Women In Science and Engineering

WISE (Women In Science and Engineering) encourages high school students to consider pursuing careers in science and engineering. The group meets once a month in the Earth Space Science Laboratory (ESSL) at 210 Madison Street, Frederick, MD from 7:00 to 8:15 PM

WISE is a program developed to encourage females to participate as they have as a group been identified as underrepresented in the fields of science and engineering; however all students, male and female are welcome to participate.

For the 2015-16 school year, we had over 75 different students attend our meetings. We had total attendance of over 175 students and all high schools represented.

For the 2016-17 school year, we had over 111 different students attend our meetings. We had total attendance of 248 students and all high schools represented.

For the 2017-18 school year, we had over 120 different students attend our meetings. We had total attendance of 279 students and all high schools represented.

For the 2018-19 school year, we had over 90 different students attend our meetings. We had a total attendance of 160 students and all high schools represented.

WISE meeting dates for the 2019-20 school year are:

September 25, 2019- 

October 16, 2019 - 

November 13, 2019 Dr. Kelly Warfield, PhD Vice President, Vaccine and Anti-infectives Research & Development Emergent BioSolutions

December 18, 2019-  

January 22, 2020 - Jilcia Johnson, Biochemist/Investigator, GlaxoSmithKline

February 19, 2020 - Dr. Cindy Zeller, CRNP, DNP Pediatric Nurse Practitioner & Certified Lactation Consultant Brighter Futures Pediatrics & Lactation Services, LLC

March 18, 2020 - 

April 22, 2020 -

Each meeting features a female guest speaker with a science or engineering based career such as veterinarian, NASA Earth scientist, pediatrician, mechanical engineer, geologist, cell therapist,meteorologist, etc.

WISE provides:

  • Hands-on learning experiences related to STEM careers
  • Opportunities to meet other students from FCPS who share similar interests in STEM
  • Opportunities to learn more about what it really means to be employed in a STEM career

Current data indicates that almost 40% of the WISE graduates go on to studying the physical sciences, engineering, computer science or math in college. Another 40% are studying the biological sciences, with the intention of doing scientific research and going on to graduate school.

For additional information, please contact the WISE advisors Colleen Beall or Linda Mosser at the Secondary Science Office (301-644-5267).