Student Group Spotlight: Women in Science and Engineering Roundtable


The Women in Science and Engineering Roundtable works with undergraduate and graduate students to help them find their voice. Their programs offer opportunities for members to draw from their previous perceptions of leadership to identify their personal leadership style and lead WISER activities that benefit their collective WISER community. Students are provided with opportunities to step into real situations, lead by mentoring fellow members as well as advise and support other members in their efforts to stay committed to STEMM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine. 

Students learn to lead a team by example, serve as a prime source of contact for a program or activity, coordinate a community engagement effort, or host a panel that speaks to challenges or tools needed in order for women from all walks of life to be successful in male-dominated industries. WISER instills in its members the successful tools that prepare them to make “the ask,” advocate for themselves and others as well as help them cope with the pressures that come from pursuing a STEMM role as a woman and/or minority.

 In January 2012, Heather Clayton Terry became the associate director for women in science and engineering for the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women and is currently still leading the charge to empower Case’s women in STEMM. The program has grown significantly through the creation of WISER’s Peer Mentoring Program, Professional Mentoring Program, the election of student officers, the formation of student committees, the annual Women in STEMM Panel, the Margie and Jim Emshoff '64 Fund Endowment and the sponsorship of several campus-wide events including the annual lightbulb drop competition during National Engineers Week. 

WISER members volunteer in partnership with many local institutions to share their knowledge of STEMM with the community. WISER members lead tours of the Case campus as well as hands-on experiments during scheduled visits with Cleveland Metropolitan School Districts and our surrounding suburban school districts. WISER also leads an international outreach program called “SEVA,” which is a non-profit organization in Bangalore, India. WISER has adopted an underprivileged public school in Bangalore and, through SEVA, established an international outreach program. WISER hosts an annual SEVA dinner, which is open to students, faculty and staff to raise funds used to purchase basic school supplies for the students in Bangalore.