Newsletter – 20 September 2016

Hello Grad Community!

As We16 continue to approach, I am reminded of the importance of recognizing outstanding SWE Grad members. Do you know someone (or yourself) or a Grad Group who deserves recognition? Submit their name here:

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. Grad Community Spotlights
7. 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) Grad Community Spotlights

Did you see the most recent Spotlight?

Bridget Hegarty (5 September 2016):

Celine Liong (19 September 2016):

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

(7) 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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