WISER/WiSER (Women in Science, Engineering and Research)



WISER is a sub-community of WISEST aimed at serving the needs of early-career professionals. The community is comprised of individuals in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from the academia, government, and industry.

Mandate: to support the retention and advancement of everyone in STEM careers by providing opportunities for networking, mentoring, information exchange, and professional development. To this end, WISER encourages participation of everyone in order to promote gender diversity and awareness.

Composition: WISER members are from academia, industry, and government positions in STEM fields at any stage of their careers. WISER welcomes mentors at advanced stages of their careers to participate as “Mentor in Residence” volunteers to early-career professionals. WISER activities are overseen by the WISER Executive Committee.

You can see our executive committee profiles here!

Activities: WISER activities focus on the pillars of the organization:  information exchange, mentoring, and professional development. The topics of these sessions are to be decided in discussions with the members of the WISER community to determine their needs and critical issues. The WISER Executive Committee will then decide, organize, and execute the chosen activities.

Affiliate programs:

UA-WiSE (University of Alberta Women in Science and Engineering): a student group that supports all undergraduate students under-represented in fields including science, technology, engineering and mathematics

WISEST (Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science & Technology): a unit of the University of Alberta that has dedicated over 35 years to empowering women in the fields of science, engineering and technology.