Application Now Open for Graduate Programing Coordinate -Elect [UPDATE! DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JAN. 31]

Are you looking for a way to be involved in the SWE Graduate Student Community?  Here is your chance!

New Leadership Opportunity for Graduate Students

The Graduate Leadership Team (consisting of the Graduate Member Coordinator, the Graduate Programming Coordinator, and their Coordinator-Elects, the Webinar Coordinator, and the Regional Conference Coordinator) is looking for new Graduate Programming Coordinator-elect for WE15 who will then become the Graduate Programming Coordinator for WE16!

Graduate Programming Coordinator/-elect: Works with a dedicated team of graduate students and professional SWE members to create a diverse track of sessions for current graduate students, and for those who are considering going to graduate school, for the annual SWE conference. The GPC-Elect assists the GPC, in preparation for the following annual conference.

The application can be downloaded at and is due by January  31, 2015. Applicants will be notified within the following week to schedule a telephone interview with members of the graduate community leadership and our BOD member. After completing all the interviews you will be notified of the the decision.  If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth at

We are looking for someone who loves the annual conference and wants to help provide programming specifically targeted at graduate students!


December Webinar: Confidence for Introverts

Join us on Thursday, December 18th at 10:00 AM CST for a webinar hosted by Dr. Donna Vogel! Dr. Vogel will be talking about different personality traits and how each person can use his or her own strengths to embrace various career environments.
Donna Vogel Bio:
Donna L. Vogel, M.D., Ph.D. is the Director of the Professional Development Office, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.  She graduated from Bryn Mawr College, and the Medical Scientist Training Program at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Her Ph.D. is in developmental biology, and her clinical subspecialty is endocrinology. She worked at NIH for 25 years, initially as a fellow conducting clinical and basic research.  Dr. Vogel managed a grant program for 13 years, and then became the first Director of an office for postdocs at NCI. While at NIH, she also worked closely with the Office of Research on Women’s Health.  She joined the Professional Development Office in 2007. She has an ongoing interest in career development and mentoring for students, postdocs, and early-career scientists. 
Abstract: Confidence for Introverts
For introverts and extroverts: Build on your strengths to project outward confidence. Learn to understand and synergize with the style of the opposite type. Acquire some tools to help you advance your career by projecting confidence in anxiety-provoking situations. We will explore introvert and extrovert working styles and develop ways to deal with intimidating circumstances. You do not need to have taken the Myers-Briggs Type Inventory to benefit from this webinar.

Apply for SWE Scholarships — yes, as a grad student!

Many graduate students don’t realize that SWE scholarships are available beyond the B.S. level. These scholarships are a great way to get some supplementary funds to help with conference travel or other school-related expenses. Don’t miss this opportunity to apply! Personally, the SWE scholarship has helped me get through all my degrees, and I’m extremely grateful!

Here’s the announcement that went out today from SWE HQ:

Apply now for Society of Women Engineers scholarships for the 2015-2016 academic year. Students who will be sophomores through PhD candidates can apply on-line by February 16, 2015.

You complete one application and are considered for all scholarships for which you are eligible. The online application is entirely electronic – including submittal of reference recommendations and transcripts.

The SWE Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to women admitted to accredited baccalaureate or graduate programs, in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology and computer science.  In 2014, SWE disbursed over 230 new and renewed scholarships valued at over $720,000.

For more information about eligibility and requirements and a link to the application, go to SWE scholarships.

5 Tips to Create a Stand-Out Fellowship Application

As most of you know, now is the season to apply for graduate school admission as well as for graduate funding. If you would like a bit of guidance on how to craft a winning application please do read an article full of helpful hints written by Richelle Thomas, Graduate Programming Coordinator for FY15, for ProFellow . ProFellow is a website that compiles fellowship opportunities for students in various disciplines and serves as an online community to connects applicants and current scholars with fellowship alumni.

Read 5 Tips to Create a Stand-Out Fellowship Application for more details!

SWE Webinar – How to Review Academic Papers

Reading and reviewing papers is an integral part of the graduate school life. Incoming students often are required to read relevant papers in their field as part of their graduate program, journal club, or research laboratory. Additionally, once graduate students start publishing research of own, they will inevitably be asked to review and critique papers in relevant academic journals. However, academic papers can prove difficult to navigate. The material is often very dense, and it is easy to become overwhelmed with the content. How can graduate students avoid these feelings when reading and reviewing these papers? Dr. Diane Peters from Kettering University is here to answer these questions!

Webinar Date and Time: Friday, November 21, 3:00 PM EST (2:00 pm CST)

Overview: If you’ve started to submit papers to conferences and journals, it’s inevitable that you’ll be asked to serve as a reviewer at some point. In this webinar, Dr. Diane Peters from Kettering University will talk about how you go about conducting these reviews. What do the terms blind review and double blind review mean? What are the differences between reviewing a conference paper versus a journal paper? How do you critically evaluate a paper and decide whether to recommend acceptance, revision, or rejection? You’ll learn what some of the key criteria are, and how you can apply them as you begin to review papers and contribute to your field’s academic community.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Diane Peters is an Assistant Professor of mechanical engineering at Kettering University, with extensive industry experience and publications in a wide range of conferences and journals. She has received Best Paper awards from the Graduate Studies Division of ASEE and the ASME Design Engineering Division’s Design Automation Committee. She has served as a reviewer for conference papers for the American Society for Engineering Education, various ASME conferences, and the American Control Conference, as well as for many journals including the Journal of Mechanical Design, Engineering Optimization, and the International Journal of Control.

Webinar Link:

#AcWriMo (Academic Writing Month)

Yesterday I happened across #AcWriMo (Academic Writing Month), which is a writing challenge for academics to write every day in November. This intrigued me for two main reasons: 1. I have a lot to write in November anyway and 2. I need to develop better habits for writing.

To focus on the latter for a moment, I know from Shawn Achor’s The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work that if you do something for 21 days straight you can develop a habit.  Plus, it seems to fall in line with the recommendations of Joan Bolker’s Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day: A Guide to Starting, Revising, and Finishing Your Doctoral Thesis, which I have been reading this semester.  There are also numerous other blogs on the internet with similar advice; here are a couple:

The common theme from these blog posts goes beyond the simple daily habit of writing and includes tracking and accountability, which is where #AcWriMo comes in.  So, I would like to challenge other graduate members and academics in SWE to join me for #AcWriMo and hold each other accountable for developing better writing habits.  I have created a Facebook group for people to join to facilitate accountability. You can also find other stepping up to the challenge on Twitter using  #AcWriMo2014.

The original post can be found on my blog at

Resume vs. CV

I went to a great workshop this fall at my university that I’ll summarize here, as I thought other graduate students might be interested in this information as well. The Powerpoint presentation is available online if anyone would like to read more.


  Resume CV
Purpose Skills and abilities History, education, accomplishments
Type of positions Private sector, government, nonprofit Academia, federal government (PhD level)
Content Multiple documents tailored to specific positions Full list of qualifications
Structure Arranged chronologically and/or functionally, action verbs are key Organized by titles and accomplishments
Length 1-2 pages As long as needed