Aspiration for Women’s Advancement and Retention in Engineering and Science (AWARES)

AWARES began in 2015 with the objective "to implement a program for women engineering students to equip them with necessary social skills for a smooth transition to work place and a successful career in the engineering professions." Through individual mentorship and a 25 week curriculum taking place over two semesters, students improve their soft skills, expand their knowledge of the fields of engineering and STEM, and build confidence. Students meet bi-weekly as a small group to discuss topics such as the job search, personal brand, conflict resolution, office culture, strategies to combat implicit bias, imposter syndrome, and microaggression. Between these learning community meetings, students and their mentors meet one-on-one to share personal experiences and strategies about these topics. AWARES started as a pilot program with 13 students and 13 mentors in 2015, but has grown rapidly and graduated 24 students in 2016-17 and will be offering its curriculum to 42 students and 42 mentors in the Fall of 2017.

AWARES received external funding from the Engineering Information Foundation in 2017 to expand the program.

How to join

If you're interested in being a part of the AWARES program for the 2017-2018 academic year, contact Dr. Gönül Kaletunç ( The 2017-2018 program will start on October 4, 2017 and will be completed on April 19, 2018.

In the news:

AWARES Program Empowers Women to Stay in Engineering Careers- July 24, 2017

New Mentorship Program for Women Engineering Students ‘Very Valuable, Much Needed’- May 5, 2016