Help Support the Women in Science & Engineering (WISE) Living Community!


Make a gift to help 23 first-year students learn/live/succeed together!

In its inaugural year, the WKU WISE Living Community is 23 first-year female students who are considering a major in a Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) program. Designed to ease the academic and social transition that all students make as they start college, this Living Community brings like-minded women together in a safe, supportive on-campus residential environment.


WISE Living Community featured in recent Bowling Green Daily News Article

Amanda M, Olivia P, and Katie C, along with Ogden College Dean and WISE LC advisor Cheryl Stevens are quoted in this excellent article from the Sept 5th edition of the Bowling Green Daily News.

WKU Counting on New Living-Learning Communities to Boost Retention

“I feel like I belong in a community now that likes me.” ~ Amanda M, freshman, Dunwoody, GA

Olivia and Amanda
WISE LC women Olivia P (left) and Amanda M (right) goof off in the Ogden College Dean’s Office after classes

“We study and hang out together.  We’ve been to the Great American Donut Shop a couple of times.” ~ Olivia P, freshman, Hiseville, KY

Olivia, Amanda, and Katie
WISE LC women Olivia P (left), Amanda M (center), and Katie C (left) check out the Ogden College swag

“There is a connection between us. I never had that experience in high school.  It felt so different, and I felt so accepted.” ~ Katie C, freshman, Georgetown, KY 




Donations raised through SpiritFunder will open a variety of opportunities for these young women including:

  • Attending guest lectures by renowned women in science
  • Visiting local organizations and business that contribute to the science community
  • Networking with peers and professionals


Thursday, August 24th/First Week Check-In

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Lots of smiles at the First Week Check-In Pizza Dinner


The girls are welcomed by Ogden swag upon arriving to their dorm rooms.


Thanks in advance for your support! 

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Pics of the Get-To-Know-You lunch on M.A.S.T.E.R. PLAN Day 3

What is a Living Community?

Participants of WKU Living Communities have the opportunity to live together with other students who are taking similar courses or who have a common college-based major.  Kicking off its first year, the 23 WISE Living Community (WISELC) participants are interested in majors within the WKU Ogden College of Science & Engineering (OCSE).  This community is designed to create an immediate support network of new WISELC friends, who will learn and grow together.  Housed on-campus, WISELC members share a dorm room with another WISELC member on the same floor with the other WISELC women and participate in a variety of academic, service, and social activities created specifically for their group.  The WISE Living Community is sponsored by the OCSE Dean’s Office in partnership with WISE Faculty Group and Housing & Residence Life. 

Spread the word!

  • Julie Ellis "Have a great semester, young WISE women!"
  • Becky Gilfillen "Hope your semester is off to a good start!"
  • Patti Whitehead "Better together! Prepare and pursue and you will make it!"
  • Kelly Madole "Have a great year! Support one another in this fantastic adventure!"
  • Carnetta Skipworth "Be persistent in achieving your goals WISE ladies!"
  • Allyson Jones, EIT "Best of luck to all the young women pursuing a degree in STEM! Work hard and enjoy every moment of your collegiate experience. Go Tops!"
  • Dr. Dawn Bolton "Good Luck, WISE Women!"
  • Greg Arbuckle "I am very happy to help support the WISE LC."
  • Elizabeth A. Lemerise "Wishing the WISE Living Community an exciting and successful time at WKU!"
  • Brian Kuster "What a great opportunity for our first-year students to build community, networking and invest in their future."
  • Jana Layne "The WISE Living Community is a great opportunity for these young women to build bonds and share experiences. Welcome to WKU ladies and enjoy this unique opportunity. Go Big Red!"
  • Gray P'Pool "Much success to all the freshmen being the first to experience the wonderful idea of the WISE Living Community!"
  • Cheryl Stevens "We are really excited about this first WISE Living Community. What a great high impact experience for these freshmen! "
  • Offer Update #1: Help Support the Women in Science & Engineering (WISE) Living Community!

    UPDATE 8/12/17 Decorations are UP on the WISE LC dorm doors and Welcome Snack Baskets are on the beds for all of “our” freshmen women moving on to campus today for WKU’s M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan! 

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Giving Levels

2 Scoops of Ice Cream

f2 Backers
$5.00 Donation

$5 will sponsor an ice cream treat for 1 WISE Woman at our Get-To-Know-You Mixer

Movie Night Ticket

d1 Backers
$10.00 Donation

$10 allows 1 WISE Woman a “free” ticket to our Movie Night

WISE Women Swag Shirt

f5 Backers
$20.00 Donation

Your gift of $20 buys one of our WISE Women a cool, custom tshirt

Professional Membership

f2 Backers
$50.00 Donation

Many professional societies offer college students an annual membership for $50.

Networking Event

f5 Backers
$100.00 Donation

Help us host a Business-After-Hours event to meet Southern Kentucky women working in STEM careers

Transportation to Women in Science Events

d0 Backers
$250.00 Donation

We will need to rent 2 15-passenger vans to attend out of town Women in Science events.

Speaker’s Fee

d0 Backers
$500.00 Donation

We want to BRING incredible Women in Science to our campus…help us do that!