WISP’s mission is to collaborate in creating a learning environment where women can thrive in science, engineering and mathematics. This broad goal is achieved by enhancing the experiences of Dartmouth women, particularly in their first year, through a comprehensive set of proven intervention strategies, including:
- Early hands-on research experience
- Role models
- Access to information
- Building a community in the sciences
Dartmouth College established WISP in 1990 to address the under-representation of women in science, mathematics, and engineering. Dartmouth designed WISP with a focus on retaining women in science and an emphasis on women in their first year. Recognizing that women leave science for many reasons, WISP encompassed a variety of programs providing undergraduate and graduate women throughout their academic careers with mentors and role models, information on educational and career opportunities in science, academic support, and a community of women engaged in the study of science.
WISP interns, first and second year women, may spend up to ten hours a week for two academic terms working in paid part-time research internships with science faculty members (or researchers in nearby industrial or government laboratories).