BeHEARD Challenge

The 2016/2017 Rare Genomics Institute BeHEARD (Helping Empower and Accelerate Research Discoveries) Challenge, which provides technology grants for rare disease research, has launched, and invites you to apply or spread the word! We have over $650,000 of technologies available for applicants to choose from. This competition is hosted annually by the Rare Genomics Institute and is open globally to researchers, foundations, or anyone whose research is constrained due to limited resources.

We partner with companies to provide free technology grants such as mouse models, genome analysis software, and cell lines. Applicants select one or more technologies that they think would benefit their research, and submit a proposal for each technology. Research proposals are evaluated by an expert panel of scientists, RG staff, and company representatives, who determine winners for each technology based on the technology’s fit with the research and the potential for the research to advance rare disease treatments. The application is short (~2 pages) and very straightforward.

For more information on the competition and the application, please visit our website: http://www.raregenomics.org/beheard-competitionThe deadline for applications is February 28, 2017.

Director, Danielle Fumagalli, at Danielle.Fumagalli@raregenomics.org.

For more information on RGI’s cutting-edge work visit our website at www.raregenomics.org.

Work-Life Balance Webinar NEXT WEEK

Hello SWE! Check out our upcoming webinar on Monday!

The Great Balancing Act: Reviewing Goals and Achieving Work Life Balance on Jan 23 at 7PM EST
This workshop on Work Life Balance is meant to help analyze how you currently distribute your time and determine if you use it effectively to work toward your main goals. We want to enable you to identify the imbalances in your life, and learn some techniques to reorganize and maximize your time to achieve your goals. The session will begin by having the participants write down their 3 main goals such as family, career, fitness, travel etc. Then we will ask them to quickly map out their current time expenditures to determine if where they spend their time truly matches their goals. The session will then discuss some tactics for building a more balanced life and ways to help achieve goals. The tactics that will be covered are: 1) Set specific goals with reminders to stay focused. 2) Organize your work and personal life in one place: plan ahead, keep important notes in a visible place.  3) Build in downtime and personal time. 4) Learn how to say no and establish boundaries for yourself: Most women in SWE tend to be the “Superwoman” type and even we need to be able to say no. 5) Communication is key: be upfront with your boss on your needs. 6) Don’t overwork and overstress yourself, sometimes the overtime isn’t worth it.

Data Science Fellowship/Incubator

The Data Incubator is an intensive 8 week fellowship that prepares masters students, PhDs, and postdocs in STEM and social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists. The program is free for Fellows and supported by sponsorships from hundreds of employers across multiple industries. In response to the overwhelming interest in our earlier sessions, we will be holding another fellowship.

Who Should Apply: Anyone who has already obtained a masters or PhD degree or who is within one year of graduating with a masters or PhD is welcome to apply. Applications from international students are welcome. Everyone else is encouraged to sign-up for a future session.

Locations: In addition to the below in-person locations, we will have a remote online session:

  • New York City
  • San Francisco Bay Area
  • Seattle
  • Boston
  • Washington, DC.

Dates: All sections will be from 2017-03-27 to 2017-05-19.

Application Link: https://www.thedataincubator.com/fellowship.html#apply?ref=wcmVzaG5pY0BzdGFuZm9yZC5lZHU=

Data Science in 30 minutes: Learn how to build a data-science project in our upcoming free Data Science in 30-minutes webcast. Signup soon as space is limited.

 

“Moving from perfection to action” Webinar

Check out this upcoming webinar tomorrow

Moving from perfection to action: learn to be “good enough”

12/15 webinar at 1pm ET/12pm CT

Do you spend too much time fine-tuning your work?  Do you feel guilty when you submit something that isn’t quite “good enough”? Do you hold yourself back from taking on the next role because you aren’t quite ready yet?  Our research shows that ambitious women are their worst enemies when it comes to promotions. Seeking perfection in everything we do is a key obstacle. Too often we are so focused on perfecting every tactical move and detail that we lose sight of what’s really important (and frankly, don’t have the time for it!). Although perfection is a noble goal, it typically does not help land a bigger office or a fatter paycheck. In this webinar, you will learn: 1) how to prioritize and set expectations to showcase your impact; and 2) how to recognize the trappings of perfectionism and choose how to add value strategically.

Archived Webinars

Hi SWE!

Here are some past webinars that you may find useful. Email Celine at celine.liong@gmail.com if you have any webinar topics you’d like to see!

Earn $100,000 to Fund your Engineering Education

School is expensive, but your engineering education and degree are well worth the investment! Scholarships and fellowships can be extremely helpful for a number of reasons. In this talk, I will share a handful of tips and tricks to help you earn money for school through engineering scholarships (provided by SWE and other organizations and companies) and graduate fellowships (like NSF and NDSEG). I’m here to share tips and tricks that I haven’t seen elsewhere that have worked well for me. This information can also be applied to school applications.

