Posted September 4, 2012 Atlanta, GA
Literature, Media and Communication
Georgia Tech undergraduate women may now take advantage of a new online mentoring program called Women in Technology Sharing Online, or WitsOn. The program connects undergraduate women with female mentors across the country focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics, but all female undergrads are invited to participate regardless of major.
WitsOn is a pilot program that will run for six weeks beginning Oct. 1. Tech is serving as a lead institution with sponsors Harvey Mudd College and Piazza, an online tool that enables conversation between students and faculty. Already 18 faculty members from Georgia Tech have signed up to participate as mentors, along with 120 other faculty from across the country. Mentors will come from industry and academia and speak from personal experience about issues relevant to the student participants.
Each week, WitsOn will feature a lead mentor responding on video to questions posed by students. Other support mentors, of whom there are more than 15 from Tech, will then add their answers, and discussion among the mentors and students will continue via Piazza. The online mentorship will be for approximately an hour each week.
Those interested in enrolling in the free mentoring course should visit piazza.com/witson-apply or contact a faculty member to be added by Monday, Sept. 10. To enroll a student, faculty can visit piazza.com/witson and enter the requesting student’s email address. Students enrolled by a faculty member will receive a notification that they have been added.