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. Mentors and students tune in for the annual Sexual harassment in the Workplace panel

    AWARES Transforms and Perseveres in 6th year

    Apr 8, 2021

    Amid rapidly changing plans a year ago involving moving scheduled in-person meetings quickly online, one question remained in the back of Dr. Gönül Kaltunc’s mind, what would the fall look like? It was a question that many faculty, staff, and students at The Ohio State University wondered as virtual instruction and interactions took hold amid the pandemic. But for Kaletunc, who not only taught as a faculty member in the Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, the transition left questions of what would happen with the AWARES program. 

  2. 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. 

  3. 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.