Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE)
Women in Science and Engineering is a mentorship program for high school girls run by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). High school girls who are accepted to the program are paired with an undergraduate student at MIT, who answers questions about applying to college, adjusting to life at college, picking a career, and balancing social life with school. The girls meet up with their mentors once a month and participate in organized activities, such as a STEM career panel, tours of cool MIT labs (the MIT glass lab and the Biomechatronics lab are two examples), and team-building/bonding activities.
I served as a mentor to two high school girls in the program and attended monthly activities for a year. After working with 2nd graders in Science Club for Girls, I wanted to inspire female students who were a little closer to choosing an education/career path and who might have more concrete, pressing questions.