Get recognized for your contribution to SWE. Apply for WE Local Awards!

Are you looking for ways for you or your collegiate/graduate group to be acknowledged for your contribution toward SWE? Do you consider yourself a remarkable individual who deserves recognition for your involvement with SWE community?

To recognize your efforts, WE Locals will offer a number of awards with much of the flavor of the Society-level awards program. The application period for WE Local Awards will run until September 30. Recipients will have the ability to choose at which WE Local they accept their award. Download the new WE Local Awards packet explaining the nomination process. Questions can be directed to awards-chair@swe.org.

Check out some of the awards you might be interested in here:

SWE Collegiate Member Awards

The Guiding Star Award recognizes exceptional collegiate leaders with at least two (2) years of SWE membership at the end of the previous fiscal year who have made outstanding contributions to SWE, the engineering community, their campus, and the community. A maximum of fifteen (15) awards will be presented annually.

The Rising Star Award recognizes SWE collegiate members with less than 2 years of SWE membership at the end of the previous fiscal year who have made outstanding contributions to SWE, the engineering community, their campus, and the community. A maximum of fifteen (15) awards will be presented annually.

Group Awards

GradSWE Groups can apply as an independent group or as part of their school’s section too! Any group of Collegiate or Professional SWE members that support the SWE mission are eligible for these awards. This can include a SWE Section, SWE Affiliate (including community college affiliate groups and sections), Members At Large, Affinity Group, Corporate Employee Resource Group (ERG), or other group of SWE members.

The Outstanding Outreach Event Award recognizes a group or groups who plan and carry out a high-quality outreach event to inspire future engineers. A maximum of twelve (12) awards will be presented annually, two each to small, medium, and large professional sections or groups and two each to small, medium, and large collegiate sections or groups.

The Outstanding Professional Development Event Award recognizes a group or groups who plan and carry out a high-quality professional development event to help women achieve their professional goals. A maximum of twelve (12) awards will be presented annually, two each to small, medium, and large professional sections or groups and two each to small, medium, and large collegiate sections or groups.

The Joint Professional/Collegiate Event Award is jointly bestowed upon a professional SWE Group and a Collegiate SWE group who have planned and implemented a joint SWE event between the two groups. A maximum of five (5) awards may be presented annually.

Please NOTE that, if you win a WE Local award, you are still eligible to apply for a SWE individual award in the same fiscal year (including a SWE award that corresponds to the same WE Local award). If you have previously won an individual SWE award, you are then ineligible to win the corresponding WE Local Award.

Get the recognition for your individual and group efforts! Let the WE Local conferences help celebrate your success and accomplishments. Apply for the WE Local Awards by September 30.

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Be a WE Local Speaker, Deadline is Approaching!

Do you want to share your insights and expertise on a bigger platform? Do you have ideas for stimulating content ready? WE Local wants to hear from you! Become a speaker at one of SWE’s WE Local Conferences in 2019. Hundreds of attendees, including other graduate students and SWE members with advanced degrees, want to hear your visions about a variety of professional and personal development topics.

Call for Participation is open for all five 2019 WE Local conferences. Mark your calendars for SWE’s 2019 WE Local conferences at:

  • WE Local Baltimore, February 8-9, 2019
  • WE Local Tampa, February 15-16, 2019
  • WE Local St. Louis, March 1-2, 2019
  • WE Local Denver, March 15-16, 2019
  • WE Local Bellevue, April 5-6, 2019

Important Note: There is only *one* Call for Participation for all 2019 conferences. During the submission process, please indicate which conference you like to present at in preference order – you may select more than one conference.

WE Local is looking for speakers to share content for all career levels on everything from salary negotiation to social issues, finance management, mentorship, diversity and inclusion, academia, re-entry, retirement and more. Review the complete list of attendee desired content here.

The deadline for submitting a breakout session summary and abstract is quickly approaching, and we want to see content from graduate students! Apply by 11 August 2018 at 11:59 EST. Join us for the 2019 WE Local Conferences!

To Know about all exciting WE Local Awards, Register for a Webinar soon!

Have you heard about SWE’s new WE Local Awards program? This program includes awards for professional and collegiate SWE members, SWE groups (including sections, affiliates, affinity groups, employee resource groups and all other groups of SWE members) and employers.

This upcoming webinar will help attendees learn about the new WE Local awards program being implemented in FY19. It will include details about what awards are included in the new program, how to apply, and give information about the application deadlines and procedures.

Awards will be presented at WE Local conferences in early 2019. The application window for FY19 opens August 1, 2018 and ends September 30, 2018. If you want to know more about the WE Local Awards program and learn how to apply, sign up for the WE Local Awards training webinar on August 9 at 7:00 p.m. CT. Register Today! Don’t hesitate to spread the word.

 

WE Locals at Providence and Prague: Why should you attend?

WE local conferences are happening right now. Have a look on what WE Locals at Providence and Prague offer to you! WE Locals are designed with many session tracks and events that are geared to the Graduate Students. Here are some of the session highlights you can expect:

Session highlights of WE Local at Providence:

  • What is an academic career?
  • Finance Savvy: You and Your SWE Section
  • She’s on FIRE: A Woman’s Perspective on Financial Independence
  • Career Fair Readiness: How do you prepare?
  • Bridging the gap: Understanding the Multigenerational Workforce
  • Finding a Research Position as a Student
  • Finding and Creating Leadership Opportunities to Get Ahead in Your Career
  • Opportunities for Engineers to Help Solve the Government’s Toughest Challenges
  • HeForSWE: Advocating with Our Male Allies
  • Salary Negotiations: Because You’re Worth It!
  • Introduction to Adulting: Financial Tips
  • Think Out of the Box: Careers Your Engineering Degree Can Take You
  • Government vs. Industry – Engineering the Right Career
  • Does this company make my butt look big?
  • WE Local Symposium (at no additional cost) for the graduate students. More info can be found online: http://alltogether.swe.org/2018/04/attend-we-local-symposium-providence/.

Session highlights of WE Local at Prague:

  • My SWE Journey from a College Student to a Scholar in Academia: How I Implemented My SWE Experience into My Life as an Academic
  • Thriving in an Emerging Industry
  • Everyone can be a STEM Ambassador
  • Presenting Technical Content with Confidence
  • Working towards Inclusive STEM: Solving the Engineering Talent Dilemma
  • Bridging the Culture Gap

Last, but not the least, you will get the opportunity to meet with potential employers and connect with peers while building your skills through professional development workshops.

Registrations are open now. Don’t miss out — register for the WE Local today!

WE Local Providence
April 20-22, 2018, Register Before Friday, April 13

WE Local Prague
May 16-18, 2018, Registration: First Come, First Served.