Clemson’s WISE Honored for Girls’ Engineering Program
Clemson University’s Women in Science and Engineering Program (WISE) has received the 2013 National Engineers Week Foundation and Women in Engineering Programs and Advocate Networks (WEPAN) Introduce a Girl to Engineering Award.
The award honors organizations for outstanding outreach efforts as a part of National Engineers Week and Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day in February.
WISE encourages females in engineering and science majors to prepare for, obtain and succeed in their careers by offering mentoring, advising and networking opportunities.
“The award is a national seal of approval,” said Serita Acker, director of the WISE program. “With Clemson being the top engineering school in South Carolina, it shows that we have a strong desire for diversity and want to expose everyone to the opportunities in engineering, science and math.”
WISE collaborated with Lockheed Martin, a global security and aerospace company, and Girl Scouts from Mountains to Midlands to present its 13th annual “Introduce a Girl to Engineering and Science Day.” Girl Scouts from around the state are invited to Clemson University to learn about careers in science and engineering through interactive activities with industry professionals and Clemson faculty and students.
Serita Acker, director of the WISE program, and National Visiting Committee member for the Center for Aviation and Automotive Technical Education using Virtual E-Schools [CA2VES] accepted the award at the 2013 WEPAN conference in Atlanta on Friday, June 21.
– Molly Collins
Graduate Assistant, Clemson University English Department
*Established in 1990, WEPAN is a national not-for-profit organization that works to transform culture in engineering education to attract, retain and graduate women.