Eleven. Thirteen. Twenty-six. No, this isn’t a secret lock combination. It’s the percentages of women in the United States who work as chemists, engineers, and computer scientists, respectively. If those numbers seem low, it’s because they are. Luckily, students in Iowa State University’s Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) program are doing all they can to grow these numbers by leaps and bounds.

WiSE Role Models like Madison Kriege, senior in computer engineering, visit elementary through high schools to engage with girls and boys about STEM fields. These college-aged women help lead STEM activities and also teach young minds about role models in science and engineering. Said Kriege, “My goal as a WiSE Role Model is to introduce young students to STEM topics and challenge them to make connections between the activities in the classroom to those in the outside world.”

As much as young minds get out of the WiSE program, so do their college role models. “Being a member of WiSE at Iowa State has played a tremendous role in my success in college so far,” said Kriege. “WiSE has given me opportunities to learn more about my strengths as an individual and has provided the tools to help those strengths grow.”

Helping others reach their full potential is all part of the mission at Iowa State. Here, you’ll be surrounded by the spirit of adventure while meeting professors, students, and staff who want to help you succeed. Know what that means? It means coming to Iowa State is one of the wisest decisions you’ll ever make.


Learn about other Cyclones and their adventures and nominate a Cyclone whose adventure story needs to be shared.

Learn more about the Program for Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) at Iowa State.