The Wilson College Institute for Women in Science, Mathematics and Technology builds on Wilson's 144-year commitment to educating women in rigorous courses of study in the liberal arts, sciences and professions. The Institute partners with educators, scientists and leaders in business and industry to address the obstacles present for girls and women at all levels of education and in the workplace.

WISMAT program Wilson College students

Wilson College is an ideal location for the WISMAT program. Recent research affirms that colleges, such as Wilson, continue to play critical roles in preparing women for careers in science, mathematics and technology, where they remain underrepresented. In addition, Wilson has a long tradition of excellence in mathematics and the sciences.

Initiatives are underway in the following areas:

  • Programs have been developed to bring middle and high school students to Wilson's new Complex for Science, Mathematics and Technology to study with Wilson faculty, using state-of-the-art laboratory equipment typically unavailable in school classrooms.

  • Partnerships and networks continue to be developed with Wilson alumnae in mathematics and the sciences and students in these disciplines. Opportunities for mentoring exist to guide students through the graduate school process and/or career process, in conjunction with the Career Development Center and Alumnae/i Relations.

  • Professional Development programs continue to be developed for school teachers that combine best practices in engaging girls in learning science and mathematics, with new content knowledge so that a new generation of girls will grow up confident in their abilities and ready to pursue these fields.

  • The Wilson College Seminar Series: Science in Society brings prominent women scientists to campus to talk about their professions and research, and how it relates to our society.

Contact Information

Amy Ensley 
Director of the Hankey Center
Coordinator of WISMAT
Wilson College
1015 Philadelphia Avenue
Chambersburg, PA 17201
717-264-4141 ex. 3279


Advisory Council: The Advisory Council of the Institute for Women in Science, Mathematics and Technology is comprised of ten leaders in the fields of scientific research, industry and education, including several distinguished alumnae.

Sponsor: The Institute for Women in Science, Mathematics and Technology is funded by a generous grant from the Richard Lounsbery Foundation.