by Maggie Tsai | Managing Editor
If you are majoring in science or have the dream to be a scientist someday, the Women In Science and Engineering (WISE) club is a place for you to meet peers with same passion. As a national club, WISE has many branches in schools across the country and it is one of the longest running clubs at Seattle Central, according to the club president Kate Schultz. Club members differ in their majors, from chemical engineering to oceanology, but all want to pursue their futures in the scientific field.
WISE provides various activities and networks for its members. The treasurer of WISE Angela Kimben commented that “One of the best thing about WISE is the extracurricular activities we have. We’ve held field trips to the Seattle Aquarium, Pioneer Square underground tours, and the Museum of Flight, etc. Our goal is to reach out to different fields in science to make connections for our members and also present the dynamic faces of the SCCC student body.” WISE also participates in the ambassadorship of the annual Science Olympiad contest and the annual WISE conference held at the University of Washington. WISE forms a supportive mentoring community for both male and female students to help each other with challenges in school work and life.
Women in the male-dominated science field have encountered more challenges than their male peers do. “Most professors and classmates in science classes are still mostly men,” said Kimben. Other WISE members shared experiences of being discriminated against and neglected as females pursuing careers or degrees in science. Club member Alex Shultz said that WISE has received negative feedbacks and biased opinions when they tried to reach out. Kate Schultz pointed out that one of the biggest reason why women are being discriminated in science field is be- cause of how female scientists are rarely portrayed positively in the media. “If there can be more praised female scientist role models on the media and the community can expand, women may one day share more equal opportunities in science with men,” said Kate.
WISE consists not only of females; many men are actively participating in the club. “Guys love science club,” said club member Adam Arroyo. WISE doesn’t draw gender lines and is not limited only to women. If you love science and long for a supportive community, every Tuesday 2-3pm you can meet them at SAM103!
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