1st and 2nd Year Programs

WEP offers four programs specifically targeted to first- and second-year students, recognizing that these students need support and encouragement to get the most out of their college experience and to help them explore the options and make informed decisions about college careers and future plans, including internships and careers.

First Year Initiative (FYI)

WEP’s First Year Initiative (FYI) program is designed specifically for the needs and interests of first-year women engineering students. FYI events provide academic and peer support to inform students about engineering as a major and to connect students to the larger engineering community.


As part of FYI, first-year women are matched with Peer Assistance Leaders (PALs), undergraduate mentors in their majors, who can answer questions about being an engineering student and about life on the 40 Acres.

WEP hosts meetings during the fall and spring semesters with PAL Chocolate Chats, to spark informal conversation about life as an engineering student, tips for academic success, student organizations and activities, study abroad & scholarship opportunities, how to gain leadership experience, research opportunities and peer academic advising.

We encourage all first-year women to enroll in a WEP First-year Interest Group (FIG)! Getting involved and connected as a first year student is critical to your success!


First-year Interest Groups (FIGs)

WEP sponsors First-year Interest Groups (FIGs) open to all first year engineering majors. A FIG is a:

  • weekly seminar class led by a WEP Staff member and an undergraduate peer mentor
  • group of about 20 first year students, taking a few required classes together
  • way to make new friends & form study groups
  • organized around a theme or interest
  • includes hands on engineering projects
  • fun, interactive way to learn about WEP, the Cockrell School and UT
  • free, first year experience that is your 360 connection

Participants in WEP FIGs take a few required courses together and also meet weekly with their FIG leaders for a one-hour seminar over lunch! Seminar topics are selected to help students adjust to life at the university, develop strategies for a successful college career, and have some fun while getting used to life as a UT student. Students select their FIG to join during summer orientation. WEP FIGs meet fall and spring semesters.

2015-2016 WEP FIGs

Kinsolving Living Learning Community

The Women in Engineering Program (WEP) Living Learning Community (LLC) in Kinsolving provides first-year engineering women with the opportunity to live together in a supportive, residential community. Information about applying for on campus housing is here!

The WEP Living Learning Community (LLC) features:

  • Enrollment in a weekly seminar course 
  • Interdisciplinary community of engineering women
  • Hands-on engineering based projects
  • Engineering study tips & academic success seminars
  • Weekly Office Hours with WEP Staff & Student Mentors
  • Close proximity to the engineering complex
  • Special door tags/signs to help you find other engineering women in your major
  • Planned Sunday evening outings to explore Austin
  • Tutoring & academic support
  • Organized study sessions
  • Peer Mentoring from upper class engineering women
  • Small participation scholarships for active students
  1. To be eligible for the WEP LLC, you must be awarded a Housing Contract. Apply for on campus housing as soon as possible; contracts are awarded by Housing based on the application received date.
  2. Applications for the WEP LLC will be on a rolling basis and will be open until May 1st, in conjunction with the return of the Housing Contract.
  3. Selection of WEP LLC members will be May 2nd - May 15th; notification of acceptance as well as room selection will be May 16th - May 31st so that students know their status prior to New Student Orientation.

Students may apply for the WEP Living Learning Community online here.

Program questions may be directed to Ana Dison, WEP Assistant Director:  anadison@utexas.edu


Spatial Visualization

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Women in the Second year of Engineering (WISE)

Women In the Second year of Engineering (WISE) is a group of second year women who are interested in making new friends, exploring academic and career opportunities and developing leadership skills.


Starting with the Welcome event to help you make new friends and reflect on your goals, the WISE events are designed to help you figure out possible career paths and showcase previously unknown opportunities for you as an engineer. Interaction with alumni volunteers and WEP industry partners will help you practice your networking and small talk skills in a safe, low stress environment. Crafting a LinkedIn profile and having a professional headshot will set you up for internship/co-op and full time job search success. Each program is unique, valuable and worth your time as you explore engineering and the many creative things you can do with your degree! 

WISE Members are given priority or exclusive access to events/programs found on the WISE Canvas page. 




Contact the Women in Engineering Program at wep@engr.utexas.edu or at 512-471-5650 for more information.