Quick Facts About WST

  • The Women, Science, and Technology minor, created in 1995, was the first university curricular program of its kind.
  • In 1995, the WST undergraduate minor initiated the first undergraduate research program at Georgia Tech.
  • The Center for the Study of Women, Science, and Technology, founded in 1998, was the first university research center of its kind.
  • The WST Learning Community, created in 2000, was Georgia Tech's first residential learning community.
  • More than 550 young women have lived in the WST Learning Community since 2000.
  • The WST Learning Community annually sponsors approximately ten dinners and twenty lunches with WST mentors and other faculty and staff members.
  • WST partnered with the Office of the Provost and the College of Engineering to develop the Georgia Tech-National Science Foundation ADVANCE Program (2001-2007), the first funded ADVANCE program and the first to complete its final NSF report and institutionalize activities.
  • The five-year NSF ADVANCE cooperative agreement had a budget of $3.7 million to support the advancement of female faculty, to study barriers and facilitators in promotion and tenure, and to create instruments to eliminate bias in faculty evaluation (see www.adept.gatech.edu).
  • Approximately 150 faculty and staff and 300 students and alumnae subscribe to WST listservs.
  • Male faculty members are also welcome to mentor or be an undergraduate research supervisor for a WST Learning Community resident.
  • WST was awarded a best practices citation for its support of faculty-student interaction by Office of Organizational Development in 2005.
  • WST organized the first international conference designed to facilitate and study the international research collaborations of women engineering faculty, WIRES 2009, which took place in Barcelona, Spain.
  • WST founded GEMS (Girls Excelling in Math and Science), a Girl Scout science club, at Inman Middle School in 2007. Approximately thirty female students participate in GEMS interactive weekly sessions.