|Women at Rensselaer|
Whether following in the footsteps of our famous alumnae like Claire M. Fraser’s genome exploration, or blazing their own paths like Lois Graham, Rensselaer women are strong, independent, risk-taking pioneers. The women at Rensselaer bring new perspectives to challenge the educational community and spark new thought, keeping their fellow classmates on their toes and at their best.
Being a woman at Rensselaer has its perks. RPI offers fantastic faculty, staff, and alumni, and amazing facilities to foster scientific research, creativity, and ways to change the world. It also offers a strong network and community of women encouraging other women to reach their potential as leaders and innovators in their relative fields, including the Women at Rensselaer Mentor Program.
How Our Women Get Involved
Rensselaer has more than 200 clubs and activities available to students on campus. Whether women decide to join our women’s mentoring program, one of the sororities on campus, or another organization, Rensselaer women are sure to find an activity that appeals to them.
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is an international society designed to encourage and support women in the pursuit of a professional career in the engineering and technological fields, through corporate interaction, community outreach, and social events, both on the local and national levels.
Throughout the year, SWE offers many events focusing on professional development, networking, and outreach to young children. Opportunities include monthly general meetings, presentations, and networking with corporate guests, informational sessions on graduate school and research, scholarships, RPI SWE job resources, conference attendance, outreach events with local Girl Scout troops and many fun socials, which offer the chance to learn new skills, such as taking up the business sport of golf!
Started in 1994, Rensselaer has been growing its women’s network with the Women at Rensselaer Mentor Program. The program matches first-year students with a mentor with the same or related major. Matches also take interests into account to help incoming students transition to the college environment at Rensselaer. Mentors help students transition by providing insight and resources about where to go for help, or how to get through a class that they have previously taken.
For up-to-date information about the program and to learn more about the current members, please visit their student-run website.
Learn more about how our Severino Center for Technological Entrepreneurship encourages and supports entrepreneurial initiatives among women of all ages.
Learn more about how we help our women become tomorrow's technological leaders.
Become an Engineer! Women’s Varsity Athletics
The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Panhellenic Council is the governing body for RPI's 5 sorority chapters. The Council serves to unify and oversee these chapters, linking them to both the campus and the community.
Alpha Gamma Delta is an international women's fraternity dedicated to academic excellence, leadership development, high ideals, and sisterhood. Alpha Gam was officially founded on May 30, 1904 at the home of Dr. Wellesley Perry Coddington, a professor at Syracuse University who was instrumental in the early development of the organization. Each of the fraternity’s 11 founders were progressive women who selflessly contributed to the foundation and growth of Alpha Gamma Delta. Since the founding, collegiate chapters have been installed at more than 180 colleges and universities across North America and more than 155,000 women have become Alpha Gam sisters. Guided by the Alpha Gamma Delta Purpose, Alpha Gams strive to attain a higher standard, thereby improving their lives, the lives of those around them and the communities in which they live. Together, Alpha Gamma Deltas continually work to inspire women and impact the world.
Alpha Omega Epsilon is a professional and social sorority founded in 1983 that promotes friendship, leadership and professionalism to all members of the organization, the community, and our professions. They accept majors in the Schools of Engineering and Architecture, some majors in the School of Science, and certain concentrations of Information Technology.
Alpha Phi was founded at Syracuse University in 1872 by ten strong, independent women. The Theta Tau chapter of Alpha Phi is one of over 150 chapters in both the United States and Canada. Alpha Phi's have a strong sense of belonging- in fact, many choose to join alumnae chapters, become advisers, or work for the fraternity after their undergraduate days are over. Alpha Phi is one of only three international sororities here at Rensselaer. The Theta Tau chapter is a group of independent women bonded together and committed to friendship, scholarship, and womanhood.
Becoming a Pi Phi will not only make your collegiate experience more meaningful, but will present you with new and exciting opportunities. Pi Phi values leadership, academics, service, intellectual development and balance in our members. Discover a home away from home on our campus as a member of Pi Beta Phi.
La Sociedad de Damas, Sigma Delta is the only local sorority recognized by the Panhellenic Association. A Latin-based sorority founded in 1996, their purpose is to promote basic values such as honesty, compassion, self-pride, professionalism, and hard work among women. Women who share these values are strongly encouraged to join, regardless of their background.
Opportunities for High School Students
Each spring, Design Your Future Day brings eleventh grade high school girls with an interest and aptitude in math and science to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) for an exciting day of hands-on exploration in engineering, science, and technology. Through fun, dynamic and interactive sessions, this day is designed to spark interest in high-tech fields and to provide encouragement for young women to pursue technical careers.
The STAR Program
Academically talented, underrepresented minorities and young women are invited to apply for the STAR (Science, Technology, Arts at Rensselaer) program at Rensselaer. Experience life as a Rensselaer studentattend classes, tour campus, visit our laboratories and facilities, and socialize with current Rensselaer students. This event is held in conjunction with the fall admissions open house.
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