Women in STEMM

Women in STEMM at Wright State is a cooperative initiative created through the teamwork of several campus groups. The primary goal of this collaboration is to address and encourage the future of women, and those who teach them, in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine.

Why women in STEMM

Women in STEM -- Why We Need All Hands on Deck

“Closing the gender gap isn't the only benefit of increasing the percentage of women in STEM. Participation from women in science and technology is crucial to developing unbiased technology and scientific advances for the future. Studies have shown that employing different perspectives and abilities greatly increases the chances of innovation. Additionally, studies have found that companies that employ more women consistently outperform their competitors.”— comevo.com

Psychologists Gijsbert Stoet and David Geary examined test scores across 67 countries and regions and found that girls performed approximately as well as, or better than, boys on science in most countries. 







500 Women Scientists-Dayton Pod Meeting

Tuesday, May 21, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Fairborn Community Library

ACE Women's Network, Ohio 2019 Conference

Friday, November 1, 9 am to 5 pm
Edison State Community College

The Women in Science Giving Circle

The Women in Science Giving Circle supports gender equity and provides resources to support the development of women in STEMM fields. The Circle receives support from individuals as well as local, regional, national, and international sources. Through their contributions, these individuals and groups become participating members.

Women in STEMM Leadership Institute

The Women in STEMM Leadership Institute brings together female students and leaders across industries, including dynamic thinkers in business and academia. The mission of the Institute is to connect power and intellect across multiple generations to address the Dayton area's future, with a special interest in STEMM.

Faculty Development and Leadership

Faculty Development and Leadership at Wright State promotes faculty success and work/life satisfaction by assessing, developing, implementing and coordinating campus-wide programs that enhance faculty professional development and leadership across the career trajectory.

Women in STEMM news

Faculty Profile

Fantastic voyage

Caroline Cao reaches stratosphere in higher education as an engineer and medical pioneer
Wright State professor Caroline Cao is an expert in the design and evaluation of enabling technology, such as haptics, navigational aids, and surgical simulation, for minimally invasive surgery.

Dynamic Duo

Wright State University’s first female president and provost share their thoughts on being women leaders in higher education and their hopes for Wright State’s future
President Cheryl B. Schrader and Provost Susan Edwards are blazing trails at Wright State.
Student Profile

Digital detective

Wright State computer science major Jacquelyn Smith completes internship with the FBI
An internship with the FBI has led Wright State junior Jacquelyn Smith to pursue a career in law enforcement after she graduates.

Women in STEMM History

Dr. Harriette Chick was a microbiologist, nutritionist and the first scientist to show sunshine impacts health. Particle physicist Dr. Fabiola Gianotti is the first woman leader of the European Organization for Nuclear Research. Florence Nightingale was the first woman awarded the Order of Merit and the first scientist to develop graphical statistics. The word “scientist” was invented to describe the research contributions of Mary Somerville, who trained as a mathematician, astronomer and historian. Dr. Jane Cooke Wright was a “first” in many senses, as an African American woman physician, cancer researcher, and the first woman elected president of the New York Cancer Society.



Funding a college education is a vital question, and Women in STEMM at Wright State can help answer it. Women in STEMM programs at Wright State University have already provided thousands of dollars in scholarships to women pursuing degrees in both undergraduate and graduate STEMM fields.



On April 19, 2018 the Women in Science Giving Circle (WISGC) hosted a reception to announce the 2018-19 student scholarship award recipients. We are very proud to add these exemplary women to our distinguished list of scholarship recipients.

Women in STEMM Scholarships

At Wright State University we have the resources for you to succeed. Explore the list of scholarships below offered by our Women in STEMM programs.


Why Wright State?

If you are entering college, and considering a STEMM career, Wright State should be at the top of your list! The opportunities for our students are great. Consider state-of-the-art facilities, our unique academic model for engineering mathematics, the opportunities with our research partners, including Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, real-world work experiences in medicine, and more.


