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Here at the Women’s Community Center, we're excited to support and help build the emerging network of Women in STEM students, programs, and student groups on campus. In addition, we hope to provide relevant resource material and programming for all Stanford students interested in pursuing a STEM-related major and/or career.

Programs supporting women in STEM include:

  • an annual Women in STEM Symposium for current students, launched in 2015
  • a year-long Women in STEM mentoring program, launched in the 2017-18 academic year, which pairs undergraduate and graduate women in STEM fields for long-term mentoring relationships
  • a Women in STEM panel during Admit Weekend for prospective students interested in STEM, featuring current undergraduate students in STEM
  • a faculty panel during New Student Orientation featuring prominent women faculty in STEM

To learn more about recent Women in STEM programs at the WCC, click here to read the event recaps on our Femtastic blog.

Women in STEM Mentoring Program

The Women in STEM Mentoring Program matches undergraduates with current graduate students to foster community, networking and support. The program is geared towards meeting the needs of students in science, engineering, and math fields as they explore post-baccalaureate opportunities and navigate their academic journey. We host quarterly gatherings, provide opportunities for coffee chats, and share information and resources about relevant events and activities on campus. This program is a collaboration between Women’s Community Center and the Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education, with support from the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, and the Centers for Equity, Community, and Leadership.

The goals of this program are to:

  1. Make a connection between undergraduates embarking on graduate school applications and exploring post-grad opportunities, with current graduate students who have recently completed the process and can provide support and guidance.
  2. Demystify the graduate school application and selection process
  3. Create a support system for women in STEM to alleviate stressors related to being a member of an underrepresented population in their respective fields.

For more information contact our Women in STEM Coordinator, Tessa Lisanti at or our Graduate Mentor Program Coordinator, Aliyah Smith at

Women in STEM Annual Symposium 

This annual symposium is an annual event that brings students majoring in STEM. The program is designed to empower women in the STEM majors and discuss the issues for women in these careers. This program is usually  2 to 3 hours and consists of speaker series and multiple workshops to help the students navigate their skills in the issues that they might run into while following a career in STEM. 

The goals of this program are:

  1. Create a platform for women in STEM to network and connect.
  2. Help the students how to overcome the discriminations against women in engineering and science careers. 




Resources at Stanford

Student Organizations



Department Websites and Information 

Individual websites for Stanford’s STEM departments include information about undergraduate majors, research opportunities, honors, and more!

Undergraduate Engineering Handbook

This is a great resource for students majoring in any engineering field! It includes detailed four year plans for each of the engineering majors, and it is frequently updated with news about changes to fundamental courses like Introductory Chemistry and the first year CME sequence.

Our Favorite STEMinist Websites

Spotlight on Women in STEM at Stanford University

video celebrating women in sciences created by Greeshma Somashekar for the WCC.