Newsletter – 6 September 2016

Hello Grad Community!

Happy September! The new school year has started by now for many of us. Although many are now busy with classes, please take a quick moment to check out the opportunities below for WeLocal and We16 involvement. 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. WeLocal: Pittsburgh & San Jose (Now OPEN)
2. MS Students needed for Engineering Education Study
3. GradSWE Mentoring Program – Seeking Professionals
4. We16: Rapid Fire Sessions (Now OPEN!)
5. We16: Member Survey
6. Postdoc Opportunities at Penn State
7. Grad Community Spotlights
8. Follow us on Social Media!

(1) WeLocal

Do you love the SWE Annual Conference? Coming soon to an area near you — WE Local! In February 2017, there will be two WE Local Conferences, one in Pittsburgh and one in San Jose. These conferences will be local versions of the Annual Conference with many of the same session tracks and events. Check out for more information. Interested in participating? The call for presentations is now open!

The link for Pittsburgh:

The link for San Jose:

(2) MS Students needed for Engineering Education Study

Researchers from Kettering University are looking for a diverse group of master’s students to participate in an engineering education study. They are particularly interested in those who worked for a period of time before pursuing their graduate degree. See masters-engineering-students-research-project for full details. Contact Diane Peters ( or her postdoc, Dr. Elizabeth Gross ( with any questions .

(3) Professionals needed for GradSWE Mentoring Program

GMC-elect, Genevieve Kane, is now working on setting up the first round pairs for the GradSWE Mentoring Program. Are you a professional member? We are in need of more professional members to serve as mentors. If interested, please fill out the survey below or contact Genevieve at

Learn More:


(4) Rapid Fire Sessions

Year after year, Rapid Fire presentation prove to be a very beneficial way for SWE grads to practice presenting their research in front of their peers and a panel of judges. The call for applications is officially open and due on Monday, September 26th at 11:59 pm EST. Please fill out the application here. <LINK>

Master’s and PhD students are highly encouraged to apply.

(5) GradSWE Member Survey

Does your university have a GradSWE committee? If so, we would love to have your input! Each GradSWE committee arranges their funding and committee structures in a slightly different way. We are planning to devote time to discussing this at WE16. Ultimately, these efforts will create a reference of “best practices” as GradSWE committees become more prevalent across the country. We greatly appreciate your input! Please fill our the survey here <LINK>

(6) Postdoc Opportunities at Penn State

The College of Information Sciences and Technology and The Applied Research Laboratory at The Pennsylvania State University are currently seeking US Citizen candidates for three (3) postdoctoral scholarship positions. The job locations are in the greater Washington, DC metropolitan area. The Scholars Program was designed to utilize mission-critical expertise possessed by highly qualified subject matter experts in The Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s (DTRA) mission to combat and respond to weapons of mass destruction (WMD) proliferation and use. Recent graduates and aspiring 2016/2017 graduates are encouraged to apply.

(1)   The first position seeks candidates with a Ph.D. or equivalent in computational sociology, computational social science, or a related field. Skills required include computational modeling and simulation (agent-based modeling, social network analysis, Monte Carlo methods, uncertainty quantification, etc.) and proficiency in HPC computer programming as well as a deep understanding of social sciences. Emphasis on human behavior during crisis and disaster scenarios is beneficial.  Please see the full posting at

(2)   The second positions seeks candidates with a Ph.D. or equivalent in physical science or engineering, such as applied physics, nuclear science or engineering, physics, or a related field. Skills required include knowledge of nuclear physics and a general understanding of radiation detection methods. Training or experience in additional nuclear science & engineering areas is beneficial. Experimental or theoretical specialties are welcome, but candidates need to be willing and flexible at learning and reviewing concepts beyond their specialty. Please see the full posting at .

(3)   The third position will support research activities to improve methods for understanding nuclear explosion monitoring with an emphasis on seismic methods. Candidates should have a Ph.D. or equivalent in physical science or engineering, such as applied physics, geology, geophysics or other geosciences, physics, or a related field. Skills and knowledge required include properties of geological media, and an understanding of scientific analysis methods in detecting and characterizing earthquakes and other seismic phenomena. Please see the full posting at .

All candidates should have an interdisciplinary background and be willing and flexible at learning and reviewing concepts beyond their specialty. This is not a bench research position within a lab; it is focused on support of basic research and program management. The successful applicants must be US citizens capable of obtaining a security clearance. The appointment will be for a one-year period with a strong possibility of renewal.  Applications are being received now.

Please contact Jan Mahar Sturdevant at for more information!

(7) Grad Community Spotlights

Did you see the most recent Spotlight?

Ana Ramekar (22 August 2016):

Bridget Hegarty (5 September 2016):

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

(8) 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!


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