Women in Engineering
The OU College of Engineering is proud to offer support services focusing on the advancement and achievement of women in engineering. We hope to increase the participation of women within the engineering profession through outreach to middle and high school students, as well as providing support and leadership programs for our current students to excel academically, socially and professionally.
According to recent statistics provided by the Society of Women Engineers, women make up only 20% of engineering undergraduates, while they outnumber men overall in higher education. As of Fall 2014, just over 23% of the students in the OU College of Engineering are female. We hope to continue our progress as we recruit, retain and mentor women in engineering, as well as establishing close relationships with industry. We want young women to know about this exciting profession and how they can make a difference in the nation and world!
Women's Welcome is a two-day program the week prior to classes beginning in the fall designed to assist incoming female freshman and transfer students in their transition to the study of engineering and the OU campus. Students will move into the residence halls early and spend quality time with faculty, staff, alumnae, and students from various engineering disciplines within the college. Participants will get a jump start on forming unique connections that will ensure their success as engineering students.
Williams Engineering GLAMS Day
The Engineering GLAMS (Girls Learning and Applying Math and Science) Day program is a one-day event in October for girls entering 6th, 7th or 8th grade each fall. The program gives girls the opportunity to explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through hands-on projects with current students.
SWE-ek is a week of full of recognition for all of the Women Engineers on campus. This will be a week filled with several different social events, professional development, and ends with a banquet to recognize many of our corporate partners and supporters.
Shell High School Girls Day
Hosted by the OU Society of Women Engineers, Shell High School Girls Day is an annual event to excite young women about a possible career in engineering. They learn about engineering disciplines, scholarships, and opportunities available for them as a potential engineering major, as well as interacting with current professors and students. The program requires a $10 fee per student.
Alpha Sigma Kappa (ASK)
Alpha Sigma Kappa is a social sorority for technical majors. We are a group of young women supporting each other through a sisterhood. We accept undergraduate and graduate students in Architecture, Engineering, Mathematics and the Sciences. Support is essential while pursuing a degree in engineering, mathematics, or any other technical major because we all meet the same challenges.
Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
The OU Society of Women Engineers chapter is dedicated to the recruitment, retention, and employment of women in engineering. SWE provides an active social network for women in the engineering field at OU, while simultaneously gaining technical enrichment. Members include majors in every engineering field, from freshmen to graduate students, and from varying ethnic and social backgrounds.
Women in Electrical and Computer Engineering (WECE)
The purpose of WECE is to reach out and engage women from all levels in the department from undergraduate to graduate to faculty. This group will foster a network within ECE that will serve professional, social, and academic purposes.
Women in Petroleum and Geological Engineering (WPGE)
The purpose of the Women in Petroleum and Geological Engineering is to foster a community of women in petroleum and geological engineering, and to gain a better understanding of oneself and others. The organization aspires to encourage leadership and mentorship, excel in academic endeavors and encourage an active relationship with the Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy.
- OU Society of Women Engineers - for OU SWE Chapter
- Engineer Girl – for middle school girls
- Engineer Your Life – for high school girls
- Society of Women Engineers – for collegians and professionals
- SWE Aspire – K-12 Outreach
- SWE Scholarships – scholarships for sophomores through graduate students; online application process opens in December.
- STEM Guide for Kids - The ultimate STEM guide for kids.
- DiscoverE Girls Day - There's a little bit of engineer in every girl. But often they don’t recognize it.