Women, Science and Technology Center

WST

The Center for the Study of Women, Science, and Technology links issues in the study of science and technology with those of gender, culture, and society. The center brings together faculty and students, addressing issues of gender, science, and technology in research and programmatic initiatives.

Mission:

The Georgia Tech Center for the Study of Women, Science, and Technology links issues in the study of science and technology with those of gender, culture, and society. Growing out of the interdisciplinary Ivan Allen College undergraduate minor in Women, Science, and Technology (WST), the WST Center is currently supported by the Office of the Vice President for Institute Diversity. The center brings together faculty and students, addressing issues of gender, science, and technology in research and programmatic initiatives at institutional, national and global levels. In key characteristics, the WST Center is interdisciplinary, cooperative in partnerships with students, and collaborative across Georgia Tech. Collaborations, partnerships, and alliances extend to faculty and students in Atlanta and to universities in the US and beyond.

Vision:

WST research and initiatives aim to improve the recruitment, retention, and advancement of girls and women in STEM, a key issue for Georgia Tech, which is a national leader in this field. WST research focuses on enhancing women’s leadership and career advancement, improving representation of women and minorities in STEM education and careers, and career development activities for girls in K-12.

WST brings together faculty and students in research partnerships and other initiatives. An incubator for innovative initiatives that increase opportunity and enhance organizational environments, WST sponsors the WST Distinguished Lecture, a faculty-undergraduate student research program (the first such program at Georgia Tech),  the Georgia Tech Women, Science, and Technology Learning Community, and Girls Excelling in Math and Science Clubs (GEMS) in local schools, and collaborates on the Women International Research Engineering Summit (WIRES), a sponsored initiative fostering research partnerships for female faculty in engineering.

Goals:

  • Initiate, expand, and enhance research on women, science, and technology.
  • Establish and expand collaboration among faculty and between students and faculty through Center research and programmatic initiatives, and through joint ventures with related Georgia Tech programs.
  • Enrich and establish the national prominence of Georgia Tech’s interdisciplinary research programs focusing on gender, science and technology through programmatic ventures such as the WST Distinguished Lecture Series and focused research panels.
  • Provide research-based practice and policy toward full and sustained participation and performance of women in scientific and technological education and careers, disseminated through national and international research publications, presentations, and electronic communications.
  • Support the instruction and development of students through partnerships with faculty in WST research and programmatic initiatives, including the WST Learning Community partnership with Georgia Tech Housing.
  • Link educators, researchers, entrepreneurs, and technologists with shared interest in improving human resources of both women and men for science and technology, thereby connecting Georgia Tech to universities, schools, industry, and government regionally, nationally, and internationally.