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In addition to WiSE programs, there are a number of other resources and activities at the University at Buffalo that help build a supportive and inclusive environment for women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

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Women in STEM Cooperative

The UB Women in STEM Cooperative (WISC) is committed to empowering women in STEM by offering engaging content, authentic conversation, and a supportive community to women students, faculty and professionals in STEM from UB and Western New York. 

All students, faculty, professionals and guests of UB, regardless of gender, are invited to join WISC. The program was established in 2013 by an interdisciplinary coalition of women volunteers from across the University at Buffalo who pooled resources together to benefit other women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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WISC members.

The NAVIGATE Project

Helping women in STEM overcome gender discrimination

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The NAVIGATE Project is a free training program funded by the National Science Foundation that aims to help UB STEM women graduate students by:

  • Overcoming barriers to advance women in STEM careers nationwide
  • Equipping women with the skills needed to navigate bias, inequity or discrimination in the workforce
  • Applying a case study approach proven to develop analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Addressing a national priority to grow and diversify the STEM workforce
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UB STEMinism

WISC members.

The goal of the UB STEMinism group is to provide a safe and supportive space for women of color in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields to address concerns related to identity, psychosocial stressors, school-work-life balance and other factors, that may impact their academic functioning in undesirable ways.

Created in conjunction with UB Counseling Services, the STEMinism group features:

  • A support network for women who share similar goals, objectives, struggles and successes
  • Psychoeducation, peer-support/student led discussion groups
  • A place to facilitate healthier interactions and address some psychosocial stressors
  • A place to identify barriers to success, personal or academic, and develop strategies that move students forward
  • A place to obtain information for on-campus/community referrals related to mental health concerns that will not addressed by/in group

STEMinism is scheduled on a bi-weekly basis throughout the semester and in addition to the psychoeducation and peer support, provides opportunities for participants to engage in social activities, professional development, mentoring workshops, seminars and other activities that connect women of color in STEM.

Student Clubs and Organizations for Women

Association for Women in Mathematics

AWM encourages women and girls to have active careers in the mathematical sciences, and promoting equal opportunity and the equal treatment of women and girls in the mathematical sciences.

  • Phi Sigma Rho
    Phi Sigma Rho is a social sorority exclusively for women in engineering. Phi Sigma Rho sisters strive for academic and professional excellence but recognize that developing lasting bonds of friendship and support with other women in engineering is essential to our success.
  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
    The Society of Women Engineers encourages women to achieve their full career potential as engineers and leaders by expanding the image of the engineering profession as a positive force in improving the quality of life, and by demonstrating the value of diversity.
  • UB DivTech
    Previously known as UB Scientista, UB DivTech promotes diversity in technology by trying to provide equal access to opportunities such as internships, scholarships, hackathons and conferences.

Community Engagement and K-12 Summer Camps

  • Tech Savvy
    Tech Savvy is a daylong science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) career conference designed to attract girls to these fields and to inform families about STEM education and careers.

Fellowships and Scholarships

Computer Science and Engineering Resources for Women in STEM

Although women are well-represented in academic programs, data indicates that few women are graduating with computer science degrees and entering technology-driven fields. This lack of diversity in computer science can affect academic environments and work cultures negatively. It is vital that the gender gap be addressed in computer science and STEM overall. HP has provided some great resources to help close this gap.