The Women in Science and Engineering Roundtable (WISER) aims to promote the inclusion and success of all women pursuing a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM)-related career at Case Western Reserve University through leadership, mentorship, and outreach. WISER also provides opportunities for professional skill development, collaboration with campus and community partners, and a sense of community in STEM.
WISER is open to all women CWRU students (undergraduate, graduate and professional) with a major or planning a career in science, technology, engineering, and math (including medicine). WISER is trans-inclusive and looking to support women of all gender expressions and identities.
New members and guests are always welcome at all WISER events, as are all interested CWRU faculty and staff. WISER sponsors a variety of programs and events, including Peer Mentoring, monthly meetings, social outings, field trips, and opportunities for professional and educational enrichment. These activities are designed to stimulate discussion and thought about issues related to being a woman in STEM, to help build skills for success in the university and beyond, and to build a community of women in STEM at CWRU.
WISER Lounge - Sears 545
WISER students are able to gather and meet in the WISER lounge. The room is centrally located on campus, and set up for conversation, napping, and working. The lounge also has computers and a printer available specifically for student use.
WISER works to provide programming for it’s members and the CWRU community all year long, often in collaboration with the Mather Center and other student organizations.
Some of WISER's most popular programming is listed below:
An annual event where students can engage with woman-identified professionals in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine from Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland area.
The Peer Mentoring Program pairs first-year students with upper-level students in a similar major or field of study. It is a great way to ease the transition to college, help solidify future career and educational goals, and make new friends.
Applications are open at the beginning of the summer for the class starting in the fall. Matches are made and partners notified in early fall.
Pairs will attend a kick-off event, and a training and information session. Mentoring pairs typically meet once a month during the academic year to get advice, support, discuss classes, majors, career paths, and go to WISER events together. There is a social "peer mentor partners" event each semester, with a wrap-up celebration at the end of spring semester.
Each year during Engineers Week, WISER hosts a lightbulb drop competition where the CWRU community can showcase their engineering skills to celebrate all the contributions that engineers make to society.
Throughout the year WISER students connect with local schools to support and encourage young women interested in STEM.
Current professionals in STEM fields discuss their careers and other topics aimed at supporting young women in STEM and helps create networking opportunites.
Nandini Sharma, former WISER President 2011-2012, SEVA Program founder
In the spring semester of 2010, WISER adopted an underprivileged public school in Bangalore, India through a non-profit organization called Soujanya Sevashrama (SEVA). SEVA has is an international outreach program called Nurture a School Annually (NASA).
Seva, means "service" in Sanskrit. WISER hopes to promote the goals and vision of SEVA and aims to build and sustain a long-term commitment to the outreach program while representing Case Western Reserve University and WISER as leaders in social entrepreneurship.
For more information, or to get involved, please contact the WISER SEVA Coordinator.
WISER hosts monthly General Body meetings, where the topics range from community building to professional development. They also host many one time events, including networking events, gingerbread house building competitions, and community outreach events.
WISER Leadership Team
Rhea Lamba is a senior from Cupertino, California, and is majoring in Biomedical Engineering. Aside from WISER she is a member of Case Western’s Spartan Bhangra dance team, and the Alpha Chi Omega sorority. In her free time she enjoys painting, listening to her discover weekly playlist on Spotify, and getting Mitchell’s smoothies.
Varsha Krishnan is a junior from Potomac, Maryland majoring in Nutrition on the pre-medicine and pre-dietician track. In addition to WISER, she is involved with the Know Your Neighbors Campaign, Students Meeting About Risk and Responsibility Training (SMARRT), and is a sister of Alpha Chi Omega. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music, taking care of her pothos plant, and painting.
Christina Dang is a junior from Parma, OH majoring in Chemical Engineering. In addition to WISER, she is also involved in research and is a TA. In her free time, she enjoys reading, baking, and completing 3D puzzles.
Kemi Ogundiran is a junior pre-medicine student from Katy, Texas majoring in Biochemistry and minoring in Bioethics and Medical Humanities. She aspires to become a Pediatric Neurologist. This interest stems from her passion to help children like her autistic brother and her sister with intellectual disability. Apart from WISER, she is a member of Women's Varsity Track and Field, Vice President of CWRU for Autism Acceptance, and involved in a neuroscience research lab in the School of Medicine. In her free time she enjoys writing, playing the viola, reading, being outdoors, and traveling.
Olivia Kamlet is a Junior from Columbus, Ohio majoring in chemical engineering. She is also involved on campus in CHAARG and the spartan running club. Olivia wants to run the Columbus marathon someday and has coached for Girls on the Run in her hometown and Sparties at CWRU. She is a big fan of coffee shops and her current favorites are Phoenix Coffee in Cleveland and Roosevelts in Columbus.
Sierra is a sophomore from Naperville, Illinois studying biochemistry and neuroscience on the pre-med track. In addition to her support for women through WISER, Sierra is a volunteer tutor for girls interested in the STEM field. Sierra aspires to become a neurosurgeon, but hopes to always have enough time for community service. Her hobbies include travelling, painting, baking, and doing anything outdoors.
Raveena Ravi is a junior from Sharon, Massachusetts majoring in Biology and Psychology on the pre-med track. In addition to WISER, she also volunteers at Cleveland Clinic, promotes reproductive justice with URGE, and is involved in research at CWRU. In her free tune, she enjoys dancing, running, fashion, and trying/finding/making new healthy foods.
Ashley Sah (she/her) is a freshman from Shaker Heights, Ohio. She is planning to major in Biomedical Engineering. Aside from WISER, Ashley is a part of CWRU's student-led news organization: The Observer. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, and listening to music.