The Women in Engineering (WiE) Connect program works to foster a sense of community among women students at the university and also in the industry. WiE Connect consists of 5 themed groups based upon the students' interests. At the beginning of the academic school year, students and professionals are able to sign up for 1-3 groups. Participants receive "points" for attendance, interactions with their mentor group and volunteering for WiE's outreach and recruitment activities. At the end of the year, WiE hosts a banquet where participants are rewarded for their participation and contributions to the program.
What is Mentoring?
Mentoring is a way to gain knowledge and resources. The relationship you have with a mentor builds self-confidence, promotes self-growth and a perfect platform to ask for help when creating goals.
Why is Mentoring Important for
Having a network of support is one important key to success. It is a great way to meet peers, network with professionals and receive the answers many of your questions.
WiE Connect consists of 5 themed groups to better fit the students' interest in what they would like to get out of the mentor programs. Explore Engineering is a perfect group for those who are still exploring engineering and would like traditional mentor-mentee group; Outreach & Community Service is a group for those who love to volunteer and to give back to the community; What's Next is for 3rd or 4th year students who are exploring post-graduation options; E-Connect is for the busy student who would like to connect to alumnae and other WiE students via the web and Casual Connect is an informal mentoring group which focuses more on social activities around Columbus and not engineering.
When signing up, you will decide which groups are your preference and how many groups you want to sign up for (up to three groups). If are given your first choice group, you must participant in at least six events per academic year per theme group. If you are given your 2nd, 3rd or 4th choice group, you must participant in at least three events per academic year per theme group you decide to participate. For instance, a typical student choses two groups and one of the groups is their first choice. That student would be commiting to 6 events for their 1st choice group and 3 events for their other group per academic year. All students must attend the mandatory Welcome Event at the beginning of the academic school year.
Sample of Events Hosted By WiE Connect
Annual Mentor Banquet: This end- of-the-year dinner for students and professionals of the WiE CONNECT program. Scholarships and prizes were awarded to students based upon participation.
Mock Interviews: Mock interviews held at Battelle were fantastic way for current students prepare themselves for the job market!
K-12 Outreach: Current Women Engineering Students help with outreach events such as Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day to help young girls get excited about engineering!
Other events have included: Self-Defense Workshop, Secrets to Success, Community Service Projects, Ice Cream Socials, Communicating with Confidence.
WiE CONNECT for Professionals
A mentor is a wise and trusted advisor, counselor or teacher. If that sounds like you, Ohio State’s Women in Engineering program (WiE) invites you to participate in our mentoring program, WiE Connect!
WiE is currently seeking women engineering alumnae and local professionals to serve as professional mentors for WiE Connect, a clustered mentoring program bringing together all ranks of undergraduate students with professional women engineers. As a professional mentor you will have the opportunity to help with the personal and professional development of our undergraduate students, as well as meet and network with women engineers working in a variety of fields and industries.
Contact Shawna Fletcher, Interim Director of The Ohio State University's Women in Engineering Program, at 614-292-0003 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or you are interested in being on the interest list for WiE Connect 2012-2013.