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The Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) Living Learning Community (LLC) is focused on building community among students pursuing degrees in science, math, and engineering programs. As incoming freshmen, all members of the WiSE LLC cohort will live together on the same floor of the Great Basin Residence Hall.
Along with students in other STEM-based LLCs, students in the WiSE LLC reside in the Great Basin Residence Hall, the newest residence hall at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Build a strong sense of community and support in science, engineering and mathematics degree programs.
Network with professional women who are well-established in their careers, often WiSE graduates themselves!
Any first-time freshman student pursuing a STEM undergraduate degree is eligible to apply. Priority will be given to students who place into or beyond Core Math (MATH 127) and Core Writing (ENG 101 or ENG 102).
To apply:
Space is limited. Students who have completed applications for University admission, housing and WiSE and have placed into appropriate Math courses will be given priority consideration.
Thank you for your interest in the WiSE program at the University of Nevada, Reno!
If you have any questions, please send an email to
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Below are answers to a few commonly asked questions about the WiSE program.
Do I need to apply to both University Housing and WiSE to be considered for the WiSE LLC?
Yes. Be sure to complete your Residential Life application prior to applying to the WiSE LLC.
Does my preferred roommate also have to be in WiSE?
Yes. Everyone living in a WiSE residential community must be accepted into the program.
Are honors participants eligible for WiSE?
Absolutely. Most WISE members are eligible for placement in the Honors Program.
What is the WiSE retreat?
The WiSE retreat is an overnight trip to Grizzly Creek Ranch near Portola, California with your fellow WiSE LLC residents. The retreat is an opportunity for you to get to know other students in WiSE as well as faculty mentors in a beautiful mountain setting. Activities at the retreat include a challenge course for all abilities, night hiking, s’mores roasting and stargazing with the UNR Astronomy Club.
Transportation is provided to and from the University and Grizzly Creek Ranch. The cost of the retreat is covered by the College of Science. Come prepared for the overnight trip with a sleeping bag and pillow. Close-toed shoes and water bottle are required for participation in the challenge course.
The WiSE retreat takes place at the beginning of the Fall semester. The weekend retreat is shared with the College of Science Living Learning Community.
News, blog posts, and features about the WiSE LLC and our students
The interim dean has long worked to ensure everyone has access to STEM education
Ying Yang plans to design polymers that mimic living cells
Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering Professor Stacia Gordon hits the road for another YouTube cameo
Researchers in the Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering weigh in on a hotly debated topic in tectonics and geomorphology: the age of the Sierra Nevada mountain range
As a first-generation Latina in mining, Isabel Peñaloza Araujo feels proud of her accomplishments, especially as an international student in the U.S. She is well on her way to accomplishing plenty more
de Bettencourt-Dias has a lengthy list of contributions to her field, as well as invaluable service to the University and its students.
The psychology professor, who has worked at the University for 32 years, received the award in her final year before retirement.
Paving the Wolf Pack Way is a series of stories showcasing Wolf Pack Way alumni from the College of Science.
Scientific Lead in the development of the COVID-19 mRNA vaccine discusses her research and work, the importance of good mentorship, and finding her place in science.
Deep pools in Mekong River may be home to world's largest freshwater fish
Jamie Voyles will be celebrated with her colleagues at the University's Honor the Best event
Elizabeth Pringle will study how plant chemistry changes in response to drought in the Great Basin.
Faculty mentors and student awardees provide insight to the rewarding experience of University-supported research, scholarly and creative activities
The annual competition selected the top three videos, along with two honorable mentions and a most-engaged watch party to win prizes.
Elizabeth Everest (WiSE graduate) and Connor Billman of the Department of Biology both received the prestigious award.
Funding for the WiSE program is provided by the generous support of Nevada Gold Mines.
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