Women in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Four women in hard hats touring a Sugar Mill in Costa Rica as part of an Environmental Engineering class researching sustainability.

Here at the University at Buffalo’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, we are committed to promoting and supporting women in engineering, science, technology and math.

Through a wide range of programs, services, and activities, we are building a supportive and inclusive environment for women in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences:

Committed to improving student diversity to achieve a minimum of 30% women by 2025.

See our strategic plan

Over 60 women faculty members and counting.

Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE)

The Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) program provides support and extracurricular opportunities for students of all genders in the STEM fields with the goal of increasing the recruitment, retention and success of women in the sciences, math and engineering.

The WiSE program offers an orientation for incoming first year students to meet professors, visit laboratories, run experiments and learn their way around campus at the start of the semester. Events throughout the year include guest lectures, community outreach, social gatherings, study groups, and breakfast meet-ups with professors.

Whether you are a new student with an interest in science, or an upper-year student or graduate student majoring in a STEM discipline, we invite you to participate in WiSE.

The WiSE program is a collaboration between the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

WiSE participants.

SEAS Empowering Advancement Scholarship

This School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) scholarship is available to first-year students who demonstrate potential to become leaders in the fields of engineering and computer science.

Called the SEAS Empowering Advancement Scholarship, the highly-selective award is a non-tuition scholarship that can be used for costs such as housing, student fees, or experiential learning opportunities, including study abroad. Funds are awarded annually over four years as long as the recipient remains in an engineering or computer science major with a minimum cumulative UB GPA of 3.0. Scholarship recipients must register for full-time status each semester (at least 12 credits). Qualified applicants will be notified about the award at the time of admission. There is no separate application.

Women are underrepresented in STEM disciplines despite widespread efforts to increase participation, creating an economic barrier as industry demand for STEM employees grows rapidly with advancing technology. The NAVIGATE Project, which was launched at UB, aims to help women in STEM by:

  • Overcoming barriers to advance women in STEM careers nationwide
  • Equipping women with the skills needed to navigate bias, inequity or discrimination in the workforce
  • Applying a case study approach proven to develop analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Addressing a national priority to grow and diversify the STEM workforce
NSF Logo.

The NAVIGATE Project is supported by a National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) award in the Innovations of Graduate Education (IGE) Track.

The Navigate project is a new program to help women in STEM overcome gender discrimination.

UB STEMinism

STEMinism Group in Davis Hall.

UB STEMinism is a gender-inclusive group that aims to provide a safe and supportive space for women of color in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields to address concerns related to identity, psychosocial stressors, school-work-life balance and other factors, that may impact their academic functioning in undesirable ways.

Created in conjunction with UB Counseling Services, the STEMinism group features:

  • A support network for students who share similar goals, objectives, struggles and successes
  • Psychoeducation, peer-support/student led discussion groups
  • A place to facilitate healthier interactions and address some psychosocial stressors
  • A place to identify barriers to success, personal or academic, and develop strategies that move students forward
  • A place to obtain information for on-campus/community referrals related to mental health concerns that will not addressed by/in group

STEMinism is scheduled on a bi-weekly basis throughout the semester and in addition to the psychoeducation and peer support, provides opportunities for participants to engage in social activities, professional development, mentoring workshops, seminars and other activities that connect students of color in STEM.

Student Clubs/Organizations that Support Women in STEM

  • Google Developer Student Club at University at Buffalo (GDSC- UB)
    3/1/24
    Google Developer Student Club at University at Buffalo is a club to help students bridge the gap between theory and practice. Students from all programs with an interest in growing as a developer are welcome. By joining GDSC- UB, students grow their knowledge in a peer-to-peer learning environment and build solutions for local businesses and their communities.
  • GradSWE at UB
    3/1/24
    The Society of Women Engineers encourages women to achieve their full career potential as engineers and leaders by expanding the image of the engineering profession as a positive force in improving the quality of life, and by demonstrating the value of diversity.
  • Phi Sigma Rho
    10/25/23
    Phi Sigma Rho is a social sorority exclusively for women in engineering. Phi Sigma Rho sisters strive for academic and professional excellence but recognize that developing lasting bonds of friendship and support with other women in engineering is essential to our success.
  • SEAS DREAM Lab
    3/1/24
    SEAS DREAM is the first step in the experiential learning continuum. Students pursue self-led, hands-on practice as a precursor to being involved in more significant activities. DREAM projects are a great way to build a foundation for future engineering endeavors. Our lab is staffed with engineering student leaders who support visitor learning initiatives and host regular workshops.
  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
    2/28/24
    The Society of Women Engineers encourages women to achieve their full career potential as engineers and leaders by expanding the image of the engineering profession as a positive force in improving the quality of life, and by demonstrating the value of diversity.
  • UB DivTech
    2/7/23
    Previously known as UB Scientista, UB DivTech promotes diversity in technology by trying to provide equal access to opportunities such as internships, scholarships, hackathons and conferences.
  • UB STEMinism
    7/3/24
    UB STEMinism is a gender-inclusive group that aims to provide a safe and supportive space for women of color in STEM fields to address concerns related to identity, psychosocial stressors, school-work-life balance and other factors.