WISEST at a Glance

A UIC faculty program that started in 2003 in the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, in collaboration with the Center of Research in Women and Gender, WISEST’s main goal is to increase the number, participation and leadership of minority and majority women in academic science and engineering, through institutional transformations.

Between 2006-2012, WISEST was supported by an NSF ADVANCE Grant (totalling USD 3.3 million) and was guided by the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, the Vice Chancellor for Research, the Dean of  the College of Engineering (COE) and the Dean of College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS), alongside an ample team of UIC faculty, staff and students. Since 2012, WISEST has continued its many activities, receiving generous support and guidance from the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, the Provost, the COE Dean and the LAS Dean.

WISEST’s key programs include:

  1. WISEST Faculty Start-up Support Program for new hires
  2. WISER Faculty Research Support Program for tenure track faculty
  3. SUCCEED Trainings for Faculty Search and Faculty P&T committees
  4. WISEST Town Hall Meetings
  5. COE WISEST First Lecture Series for incoming students
  6. WISEST Faculty Leadership Seminar Series
  7. WISEST Distinguished Visiting Scholar Series
  8. PRAAD Postdoctoral Institute
  9. WAAPI Mentoring and Training Seminars for Assistant and Associate Professors
  10. WISEST Trainings and Action Plans for STEM Department Heads

WISEST is represented by Faculty Facilitators from the following 11 STEM departments from COE and LAS:

The formal role of the WISEST Faculty Facilitator includes their role as the:

  • WISEST VOICE to encourage faculty, postdocs and students in their department to be aware of WISEST events and opportunities and to be a regular WISEST communicator at departmental faculty meetings
  • WISEST REPORTER to help collect data from their department and to inform other facilitators and UIC Leadership of their departmental norms and progress of their department on WISEST issues
  • WISEST IMPLEMENTER to provide service on WISEST Subcommittees
  • WISEST ADVOCATE to campaign the WISEST mission within their department, within their college, and within the UIC campus.

Detailed information about WISEST’s activities supported by the NSF Advance Grant between 2006 – 2012 may be found at:

End of Grant Report Summary 01-18-2013

End of Grant Report 03-08-2013

End of Grant Report Appendices 03-11-2013


NSF logoPart of the material on the WISEST web site is based upon work that was originally supported by the National Science Foundation under cooperative agreement no. 0546843, ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award, and by the University of Illinois at Chicago.     Any opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the National Science Foundation.”

(Updated Dec 31, 2015)