WISE is here to help you succeed in STEM


Dear WISE community,

We at WISE are devastated and outraged by the Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. Although it is currently still legal for a pregnant person to obtain an abortion in the State of Michigan, pending decisions in our state judicial system, all women and individuals with a uterus, especially those of childbearing age, have lost something significant.  We have two requests of the WISE community, given the ruling. First, VOTE if you are eligible. This year is a gubernatorial election year in Michigan. It is critical that we all engage in our political system, ensure our voices are heard, and work to create a more equitable world. The Michigan primaries are on August 2nd and the general election is November 8, 2022. If you aren’t currently registered to vote in your local jurisdiction, you can fix that. Check out this voter registration guide.

Our second ask is to remember that the WISE staff is available to support you without judgment. If you ever find yourself not knowing how or where to find any resources you need, WISE staff are available to listen to your concerns and goals and, from there, either point you to resources we know of or just be a partner in strategizing your next steps.

If you would like to chat or have ideas for how WISE can support our community, please reach out by emailing umwise@umich.edu

Be kind to yourself and others,

Melissa Gross, Rachel Niemer and Victoria Alden (WISE Faculty Director, Managing Director and Program Officer)


WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) is a campus wide community of faculty, staff and students that work together to ensure all women and non-binary students and postdoctoral scholars at U-M have the support they need to thrive in STEM. Our programs are designed for girls, women and non-binary individuals but are open to all.

Cultivate Students’ Skills

WISE helps students and postdocs

  • weave their support net,
  • hone their academic skills,
  • sharpen their STEM skills,
  • unpack the connections between STEM experiences and social identities,
  • prepare for their chosen profession, and
  • grow into a STEM leader.

Strengthen Our Community

No one succeeds without the support of others. WISE is here to help you build your community and connect you to the broader STEM community at University of Michigan.

WISE collaborates with student organizations, hosts social events, and celebrates the accomplishments of our community members at the Willie Hobbs Moore Awards ceremony.

Change The System

Ensuring that all women and non-binary students and postdocs have what they need to thrive cannot be about “fixing the learner.”

WISE conducts research on the STEM experiences of students, works with faculty and administrators to improve the climate for learners from marginalized communities, and partners with other units focused on STEM equity.

Get Involved

Attend an Event

Check back later this summer to see our calendar of events for Fall 2022

Apply for the Student Programming Board

Students and Post-Docs at all stages of their education are welcome to join the WISE team as Student Programming Board members. The Programming Board meets once a month to design, plan and carry out events for the broader WISE community. Applications are usually due early each semester, but we are sometimes able to accept new members mid-semester.

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