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Release: March 24, 1999

UI WISE program holds March 30-31 career workshops

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program will hold career pathway workshops from 6:30-7:45 p.m. Tuesday, March 30 and Wednesday, March 31 in Room S401 of the Pappajohn Business Administration Building (PBAB).

The sessions are designed to help undergraduates evaluate possible careers by listening to two panels of four professional women describe personal career paths in science or engineering-related fields as a part of the WISE Student to Student Support in Science mentoring program. Program coordinator Betsy Riesz says that panel members will describe the academic and practical experiences that prepared them for their careers, discuss hurdles they faced and how they overcame them, and summarize prospects for the future in various fields. She adds that research has shown that women tend to underestimate their ability in math and science beginning in junior high school and continuing through graduate programs.

Tuesday's panelists will be: Ann Bossen, nurse and master's degree candidate, University of Iowa; Kim Cho, engineer, Rockwell; Dr. Kim Ephgrave, professor and surgeon, University of Iowa College of Medicine; Lorri M. Schrock, environmental engineer, Alcoa Mill Products. On Wednesday, students will hear presentations by Kate Cardamon, physical therapist, Progressive Rehabilitation Associates; Amy DeWeerdt, quality engineer, John Deere Dubuque Works; Kathy Larson, E & I Provox Engineer, Monsanto; and Patricia Zebrowski, associate professor, speech pathology and audiology, University of Iowa.

The externally-funded mentoring program, now in its third year, provides academic and social support to 84 first-year students by matching each of them with a junior or senior who is completing a science or engineering major. The students attend four workshops during the year and meet informally. Funding for 1998-99 is being provided by Alcoa Mill Products, Andersen Consulting, The Caterpillar Foundation, John Deere Foundation, Fisher Controls International, Inc., Maytag Corporation, Monsanto, Pioneer Hi-Bred International and Rockwell.

The workshops are free and open to the public. Students not currently enrolled in the mentoring program who wish to attend the workshops may contact Betsy Riesz at (319) 335-3509 or at For further information about WISE, contact Chris Brus, director, at (319) 353-2290 or at