More than 60 female students from the School of Mines kicked off the new semester Tuesday by interacting with other prominent women at the school.
It's all part of the WiSE, or Women in Science and Engineering Program, an on-campus group aiming to recruit, educate, and retain women in the science and engineering fields.
At this welcome event, entering freshmen could meet with upper class peers, as well as women faculty and staff to explore the services and development opportunities the School of Mines offers for female students.
Organizers say women bring a different perspective to both science and engineering fields.
"We like to say that on design teams, the more women that you have on a design team, the productivity goes up and the testosterone goes down a little bit, so all in all it makes for a more rounded team," said Lisa Carlson, WiSE Director.
Carlson says only about one-fifth of the student body at the School of Mines is female, but they are trying to raise that number.