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UI WISE program receives funding, holds Jan. 27-28 workshop

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program has announced the receipt of $30,000 in corporate funding for its "Student to Student Support in Science" mentoring program for the 1997-98 academic year. For a second year, support for the program comes from the Maytag Foundation as well as from Alcoa, Andersen Consulting, Fisher Controls International and Pioneer Hi-Bred International.

The mentoring program, whose third workshop of the academic year is scheduled for 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 27 and again on Wednesday, Jan. 28 in Room S401, John Pappajohn Business Administration Building, matches 75 first-year university women who plan to pursue careers in science, engineering, computer science and math with 75 juniors or seniors who are completing related majors. Alice Fulton, UI professor of biochemistry and faculty director of the WISE program, will discuss strategies for overcoming common hurdles in science and engineering.

According to WISE program director Beverly Marshall-Goodell, national figures show that a greater percentage of females than males switch out of such programs prior to graduation, with the greatest period of transition coming between the freshman and sophomore years. The WISE mentors encourage first-year students to pursue their goals by offering specific advice about academic matters and by showing personal interest in the students.

Further information about WISE may be obtained by contacting Beverly Marshall-Goodell at (319) 353-2290 or at wise@uiowa.edu.

1/23/98