WE13 was a success!
To highlight all the great sessions at WE13, we will be posting summaries of the graduate session over the few days.
If interested in joining the graduate programming team for WE14, please email Elly at email@example.com.
Comparing and Contrasting Research Positions in Academia, Industry, and Government
Dr. Raquel Perez-Castillejos is an assistant professor of Biomedical Engineering at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). She is co-director of the NSF-funded REU summer program for Neuroengineering and faculty advisor for the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) at NJIT.
Dr. Deborah Wilhelmy is currently a Technical Fellow at the Alcoa Technical Center in Alcoa Center, PA, which is the world’s largest light metals research and development center. As a Technical Fellow, Debbie is currently leading the R&D effort in colloidal science for a technology program focused on next generation aluminum smelting technology.
How to Effectively Communicate Data and Research Results
The room was filled with almost 40 attendees! The presentation covered tips on how to effectively communicate research results which is essential to success in STEM fields. The speaker was Donna Vogel, MD, PhD. She is currently the Director of the Professional Development Office for the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. During the presentation, she was able to talk about both written and oral communication of research as well as the critical role planning and organization plays! Attached to this email is a handout that can be included with the description.
WE13: Graduate Involvement in SWE Sections
How can graduate students get involved in their local sections? Do I join the local collegiate or professional section? Do we have separate Graduate Sections? How do you attract graduate students to your section? These and many other questions may concern current and future graduate students.
We began our session by taking a quick snapshot of each of our panelists local sections and the graduate involvement there. We discussed the graduate group mission and leadership structure, outlined some of the specific events that each section holds, and highlighted some of the funding sources and partnerships utilized to achieve success.
Once every panelist described their group, we moved on to Q&A. As most of our audience was graduate students we had a good discussion of specific structures, dealing with funding complications (including fixed budgets, limited cooperation, spending restrictions), and different types of potential programs to run. One particular program to highlight is UIUC’s upcoming weSTEM graduate conference in the spring (weSTEMillinois.com).
Our panelists were:
Moderator – Tabitha Voytek (Carnegie Mellon University) – firstname.lastname@example.org
Anne Rocheleau (Cornell University) – email@example.com
Danielle Joaquin (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) – firstname.lastname@example.org
Yasmine Aly (New Jersey Institute of Technology) – email@example.com
There is also a webinar version of this session from September 2012 on the SWE website.