops, apply for mentoring opportunities, receive job alerts, have business cards printed and more. In turn, students will able leave the program as a strong role model for other students in STEM fields in addition to be a step ahead in their own career development, with endless career progression opportunities.
Further information about the WiSE Program, including a 2021 calendar, is available:
As a woman studying a STEM degree at Western, you are automatically a member of WiSE. You can simply access the program via CareerHub - WiSE Site (use your Student ID to login in). If you are already logged into your CareerHub home page, you can access the program by clicking on the ‘CareerHub’ button located on the left side of the dashboard and select ‘The WiSE Program’ from the drop-down menu.
Watch this short video on how to access the WiSE Site and program activities:
The WiSE Program Team works closely with employers, professionals and industry partners to provide experiences, career development and employment opportunities promoting a diverse STEM workforce. Through opportunities such as mentoring, hosting workplace visits, sponsoring experience grants and participating in networking events, industry professionals have the unique opportunity of connecting with a talented pool of women in STEM degrees.
To get involved, please contact Karla Cerron, Project Support Officer.
Making a Difference
Watch highlights and interviews from previous years:
Read about the impact of the program for students:
- Emina Mujanovic, Bachelor of Information and Communications Technology, 2015 – 2017
- Georgia Free, Bachelor of Science (Advanced) (Chemistry) with Distinction, 2015 – 2017
- Thy Pham, Bachelor of Engineering (Civil), 2012 – 2016