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WIE Freshman Orientation is a two day orientation for incoming women undergraduates in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Grainger College of Engineering. Approximately 2/3 of the women freshman class attends. At the orientation, the freshmen women get acquainted with one another and begin to form a supportive community. Workshops during the program help the students adjust to college and gain confidence in their engineering abilities.
The Women in Engineering leadership program, WIE Lead, was launched in Fall 2015 and provides current students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills in an environment that recognizes the strengths unique to women leaders. Each month will focus on a particular leadership attribute and the corresponding workshop will help students explore leadership in a different, more effective way. From alumnae stories to hands-on experience, WIE Lead will give students the tools they need to succeed!
Courses – Fall only
ENG 198: First-Year Women Engineers (CRN: 69394) is a first semester, women engineering students only course to allow the students opportunities to build community, receive guidance, and have access to The Grainger College of Engineering resources. In addition to academic success strategies, the course will focus on leadership and professional skill development. This is a 1 hour, second 1/2 semester course (starts October 22, 2018).
ENG 298: Women & Ideas in Engineering (CRN: 70189) is a course that highlights the book “Women and Ideas in Engineering: Twelve Stories from Illinois”. Past, present, and future women engineering from Illinois will be discussed, along with several alumni serving as guest speakers. This is a 1 hour, full semester fall course.
Make the Transition
Are you transferring from another school or applying to The Grainger College of Engineering from the Pre-Engineering Program in DGS? WIE would love to welcome you to our community and make an easy transition for you! There will be a transfer lunch held once a semester to introduce you to all WIE has to offer!
Angie Wolters, Brooke Newell, and Dean Larson are available for 1:1 advising M-F from 8:30 am-4 pm. From selecting classes to career planning to handling stress, WIE is here to offer support. Please email email@example.com to schedule an appointment or stop by 210A Engineering Hall!
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