BE WiSE stands for Better Education for Women in Science and Engineering. BE WiSE engages young women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning experiences in collaboration with the region's research, industry and academic institutions. BE WiSE goals are to:
- Stimulate young women's interest in STEM through interactions with professionals
- Increase participants' opportunities and knowledge of STEM fields of study
- Develop a community of young women (grades 7–12) engaged in science learning through out-of-school activities
- Sustain interest and involvement through alumnae and ongoing participation for women in science at all levels
BE WiSE invites girls in grades 7 and 8 to Science Overnights to explore their interest in science, hosts events for BE WiSE members in high school to encourage their selection of more courses in science and math, and exposes these girls to adult women scientists who share their knowledge and passion and experiences with science and engineering careers.
Girls must apply for BE WiSE in grades 7 and 8. The application period is through February 7, 2020. Click here to apply. Girls must submit an application with a teacher recommendation and an essay to be considered for the program. Once accepted, they will attend a science overnight as their first activity then will continue to be invited to various science workshops throughout high school and into college.
The BE WISE program accepts 120 students: 40 for each of the three overnights. Once accepted, students be assigned to an overnight, and the student must attend that overnight. Participation and acceptance into the BE WiSE program is contingent upon attending an overnight. If the student is unable to attend the overnight that has been assigned, the student's spot in BE WiSE will be given to someone on the waitlist.
Spring 2020 BE WiSE Science Overnights
Heritage Museum & The Water Conservation Gardens (April 17–18)
Living Coast Discovery Center (April 24–25)
San Diego Zoo's Institute for Conservation Research (May 1–2)