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Date: April 11, 2005

Clemson University Honored with 2005 WEPAN Women in Engineering Initiative Award

Clemson recognized at WEPAN NAMEPA Annual Conference for comprehensive program that serves as model for other institutions.

DENVER, April 11, 2005—Women in Engineering Programs and Advocates Network (WEPAN) has named Clemson University’s Women in Science and Engineering Program as the recipient of the Women in Engineering Initiative Award. This award recognizes an outstanding program or project that serves as a model for other institutions.

In selecting Clemson’s WISE program, the WEPAN Awards Committee used several criteria:

  • Serves as a model for other WIE programs and actively shares experiences and materials with other programs
  • Serves as a model for WIE programming for formal pre-college or retention activities/projects
  • Demonstrates improvements in the educational environment for women in engineering
  • Provides programming that offers professional guidance to students and/or faculty who seek engineering and science as a career or profession

“Clemson’s WISE Program was notable in its comprehensive focus on both recruitment and retention, creating a pipeline of support for female students,” says WEPAN President, Bev Watford. “Clemson has been active its efforts for a ten years, and has a six year graduation rate for females of 43%, compared with the corresponding majority rate of 49%. Program offerings range from “It’s a Girl Thing,” a promotional box created to capture the interest of K-12 audience and expose them to career options in engineering, science, and mathematics, to offering a Living/Learning Community for students on campus. Clemson is tracking programs and achieving results.”

Serita Acker, WISE director, will accept the award on behalf of Clemson at WEPAN’s 2005 National Conference, to be held April 10-13 in Las Vegas, Nevada. “Since 1995, WISE has reached out to girls in area schools while lending a helping hand to women on campus,” Acker said. “We want young girls to become aware of engineering and realize that everything they use is designed by someone — why not them? Women can and should have a leading role in discovering and engineering products.”


WEPAN's mission is to catalyze change that will lead to the enhanced success of all women engineers in academic and professional settings. It has over 600 members from nearly 200 engineering schools, companies ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 corporations, and nonprofit organizations. A national nonprofit educational organization, WEPAN, is headquartered in Denver. WEPAN’s annual conference was held April 10-13, 2005 in Las Vegas. For more information, visit

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