About Us

Did you know that there are more women than men at many liberal arts colleges, but that women are underrepresented in science and math studies at the graduate level, and in research in these fields nationally?

The College of Arts and Science at NYU has instituted a Women in Science (WINS) program that seeks to cultivate the talents of women undergraduates who are interested in careers that focus on research in science and math. A core group of undergraduate women, WINS Scholars, are selected after the first year based on high academic achievement and a demonstrated interest in research and a career in science.  WINS aims to nurture the talents of WINS Scholars through an individualized program of study, research, and mentoring. Our goal is to provide the foundation for lifelong success in professional and academic careers that involve research in anthropology, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, mathematics, neural science, physics, or psychology.

WINS scholars meet regularly as a group, offer peer support to each other, meet with instructors and women scientists invited to address the group, and host events that enable them to meet eminent scientists from STEM fields. The WINS director acts to facilitate mentor relationships with women researchers at NYU. WINS scholars also raise awareness on campus of the enormous contribution women have made to the sciences. WINS scholars also benefit from annual scholarship funds.

Applying to be a member:

Eligibility:

  • WINS scholars are expected to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.5 and actively participate in research.
  • In their senior year, each WINS scholar will be required to apply for a Dean’s Undergraduate Research Fund grant and then to present their research findings at the Undergraduate Research Conference held every spring.
  • To be eligible to apply, you must be a rising sophomore, junior, or senior in CAS.

Application Requirements:

  • Complete the online application
  • Upload your resume and responses to the following prompts as one .pdf document (300 words max for each response) to the online application. Files must be titled in the following format "Last Name, First Name_WINS":
    • Please describe your current or intended major and why you chose it.
    • Please describe any research experience you may have had, and/or any research plans you have for the future. Describe the research questions that are of particular interest to you. If you have no prior research experience, explain the areas of science, math, engineering or computer science in which you would like to work and why.
    • Explain why you would like to become a member of WINS. Explain why a mentoring program might be of importance to you, and what you envision gaining from your peers. Discuss how you envision taking on a leadership role on campus regarding women’s roles in the sciences, and how you might raise awareness generally about research in STEM fields among undergraduates.
  • Secure a letter of support from a professor in the sciences, math, or computer science. Professors will be contacted after you submit your application and be directed to submit their letters online.

Deadlines:

  • Student application: Thursday, June 15, 2017
  • Letter of support: Thursday, June 22, 2017

Please contact cas.wins@nyu.edu with any questions.