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Women in Science Project (Dartmouth College)

The official biography below was current at the time of the award. See the organization’s website for its latest information.

Women in Science Project  (WISP) is a six-year old co-curricular initiative that supplements women s introduction to college-level mathematics and the sciences by offering experiences and connections with scientists that are designed to enhance and reinforce their initial science interests WISP is an impressive program that: I. Utilizes three basic types of mentoring for young women -- first-year research internships, linking faculty mentors with students; peer mentoring, using upper-level women science majors as mentors for first year students; and electronic mentoring, matching undergraduate and graduate women with mentors from industry; and II. Demonstrated progress and success of students mentored in six years: -- the percentage of women majoring in science has increased from 12 percent (45 women) in 1990 to 25 percent (124) in 1995; -- one out of every four science majors were women in 1990; in 1995, four out of every ten (40 percent) science majors were women; many have gone on to graduate school; -- 159 science faculty have been involved in effecting this change; -- approximately 60 percent of women entering Dartmouth express an interest in science vs. 40-45 percent prior to the project; -- participation in all programs has jumped from approximately 100 to approximately 1,000; -- faculty have mentored over 446 first-year research interns, 55 percent of which have declared a science major at the close of their sophomore year; -- 472 first-year women have been mentored by upper-class peers in science.