 

Career Planning for College Students: I Am About to Graduate – What on Earth Do I Do Now?

Whether you started career planning and job searching a year ago, a month ago or today, there are a few things you can do to get the ball rolling to land a job you enjoy. Number 1: Don’t Panic! It’s never too late to launch a thoughtful strategy designed to land you employment. Number 2: Know you are valuable in myriad industries and ecosystems. In this webinar, designed specifically for students who are still in school/early in their career, you will learn specific tasks you can do RIGHT NOW to get a job and advance in your career. You will emerge with a solid and strategic plan that you can adapt at any stage of your career, but is especially valuable for those who are about to graduate or finish their postdoc and haven’t lined up a position yet. And perhaps equally important, you will leave the webinar feeling more confident and excited about what your near (and far) future holds for you.

Conflict Management Skills for Women (3 Part Webinar Series): How to Practice Patience, Show Confidence & Get the Results You Really Want: Part 1

They Don’t Teach Corporate in College

  • This one-hour webinar will address the most critical aspects of twenty-something on-the-job behavior and communication, and will provide attendees with concrete strategies they can use immediately to succeed in a professional environment. Understand the importance of the professional persona – or the mature, competent face you project to the work world – and the first impression.
  • Learn the basics of communicating assertively and using verbal, nonverbal, and ecommunication vehicles in an effective manner.
    Master the essential steps for networking effectively and securing a mentor and/or sponsor in your organization.
  • Troubleshoot negative emotions that arise in the workplace, including anger, frustration, and hurt.

Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

Application Link

Deadline: November 1, 2016

Every year, The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans supports thirty New Americans, immigrants or the children of immigrants, who are pursuing graduate school in the United States.

Eligibility:

1. NEW AMERICAN STATUS
One of the following must be true as of the application deadline:
  • Born in the US: You are a US citizen by birth and both of your parents were born abroad as non-US citizens.
  • Naturalized Citizen: You have been naturalized as a US citizen either on your own or as a minor child under the application of one of your parents.
  • Green Card: You are in possession of a valid green card.
  • Adopted: You were born outside of the US or one of its territories and were subsequently adopted by American parents, and were awarded US citizenship as a result of your adoption.
  • DACA: You have been granted deferred action under the government’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Note: For all of the above, it must be true that both of your parents were born outside of the United States as non-US citizens, and were not eligible for US citizenship at the time of their births.

2. ACADEMIC STANDING

You will be, or expect to be, enrolled in a full time graduate program at a US university for the 2017-18 academic year, and one of the following must be true as of the application deadline (November 1, 2016):

  • You are in your senior year of college and expect to receive your bachelor’s degree as of June 2017.
  • You have graduated from college, and are not currently enrolled in a graduate program in the US.
  • You are currently enrolled in a graduate program in the US that is different from the program in which you will be enrolled for the 2017-18 academic year.
  • You are currently in the graduate program you will be continuing in 2017-18, and you have not begun the third year of study for that program.
  • You are in a joint-degree program, and have not begun the third year of the degree program you want funding for in 2017-18.

Ineligible Graduate Programs: Online programs, executive MBAs, joint bachelors/master’s programs, certificate programs, and post-baccalaureate programs

3. AGE

You cannot have reached or passed your 31st birthday as of the application deadline.

 

WE16 Webinars

WE16 is around the corner and there are webinars coming up to help you prepare. Whether you’re a first-timer or an experienced attendee, the following webinars offer great tips on how to navigate the conference.

WE16 Orientation Sept 14, 2016 @ 11AM CT (15-20 min)

  • Describe all the communication tools that WE16 is using to advertise conference programming and events.
  • List the special events happening at WE16 (keynotes, career fair, banquets, etc.) and the highlights for both collegiate and professional members.
  • Identify what to do before, during, and after the conference to make the most of their conference experience.

What Not to Wear – SWE Conference Edition Sept 21, 2016 @ 11AM CT (15-30 min)

  • Describe the appropriate dress code for events at WE16 and other professional events.
  • Name specific “Do’s and Don’ts” for professional attire.
  • Identify how to exude confidence in a professional setting.

Networking for Newbies Sept 28, 2016 @ 11AM CT (15-30 min)

  • Name the benefits/importance of networking.
  • Identify gaps in their network to focus on building.

Career Fair Savvy Oct 3, 2016 @ 11AM CT (30 min)

  • Improve your chances of having a successful career fair.
  • Create a plan to make the best use of your time.
  • Understand the opportunities that the career fair can offer.