Since 2015, Women in Scientific Education and Research (WISER) has been fostering the development of young women in multidisciplinary research at UW. Voted best new student org in 2017, WISER engages students with faculty and graduate student presenters, a peer mentorship program, and its annual Spring Networking Event to captivate women and equip them to seize their potential in research and academia.
WISER’s mission was clearly illustrated on October 17 at a Summer Research Workshop co-hosted with Dr. Theresa Duello, an associate professor with the UW department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Duello has been affiliated with WISER for several years, and uses her expertise in health disparities and passion for undergraduate involvement and success to guide WISER members to meaningful research experiences. Always engaging and informative, Duello provided resources for students at the workshop ranging from informative multi-institutional opportunities to guides for approaching faculty, an often daunting task.
The research workshop was tailored to individual students’ interests, and Duello took care to introduce herself personally to everyone. Students left armed with valuable advice for pursuing summertime research and uplifted in their self confidence. Indeed, Duello never ceases to emphasize empowering resources on campus ranging from mental health services to individual advising. This is exactly the kind of faculty engagement WISER seeks to promote: knowledgeable, thorough, and approachable. To learn more about WISER, find us on social media: @uwmadisonwiser on Twitter, @wiser.uw on Instagram, and Women in Scientific Education and Research- WISER on Facebook.