The newly launched Women in Science and Humanities (WISH) project, backed by the John Templeton Foundation, has launched an online survey seeking input from Christian women in science and related fields.

Specifically, the questionnaire is geared toward women in STEMM, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine. But others in related fields or who are working at the interface of STEMM and faith are encouraged to participate and share the survey with others.

Leslie Wickman at Biola University School of Science, Technology and Health, is the project’s principal investigator. Previously, she was the executive director of the American Scientific Affiliation, a Christian group of scientists. For more than a decade she was an engineer for Lockheed Martin Missiles & Space, where she worked on NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and International Space Station Programs.

The input from the survey will help identify and create program elements to encourage and support Christian women who are living and working at the intersection of STEMM fields and faith, she wrote in an email to prospective participants.

The target groups include but are not limited to:

  • female STEMM instructors doing faith-integration work at faith-based institutions;
  • professional Christian women working in technical roles in industry, medicine or government;
  • female scholars, researchers and writers from various science and humanities disciplines working at the intersection of science and religion;
  • female theologians, clergy and lay ministers.

She said the survey only takes about 15 minutes at this link, and participants are urged to forward it to their networks of women who might also be interested in participating in the WISH project.

Susan Barreto
Susan Barreto

Susan is an author with a long-time interest in religion and science. She currently edits Covalence, the Lutheran Alliance for Faith, Science and Technology’s online magazine. She has written articles in The Lutheran and the Zygon Center for Religion and Science newsletter. Susan is a board member for the Center for Advanced Study of Religion and Science, the supporting organization for the Zygon Center and the Zygon Journal. She also co-wrote Our Bodies Are Selves with Dr. Philip Hefner and Dr. Ann Pederson.

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