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UW System Women and Science Program

Promoting excellence and diversity in STEM education

We envision a future in which education in the STEM disciplines is accessible and attractive to diverse students resulting in STEM fields enriched by diverse practitioners. The mission of the Women and Science Program is to attract and retain more women and minority students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by promoting systematic changes in the ways that science and science education are regarded and carried out within the University of Wisconsin System, the Wisconsin community and beyond.

In particular, the program seeks to:

  • increase faculty expertise in inclusive and student-centered pedagogy;
  • promote science education that includes analysis of the social context in which science is practiced;
  • provide role models of women and minority STEM professionals, scholars, and educators;
  • promote campus & classroom climates that attract and retain women and minority students in STEM disciplines; and
  • foster collaborative communities for UW System STEM educators and students.

Standing Together

The University of Wisconsin System Women and Science Program released our “Standing Together” statement highlighting our response to racism in STEM. Link to statement and resources


UW System Women’s & Gender Studies Consortium (WGSC) Statement regarding caregiving recommendations for Fall 2020 return to campus.

Please see this statement from the Women’s and Gender Studies Consortium regarding Caregiving Recommendations to UW System Campus Leaders, as the UW System campuses prepare to return to campus in Fall 2020. Posted on June 24, 2020

Women and Science Program

UW Oshkosh Campus
Halsey Science Center Room 121

Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, the UW System Women and Science Program is accepting visitors by appointment only. Please email if you need to schedule an appointment.

Phone: (920) 424-7414

Caregiving Taskforce

 Image has text that reads, "Let's make a world where we tell our children how bad things were before COVID-19." Image is of an adult of color holding two children of color. They are all wearing masks and looking at something on a digital device.

Art credit: Rebecca Hayter,

The UW System Women and Science Program is participating in a systemwide task force to advance research on the gendered impacts of COVID-19 in higher education and develop ways to sustain and support caregivers across the UW System.

Advancing Young Women in STEM Day

One of the UW System Women and Science program’s goals is to provide role models of women and minority STEM professionals, scholars, and educators. Therefore, the Advancing Young Women in STEM Day is an annual event hosted by the Women and Science program to provide direct access for high school students from across Wisconsin to STEM women faculty, STEM women in industry, and other STEM careers.

Spotlight on Teaching and Learning

 The Women and Science program participated in Smart Girls Rock! which is designed to inspire students’ interest in STEM careers and provide them the academic and career planning guidance they need to get where they want to go. Smart Girls Rock! was held in 100% virtual format in November 2020. 

Link to Spotlight page