STAR: a Women in Engineering initiative

The IEEE Student-Teacher and Research Engineer/Scientist (STAR) Program was developed to address the growing concern that, at a young age, girls are discouraged from careers in mathematics, science, and engineering. This educational outreach program promotes involvement of IEEE members with local junior high and high schools in order to create a positive image of engineering careers. Through a one-to-one interaction between society volunteers and a Student-Teacher Team, STAR’s aim is to create a technical support network for teachers and a mentoring program for students.


The STAR program represents all pre-university outreach activities. Since the formation of the STAR program in 1995, with the growth in IEEE WIE Affinity Groups, growth in IEEE WIE membership, collaborations with IEEE Societies, and networking with other organizations, IEEE WIE has grown in resources to be able to expand its pre-university outreach activities. Due to the increase in coordinated efforts and collaborations, IEEE WIE has managed to reach over 19,000 students per year. The mission of the new STAR program will be to improve the perception of the field of engineering, continue to attract more girls to the pursue an engineering career, as well as promote to all students the endless possibilities that can result from considering engineering as a possible career option.

Even one volunteer can make a big difference! If encouraging girls to be scientists and engineers is a cause you care about, or if you would like to take action against discouraging young women from entering STEM fields. Find all details on WIE STAR and send us an email on [email protected] or write us on Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn.

For more Girls in STEM Educational Programs visit STEM Portal, a resource for all things related to Pre-University STEM programs and activities for IEEE Volunteers.