Opportunities for Current Students

If you are a current Wright State student, enjoy the unique opportunities for women preparing to pursue STEMM careers. Experiential learning includes undergraduate research, internships, co-ops, and shadowing. More than 180 student organizations on campus include many clubs and societies dedicated to STEMM interests, more than a dozen in engineering alone. Leadership opportunities abound in various student advisory boards.


Future STEMM leaders need qualified, empowered mentors and teachers. Wright State wants to help its faculty members be effective influencers in this role. The Faculty Success Gateway provides resources and career development direction as well as starting points for research. Personal and professional interaction and collaboration are available through several campus groups, including:


The sites listed below can be valuable tools as you seek information about furthering your own career or exploring a potential career in STEMM fields:


Please consider the options on our giving page to partner with us and our colleges as we help advance Women in STEMM at Wright State. Or, give to scholarship funds that will benefit individual students. Either way, you will be helping support and encourage the future of women, and those who teach them, in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine.


College Programs and Priorities Partner Funds

  • Engineering and Computer Science Program Fund: This fund was established in 1987 to support the College of Engineering and Computer Science as a whole.
  • Engineering Student Success Initiatives (ESSI): ESSI fund money is directed toward operating activities (including equipment and supplies), scholarships, and recruiting and retaining CECS students.
  • Graduate Research and Travel Grants: Supports graduate student research and presentations at professional conferences and other venues. These funds allow students the opportunity to present new ideas and theories before peers and colleagues.
  • Boonshoft School of Medicine Excellence Fund: Used at the discretion of the Dean of the Boonshoft School of Medicine.
  • Dean's Nursing Initiatives Fund: Through unrestricted gifts, the College of Nursing and Health can meet pressing challenges for which no other funding is available. General unrestricted gifts provide the necessary flexibility to absorb and meet these opportunities as they arise.
  • Nursing Educational Technology Fund: This fund helps the College of Nursing and Health keep pace with the fast-changing technology utilized in health care by providing learning tools so our graduates are the best prepared for their chosen profession.
  • Patricia Martin Faculty Development Fund: Gifts to this fund provide resources for faculty to engage in scholarly activities that further enhance the educational experiences of our students. An emphasis on research helps us attract and retain the very best nurse educators
  • Nursing Student Success Initiatives: Some students may require specific assistance to help them achieve academic success. Gifts to this fund provide resources for individuals or groups of students specific to their needs and critical to their overall achievement.
  • Applying Scientific Knowledge Program: Funds support this undergraduate research program.
  • COSM Entrepreneurship/Innovation Fund: Supports CoSM initiatives and activities which could include, but are not limited to, the costs associated with student competitions, speaker series, conference attendance, and faculty release time for course creation. 
  • CoSM Internships and Co-ops: Provides financial support to students participating in internships and co-ops.

Student Scholarship Funds

  • Engineering and Computer Science Scholarship: This fund was started in 1987 from faculty and staff gifts. The scholarship is awarded by the CECS scholarship committee and given annually.
  • Graduate Student Scholarships: Supports graduate students from all academic areas through a general scholarship fund. These scholarships will provide exceptional students with the funds needed to pursue their graduate education.
  • Boonshoft School of Medicine Medical Minority Scholarship: Provides scholarship support for Boonshoft minority students.
  • Boonshoft School of Medicine Scholarship: Supports medical students.
  • Nursing Scholarship Fund: Join us in helping students with great potential but limited financial resources as they pursue their dreams of becoming nurses.
  • Science and Math Scholarship: Former faculty members Donald Adams, Charles Carraher, and Brian Hutchings established this fund to provide scholarships to science and mathematics students as determined by the dean.
  • Women in Science Giving Circle: The Women in Science Giving Circle, founded by former COSM dean Michele Wheatly, is a philanthropic program in which donors pool their money to create opportunities that enhance the educational and professional success of women in the STEMM disciplines at Wright State.

Contact Us

If you are interested in a STEMM career, in advancing your own STEMM career, or in supporting Women in STEMM at Wright State, please let us know!

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