WiSTEM LLC provides common ground for residents

May 7, 2013
Hailey Myers

PLATTEVILLE, Wis.­­­ — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville has created its first living learning community focused on Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics fields. The LLC was created to provide a stimulating living-learning environment and support network for freshmen, sophomores and transfer students who have a shared interest in STEM.

Hailey Myers, a freshman majoring in mechanical engineering from Mendota, Ill., is one of many females living in the WiSTEM LLC. Myers said she chose to study engineering because in high school she took a test about herself to find out what career could be a good fit.

“My uncle is an electrical engineer so I know a little bit about it, but I didn’t have a big idea about what it was,” said Myers. “ When my dad and I were trying to explain what I would study and do with a mechanical engineering degree we decided to describe it as ‘helping a folding chair fold better.’”

The LLC has teamed up with the Society of Women Engineers for various socials, including game nights. Myers says that the LLC has become a close group of friends.

“We have random hallway parties at night where one of us will sit in the hallway and an hour later we'll all be surrounding each other,” said Myers. “It’s nice, we’re all connected in that way and are able to get to know each other because of that.”

In order to be eligible to live in the WiSTEM LLC, the decided major must be one of the following programs: agriculture education, animal science, biology, broad field science, chemistry, civil engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, engineering physics, environmental engineering, mathematics, general engineering, general science, industrial engineering, industrial technology, mechanical engineering, microsystems and nanotechnology engineering, ornamental horticulture, soil and crop science, sustainable renewable energy systems, technology education, reclamation, and environmental and conservation.

Contact: Kim Sargent at (608) 342-7137 or wistemllc@uwplatt.edu.

Written by: Sarah Kessler, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194, kesslers@uwplatt.edu



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