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.


As part of FYI, first-year women are matched with Peer Assistance Leaders (PALs), undergraduate mentors in their majors, who can answer questions about being an engineering student and about life on the 40 Acres.

WEP hosts meetings during the fall and spring semesters with PAL Panels, to spark informal conversation about life as a female engineering student, tips for academic success, student organizations and activities, study abroad & scholarship opportunities, how to gain leadership experience, research opportunities and peer academic advising.

We encourage all first-year women to enroll in a WEP First-year Interest Group (FIG)! Getting involved and connected as a first year student is critical to your success!

WEP Welcome Reception

WEP Welcome is our first big event for all first year women in engineering! At WEP Welcome you will:

  • Meet other first-year engineering women
  • Meet your PAL (Peer Assistance Leader) who can give you the inside scoop on how to be successful
  • Learn about all the ways to be involved with WEP!
  • Get your WEP Texas Engineer t-shirt!
  • Learn about WEP student organizations that you can join!
  • Go together with other first year women to the Horns Up Night rally and photo (conveniently across the street from San Jacinto) - then come back for the SWE ice cream social!

RSVP for WEP Welcome here!

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 4:30 - 5:30pm



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

"No matter how stressful times got, WEP helped me through my first year by encouragement and the faith of knowing I could get an engineering degree."

"I just really appreciate all the effort WEP put into making my transition as easy as possible."