Phi Sigma Rho is a social and philanthropic sorority for women in engineering and technology fields. During the pandemic, the sorority has held regular meetings focused on fellowship and mental health and put on virtual events, including a 5K fundraiser and a partnership with the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona to donate 200 boxes of cookies to first responders.
“There’s a perception that if you’re feminine, you’re not serious about academics,” said 2020 group president Melissa Requist, a senior double majoring in BME and flute performance. “I think you can see that a lot in stereotypes, broadly, of all sororities, but especially in more technical fields. When really, the way that you express your gender has no bearing on your ability to be a good engineer or be good at any other profession.”