How To Apply for WIMSE
Before you apply to WIMSE, you must be admitted to Florida State University. Information on Florida State's admissions process can be found on the University's admissions website. When you receive your acceptance letter, stop and congratulate yourself on that huge accomplishment!
Once admitted to FSU, the next step is to apply for University Housing and submit the required deposit. You should do this as soon as possible, even if you are undecided about attending FSU. All FSU Housing assignments (now and in the future) will be made based on your application priority number.
Next, you must have declared a major in one of the participating departments (listed below) or Exploratory II.
Chemistry and Biochemistry
College of Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Physics and Astrophysics
After doing all that, NOW you are ready to apply for WIMSE! You'll complete everything online at the housing website (but remember, only after you’re admitted, have applied for housing, and have selected a qualifying major). If you have a special circumstance or a question about the application process, please feel free to contact the WIMSE Program Coordinator, Samantha Nix, at email@example.com.
The first round of applications are due April 8th. In the case where applicants appear to be equivalent, the earlier applicant will have priority. We will review applications regularly and may be able to give you your application status unofficially. Based on the written application, some applicants will be invited to participate in a phone interview with a WIMSE student or staff member. Final acceptance is based on both the written application and the interview. If you are chosen for an interview, we will notify you by email.
Official notifications for the first round of applications will be posted on April 24, and must be accepted by April 27th.
If you have any questions, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The WIMSE Application
The application consists of a few short-answer essay questions:
Part I: Short Essay
Q1. Please describe your interests in mathematics, science or engineering. What led you to choose your major? Feel free to provide specific examples.
Part II: Short Essay
Q2. Why are you interested in participating in the Women in Math, Science, & Engineering Living-Learning Community?
Part III: Short Answer (Please answer all questions.)
Q3. List your high school math and science courses and grade received in each course. Which course did you like the most and why? Which course did you like the least and why?
Q4. Are you or have you ever been a part of a program for students interested in math and/or science? If so, please describe your participation in the program.
Q5. Based on this written application, some applicants will be invited to participate in a phone interview with a WIMSE student or staff member. Final acceptance is based on both the written application and the interview. If you are chosen for an interview, we will notify you by email. To facilitate this process, please provide an email address and a phone number where we can best reach you.
Q6. How did you hear about the WIMSE (Women in Math, Science, and Engineering) Living-Learning Community? Please be as specific as possible.
The WIMSE Agreement
By submitting an application, you are agreeing to abide by the WIMSE Agreement.
In accordance with Florida State University's Academic Honor System, I pledge that my responses to the written portion of my application are my own work.
I understand that, if I am accepted as a member of the WIMSE Learning Community at Cawthon Hall, I will have certain responsibilities and obligations. Among these are the following:
RESPONSIBILITIES AND OBLIGATIONS OF MEMBERS OF ANY LIVING-LEARNING COMMUNITY AT FLORIDA STATE
1. I will respect and support others in the program as peers and friends as best I can.
2. I will be an active participant in the living-learning community (LLC). This includes enrolling in, attending and satisfactorily completing LLC-exclusive sections of all required fall and/or spring LLC courses; participating in meetings scheduled by the faculty director; being willing to help plan activities co-sponsored by students and staff; and attending the various special events and/or presentations that are arranged each year for students in the program.
3. I will give priority to LLC activities over the activities of other student organizations such as sororities, fraternities and clubs. If I plan to participate in sorority recruitment, I understand that, while LLC faculty and staff work with Greek Life staff to minimize any conflicts between recruitment activities and mandatory LLC events, it is ultimately my responsibility to manage my involvement in both of these activities effectively by understanding exactly what each one requires of me and making informed commitments.
4. I will maintain an atmosphere conducive to study and observe posted policies related to quiet hours and guests. I also understand that behavioral issues may be communicated between residence life staff and the LLC staff so that both parties can assist in creating a healthy learning environment for all students.
5. I understand that participation in the program and access to in-house courses are limited to students who receive and accept invitations to the LLC and who live in LLC space in the designated residence hall for the entire academic year. I understand that, if I accept an invitation to this community, I will not be able to participate in any other LLC.
6. If I am eligible for the University Honors Program, I understand that I may participate fully in Honors Program activities while a resident participant in any LLC, but that no student may participate in any LLC while living in Honors housing.
7. I understand that my roommate must also be selected for and participate in the LLC. (Exception: Occasionally, LLC participants do not fill all spaces designated for the program, in which case vacant LLC spaces may be assigned to non-participants as determined by University Housing. Roommate requests matching LLC participants with non-participants are not considered.)
ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES AND OBLIGATIONS OF WIMSE RESIDENTS
1. I authorize the director of WIMSE or designee to review my academic records periodically to provide support when needed and ensure continued eligibility for WIMSE.
2. I will purchase a campus meal membership. Florida State University requires all students who live in an east-side, renovated residence hall to purchase a meal membership (www.seminoledining.com) for the academic year.
3. I will attend the overnight WIMSE Welcome Retreat held the Friday afternoon through Saturday morning before classes begin in August. Since this event is required of all new members, I will plan moving, travel, and activity schedules accordingly.
4. I will major in science, mathematics, or engineering. I understand that I will become ineligible for WIMSE and may be reassigned to another residence hall if I change my major to one other than in science, mathematics, or engineering.
1. I will enroll in the one-credit-hour WIMSE Colloquium during both the Fall and Spring semesters.
2. I will enroll in a mathematics course (unless I have satisfied the math requirements for my major) and an appropriate science or engineering course during both the Fall and Spring semesters. This requirement ensures that students will have early exposure to challenging classes while in the supportive WIMSE community, and will have many WIMSE peers in some of the same courses.
As a part of my formal application to become a member of WIMSE at Cawthon Hall, I agree to comply with each of the requirements listed above. I understand that failure to abide by the terms of this agreement may result in reassignment from Cawthon Hall to another available space within University Housing.