WITS Women in Technology and Science

WITS combats the societal idea that only boys should be pushed to excel in math and science. Our mission is to encourage young women to pursue science and technology by giving girls from local middle and elementary schools an opportunity to perform science experiments from all disciplines during the school year. WITS provides the women of Washington and Lee an outlet to become involved in the community in a valuable and meaningful way. WITS officers are more than teachers; they are role models.

Contact: Jennifer Saccente '17

Constitution

Mission Statement

Our mission is to encourage young women to pursue science and technology by giving girls from local middle and elementary schools an opportunity to perform science experiments from all disciplines during the school year.

Requirements for Membership

Female Washington and Lee University students with an enthusiasm for science and community engagement are encouraged to join WITS. Members must attend at least three 30-minute blocks of experiments per semester to maintain membership. These do not need to be consecutive.

The Role of WITS in our Community

WITS combats the societal idea that only boys should be pushed to excel in math and science. Especially in the transitional elementary and middle school years, girls need the self-confidence to pursue their educational goals. Local students in particular may struggle academically due to the lack of funding in the Rockbridge County public school system. Therefore, it is essential that we give these girls extra attention so that they do not become discouraged. The students we serve deserve the opportunity to further their skills in the sciences so they can go on to achieve their full potentials.
WITS provides the women of Washington and Lee an outlet to become involved in the community in a valuable and meaningful way. Through WITS, science majors share their passion while simultaneously learning how to interact with those younger than themselves. WITS officers are more than teachers; they are role models.

Organization of Leadership

Officers are required to attend every experiment unless they have an academic or sports conflict.

A. President: The president must arrange experiment dates and times with school officials from Natural Bridge Elementary School and Maury River Middle School. Keeping open communication with the schools is essential to the success of WITS.
B. Vice President: The vice president must work closely to assist the president and perform presidential duties if the president is unavailable.
C. Biology Chair: The biology chair must plan and perform two age-appropriate biology experiments per semester. This includes gathering all necessary supplies prior to the experiment.
D. Chemistry Chair: The chemistry chair must plan and perform two age-appropriate chemistry experiments per semester. This includes gathering all necessary supplies prior to the experiment.
E. Computer Science Chair: The computer science chair must plan and perform two age-appropriate computer science experiments per semester. This includes gathering all necessary supplies prior to the experiment.
F. Geology Chair: The geology chair must plan and perform two age-appropriate geology experiments per semester. This includes gathering all necessary supplies prior to the experiment.
G. Neuroscience Chair: The neuroscience chair must plan and perform two age-appropriate neuroscience experiments per semester. This includes gathering all necessary supplies prior to the experiment.
H. Psychology Chair: The psychology chair must plan and perform two age-appropriate psychology experiments per semester. This includes gathering all necessary supplies prior to the experiment.
I. Physics Chair: The physics chair must plan and perform two age-appropriate physics experiments per semester. This includes gathering all necessary supplies prior to the experiment.

Election Process

Each April, the President will send officer applications to all members of WITS. Along with the Vice President, the President will evaluate the applications and select officers for the following academic year as she deems fit.