First-year Interest Groups (FIGs)

WEP sponsors 7 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

Participants in WEP FIGs take 2-3 required courses together and also meet weekly with their FIG leaders for a one-hour seminar over free snacks! Seminar topics are selected to help students adjust to life at the university, develop strategies for a successful college career, and have some fun while getting used to life as a UT student. Students select their FIG to join during summer orientation. WEP FIGs meet fall and spring semesters.

2017-2018 WEP FIGs:

All About ME 
Mechanical engineering women only
Seminar Meeting: Wednesdays 10-11a

all engineering majors
Seminar Meeting: Wednesdays 12-1pm

FIG FIG: Fabulous Intelligent Gals 
all engineering majors
Seminar Meeting: Mondays, 11-noon 

STEM (Serve, Teach, Empower, Mentor) FIG
all engineering majors interested in outreach, education and service in STEM fields
Seminar Meeting: Wednesdays, 12-1p

WEP WEP (Working Engineering Projects) FIG 
all engineering majors interested in working on hands-on engineering projects
Seminar Meeting: Thursdays, 12:30 - 1:30p

2015-2016 WEP FIGs

"The FIG was a perfect network for me to meet friends and form study groups."

"Joining a WEP FIG was an excellent decision. I met some of my best friends and it gave me a network of people to study with."

"FIG is great because everyone in there is going through what you are."

"WEP FIGs help you with classes, forming study groups and it's a fun and comfortable environment to be in."


Contact the Women in Engineering Program at or at 512-471-5650 for more information.