The Young Women in Science and Engineering (YWISE) Investigators program main purpose is to promote scientific research in a team environment and to provide real world research and design experience to increase high school student's interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The Young WISE Investigators Program mentors students on an academic, year-long science project, where at least ten groups of three high school or community college juniors or seniors from low socio-economic backgrounds will engage in a team approach to research, design, and conduct a project over different areas of Science & Engineering. The top 3 ranked teams in the end of the project poster competition are eligible to apply for scholarship support to attend UT Dallas.

In its fourth year during 2015-2016, the program provided mentoring and support for 54 student investigators, in 17 teams of three to four students from 8 high schools, including community college in the Dallas area. There were 10 teachers from high schools, 13 faculty mentors from UT Dallas, 26 college mentors from UT Dallas, and 19 industry professionals from Texas Instruments, Ericsson, and Cisco participating in the program as mentors for those teams.

In its fifth year during 2016-2017, YWISEI Program developed a strong partnership with science teachers’ in three Richardson Independent School District (RISD) high schools, three Dallas ISD (DISD) high schools, one Dallas charter school, one community college district, and five corporations: AT&T, Texas Instruments, Ericsson, Fluor, and Accenture. Kevin Gillespie, a Maxim Integrated Engineer, provided extensive training for students and teachers on the building of drones and assistance with troubleshooting issues that arose during that process. Another mentor, Texas Instruments engineer Leo Estevez, provided special training for the REKAM technologies that enabled student teams to use these technologies to design automated solutions to practical problems they identified related to school, home or the community.

In its sixth year during 2017-2018, the program continues to refine and enhance the program model to maximize its effectiveness in helping young women build motivation, knowledge and the skills needed to succeed in college and beyond.

Young WISE Investigators Program concept

Program overview

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Contact Dr. Magaly Spector at (972) 883-7516 or e-mail [email protected]