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Women in STEM Mentorship Program

The Women in STEM Mentorship Program (WSMP) is a year-long program that pairs a female COD STEM faculty member with a high school junior or senior who identifies as female and is interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). 

The goals of this program are to:

  • Build relationships between mentors and mentees
  • Positively impact the social development and academic achievement of participating young women as they consider pursuing a STEM field at College of DuPage
  • Support and retain women in these programs by providing mentorship and networking before and during their educational pursuits at COD
  • Develop cohorts of women participating in this program who can build relationships and establish a network of colleagues to turn to for support as they continue their STEM careers.

For a list of our STEM disciplines available at COD, please visit our STEM Division website.

Participant Eligibility

This is a competitive program which only accepts 10 participants per academic year. Preference is given to high school juniors. If a student applies for their junior year and is not accepted, they can reapply the following year. Interested participants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Identifies as female
  • Is a high school junior or senior during program year
  • Is interested in attending COD
  • Is interested in pursuing a STEM field
  • Can commit to a full year in the program (1-2 meetings monthly)
  • Lives within COD district 502
  • Has identified a high school STEM teacher who can recommend them for the program

Participants selected for this program will be matched with mentors based on their interests and preferences specified in the application.

(Please note: At this time, our program does not have mentors specific to the medical field or pre-med tracks. If you are interested in medicine or pre-med as a career path and are accepted into our program, you will be paired with a mentor from a traditional STEM discipline.)

How to Apply

Applications for the 2022/2023 school year are now closed.

Recipient Obligations

Participants will meet 1-2 times each month with their mentor over the course of the academic year. These meetings will take place virtually or in person. Monthly meetings will focus on a variety of topics, including: career exploration, student life, challenges in the field, college exploration, and outreach.

Participants will be expected to follow the guidelines outlined in the Mentee Welcome Packet provided upon acceptance in the program. They may also be asked to complete program reflections and participate in brief, periodic program evaluations.

Opportunity for Financial Award

Participants who actively participate in the full mentorship program (1 year) and attend COD within 2 years of completing the program may be eligible to apply for a Financial Award ($1000) to help support their studies at COD. 

Contact Information

STEM Outreach Coordinator
Institutional Resource Center (IRC), Room 1062, (630) 942-3021