Women Inspiring Successful Engineers (WISE), College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
Mentee: Meredith Wichman
Years Matched: one
Fiona Byrd, a junior biosystems engineering major at Oklahoma State University, has mentored sophomore student Meredith Wichman for a year.
“Fiona was selected for recognition for her passion and dedication as a mentor,” said Jordan Blackburn, coordinator of Student Retention for the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology Student Center. “She wants to ensure that new freshmen have a sense of comfort and security in knowing what resources are available to them.”
Byrd and Wichman enjoy one-on-one conversations, grabbing coffee with one another to chat about how the semester is going. They shared a major at the time of the match, providing a unique opportunity for Byrd to offer guidance to Wichman in courses she had already completed.
“Fiona is not only a great example for her mentee, she is also a wonderful example for fellow mentors,” shared Blackburn. “She is diligent in attending the mentor training sessions and mentor program events on a consistent basis. Fiona makes it her mission to be as helpful and resourceful as possible for her mentee.”
About the Program: Women Inspiring Successful Engineers matches upperclasswomen in OSU’s College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology with incoming freshman women to provide academic and social support.