First-year Interest Groups (FIGs)

First-year Interest Groups are another WEP program geared toward ensuring that women in the Cockrell School achieve their maximum potential.

A FIG is:

  • a small group of first year students who share classes,
  • a great way to get to know people,
  • a resource for getting to know The University of Texas at Austin,
  • a connection with experienced students who serve as upper-division peer mentors with inside knowledge of university life, and
  • a great start to your college education.

Participants in WEP FIGs take 1-2 cohort courses together and also meet weekly with their FIG facilitator and a peer mentor for a one-hour seminar, which includes free snacks each week! 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.

In the Fall of 2015, WEP will offer 5 FIGs:

All About ME 
Open to first year women majoring in ME
WEP Facilitator: Gina Higby
Seminar Meeting: Thursdays, 12:30-1:30pm

FIG FIG: Fabulous Intelligent Gals 
Open to first year women in all engineering majors
WEP Facilitator: Katie Ray
Seminar Meeting: Wednesdays, 12-1pm

Rockin' Pipettes
Open to first year (all majors) interested in energy and the environment
WEP Facilitator: Tricia Berry
Seminar Meeting: Wednesdays, 12-1pm

STEM (Serve, Teach, Empower, Mentor) FIG
Open to first year women (all majors) interested in outreach, education and service in STEM fields
WEP Facilitators: Gina Higby
Seminar Meeting: Wednesdays, 12-1pm

WEP WEP (Working Engineering Projects) FIG 
Open to first year women (all majors) interested in working on a team-based, hands-on project
WEP Facilitator: Ana Dison
Seminar Meeting: Wednesdays, 12-1pm

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 Us

For more information, contact Chelsea Marks at or 512-471-5650.