Graduate Community Events at WE16!

Mark your calendars for these events hosted by the SWE Graduate Community! We have grad student sessions each day. Also monitor our social media pages for real-time updates about the sessions and other social events! See the image below for links to our various social media pages, and talk up these sessions at the conference!



How to Benefit from Annual Conference without Attending

How to Benefit from Annual Conference without Attending

As the larger SWE community gets ready to descend on Philadelphia, PA for We16, SWE’s annual conference, many grad students are stuck in class, at the office, or in their research labs. Fret not, dear grad students! There are still ways to benefit from SWE’s annual conference without actually attending. Check out my tips below and comment if you have any tips that I missed.

1. Explore the Career Fair Exhibitors

Are you looking for a job, but will miss out on the SWE Career Fair? Check out the exhibitor list on the We16’s webpage ( These companies are looking for SWEsters. Consider applying for the jobs online and reaching out to the recruiters on social media. Many recruiters will be tweeting that they will be at #We16.

Alternatively, browse SWE’s career center any time of the year ( Many companies also have postings directed towards WE16.

Another option is to find a Career Fair advocate. Convince a friend/colleague who knows you well to approach companies and drop off your resume in person. Make sure to still apply online to those companies, but recruiters will be impressed that you are a SWEet enough job candidate that your friend/colleague was willing to take the time and talk about you to recruiters.

2. Browse Session Titles for Future Collaborators and Event Ideas

Are you an outreach nut? Have you always wanted to work in government but never knew how to start? Or are you looking for your next visiting speaker? Check out the conference agenda ( and browse the session titles. If something looks very interesting to you, reach out to the session speakers via LinkedIn or the SWE membership directory.

Do you want to know who from a specific school or company is presenting? Search keywords such as “University of Michigan” or “Central Intelligence Agency” or “Caterpillar Inc.”.

3. Register to Attend Virtually

If the distance and not the time is the only thing preventing you from engaging in We16, consider registering as a virtual attendee. You’ll gain access to special online content and see many of the sessions.

Register here:

4. Join in the Social Media Conversation

Find other SWE friends by seeing who is tweeting or posting or instagramming about the SWE conference. People are always giving or looking for advice. Join in the conversation!

Use #SWEGrad and #We16 on twitter and instagram


So, did I miss anything? What are your tips for those who won’t be able to attend We16 but still want to be involved?


Grad Member Spotlight: Siobahn Day

siobahnd-0144-crop-2Siobahn Day

PhD student, Computer Science

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

Siobahn has been a member of SWE since 2009. She joined SWE while working on her masters of science in Information Science at North Carolina Central University. Since starting her PhD, she has been an active outreach volunteer, participating in events such as Engineer Like a Girl and Black Girls Code. She maintains a website with more of her involvement:

Siobahn has been awarded one of the Google Travel grants to attend We16 in Philadeplia. She was also awarded outstanding graduate researcher by her department at NC A&T State University. Siobahn currently serve as a NASA Datanaut and is a recent 40 under 40 honoree by North Carolina Central University. Congratulations, Siobahn, on all you’ve accomplished! Keep up the great work!

What is your degree program (MS/PhD, department)? When do you expect to graduate?

I am a second year PhD student in Computer Science. My expected graduation date is May 2018.

Give a brief explanation of your research.
I have developed the concept of Adversarial Authorship as a means of preserving author anonymity. I’m currently developing and evaluating an Interactive Evolutionary Computation for Adversarial Authorship which allows users to conceal their writing style. In Adversarial Authorship, authors are provided an AuthorWeb which allows them to see graphically how their writing style compares with others in the AuthorWeb.
What do you hope to do with your degree? What are your career goals?
I hope to be able to continue my research upon graduation and possibly become an influencer in the domain of public policy. I’d like to see laws advance in regards to technology. My career goal is to become a faculty member where I hope to be an educator and encourager for those seeking the roads less traveled.
What are some of your hobbies? What do you do in your free time?
In my free time I enjoy exercising, reading, and spending time with my family.
What’s a fun fact about you?
I love cooking and learning new recipes.

Mentoring Program Updates

Hello Everyone!

Today’s blog is an update on the progress so far from our mentoring program!

