Women in Science Giving Circle Overview

Mission

Women In Science Giving Circle 5 Years of Giving

The mission of the Women in Science Giving Circle (The Circle) is to create funding opportunities, such as scholarships and research grants, that will serve to enhance the educational and professional success of female students and faculty members in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine) disciplines at Wright State University. 

The Circle receives contributions from individuals as well as local, regional, national or international sources who support its philanthropic mission and, through their contributions, become participating members of The Circle. Learn more by reviewing the WISGC Bylaws 2014.

Eligibility

Women faculty who are in or beyond their third year at Wright State University (WSU), as well as staff scientists, trainees or students at WSU are eligible to apply for WISGC funding. Learn more by reviewing the WISGC research award eligibility for faculty.

Undergraduate women who can articulate how their work is within the scope of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM)-related discipline are encourged to apply for educational scholarships. Applications are evaluated on a need-bases, and must convincingly demonstrate how the research project/scholarship meets the goals of the Circle. Learn more by reviewing the WISGC scholarship eligibility for students.

View our list of Circle's research award and scholarship recipients. 

Membership

Membership is open to all alumnae, faculty, staff, and friends of Wright State University. 

Benefits of Participation

The main benefit of being a Women in Science Giving Circle member is knowing how your donation dollars will be used. You will also have exciting opportunities to meet and network with fellow donors and award recipients at various Women in Science Giving Circle, College of Science and Mathematics, and Wright State University events. Other benefits include:

(a) Participation in an organization that invests in women in STEMM
(b) Helping to make strategic and informed decisions about The Circle’s philanthropy
(c) Invitation to The Circle’s Annual Meeting and other special programs
(d) Networking opportunities with people with shared values
(e) Eligibility for membership on the Advisory Board and standing committees of The Circle
(f) Yearly listing of contributors under each Donor category on The Circle sponsored flyers and Annual Reports.  Corporate Donors may supply their company logo for the listing.  In the first year of the Bylaws activation, the cumulative donation of each individual to The Circle for the past 5 years will be listed, but in subsequent Annual reports, the current annual donation will be listed.
(g) Voting rights are given to any donor contributing $100 or more in the current year.

Donate and Join Today!

Donating to the Women in Science Giving Circle can be done online or by mail. If you prefer to send your donation by mail, please send it to:

Women in Science Giving CircleWomen in Science Giving Circle
College of Science and Mathematics
106 Oelman Hall
Wright State University
3640 Colonel Glenn Highway
Dayton, OH 45435-0001

(937) 775-3180
FAX: (937) 775-4678
wisgc@wright.edu

History

The Women in Science Giving Circle is a philanthropic program in which donors pool their money to create opportunities that help to enhance the educational and professional success of women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine (STEMM) disciplines at Wright State University.

Founded in 2006 by College of Science and Mathematics' former Dean Michele Wheatly, the Women in Science Giving Circle is well on its way to becoming one of the most successful initiatives on campus. In the beginning, the Women in Science Giving Circle targeted support from women who were members of Wright State's senior faculty or administrative staff. College alumnae were invited to join, too. While growing the female base, it was discovered that something exciting was taking shape... male faculty members and administrators expressed interest in joining the Women in Science Giving Circle, too!

By the fall of 2007, the Women in Science Giving Circle had raised enough money for three educational scholarships and two research grants and, for the first time, announced that it was accepting applications. Over 20 applications were received, and the selection process for each award type was conducted by the program's voting members. In January 2008, the first-ever award recipients were announced.

The Circle held an event on Friday, June 21, 2013. Twelve donors were in attendance for the meeting. The purpose of the event was to ask the Giving Circle how they would like to proceed going forward. Donors were updated on the accomplishments of the Circle and challenges within current operating procedures. The Circle has made a large impact--in the past 5 years, 10 women faculty were awarded grants of $5,000 each, and 16 women students were awarded scholarships of $1,500 each. You can read more information in the following PDF.

WISGC June 2013 Meeting PDF 

For more information, contact 775-3180 or email wisgc@wright.edu

Today

Today, the Women in Science Giving Circle has over 60 members and is open to friends, alumni, faculty and staff of Wright State University. The current membership includes donors from academia, government, and industry. With your donations, the Circle has been able to support the professional development of 26 Wright State women. During the past 5 years:

  • 10 women faculty were awarded grants of $5,000 each, and
  • 19 women students were awarded scholarships of $1,500 each
  • for a total of $78,500 in awards 

Celebration 2014.JPGThe Circle commemorated 5 years of giving by hosting a celebratory event on April 24, 2014. Click here to view other photos from the event.

Currently our leadership is planning to host a business meeting during Fall 2014 term. 

Stay tuned for details or for more information about The Circle call 937-775-3180, or email wisgc@wright.edu