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Women in Science and Engineering (NASA.WISE)

Funded by NASA to increase the number of Spelman students entering science, engineering, and mathematics careers, this program provides pre-freshman summer curricular enhancement and upper class research experiences during the academic year. In addition, students engage in summer internships at NASA or other sites.

The program provides scientifically talented students from underrepresented groups the opportunity to pursue undergraduate studies in the science and engineering fields.

These students also experience research training with the professional staff at NASA centers during the summer. The program's goal is to increase the number of minorities with Ph.D.s in science and engineering careers.

Project contact: Dr. Cornelia Gillyard,


Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • High school senior with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Belong to minority group that is under-represented in scientific and engineering fields
  • Have a combined SAT score of 1100 or a composite score of at least 25 on ACT
  • Desire to major in engineering, mathematics, physics or other science related to the mission of NASA

Financial Assistance

Accepted scholars will receive assistance that covers 50% of the cost of tuition, fees, books, supplies, including room and board. A stipend will be provided during the summer research experience at designated NASA center.

Program Requirements

  • Scholars accepted into the program must maintain a 3.0 GPA or better
  • They must also follow a curriculum as described and maintain an interest in a career with NASA
  • Students are required to participate in academic support and enrichment activities that are a part of the program
  • First time scholars will attend the Summer Science and Engineering Program at Spelman