Scholarship to honor Wilson

September 20, 2013

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Dr. Joanne Wilson

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin Platteville’s Women in Engineering, Mathematics and Science program has changed its Women in EMS Scholarship to the D. Joanne Wilson Women in EMS Scholarship. A formal announcement regarding the scholarship name change was presented at the Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics banquet in April, also known as the STEM banquet.

WEMS is an engineering group on campus and its mission is to “create a supportive community where women prosper.” WEMS has many different programs and events throughout the year for pre-college and college age students to explore the STEM fields. Its vision is to “educate and engage students, parents and all educators on gender diversity in the STEM fields in order to create a more diverse, competitive and balanced workforce.”

While attending college in California, D. Joanne Wilson, now the assistant vice chancellor for academic affairs, was one of eight women out of 90 engineering students. Those eight, she commented, “had a really strong bond.”

“We studied together and we also celebrated together…and cried together,” commented Wilson “Creating that space was really important” to her when she started the WEMS program in 1994.

According to Tammy Salmon-Stephens, senior director of the College of EMS Student Success Program, the scholarship’s name was altered because Wilson was “instrumental in starting the WEMS program.”

“We are very grateful and overwhelmed by her support,” said Salmon-Stephens. Wilson remarked that having her name added to this award, was “a really great honor.”

Any freshman or transfer female student can apply for the D. Joanne Wilson Women in EMS Scholarship and interest in all the following programs are eligible:

  • Civil, electrical, environmental, general, industrial, mechanical, microsystems and nanotechnology, software engineering and engineering physics
  • Chemistry - standard major, ACS approved major and secondary education
  • General science - standard major and secondary education
  • Mathematics - standard major and secondary education
  • Sustainable and renewable energy systems
  • Computer science

Any female student who is interested in any of the above fields, displays outstanding leadership, academic achievement and extra-curricular activities is asked to apply for this scholarship. Applications are due March 1 and one $500 award will be given for the following fall semester.

Anyone interested in donating to this scholarship for future generations of female engineers, may contact the UW-Platteville Foundation office at (608)342-1186 or  e-mail

For application details and more information, visit the WEMS UW-Platteville webpage at

Contact: D. Joanne Wilson, Academic Affairs, (608) 342-1262, and Tammy Salmon-Stephens, Engineering Math Science, (608) 342-1563,

Written by: Megan Schmidt, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194,


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