Outstanding GradSWE Group: Yale University

The SWE Graduate Community would like to recognize GradSWE at Yale University with a GradSWE Established Group Award for their long-standing commitment to the SWE Core Value of Inclusive Environment, fostering a diverse and inclusive community at Yale through explicit efforts to increase representation across disciplines in engineering, to collaborate with other diversity affinity groups on campus, and to increase engagement with international students and postdoctoral fellows.

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At Yale, undergraduate and graduate students in SWE work together to engage the Yale School of Engineering and Applied Sciences community. They attend the annual conferences together and have grown significantly in recent years. GradSWE at Yale is known for many recurring events, such as their annual Etiquette Dinner, LinkedIn photo shoots, and engaging activities for membership retention including holiday cookie decorating, executive board retreats, barbecues with other Yale diversity and inclusion groups, state-wide outreach events, and more! In the coming year, they aim to continue expanding their presence on campus with the goal of engaging more of the Yale graduate community in promoting women and minorities in STEM fields. 

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GradSWE at Yale fosters diversity and inclusivity by increasing representation across disciplines, collaborating with other diverse affinity groups (Women in Science at Yale, SACNAS, Out in STEM), and hosting activities geared toward postdoctoral fellows. They have hosted events aimed at international students, one by partnering with the McDougal Graduate Center and Office of Career Strategy. Their Yale Graduate Women’s Welcome, with opening remarks by the Yale Dean of the Graduate School, hosted about 100 attendees!

GradSWE at Yale places strong emphasis on professional development, hosting industry panels, resume critiques, etiquette training, and leadership seminars. They have also increased the number of annual conference attendees every year, including award winners and speakers. Programming highlights include Off the Beaten Path: Alternative Career Panel for STEM PhDs with speakers from companies including Invicro and Pratt & Whitney and “Networking and Dinner with UTC,” with whom they have built a strong relationship. They have empowered their members with information, experiences, and resources ranging from a LinkedIn head shot photo shoot to New Haven biotech company site visits, in coordination with other graduate professional groups. 

Outreach includes organizing Engineering Expo, a maker-faire styled event for local middle school students and Engineering Day – Mathematical Art, an outreach event where 20 high schoolers explored math and computer coding to create visual art. Their outreach events have gained state-wide recognition and awareness, impacting hundreds of local students from Girl Scouts and middle schoolers to high schoolers and parents. Stay up-to-date on Yale GradSWE Outreach events by following them on Instagram, @yale_gradswe_outreach!

The Yale GradSWE commitment to quality programming is preparing their members to be excellent in their future endeavors and preparing the next generation of STEM leaders to be successful in their education.

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The group was started by Bridget Hegarty, a recent PhD graduate in Environmental Engineering, former member of the SWE Grad Leadership Team (Diversity and Inclusion Liaison), and one of SWE’s 2018 Outstanding Collegiate Members. She took the initiative to charter a SWE section at Yale University and recruit graduate students to the organization while mentoring and advising the undergraduate members. Bridget also took the initiative to host leadership workshops for the rapidly expanding group, an annual business etiquette dinner, and outreach programming for middle school and high school students in the local community.  It is through Bridget’s energy, passion, and leadership that their group was able to grow, gain recognition, and evolve into a wonderful group of dedicated women and men.

If you would like to join or collaborate with Yale University GradSWE, check out their website or Facebook page!


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