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Women in Engineering

McMaster Engineering is dedicated to broadening participation in engineering.  We are inspiring young women to change our world by pursuing an engineering degree.

McMaster Engineering has dedicated itself to broadening participation in engineering.  We are inspiring young women to change our world by pursuing an engineering degree.

We support female students of many ages in a variety of ways, from camp programs, clubs, conferences and scholarships for elementary and high school students. Through programs such as career exploration and the experiential learning event Go ENG Girl and others, young girls learn how engineering and science can affect our daily lives for the better.

McMaster Engineering faculty members, many of them women, mentor prospective and current students through speed mentoring, networking and other programs. As well, about half of our women engineering students act as ambassadors on campus and offer peer-to-peer support, for instance through the Big Sister Little Sister program.

 

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Committee

The Women in Engineering Committee is comprised of female faculty members who meet to discuss issues of importance, such as gender parity, how to support young female engineers and to support one another.

As a committee, we want to inspire, mentor and support women to succeed in engineering.

On the committee, we ensure that faculty members are involved as role models in all outreach activities. We always show strong support in recruiting the next generation of young women who will change the world (and get great jobs).

We also help with mentoring young women who are currently enrolled in engineering studies through a variety of events.

Finally, we work to improve success for female engineering faculty members in our university and others by providing peer mentoring opportunities and hosting workshops.

 

Committee Chair

The McMaster Women in Engineering Society (WIE) provides an engaging and welcoming place for students to meet up, have discussions and relax but also a place when everyone and anyone can get together, take a break and engage with more amazing people at McMaster.


During the school year WIE runs about one event a month for our members. These events are targeted towards women and are an opportunity for mentees to meet up and hang with their mentor paired with them through our mentorship program. The program matches first years and those new to engineering, with girls in upper years, who can provide guidance and support.

Our events are not just attended by those in the program. In fact our events are open to absolutely everyone in engineering and we have started opening about one event per year to students outside engineering. WIE events include Board Game Night, Movie Night, WISE Conference, Wine Tours, and our ever popular Spa Night, which provides a free manicure before Kipling!

In addition WIE conducts community outreach, giving students a chance to go out to local high schools and show young girls that science and engineering is a path they can take.

Feel free to email wes@mcmaster.ca with any questions you may have. Please follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates on our events.
We hope to see you soon!

Mentorship program

Be a Mentor

Upper year students: Give back by becoming a mentor to a younger female McMaster Engineering student. Note: Must have a McMaster ID to access.

Be a Mentee

Sign up to be connected with an upper year mentor. NOTE: Must have a McMaster ID to access.

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Mentorship

McMaster Engineering faculty members and alumna speak about the importance of strong female Science, Technology and Engineering and Math role models for young women.

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Mentoring facilitates success and fosters inclusiveness.

For high school and grade school students:

  • Undergraduates and professors are involved in all outreach activities
  • Female engineering students act as councillors in Yes She Can! All-female engineering camps
  • Female engineering undergraduate and graduate students visit their former high schools in the Ambassador program

For current female engineering students:

  • Speed mentoring night brings female industry professionals to share their secrets of success
  • Diversity night brings panelists who share their experiences as minorities in their fields
  • WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) has Mentor of the Month presentations in which female professors share their life and academic experiences
  • The Big Sister / Little Sister BBQ every September is a catalyst to form mentoring partnerships between first year and upper year female engineering students

 For professors:

  • We have a weekly writing group to work on research and to share experiences
  • We host a workshop on skills required for career success
  • We have regular lunches

Scholarships

Gender Equity in Engineering Travel Award

The aim is to stimulate energetic graduate students who wish to bring new, innovative ideas to the faculty on the issues of gender equity and equality by providing them with financial assistance while attending conferences or workshops on such issues.

Up to four awards, each valued up to $3000 for travel expenses, are awarded each year, per graduate student.

For more information, contact Carm Vespi.

Stephanie Kedzior: 2016 recipient

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Outreach

McMaster Engineering offers a range of science, technology, engineering and math programs to girls and young women.

Women in Engineering Excellence 2017

Dozens of female high school students came to McMaster University on Feb. 3 to learn what it’s like to be an engineer.

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Girls Conference 2017

Young women in grades 9 to 12 participate in fun, engaging and informative programming to inspire them to consider engineering. 

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Go CODE Girl will educated, inspire and equip girls with the digital skills, confidence and resources needed to pursue education in technology, computing and engineering.

Venture’s Yes SHE Can inspires girls in grades 6-8 through hands-on engineering and science projects and learn what it means to change the world.

Venture is excited to offer Girl Guide Day @ Mac! We will provide a fun day of activities aimed towards achieving the Engineering Badge. 

Venture is excited to offer our annual Pathfinder Day at McMaster University! We will provide a fun day of activities aimed towards achieving the Computer Badge. 

Explore the exciting field of engineering through this special event for girls in grades 7 to 11 through Go Eng Girl.

Annual event that brings together high school students, female McMaster Engineering professors and current engineering students for a day filled with several activities.

Grade 11 girls are given the opportunity to spent a night on campus and learn what it’s like to be a McMaster Engineering student through this overnight experience.

The focus of this conference is to enable young women in grades 9 to 12 to participate in fun, engaging and informative programming to inspire them to consider the wide-ranging and impactful opportunities within the engineering profession.

Events

Go Code Girl

February 10, 2018, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Go Code Girl

We are offering a new opportunity for girls called Go CODE Girl that provides an exciting free opportunity for girls in grades 7 to 10 to learn how to program, all across Ontario!

Women in Engineering Industry Night

February 28, 2018, 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Women in Engineering Industry Night

Get excited and come along to our free Women in Engineering Industry Night Q&A Panel!

Girl Guide Day

March 24, 2018, 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Girl Guide Day

Venture is excited to offer Girl Guide Day @ Mac! We will provide a fun day of activities aimed towards achieving the Physics badge! $20.00 per Girl Guide

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News

Community Shines at W Booth School Innovation Showcase

December 13, 2017 /  Department News

Community Shines at W Booth School Innovation Showcase

The fall semester of Innovation Studio wrapped up this month with a public showcase event in downtown Hamilton.

Zoe Li awarded grant to develop improvements in wastewater treatment plants

November 28, 2017 /  Department News

Zoe Li awarded grant to develop improvements in wastewater treatment plants

Professor earns grant to improve wastewater treatment plant management

Q&A with Vanessa Raponi, A Champion in Promoting Diversity in Engineering

November 8, 2017 /  Department News

Q&A with Vanessa Raponi, A Champion in Promoting Diversity in Engineering

McMaster University hosts the Conference on Diversity in Engineering (CDE) for the first time from November 10 to 13, 2017.

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Spotlights

Meet women from McMaster Engineering and learn about the impacts they are making in their fields today.