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Meet Our Recruitment Team

Each year, WISE RP selects a group of students to lead tours and interact with incoming students during Campus Day and other events the University of Michigan hosts for incoming students.

Please note, most Michigan Living-Learning Communities (MLCs) will have tables set up prior to the start of Campus Day starting at 7:30am and then will provide tours at the end of Campus Day around 2:30pm on Central Campus. If you are an intersted student enrolled in the College of Engineering (CoE), please contact us a few days before your Campus Day visit, so we can arrange a tour for you at the end of the CoE tour. 

Emily Perrin

Emily Perrin

Hometown: St. Joseph, MI 

Major: Environmental Engineering

Favorite WISE RP Memory: My favorite memory from WISE was when we painted the rock as a community. It was such a great bonding experience, especially since we'd just moved in a few days previously, but here we were all together showing our passion for WISE by smearing paint over everything.

Why did you join WISE RP? I'm from a small town, and there were not many opportunities for me, especially in STEM. I wanted something that would bridge the gap from high school to a large university, and WISE was the perfect thing for that.

Advice to incoming students: College can be whatever you want it to be. Joining WISE was definitely the best choice I made for setting myself up for success freshman year. Be a part of things because you're passionate about them, not because they'll look good on your resume.

Katherine Nicholson

Katherine Nicholson

Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI

Major: Data Science Engineering

Favorite WISE RP Memory: My favorite WISE memory is the night before my second semester of college. The freshmen, WISE peer mentors, and staff all got together to play board games as a way to de-stress before second semester. The event was really fun and it was a great way to connect with other members of WISE.

Why did you join WISE RP? I decided to join WISE RP because I want to be part of a community that is passionate about increasing representation of women in STEM fields. WISE provides support and resources for its members so that they can thrive in STEM majors at Michigan and have opportunities to succeed in the field. Being a part of WISE gives me access to these resources while surrounding me with other women in STEM who are supportive and uplifting of me and my goals.

Advice to incoming students: My advice to incoming students is to take it slow. After all of the craziness of high school and college applications, it's good to take some time to relax and figure out what you're passionate about. WISE is especially helpful because they help students find a good school-life balance so that they can be successful in every area of their life.

Ellie Degraw

Ellie DeGraw    

Hometown: St. Louis, MO

Major: Biomedical Engineering

Favorite WISE RP Memory: My favorite WISE RP memories are sitting in a lounge in MoJo with a bunch of other WISE women. Although we are all working on homework, we are able to joke together and make it fun. Its the little moments like these in WISE that remind me how grateful I am to be a part of this fantastic community where I have made amazing friends.

Why did you join WISE RP? Coming into college, I was looking for a strong supportive community and I found that with WISE RP! WISE RP has not only provided me with academic and professional support, but also helped to make the transition into college much easier.

Katie Lawton

Katie Lawton

Hometown: Rockford, MI

Major: Mathematics

Favorite WISE RP Memory: During the first week of school, my roommate and I wanted to meet new friends. While we were sitting in our dorm, we decided to play loud music in hopes of attracting those in our hall. Only a couple seconds went by before girls walked in, and these girls turned out to be the girls that I am friends with. WISE RP allowed me to meet my best friends here on campus.

Why did you join WISE RP? I decided to join WISE RP as an opportunity to join a group with similar interests that would make such a big campus feel smaller. WISE RP allowed me to meet people, gain meaningful relationships, and explore many options here at the University of Michigan.

Advice to Incoming Students: During your first year on campus, I challenge you to find a stress relief. Whether it is hanging with friends, going to a athletic event, or anything in between. Allow yourself to have fun!

Carin Queener

Carin Queener

Hometown: New York City, NY

Major: Industrial and Operations Engineering

Minor: International Minor for Engineers

Favorite WISE RP Memory: I have too many favorites to count, but one of my first was when we painted the rock at the beginning of my freshman year. It was so wonderful to work together in this new community to create something fun, be messy, paint over rude graffiti, and literally make a mark on campus. Some of the girls I met then are still some of my closest friends!

Why did you join WISE RP? After attending an engineering high school with a 75% male graduating class, I knew I wanted a supportive community of women to balance out some of my STEM heavier classes, and I knew WISE would be perfect for that.

Advice to Incoming Students: Get involved--you get out of WISE and anything else you do what you put into it. Show up. Join leadership. Make the most of the 100s of opportunities you have here at Michigan to be whoever you want to be.

Kirsten Birman

Kirsten Birman

Hometown: Caledonia, MI

Major: Public Policy

Minor: Community Action and Social Change

Favorite WISE RP Memory: My favorite WISE RP memory was when I shadowed our Mindfulness and Mental Health Program Board event. I got to meet a ton of girls in WISE who I hadn't had the opportunity to get to know before, and it was also a super great bonding experience of making a mess with flour during the stress ball making and improvising some activities.

Why did you join WISE RP? I decided to join WISE RP because I really wanted to be a part of a residence program at the University of Michigan to make my transition to campus life easier. Once I realized that mathematics majors could also be in WISE, not just science and engineering majors, I jumped on the opportunity. I am so glad I was able to be a part of such a supportive group of girls.

Advice to incoming students: Always remember to utilize the incredible things that the campus has to offer. I have been to such great events and activities, which have all been free, just by looking out for signs and looking them up online.