1st and 2nd Year Programs

WEP offers four programs specifically targeted to first- and second-year students, recognizing that these students need support and encouragement to get the most out of their college experience and to help them explore the options and make informed decisions about college careers and future plans, including internships and careers.

First Year Initiative (FYI)

WEP’s First Year Initiative (FYI) program is designed specifically for the needs and interests of first-year women engineering students. FYI events provide academic and peer support to inform students about engineering as a major and to connect students to the larger engineering community.

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First-year Interest Groups (FIGs)

WEP sponsors 5 First-year Interest Groups (FIGs) open to all first year engineering majors. A FIG is a:

  • weekly seminar class led by a WEP Staff member and an undergraduate peer mentor
  • group of about 20 first year students, taking a few required classes together
  • way to make new friends & form study groups
  • organized around a theme or interest
  • includes hands on engineering projects
  • fun, interactive way to learn about WEP, the Cockrell School and UT
  • free, first year experience that is your 360 connection

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Living Learning Community

The Women in Engineering Program (WEP) Living Learning Community (LLC) in Kinsolving provides 40 first-year engineering women with the opportunity to live together in a supportive, residential community. Members are part of a First Year Interest Group (FIG), make new friends quickly, form study groups and have special programming and academic support from the WEP Staff. Information about applying for on campus housing is here!

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Spatial Visualization

The Cockrell School of Engineering is dedicated to the recruitment, retention and graduation of new engineers. We believe that providing testing and training in the area of spatial visualization may greatly improve the success of students in engineering and related coursework.

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Women in the Second year of Engineering (WISE)

Women In the Second year of Engineering (WISE) is a group of second year women who are interested in making new friends, exploring academic and career opportunities and developing leadership skills.

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Contact Us

For more information, contact Ana Dison at anadison@utexas.edu or 512-471-5650.