Happy Engineers Week, everyone!
I am so pleased to share with all of you that SWE has chartered the creation of a Graduate Student Task Force (TF), which will make graduate student-specific programs and services recommendations to the Society. The TF was chartered in December 2011, and will continue its work through FY13, when final recommendations are due.
This is such a huge step for graduate students in SWE, who have often felt caught in-between collegiate and professional membership grades. Improving the Society’s programs and services offerings to the graduate student population will be a vital step in the long-term goal of improving retention of women in academia and research.
The TF is currently seeking dedicated, passionate, and enthusiastic members to serve through FY13 (July 2013). Members should have prior organizational leadership experience (preferably in SWE), knowledge of SWE, and must be a current/recent graduate student (or have demonstrated expertise in grad issues). TF deliverables will include recommendations on graduate student leadership roles and structure, along with programs and services recommendations, including at the annual and regional conferences. See the charter for a full description here:
If you think this is something you are interested in being involved with, fill out the survey application at the link below by Wednesday, February 29, 2012. The application is the same as the Society Call for Volunteers application, but with some additional questions about your graduate demographics. TF membership is limited to 10 members, not including the current graduate leaders.
If you have any questions or comments about the TF, feel free to contact me.
FY12-13 Graduate Student Task Force Chair
FY12 Graduate Member Coordinator