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We17 Collegiate Poster & Rapid Fire Competition – Applications Open!

Are you interested in attending We17? Apply for the Collegiate Poster & Rapid Fire Competition!

20 graduate student will be selected for travel stipend and award, 10 for the poster competition and 10 for the Rapid Fire talks.

Apply here:

Deadline is June 15.

Be a Part of WE17! Call for Proposals is Open!

We are pleased to announce our WE17 grad programming kickoff meeting!

You are invite to join. Yes you!

The call for proposals for WE17 is open. If you enjoyed participating in the Graduate Community sessions at WE16 or have ideas on how to improve the grad sessions for WE17, we invite you to dial in to our community-wide teleconference! The call is to brainstorm and plan ideas for grad-focused sessions at WE17. You could be part of leading a session! The call will be hosted by Emily Hoffman (Graduate Programming Coordinator) and Jodi Boutté (Graduate Programming Coordinator-Elect).

Date: Wednesday, February 15

Time: 9:00 pm Eastern (8:00 pm Central, 7:00 Mountain, 6:00 Pacific)

Phone Number: 712-451-0011
Access Code: 409-810

Agenda: GoogleDoc

Proposals are due on Friday, March 10. Submit proposals here. For a list of currently proposed topics or for any questions, email Emily at emilyhoffman18 [at] gmail [dot] com.

Call for applications: GPC-Elect!

Application link:

Are you excited about the growing number of opportunities for graduate students in SWE on the national level? Did you attend WE16 and gain lots of inspiration and ideas to better serve the graduate community? Do you in any shape or form want to play a role in continuing to grow graduate student programs on the national level? If you said yes to any of these, you should apply to be the Graduate Programming Coordinator-Elect (GPC-elect)!

Each year the GPC-elect works alongside the GPC to construct and formulate the agenda of events for graduate students at the national conference. Through the GPC-elect role, you get to work with a wonderful team of ladies to help shape sessions impacting the SWE graduate community nationwide (and beyond)! Additionally, there are numerous networking opportunities accompanying this role where you will create long-lasting connections as you serve as GPC-elect for WE17 and GPC for WE18.

Applications are due by Sunday, January 8 at 11:59 PST. Follow the link above to apply!

Owens Corning Grad SWE Scholarship

Application Link

DEADLINE:  October 7, 2016

Owens Corning is pleased to offer a $1000 scholarship to the Society of Women Engineers Graduate Community. This scholarship is intended to provide the scholarship recipient with direct exposure to a career in science & technology. The scholarship has two components, the monetary prize and an opportunity for job placement.

– US Citizen or otherwise eligible to work in the United States on a permanent basis
– 3.0 GPA
– Major of study: Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, and other building materials related fields
– Completed at least 3 years of doctoral study OR 1 year of masters study if not pursing PhD
– Willing and able to complete internship at Owens Corning Science & Technology in Summer 2017, unless graduating
– Planning to attend the WE16 Annual Conference for Women Engineers, Philadelphia, PA October 26 -30, 2016

Get involved in GradSWE: Rapid Fire Applications and Grad Survey


Monday, September 26th at 11:59 pm EST

APPLY: online form

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.

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


GradSWE Member Survey: online form

We need your input! Yes, you!

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.

Staying kind in graduate school

Have you ever been barreling down a train of thought, only to encounter a “what?” and a blank stare from the person you thought was along for the ride? You’re always going to encounter people that have a different knowledge set than yours. I think this simple fact can sometimes be hard to remember: not everyone knows what you know. As engineers, I think we often face this.

It’s a challenge, and you can meet it in two ways. I recently encountered a knowledge mismatch situation. The knowledge mismatch wasn’t even about something technical. It was about how grad school works, how departments, labs, and years of grad students are organized. Right now, my whole life is grad school, so this lack of knowledge from my conversation partner drove me mad. I was expecting them to know what I was talking about, but was instead met with confusion.

I handled that particular conversation the wrong way. I said something sharp and snarky. Later, I had a great reflection with a fellow engineer about how to approach situations like this in the future. I realized I needed more tools for this type of situation. We agreed that the key tool to use is attitude, or we called it “head-space.” You can fall into a head-space that’s characterized by acting like “I know everything” and being dismissive. The opposing head-space is one of slowness, understanding, and kindness. When your conversation partner gives you a “what?”, you slow down. You remember to show understanding and patience.

These are two distinct mindsets that an engineering grad student could take. I present that the kindness mindset makes you a better lab mate, TA, friend, and partner. Think of it: haven’t you had a mentor or TA who took a long time to explain a concept to you? It probably made you feel empowered to keep trying new things. Evan as work and school get frustrating, even when it’s easier to be irritated, I’m trying to spend more time in a kind, compassionate head-space.