The Fleet Science Center has opened applications for its Better Education For Women in Science and Engineering (BE WiSE) program through Feb.12 for female-identifying students in grades 7-12.
BE WiSE is a community program that brings together female and female-identifying students in grades 7-12 with inspiring STEM professionals from top companies and institutions in San Dieog County. Applicants need to write a 500-word essay and submit just one recommendation from a teacher or mentor.
According to the Fleet Science Center, the program guides students to navigate the often-complex world of STEM careers with the help of STEM professionals.
The program facilitates events that spark interest and build knowledge in STEM for participating students and helps build strong connections with everyone involved. The Fleet Science Center said the program has maintained contact with more than 500 BE WiSE Alumnae since the program began in 2008.
“BE WiSE granted me the permission to remain confident in myself through all adversities, especially in the science field. The tenacious, yet compassionate, females leading the workshops provided incredible examples and endless knowledge of their fields,” says BE WiSE alumna Kamden Maas in a press release.
Mass now holds a bachelor of science degree in biotechnology and a master’s degree in business administration, according to the program. Mass said she believes her education will help her achieve her goal of eventually owning her own biotech firm.
Once accepted into the program, students will be part of BE WiSE until they graduate from high school and will have access to monthly free BE WiSE workshops throughout the whole time.
The Fleet Science Center accepted 105 girls into BE WiSE program last year and hosted 48 events throughout the year. There are currently 715 participants in the BE WiSE program in six cohorts.