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Women in Technology and Science (WITS)

WITS Programs:  Seeking to make a difference at all levels


Assisting in Student Success

WITS programs are targeted at assisting in increasing the number of female graduate and undergraduate students in technical fields, particularly in areas where under representation is acute.

Undergraduate Research Awards: Provide support for summer and academic year research, with the goal of familiarizing students with laboratory research and linking them with a mentor early on.

High School Student Summer Research Awards: Provide support for a summer research project, pairing a promising high school student with a Ph.D. student at UO.

*Graduate Student Fellowships: Fellowships are a powerful tool that helps the university recruit graduate students to departments where women are underrepresented, such as math and computer science.

*Travel Grants: Provide a source of funding for graduate students to travel to a conference to present their research.

Support to Accommodate Pregnancy, Birth of a Child or Adoption: Provide support for graduate students or post-doc fellows who are not able to work on their research or in their labs because of a pregnancy or birth, or bringing a child home for adoption.

* Program currently funding several students

Learn more about sponsoring one of our aspiring female scientists!


Assisting in Recruitment and Retention of Women Faculty

Faculty recruitment: WITS, in cooperation with UO and COACh, is sponsoring fall workshops for female physics postdocs from around the country to increase their chances of finding an academic position.

Research Support for Current Faculty: Awards aimed at offsetting subtle biases, barriers and career interruptions that have been shown to hinder the advancement of women faculty in science and technology at research universities.

Support to Accommodate Pregnancy, Birth of a Child or Adoption: Provide support for faculty who are not able to work on their research or in their labs because of a pregnancy or birth, or bringing a child home for adoption.

Learn more about helping in these efforts for faculty.