Academic Programs

Academic Programs


The ADVANCE Program, funded by a multi-million dollar grant from the NSF, is focused on increasing the participation of women in the scientific and engineering workforce through the increased representation and advancement of women in academic scientific and engineering careers. NSF seeks to support new approaches to improving the climate for women in U.S. academic institutions and to facilitate women's advancement to the highest ranks of academic leadership. The ADVANCE Program at Georgia Tech focuses on faculty issues such as tenure and promotion, family-friendly policies and institutional transformation. For more information from NSF about the ADVANCE Program, please go to

Women in ECE, Contact: Leyla Conrad ( or Kristen Anderson (

Women in Electrical and Computer Engineering (WECE) strives to create, encourage, and support academic, professional, and social opportunities for women in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at Georgia Tech as well as to expose pre-college students to ECE in order to generate interest in the discipline.

Society of Women Engineers,

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is an organization primarily devoted to education. SWE's mission statement reminds members and officers to increase community and campus awareness of the opportunities in science and engineering, especially for young women.

In order to reach the community, SWE relies on outreach programs including two for high school students, 9th/10th Grade and 11th/12th Grade Outreach, and two for younger children, the Middle School Outreach and Girl Scouts. Campus awareness is achieved with informative weekly meetings open to all and involvement with such campus events as Engineers Week, the Women's Leadership Conference and Women's Awareness Month. For more information  visit 

Women @ CC, Contact: Maureen Biggers / Mary Jean Harrold

Women@College of Computing is a community of women students and faculty in the College of Computing. They strive to advance women in the fields of computing by creating a supportive culture that promotes academic, professional and personal growth and by providing student support, community involvement, and social activities that build confidence and promote leadership. A larger goal is to enhance the overall understanding in the College and community of gender issues in the field of computing and to help provide leadership and effective policies to advance the field for all members of the computing community.

Women in Engineering, Contact: Dr. Christine Valle

Founded in 1994, the Women of Engineering (WIE) Program strives to recruit and retain top women students by providing the best learning experience and dynamic environment for professional growth. WIE also tries to ensure that all citizens - women and men alike - can enter, succeed, and progress in engineering.

WIE provides a variety of programs to reach these goals, including the M&M Mentoring Program, MentorNet, and the Excellence Awards Banquet. M&M Mentoring matches students into pairs (freshmen with juniors and sophomores with seniors) and teams according to major. Teams then participate in activities organized by WIE, which are social and informative and focused on topics pertinent to each major. In addition, WIE participates in the national MentorNet, which pairs women studying engineering and related sciences with professionals in the industry for a year-long, stuctured mentoring relationship conducted via e-mail. WIE also celebrates the successes and achievements of female engineering students with the annual Excellence Awards Banquet. In addition to their academic achievements, these students have demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities on and off campus.

For more information, visit

Women, Science & Technology (WST) Programs, Contact: Dr. Carol Colatrella / Dr. Mary Fox / Dr. Mary Lynn Realff

The Center for the Study of Women, Science, and Technology (WST Center) brings together faculty and students, linking issues in the study of science and technology with those of the gender, culture and society in research and programmatic initiatives. Supported by the Office of the Provost, the interdisciplinary WST Center is cooperative in partnerships with students and collaborative across Georgia Tech colleges and Atlanta-area colleges and universities.

The WST Center and the WST Learning Community events are open to all on campus. For information about WST programs, see, or contact Dr. Mary Frank Fox , Dr. Carol Colatrella, or Dr. Mary Lynn Realff.