Supporting, Celebrating, and Advocating for Women in Science and Engineering

McMaster WISE Initiative

Community Outreach - EngSci High School Participants: CREST 2017

EngSci High School Participants

Calling all high school girls (grades 9-12) interested in engineering or science! Join us for our annual CREST meeting held by the WISE Initiative at McMaster University! You'll get a chance to....

  • Be exposed to the cool research happening at McMaster such as 3D printing, diagnostic tools, and more!
  • Meet women studying engineering, science and math
  • Listen to talks by professors and industry professionals
  • Participate in fun mentorship activities and prizes will be awarded!

Register here by March 6th, 11:59 PM to reserve your spot now! We look forward to seeing you all there!

Turn Girls on to STEM

Friday April 10th, 2015 (open to girls in grade 10)
Friday April 24th, 2015 (open to girls in grade 8)

The McMaster WISE Initiative was very excited to collaborate with the McMaster’s Let’s Talk Science (LTS) and the Graduate Women in Physics & Astronomy (GWIPA) groups to host Girls in Science Camp Days on April 10th for grade 10 students and on April 24th for grade 8 students. Participants had the opportunity to take part in a variety of hands on workshops, solar observations, a Planetarium show, as well as a motivational lecture. This year’s camp was funded through SPICES (Student Proposals for Intellectual Community & Engaged Scholarship), a program run by the School of Graduate Studies at McMaster.

Despite huge advancements in promoting women in the STEM fields, there is still work to be done. At all levels of STEM women are underrepresented with about 40% of all STEM graduates being women and only ~20% of all physics and engineering undergraduates being women (source: APS). Studies have shown that by addressing this gender imbalance girls increase their interests in STEM careers (source: Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research). Our hope is that this Girls in STEM day helped build confidence levels and fundamentally increase excitement for this career path!

To read more about the Girls in Science Day(s), visit the McMaster Physics page or check out the article featured in the Hamilton Spectator