AWARES program empowers women engineering students to equip them with necessary social skills for a smooth transition to work place and a successful career in the engineering professions. 


The program will provide individual mentorship by a professional women engineer and will establish a professional network among the participating students by using the learning communities (LC).

Expected Outcomes:

Students completing the program...

  • will improve their soft skills through professional mentoring and peer networking 
  • will expand their knowledge of setting career goals and career management, successful interview management, evaluating job offers, conflict management and resolution, finding a mentor and a network, building professional image
  • will build confidence

The Ohio State University Office of Diversity and Inclusion

AWARES is sponsored by the
Office of Diversity and Inclusion




  1. A class of AWARES participants during one of the graduations

    AWARES Holds Virtual Graduations to Celebrate Class of 2019-2020

    May 5, 2020

    The AWARES program took the celebration of its 5th class graduation online amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This year was the largest class of AWARES participants, with 41 students and 41 mentors actively involved. 

  2. The third annual Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Panel was hosted by AWARES earlier this year

    AWARES and SWE Host Panel on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

    Feb 13, 2020

    Sexual harassment was a widespread topic of conversation two years ago. Although the national discussion has diminished, sexual harassment remains prevalent in our neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces. Earlier this month, two Ohio State students shared their experiences of sexual harassment during their respective internships. Rachel Leitson, a junior studying construction systems management, and Allison Whitney, a senior studying material science and engineering, shared their stories in hopes that their words would encourage others to stand up against sexual harassment.

  3. AWARES 2019-2020 is the largest class in program history

    AWARES Starts 5th year with Largest Class in Program History

    Dec 30, 2019

    In October 2019, students and mentors packed the AWARES 2019-2020 kick-off meetings, that had to be held on two nights due to a surge in interest. Tables had to be rearranged and chairs brought in from surrounding offices to accommodate the groups. 56 students make up this year’s class. With mentors, that’s 112 program participants.