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Women in Engineering (WiE) Community

Open to first-year students in the College of Engineering, including Bioengineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Data Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Physics.

The WiE living and learning community is more than just a housing option. Our aim is to provide you with resources for all facets of college life. The WiE community provides valuable support while promoting achievement, academic engagement, and independence.

The College of Engineering invites you to be part of a unique community that will:

  • provide undergraduate engineering students a high-quality academic and social experience led by an engineering resident peer mentor, under the guidance of a Faculty Advisor
  • empower you to build strong academic and personal connections with peers, faculty, and professionals
  • provide scholarship opportunities for eligible residents

Students interested in living in this community should select "Women in Engineering" on UMassD's housing application. Commuter students should email to express interest and sign-up.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Social connections - Adjusting to college life and navigating this new chapter of life can be challenging. The WiE community offers first-year women in engineering majors the chance to live on campus among peers with similar interests and goals. The community hosts activities and events throughout the year, creating more opportunities for social connection and a fun transition to the college experience.

2. Academic support - Regardless of major in the college of engineering, first-year students take many of the same core math, physics, and engineering courses. Living in the WiE community gives you the opportunity to easily form out-of-class study groups and a network of support during your first year. You will have the mentorship of an engineering peer mentor who has been through your experience before and will offer you guidance, support, and advice.  

3. Professional development - WiE leverages diversity and greater presence of women in the college of engineering. The WiE community not only allows women undergraduates to connect with one another, but also gives them the opportunity to network with women role models who are faculty at the university or professional engineers in industry.   

Additionally, there is a WiE scholarship available to students residing in the community.

No. The WiE community is housed within the co-ed engineering themed floors located in Spruce Hall. WiE residents will benefit from the social, personal, and academic interactions that arise from living in rooms adjacent to one another within the Engineering community floor. WiE residents will also be able to connect with other engineers residing within Spruce Hall as well as share co-ed facilities

Yes. We welcome roommates that are not engineering majors. The WiE community hosts several social activities throughout the year that your roommate is more than welcome to attend! 

Yes! While commuter students won't live in the WiE housing, you can still take part in WiE activities, programming, and events. 

The WiE housing community is located in Balsam Hall (one of the two first-year dorms on campus). We are on the fourth floor of Balsam, the same floor as the Honors College first-year housing community, perfect for women in engineering who also want to be close to their Honors classmates. 

residential peer mentor is unique to the WiE community; no other engagement community provides this level of support for its residents. The peer mentor is an upperclass engineering student appointed by the College of Engineering (CoEto help the residents of WiE navigate their first year in engineering. The peer mentor provides academic, social, and professional support for WiE members in the form of monthly social activities, office hours, hosting study sessions, one-on-one support, and more! Whatever your question, the WiE peer mentor is there to offer you guidance and advice. 

The WiE peer mentor is a completely separate position from a Resident Assistant (RA). An RA has been hired by Housing & Residential Education and is responsible for assisting housing staff members in day-to-day operations.  

2023-2024 WiE Events

This year, we plan to have a variety of academic, social, and career related events. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Academic review sessions for calculus, chemistry, and physics
  • Outreach activities for elementary and middle school students (STEM4Girls)
  • Social Events (movie nights, pumpkin carving, bake nights, etc.)
  • Empowering Women in STEM Networking Event
  • Workshops focused on resumes, finding an internship, building a social media presence

Follow us on Instagram @wie_umassd to see what we have been up to this past academic year! 


WiE Resident Peer Mentor Position

The College of Engineering is currently accepting applications for the Resident Peer Mentor Position for our 2023-24 Women in Engineering Community. 

As a WiE Resident Peer Mentor, you will:

  • Get paid to live and work with first-year COE students
  • Be part of a unique opportunity to develop a community that benefits all involved
  • Enhance your skills in listening, communication, and leadership

If you have a minimum 2.700 cumulative GPA, a major class standing of sophomore or above, familiar with campus, academic, and support resources within the College of Engineering, exhibit strong interpersonal and communication skills, and have an ability to work successfully in a collaborative, team setting, then apply now!

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