Newsletter – 26 Jan 2016

Hello Grad Community!


Welcome to 2016, everyone! Are you looking for resolutions that will make a big difference? Resolve to spread the word about the Grad Community! Check out a Blog post on how to help spread the word about the Grad Community here:


Simply put, help spread the word by forwarding this email to those you think may be interested in the Grad Community!


In this newsletter:

  1. Upcoming webinar: Economist’s Perspective on Staying Motivated in Grad School
  2. Help plan sessions for WE16! Abstract teleconference information.
  3. Apply for a SWE Scholarship!
  4. Upcoming Region Conferences!
  5. Funding and Employment opportunities
  6. Grad Community Spotlights
  7. Blog Basics: Webinar page


(1) Upcoming webinar: Economist’s Perspective on Staying Motivated in Grad School

An Economist’s Perspective on Staying Motivated in Grad School

Thursday, February 18th, 2016 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (EDT)


About the Webinar:

Going to grad school costs you anywhere from two years to six years, depending on your program.  If we assume that you will make a minimum of $50K per annum, plus 35% fringe and 5%-10% seniority advantage per year, those years in school begin to get very expensive quickly.  But there is more to graduate education than cash and that is what staying motivated in grad school is all about.  Developing the right attitude to stay motivated to accomplish a lot during your time as a grad student besides just coursework is very important to not only addressing the pecuniary gaps that emerge with time away at school but create a cache of non-pecuniary benefits that put head and shoulders above your competition.  In this lively and humorous webinar, we will discuss some specific steps to ensure you are motivated and stay motivated throughout your grad school experience.  We will discuss the importance of developing a philosophy of life to guide your graduate studies, the criticality of fostering a passion for pursuing what you are passionate about and to use results as the driving forces for your motivation.

Presenter: Dr. Vincent Amanor-Boadu

Register for this Webinar


(2) Help plan sessions for WE16! Abstract teleconference information

Are you interested in helping to plan sessions of interest to graduate students at WE16? Join Rachel Unruh and Emily Hoffman, our Graduate Programming Coordinator and Coordinator-Elect, for a teleconference to discuss potential sessions and start the planning process! WE16 abstracts are due March 11th.


February 2nd, 9pm Eastern / 8pm Central / 7pm Mountain / 6pm Pacific

Dial-in number: (641) 715-3580

Access code: 306-113


(3) Apply for a SWE Scholarship

Many grad students are not aware that they are eligible for SWE scholarships, but you are! Speaking from experience, it is a great way to help pay for attending conferences, cover living expenses, buy books and school supplies, etc.


Check out this All-Together article for more information on eligibilty and how to apply:


(4) Upcoming Region Conferences

Region Conferences are just around the corner! Many conferences have poster competitions, sessions, and other events for graduate students. Check out the blog article for more details and make sure to submit your poster abstract for the competition! It’s a great way to get practice explaining your research!


(5) Funding and Employment opportunities

Lots and lots of employment opportunities have been being added to our Funding page. Make sure to check it often if you’re on the job hunt!


(6) Grad Community Spotlights

Did you see the most recent Spotlights?

Georgia Tech Grad SWE (11 Jan 2015):


Texas A&M Grad SWE (25 Jan 2015):


Do you know someone (or yourself) or a Grad Group who deserves recognition? Submit their name here:


(7) Blog Basics: Grad Leadership Team page

Do you wonder about the people leading the Grad Community? Check out our pictures and brief bios on the Grad Leadership Team page. Always feel free to contact us!


As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at!




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