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Release: March 21, 2000

UI WISE program holds March 28-29 career workshops

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program will hold career pathway workshops 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, March 28 and Wednesday, March 29 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 professional women describe personal career paths in science or engineering-related fields as a part of the WISE Student to Student Support in Science (SSSS) mentoring program. Program coordinator Betsy Riesz said 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 said that research has shown that women tend to underestimate their competence in math and science and become discouraged beginning in junior high school and continuing through graduate programs. Riesz noted that one of the goals of the SSSS program is to bolster students' confidence in their abilities and added that 44 percent of this year's participants were on the dean's list during the fall semester.

Tuesday's panelists will be: Julie Fuhrman, analyst, Andersen Consulting; Patsy Lawton, staff physical therapist, Progressive Rehabilitation Associates and Mercy Hospital (Iowa City); Barbara A. Muller, M.D., associate professor of medicine, University of Iowa College of Medicine; Molly Paullus, process engineer, Monsanto; and Julie Runge, senior manufacturing engineer, 3M. On Wednesday, students will hear presentations by: Teri Boese, lecturer, UI College of Nursing; Allison Burnett, manufacturing engineer, Maytag Corporation; Lois Garland-Patterson, adjunct associate professor, UI College of Pharmacy; and Pamela Stalnaker, technical project manager, Air Transport Systems, Rockwell Collins.

The externally funded mentoring program, now in its fourth year, provides academic and social support to 78 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 1999-2000 is being provided by Alcoa Inc., Andersen Consulting, The Caterpillar Foundation, John Deere Foundation and Deere & Company, Fisher Controls International, Inc., 3M, Maytag Corporation Foundation, 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