Dr. Sophia Maggelakis Dean of the College of Science
Professor of Applied Mathematics
Welcome to RIT's Women in Science (WISe) program! WISe will play a central role in contributing to the engagement of women in sciences and mathematics through a diverse and unique educational experience. We are the home of a rich portfolio of strong and robust science and mathematics undergraduate and graduate programs, including three of RIT's six Ph.D. programs, and we are known nationally and internationally for our innovative research programs.
Our faculty is involved in the challenge of recruiting and educating our female students for successful lifetime careers in the physical, natural and biological sciences, and fundamentals in science and mathematics while preparing them for graduate study, as well as immediate employment in business, industry, government and the medical science profession. Our faculty and staff will be mentors and guides throughout their journey.
My own love and interest is mathematics. When I discovered this diverse discipline and its contributions in helping us understand the world around us, I fell in love with the beauty and power of the subject. It is fascinating to see how mathematics can be used to reveal hidden patterns, to deal with observations from science, to develop sophisticated mathematical models that describe real world systems, to test conjectures, and to deal with logical analysis and reasoning, deduction and proof.
The WISe program seeks to engage women in the sciences and mathematics by offering information, equity and collaboration opportunities that will break down barriers and will enhance their education and career(s) throughout their journey.
- To increase the knowledge of possibilities for women in all areas of Science and Mathematical Sciences.
- To increase female student enrollments in our Sciences and Mathematical Sciences programs through recruitment, retention and alumni efforts.
- To create networking opportunities for women in the College of Science.
- To increase female participation in Science and Mathematical Sciences at all levels.
- Increase awareness of issues that impede female students and faculty to achieve their full potential.