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. Dr. Melissa Briggs-Phillips delivered the 2019 graduation keynote

    AWARES Graduates Fourth Class of Participants

    May 8, 2019

    The Aspiration for Women’s Advancement and Retention in Engineering and Sciences (AWARES) program has just graduated its fourth class of students. Participation has more than doubled this year, with 38 students and 38 mentors actively involved. 

    This year’s graduation keynote speaker was Dr. Melissa Briggs-Phillips, Founder and Owner of Next Generation Behavioral Health, a full service clinical and consulting psychology practice.

  2. Panelists Camille Hébert, Kelli Brennan, and Lesa Litteral (L-R)

    AWARES Winter Meeting Discusses Sexual Harassment in Law, On-Campus, and in the Workplace

    Jan 8, 2019

    For the second year in a row, the Aspiration for Women’s Advancement and Retention in Engineering and Science (AWARES) program dedicated their winter meeting to a panel on sexual harassment in the work place. 

  3. A group of AWARES graduates with their mentors

    AWARES Program Graduates Third Class of Students

    Apr 26, 2018

    Over the course of the past academic year, 17 future engineers and scientists have discussed how to combat a troubling trend in STEM fields: low advancement and retention of women in the workplace. It’s a problem plaguing male-dominated fields that the Aspiration for Women’s Advancement and Retention in Engineering and Science (AWARES) program hopes to change.