Newsletter – 20 September 2016

Hello Grad Community!

As We16 continue to approach, I am reminded of the importance of recognizing outstanding SWE Grad members. Do you know someone (or yourself) or a Grad Group who deserves recognition? Submit their name here: http://goo.gl/51Oh1H

If you ever have any comments or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact myself and the rest of the SWE Grad Community Leadership team by emailing grad-coordinator@swe.org.

Please be sure to forward this to other graduate students, or those who are supportive of women getting advanced STEM degrees!

In this newsletter:
1. WeLocal: Pittsburgh & San Jose (Now OPEN)
2. MS Students needed for Engineering Education Study
3. GradSWE Mentoring Program – Seeking Professionals
4. We16: Rapid Fire Sessions (Now OPEN!)
5. We16: Member Survey
6. Grad Community Spotlights
7. Follow us on Social Media!

(1) WeLocal

Do you love the SWE Annual Conference? Coming soon to an area near you — WE Local! In February 2017, there will be two WE Local Conferences, one in Pittsburgh and one in San Jose. These conferences will be local versions of the Annual Conference with many of the same session tracks and events. Check out http://welocal.swe.org/ for more information. Interested in participating? The call for presentations is now open!

The link for Pittsburgh: http://precis2.preciscentral.com/Link.aspx?ID=525FD259DFA24729

The link for San Jose: http://precis2.preciscentral.com/Link.aspx?ID=95490371A92DD717

(2) MS Students needed for Engineering Education Study

Researchers from Kettering University are looking for a diverse group of master’s students to participate in an engineering education study. They are particularly interested in those who worked for a period of time before pursuing their graduate degree. See masters-engineering-students-research-project for full details. Contact Diane Peters (dpeters@kettering.edu) or her postdoc, Dr. Elizabeth Gross (egross@kettering.edu) with any questions .

(3) Professionals needed for GradSWE Mentoring Program

GMC-elect, Genevieve Kane, is now working on setting up the first round pairs for the GradSWE Mentoring Program. Are you a professional member? We are in need of more professional members to serve as mentors. If interested, please fill out the survey below or contact Genevieve at grad-coordinator-elect@swe.org.

Learn More: https://swegrad.wordpress.com/2016/08/01/new-gradswe-student-mentoring-program/

Survey: https://goo.gl/forms/C1yZQXIAfrtfVPGn1


(4) Rapid Fire Sessions

Year after year, Rapid Fire presentation prove to be a very beneficial way for SWE grads to practice presenting their research in front of their peers and a panel of judges. The call for applications is officially open and due on Monday, September 26th at 11:59 pm EST. Please fill out the application here. <LINK>

Master’s and PhD students are highly encouraged to apply.

(5) GradSWE Member Survey

Does your university have a GradSWE committee? If so, we would love to have your input! Each GradSWE committee arranges their funding and committee structures in a slightly different way. We are planning to devote time to discussing this at WE16. Ultimately, these efforts will create a reference of “best practices” as GradSWE committees become more prevalent across the country. We greatly appreciate your input! Please fill our the survey here <LINK>

(6) Grad Community Spotlights

Did you see the most recent Spotlight?

Bridget Hegarty (5 September 2016):
https://swegrad.wordpress.com/2016/09/05/grad-member-spotlight-bridget-hegarty/

Celine Liong (19 September 2016):
https://swegrad.wordpress.com/2016/09/19/Grad-member-spotlight-Celine-Liong

Do you know someone (or yourself) or a Grad Group who deserves recognition? Submit their name here: http://goo.gl/51Oh1H

(7) Follow us on social media!

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SWE_grad

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SWEGrad

Blog: https://swegrad.wordpress.com/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/grp/home?gid=8412361

As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at grad-coordinator@swe.org!

 

Get involved in GradSWE: Rapid Fire Applications and Grad Survey

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Rapid Fire Sessions

DEADLINE:
Monday, September 26th at 11:59 pm EST

APPLY: online form

Year after year, Rapid Fire presentation prove to be a very beneficial way for SWE grads to practice presenting their research in front of their peers and a panel of judges. The call for applications is officially open and due on Monday, September 26th at 11:59 pm EST. Please fill out the application here.

