Newsletter – 26 July 2016

Hello Grad Community!

July is almost over, but there are still lots of things to do before the school year begins. See below for info about opportunities at We16. If you ever have any comments or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact myself and the rest of the SWE Grad Community Leadership team 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. Google Travel Grant
2. Survey on Graduate Studies Funding
3. Academic Leadership for Women in Engineering (ALWE)
4. Grad Community Spotlights
5. Book your WE16 room now!
6. Follow us on Social Media!

(1) Google Travel and Conference Grant

WE16 is just a couple months away and we know you are making your plans to be there! We also know you may be interested in receiving some travel funds to help pay for your whole experience.

Well if you work or study in computer science, computer engineering, information technology, or related technical field, consider applying for a Google Travel and Conference Grant.

Google Travel and Conference Grant recipients receive:

  • The cost of their conference registration covered
  • A $500 pre-paid Visa gift card
  • The special opportunity to interact with some current Googlers

The deadline to apply for a grant is August 5, 2016 and you can apply now. If you have any questions, please contact

(2) Survey on Graduate Studies Funding

Grad students from Georgia Tech are looking to get in touch with people who have “nontraditional” funding sources for their graduate program (e.g. NOT a research assistant, teaching assistant or well-known fellowship). If you fit this criteria or know someone who does, please forward this to them! They are looking to profile them for a We16 talk on funding your graduate degree! Link to the form is here: <LINK>

(3) 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

(4) Grad Community Spotlights

Did you see the most recent Spotlight?

Lainy Dromgoole Cochran (11 July 2016):

Astha Khanna (25 July 2016):

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

(5) 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

(6) Follow us on social media!


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

~ Liz Dreyer
FY17 Graduate Member Coordinator | Society of Women Engineers


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