Chris Brus

Director of Women in Science & Engineering (WISE)

As director of WISE, my main responsibility is to increase retention rates for women majoring in science, math, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines at the UI, through college and into the STEM workforce. WISE does this by implement timely and targeted programming for women in STEM, including the WISE student organization, the WISE Ambassadors. We also provide individual advocacy for student, staff, and faculty women as well as opportunities for K-12 teachers, parents, faculty and administrators to learn more about challenges that may face women in areas where they are still under-represented and strategies for addressing them.

I am a firm believer in the importance of a broad-based education and consider unbounded curiosity; strong critical thinking skills; a belief in yourself; and the ability to think across disciplinary lines to be essential components of a successful and productive life and career.

Born in Nebraska, I consider myself a true Midwesterner, having lived in Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa; and yes, I LOVE snow!

My educational background includes an undergraduate degree in Liberal Studies (music; creative writing; biology; cytotechnology), a Master's in Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health, along with certification and registration as a Cytotechnologist through the American Society of Clinical Pathologists.

Among other things, I have worked in pathology labs, coordinated large federally-funded research grants, developed summer outreach institutes for K-12 students and educators, and served as the Director of Community Outreach and Education for the federally-funded Environmental Health Sciences Research Center (EHSRC) on the Oakdale campus.