Engineering Departments

Hypatia (Women)

Hypatia, the engineering learning community for women, brings together first-year engineering students in a residential environment to provide encouragement and support in their pursuit of a career in engineering.

As a participant of Hypatia, students live in the same residential hall with the other participants as well as upper class Hypatia mentors.  Hypatia is a great choice for anyone who is interested in resources such as:

  • A community of over 100 female engineers taking many of the same and similar classes.  It is an ideal way to make friends, get help with homework, and keep on track!
  • Upper class engineering students who live in the community and provide tutoring, coordinate social events, and much more!
  • A mentor team of other freshmen and an upper class Hypatian that meets once a week for the first 10 weeks of the fall semester – designed to assist in adjusting to college life!
  • A seminar featuring early career-focused advice to provide a head start on internship searches and start practicing proven success strategies to help the transition from high school to college!
  • Access to faculty and graduate students whose goal is to provide encouragement and support to engineering students!
  • Living in Lee Hall as part of the inVenTs community of female and male engineering students along with Curie and DaVinci science students!

Read what Hypatia and Galileo students are saying about why they chose to be part of an engineering learning community.

Galileo is the male living-learning community for engineering students.  Hypatia and Galileo students often interact throughout the year during the seminar and for academic and social events.

Hypatia was named for Hypatia of Alexandria, an Egyptian scholar born around the year 360 AD.  She is considered the first notable female mathematician, and she taught astronomy and philosophy.  Her father was the last librarian of the famous Library of Alexandria, and he educated her as fully as if she were a male.  Just as she was a great achiever and broke boundaries for the intellectual women of her time, we hope to do the same.