Master’s and PhD students are highly encouraged to apply.

 

GradSWE Member Survey: online form

We need your input! Yes, you!

Does your university have a GradSWE committee? If so, we would love to have your input! Each GradSWE committee arranges their funding and committee structures in a slightly different way. We are planning to devote time to discussing this at WE16. Ultimately, these efforts will create a reference of “best practices” as GradSWE committees become more prevalent across the country.

Grad Member Spotlight: Celine Liong

19 September 2016

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Celine Liong

PhD student, Bioengineering, expected graduation June 2019

Stanford University

 

Celine helped to start her undergrad (University of California San Diego) SWE chapter’s first Team Tech team. She also helped in piloting the engineering school’s first overnight stay program where UCSD SWE members hosted newly admitted high school students so that they could learn more about the opportunities at UCSD’s engineering and how SWE can serve as a resource.

Celine has been awarded the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG), the Stanford Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education (EDGE)-STEM Fellowship, the UCSD Boeing-IDEA center scholarship, the San Diego SWE continuing student scholarship, and the UCSD SWE-California Space Grant Consortium Research Scholarship. Congratulations, Celine, on all you’ve accomplished! Keep up the great work!

 

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

Bioengineering PhD at Stanford. I expect to graduate June 2019.

Give a brief explanation of your research.
I work on electronic skin, a flexible and stretchable electronic device designed to mimic the tactile sensing of real human skin. I hope to apply e-skin to treat phantom limb pain. E-skin can be used to create active neural prostheses so amputees have a sense of touch and a way to treat nerves that are randomly firing. 

What do you hope to do with your degree? What are your career goals?
I hope to work in industry R&D in the future, focusing on wearable electronics that have therapeutics or diagnostic applications. 

What are some of your hobbies? What do you do in your free time?
I like to run, rock climb, and cycle. I also like to bake and take advantage of sunny California weather either by going to the beach or reading outside.
What’s a fun fact about you?
I’ve never watched Lord of the Rings.

Call for Applications: Owens Corning Scholarship and Paid Internship

As we approach the last month leading up to WE16, the graduate community is excited to announce a new scholarship/internship opportunity sponsored by Owens Corning!

Owens Corning will select one SWE graduate student attending WE16 to receive a $1000 scholarship and the opportunity to participate in a paid internship. The recipient will be announced at the WE16 Grad Meet & Greet networking session on Thursday, October 27.

The application can be found here. All application materials are due on October 7, 2016.

Please email richelle.thomas@owenscorning.com with any questions.

 

WE16 Webinars

WE16 is around the corner and there are webinars coming up to help you prepare. Whether you’re a first-timer or an experienced attendee, the following webinars offer great tips on how to navigate the conference.

WE16 Orientation Sept 14, 2016 @ 11AM CT (15-20 min)

  • Describe all the communication tools that WE16 is using to advertise conference programming and events.
  • List the special events happening at WE16 (keynotes, career fair, banquets, etc.) and the highlights for both collegiate and professional members.
  • Identify what to do before, during, and after the conference to make the most of their conference experience.

What Not to Wear – SWE Conference Edition Sept 21, 2016 @ 11AM CT (15-30 min)

  • Describe the appropriate dress code for events at WE16 and other professional events.
  • Name specific “Do’s and Don’ts” for professional attire.
  • Identify how to exude confidence in a professional setting.

Networking for Newbies Sept 28, 2016 @ 11AM CT (15-30 min)

  • Name the benefits/importance of networking.
  • Identify gaps in their network to focus on building.

Career Fair Savvy Oct 3, 2016 @ 11AM CT (30 min)

  • Improve your chances of having a successful career fair.
  • Create a plan to make the best use of your time.
  • Understand the opportunities that the career fair can offer.

Webinar Interest Survey

The grad leadership team would love to hear from you about webinar topics! Please fill out this survey to tell us what webinar topics you’d like to see presented this year. Forward to any friends and colleagues that may also be interested! Feel free to contact Celine (celine.liong@gmail.com) if you have any questions or would like to be speaker.