Newsletter – 28 June 2016

Hello Grad Community!

SWE’s FY16 ends on 30 June, and so does my tenure as Graduate Member Coordinator. Thank you all for such a fantastic year! It has been an honor serving the Graduate Community. Check out my reflection on the blog for some amazing numbers on the impact we’ve had this year —

As of 1 July, Liz Dreyer will become the Graduate Member Coordinator. I look forward to seeing the Grad Community grow even more!

Summer has arrived! Congratulations to all those who have graduated and moved on to greener pastures! Good luck to those continuing to pursue their degrees. The Grad Community Leadership Team hopes that you find the resources we offer to be of use. If you ever have any comments or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact us by emailing

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. Collegiate Leadership Institute
  2. Academic Leadership for Women in Engineering (ALWE)
  3. Grad Community Spotlights
  4. Book your WE16 room now!
  5. Follow us on Social Media!


(1) Collegiate Leadership Institute
We invite interested collegiate and graduate members to apply for the Collegiate Leadership Institute, hosted at the WE16 Annual Conference in Philadelphia on October 27-29. CLI will span three days with six highly-interactive sessions. Sessions will start at 9 am and run throughout the morning on Thursday 10/27, Friday 10/28, and Saturday 10/29. All of the speakers and facilitators selected for CLI are noted experts in leadership and career development.

This is a free opportunity for you, so don’t hesitate to apply. A modest stipend for travel/accommodations will be distributed to CLI attendees.

*** RCT members (RCR, RCCE, RCS, SWEFL) are automatically accepted to CLI and need not apply through this application. ***

Please submit your application by Friday, July 8, at 11:59 pm PST. Applicants will be notified by mid-August.

Please contact with any questions.  (application)


(2) Academic Leadership for Women in Engineering (ALWE)

The overarching purpose of ALWE is to give female academics in engineering departments an introduction to the tangible skills and knowledge needed to pursue and gainfully acquire institutional leadership positions at a university.

Participants in the program will experience two-full days and six interactive sessions that will provide best practices to advance in academia while creating opportunities and mechanisms to network across institutions. To that end, the objectives of ALWE are as follows:

Recognize the various roles associated with holding leadership positions within academia.

  • Learn strategies and tools to advance in leadership roles within academia.
  • Learn negotiation skills to use in pursuing institutional leadership positions.
  • Expand an existing network of women in academia.
  • Support a community of practice focused on similar goals and faced with similar challenges.
  • Dates:  October 28 – 29, 2016
  • Time:  8:30 a.m.– 5:00 p.m.
  • Location:  WE16 – Philadelphia, PA
  • Check out the tentative agenda.

Check out more information and apply for the program at


(3) Grad Community Spotlights

Did you see the most recent Spotlights?

Maria Choi, PhD (13 June 2016)

Alexandra Long (27 June 2016)

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


(4) Book your WE16 room now!

Now is the time to start thinking about your plans for WE16.  You can book your hotel, sign up to be notified when conference registration is live, and more at

Sign up to volunteer for WE16! It’s a great way to give back to the conference that gives so much, and you get a discounted registration rate!  More at


(5) Follow us on social media!

Facebook page:


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


Katharine Brumbaugh Gamble, PhD

FY16 Graduate Member Coordinator | Society of Women Engineers


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