I was a member of SWE throughout my whole undergrad. I made so many friends, visited new places, and had gained so many opportunities. As I approached graduation, I was so worried that I wouldn’t be able to stay involved in SWE as a grad student. I saw opportunities for undergrads and professionals, but not much for us in between. I knew grad students were generally welcome at their university’s section, but I’d never seen them hold leadership positions, and frankly I wanted those positions to go to the undergrads – to make sure they stick with SWE!
Thankfully, while scrolling through the meeting program app at WE17, I came across an event called ‘grad student reception’. At the time, I was a post-bacc researcher, but I basically considered myself a grad student, and wanted to meet more grad students. The reception was a blast! I met many new people, and bumped into some friends I only get to see at WE meetings. I also learned about GradSWE as an organization (had no idea until then!), and immediately wanted to get involved. I was told that the position of Graduate Programming Coordinator-Elect was currently open. A month later, I excitedly submitted my application, and a few weeks after that, I was selected.
Now, a year later, I’m thrilled to share that the application is open again! If you are interested in advocating for grad students in the context of SWE among a team of bright, talented, intelligent women, please consider applying! The primary role of GPC-E is to work in tandem with the GPC to provide content for graduate/perspective graduate students at SWE’s annual meeting. After a year as GPC-E, she transitions to GPC for the following year. It is very important to note that this is essentially a two year commitment. While there are certainly tasks to complete throughout the year, the culmination is obviously SWE’s annual society conference, thus attendance is absolutely critical.