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!



Contact the Women in Engineering Program at or at 512-471-5650 for more information.

"No matter how stressful times got, WEP helped me through my first year by encouragement and the faith of knowing I could get an engineering degree."

"I just really appreciate all the effort WEP put into making my transition as easy as possible."