In 2000, the University of Southern California (USC) received a gift of $20 million to the University endowment to establish the Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) program. Launched by the Office of the Provost, the primary goal of the WiSE program is to increase the number of women in tenured and tenure-track faculty positions, thus positioning the University as a leader in increasing the representation of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) related fields. WiSE is committed to developing fresh approaches to the recruitment and retention of women in STEM and building a supportive environment and community for women at USC to thrive at every stage of their career.
The WiSE program supports faculty and students in the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. Departments currently included in the WiSE program are:
Department of Physics and Astronomy, Department of Biological Sciences, Department of Chemistry, Department of Earth Sciences,
Department of Mathematics
Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Department of Astronautical Engineering, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Material Science, Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Department of Computer Science, Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering