WISE NL offers a number of programs and events with the aim of increasing the participation of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers:
The Speaker Series is a regularly scheduled event, open to the public and designed to tell the story of women’s contributions in science and engineering. The Speaker Series also provides opportunities for both professionals and students to gather and learn about an interesting topic or career, to mingle and socialize, and to network.
WISE NL offers the “Women in SETT Leadership Program, St. John’s Series” in partnership with the WinSETT Centre and sponsors. The program consists of a suite of day-long professional development leadership workshops developed by the WinSETT Centre and tailored to early- and mid-career female engineers, scientists, technologists and tradespersons in science and technology based sectors. The St. John’s Series is dedicated in honour of the memory of Dr. F. Mary Williams and to advance her commitment to encourage the career development of women in engineering and science.
The WISE NL Mentorship Program is a new initiative developed in 2015. Mentors will have the opportunity to provide advice to a young woman on her post-secondary education or career path. Mentees will benefit from being connected to a network of professional women who can provide valuable insight to help form their education and career choices.
Indigenous Youth Conference
The annual Indigenous Youth Conferences are offered to female AND male high school students in grades 10-12 who are interested in learning more about career options in science and engineering. Students are be encouraged to consider a career in these fields through professional development activities, mentoring and knowledge of the opportunities available. While preference is given to students who self-identify as aboriginal all students are welcome to apply.
Student Summer Employment Program
Student Summer Employment Program (SSEP) is WISE NL’s flagship program which provides young women in grade 11 (grade 10 in Labrador) with the unique opportunity to work for eight weeks in paid Science and Engineering Research Assistant positions.