Our initial survey was a hit – we had many graduate students indicate they were interested in having a mentor, and we were able to gauge what types of mentors people wanted.  We took this information/some feedback from our graduates and mentors that signed up initially, and we were able to narrow down some of the important aspects of mentor pairs from a graduate perspective.  As a result, we created two new surveys (these MUST be filled out in order to be assigned a mentor!):


For Mentors:


For Graduate Mentees:


At this time, we are still low on mentors (especially in academia and government), so we are currently waiting for more mentors to sign up in order to pair students interested in these areas with a match!  If you know anyone who may be a good candidate to mentor for this program – please spread the word!  One of the things that impresses me the most about SWE is the ability to access such a huge network of dedicated people who are always willing to help build up our STEM community.  I have been able to access some great committees/ regions/ sections that have been very helpful in promoting this initiative to our membership!

The process of developing a mentoring program takes time to implement, since we are building this for the first time.  There will be another round of mentor pairings sent out within the week for mentor/mentee approval, but for some students with specific requests/ specialized fields, this process is taking a bit of time to find the right match.  I sincerely thank those that have signed up for their continued patience!

Some people have expressed interest in meeting and discussing this program/ meeting other people who have signed up at WE 16!  Though some mentors have set up lunch/ a meeting with their mentees already, another option for this is to join us at our GradSWE meeting on Thursday, October 27th from 10:15 AM to 12:00 PM and meet other students who are involved in mentoring!  We will also be setting up an online group in the near future for mentoring – so anyone who fills out this new survey will be sent the link to access the group if they so choose.  Remember, if you have not filled out the new survey above, you will not be assigned a mentor, or gain access to the mentoring group.

I want to thank you all for your positive feedback and kind words supporting this initiative.  I have received so many wonderful emails and personal stories about how mentoring has impacted people, and how excited people are about the opportunity to try mentoring/ being mentored through GradSWE!  I am so happy that as a result of this program, I am also able to get to know some of you on a personal level as well.   I  hope to get to meet many of you at WE 16!





For questions or comments regarding the mentoring program, please email or

WE Local Collegiate Poster Competition

SWE is now accepting online submissions for the WE Local Collegiate Poster Competition. The WE Local poster competition is a great opportunity to share research to a broad technical audience. The top five finalists will compete in the technical poster competition at the conference for which they applied.

All entrants will be required to submit an abstract online for judging and is limited to one submission per person for all WE Local conferences. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. CT on Friday, November 4, 2016.

For more information and to apply, check out the WE Local conference nearest you: San Jose and Pittsburgh.

SWE is Going Local!

Are you excited about WE local starting in 2017?

Ongoing member engagement and interaction happen at SWE’s Region and Section levels. In order to meet the demand of Region conferences, SWE headquarters launched WE Local, which includes conferences around the globe. WE Local conferences (in the US) officially launch in 2017 with two locations: San Jose, CA (Region A and J) and Pittsburgh, PA (Region G). The remaining region conferences (B, C, D, E, F, H, and I) will still be held in 2017. WE Local global conferences will also take place in 2017 in Pune, India and Amsterdam, Netherlands.  Beginning in 2018, WE Local conferences will expand to five US cities, with locations changing every year.

Watch the video below & click here to learn everything you need to know about WE Local!

Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

Application Link

Deadline: November 1, 2016

Every year, The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans supports thirty New Americans, immigrants or the children of immigrants, who are pursuing graduate school in the United States.


One of the following must be true as of the application deadline:
  • Born in the US: You are a US citizen by birth and both of your parents were born abroad as non-US citizens.
  • Naturalized Citizen: You have been naturalized as a US citizen either on your own or as a minor child under the application of one of your parents.
  • Green Card: You are in possession of a valid green card.
  • Adopted: You were born outside of the US or one of its territories and were subsequently adopted by American parents, and were awarded US citizenship as a result of your adoption.
  • DACA: You have been granted deferred action under the government’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Note: For all of the above, it must be true that both of your parents were born outside of the United States as non-US citizens, and were not eligible for US citizenship at the time of their births.


You will be, or expect to be, enrolled in a full time graduate program at a US university for the 2017-18 academic year, and one of the following must be true as of the application deadline (November 1, 2016):

  • You are in your senior year of college and expect to receive your bachelor’s degree as of June 2017.
  • You have graduated from college, and are not currently enrolled in a graduate program in the US.
  • You are currently enrolled in a graduate program in the US that is different from the program in which you will be enrolled for the 2017-18 academic year.
  • You are currently in the graduate program you will be continuing in 2017-18, and you have not begun the third year of study for that program.
  • You are in a joint-degree program, and have not begun the third year of the degree program you want funding for in 2017-18.

Ineligible Graduate Programs: Online programs, executive MBAs, joint bachelors/master’s programs, certificate programs, and post-baccalaureate programs

3. AGE

You cannot have reached or passed your 31st birthday as of the application deadline.