Get more involved with SWE as a graduate student!

The Graduate Leadership Team (consisting of the Graduate Member Coordinator, the Graduate Programming Coordinator, and their coordinator-elects) is looking for new coordinators for FY16, starting in July 2015!  This is a great opportunity for grad students to get involved in the SWE Grad Community! The three positions are:

Graduate Member Coordinator-Elect (GMC-Elect): Supports the Graduate Member Coordinator in working to foster a strong community and network for graduate students in SWE by facilitating communication between graduate students in SWE and SWE graduate student groups, and by representing the interests of graduate students to the Society. The GMC-Elect assists the GMC, in preparation for assuming the GMC role the following year (a 2 year commitment).

Regional Conference Coordinator (RCC): Coordinates with regional graduate student representatives, or any contact person for each region, to ensure there is graduate programming at the region conference and to gather feedback to improve them. Involves working with the region contact to develop and submit session abstracts, establish presentations for accepted sessions, and checking in with the region contact to ensure the graduate student sessions go smoothly.

Webinars Coordinator (WC): Assist in coordinating the webinars hosted by the Graduate SWE community, by selecting topics, inviting speakers, and coordinating logistics with SWE headquarters to ensure webinars are advertised and routinely presented.


The applications are due by April 1, 2015.

GMC-Elect application:

RCC and WC application:

Note that the GMC-Elect position requires the SWE HQ Committee Chair application. The RCC and WC application includes an area where you indicate whether or not you submitted the GMC-Elect application and allows you to rank your preferences. Both applications require similar information and responses, but please make sure to follow the directions!


Applicants will be notified within the week after the deadline if there any additional questions and to schedule a phone interview. If you have any questions, please contact Katharine at

February Webinar: Transitioning from Academia to Industry

Speaker: Candice F. Landry, PhD, MBACandice Landry

Candice has over a decade of experience as a technical contributor on multi-national projects, including R&D for academia, government, and industry; offshore rig construction; and investor relations.  She is a champion for multi-discipline STEM programs.

She graduated from Louisiana State University with a B.S. in Microbiology, and pursued her interests in experimental science to earn a Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Houston. Candice earned an MBA with a Finance specialization from Tulane University thereafter, and now works to integrate technology and business as an Intellectual Asset Manager for Halliburton.

Candice serves as the Director of Technology for the Women’s Energy Network, and as a lead on outreach programs aiming to transition STEM graduates into a career in industry. Through Halliburton’s Diversity and Inclusion Program, she travels to speak with SWE members about professional development and emerging technologies in oil and gas.

Title: Transitioning from Academia to Industry

Preparing to launch your career in industry can be daunting. Join the discussion on how to make the move from academia to a professional venture smoothly. We will discuss key elements that will prepare you to successfully launch into the process of building a professional network and crafting a resume that works for you!

Join us on Thursday, February 26th at 10:00 AM CST! 

Registration Link:

Help Us Make WE15 Great!!

Happy New Year!!

The weather may be cold but our hearts are still warm from how much fun we had at WE14. GradSWE is excited about the new year and the promise of bringing value at this year’s upcoming 2015 Society of Women Engineers Convention (WE15). You are receiving this message because you expressed an interest at WE14 in taking an active role in planning the programming for WE15.
We are pleased to announce our Grad SWE WE15 Kick Off Meeting! 
The call for workshop proposals for WE15 is now open. With this in mind, we will have a call to brainstorm potential workshop topics and divvy up responsibilities to any that are eager to get involved. We like to have a cohesive effort in our programming so we have to huddle up ladies so we can have another awesome year.
Conference call
Date: Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Time: 8PM Eastern, 5PM Pacific
Dial in: 605-475-6333
Access code: 3221683
The deadline for proposals is March 13, 2015.
Proposals may be submitted here.
We look forward to having you on the call!!
The call is also out for the FY2016 Graduate Programming Coordinator. If you are interested in the position, please dial in because we will discuss the position briefly. You may also reach out to Richelle Thomas, the current GPC for more details about the position. See the official call for applications for more details. You may submit an application for consideration here.

It’s regional conference season!

The regional conferences begin next month and there are a number of opportunities for graduate students! For those grad students who haven’t attended, each region hosts a shorter conference (Friday-Sunday with main day being Saturday) in the spring, sometimes at a university or at a local venue. The format is similar to the larger annual conference, and this year, the sessions that graduate students may be interested in include rapid fire and poster session events for presenting research as well as panels and presentations! Please help spread the word to other grad students about attending the regional conferences!

The information for each conference is summarized below and will be updated with website links as well as sessions of specific interest to the gradSWE community.

Region Date Place Host
A February 20-22, 2015 Stockton, CA San Joaquin Valley and University of the Pacific sections
B February 27-March 1, 2015 San Luis Obispo, CA Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
C February 6-8, 2015 Austin, Texas University of Texas at Austin
D March 27-29, 2015 Cookeville, TN Tennessee Tech
E February 20‐22, 2015 Philadelphia, PA Drexel University at the Marriott
F February 28-March 1, 2015 Boston, MA Wentworth Institute of Technology
G February 6-8, 2015 Morgantown, WV West Virginia University
H March 6-7, 2015 South Bend, IN University of Notre Dame
I February 27-28, 2015 Kansas City, MO
J April 10-12, 2015 Tri Cities, WA Kennewick, Washington at Three Rivers Convention Center

Call For Abstracts!!! Graduate Rapid Fire Session at 2015 Mid- Atlantic Region E Conference [Update: Deadline extended to Jan. 25!]

For the very first time in Region E conference, an opportunity for graduate students  to showcase their research work with an emphasis on communication skills. We call upon graduate students both Masters and Doctoral category to submit their abstracts for Graduate Rapid Fire Session to be held at 2015 Mid Atlantic Region E conference. Deadline for Abstract Submission is January 25th 11.59pm. Selected abstracts will be notified by February 1st week.
Guidelines for Abstract Submission and Presentation Format
1. Submit your abstracts in this LINK by January 15th 2015.
2. Limit your abstracts to a maximum of 250 words.
3. No restriction on the topic to be presented
4. Selected abstracts will be notified via email by 1st week of February
5. Presentations will be for a span of 5 mins followed by Q&A for 2mins.
6. Focus of this workshop is to provide emphasis on effective communication of one’s research findings to a wider audience.
7. You will be receiving feedback for your presentation which will be emailed after the session.
8. Each individual will be judged by professionals and fellow peers from diverse background.

For details please contact Smruti Ragunath at