STEM Results Profile of the Day- Women in Engineering Program (WEP) at UT-Austin
Submitted by Tommy Cornelis on October 31, 2012
The Women in Engineering Program (WEP) was established in 1991 to recruit and retain female engineering students; increase the percentage of female engineering graduates; and provide a supportive structure that encourages the success of women in the Cockrell School of Engineering at UT. The mission of (WEP) at The University of Texas at Austin is to connect students, educators and professionals to the world of engineering through recruitment initiatives, supportive structures and educational services to promote the success and advancement of women in engineering. The vision of WEP is to have a student body at UT Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering (CSE) that reflects the gender diversity of the college age population within the state of Texas.
WEP reaches over 1,500 engineering students and over 2,000 precollege students annually through outreach, recruitment, retention, leadership development and career development initiatives. In the 2011-2012 academic year, $56,150 was awarded through WEP initiatives. One of the key goals for the WEP program is to increase retention and improve graduation rates for women engineers enrolled at CSE. Towards that goal, 70% of those enrolled in the WEP program graduate with an engineering degree after 4 years, while 23% of all engineering undergraduate students at CSE are women.