Graduate Community Events at WE16!

Mark your calendars for these events hosted by the SWE Graduate Community! We have grad student sessions each day. Also monitor our social media pages for real-time updates about the sessions and other social events! See the image below for links to our various social media pages, and talk up these sessions at the conference!




Call for Applications: Owens Corning Scholarship and Paid Internship

As we approach the last month leading up to WE16, the graduate community is excited to announce a new scholarship/internship opportunity sponsored by Owens Corning!

Owens Corning will select one SWE graduate student attending WE16 to receive a $1000 scholarship and the opportunity to participate in a paid internship. The recipient will be announced at the WE16 Grad Meet & Greet networking session on Thursday, October 27.

The application can be found here. All application materials are due on October 7, 2016.

Please email with any questions.


WE16: Opportunities for Involvement!

We are only TWO months (plus a few days) away from the WE16 national conference in Philadelphia, PA! Participating in a conference session is a great way to justify attending the conference and network with fellow SWE grads. Here are TWO ways to become involved in WE16 as a grad student! These opportunities include:

  1. Rapid Fire sessions – call for applications
  2. GradSWE member survey/option to participate in a panel at the GradSWE Meet & Greet

Rapid Fire Sessions: 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: 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. We greatly appreciate your input! Please fill our the survey here.

For questions about either of these opportunities, Please email Rachel at with any questions.

Tips for Summer Motivation

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The temperature may be increasing outside, but that also means for many of us so do the demands of research. As the semester comes to a close, we may not have classes to take or tests to grade as TAs, but those responsibilities are often replaced with more research demands, whether on our own projects or mentoring undergraduate interns.

A common mantra proclaimed by some academics is “summer is the best time to do research” hailing from the notion that outside responsibilities diminish at the end of the semester. While there is truth in that statement, it is also easy to  get too caught up in the demands of research, leading to diminishing productivity returns. If you’re like me and approaching your last semester before your final defense, it’s especially easy to fall into the impostor syndrome mentality during the upcoming months.

On Naturejobs, Emily Porter has listed several ways to keep our lives in check throughout the summer and reminds us that it’s okay to take a break every once in a while. In fact, it shows our confidence as researchers to keep our life in check by having outlets and hobbies as investments in our overall productivity.

Here’s to a productive, refreshing summer!



Reminder: WE16 Planning Kickoff Meeting TONIGHT!

You may have seen our previous blog post, but this serves as a reminder to dial in to the teleconference tonight if you are interested in helping plan WE16! Dial in information listed below:

Dial In: (641) 715-3580

Access Code: 306-113

Proposals are due on March 11! Submit your proposals here. For a list of currently proposed topics, email Rachel at

Help Make WE16 Great! Call for Proposals Open!

We are pleased to announce our WE16 kickoff meeting!! 

It may not seem very long since we had so much fun at WE15, but the call for proposals for WE16 is already open! If you enjoyed participating in the Graduate Community sessions at WE15 or have ideas on how to improve the grad sessions for WE16, we invite you to dial in to our community-wide teleconference! The call will be hosted by Rachel Unruh (Graduate Programming Coordinator) and Emily Hoffman (Graduate Programming Coordinator-Elect).

Date: Tuesday, February 2

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

Dial In: (641) 715-3580

Access Code: 306-113

Proposals are due on March 11! Submit your proposals here. For a list of currently proposed topics, email Rachel at


Announcing the WE16 GPC-Elect: Emily Hoffman!

Hello Graduate Community! It is my pleasure to announce Emily Hoffman, the Graduate Programming Coordinator-Elect for WE16!  Emily is a PhD candidate in Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University researching the nanoscale properties of metal hip implants using transmission electron microscopy. Emily has attended WE13 in Baltimore, WE14 in Los Angeles, and WE15 in Nashville. She also delivered talks at WE14 and WE15 about opportunities for engineers in policy for students and professionals. Emily will also serve as Graduate Programming Coordinator for WE17.

Welcome, Emily, to the Graduate Committee!

Do you have an idea or vision for conference sessions for graduate students at WE16? If so, stay tuned for more details regarding a teleconference regarding session planning for WE16 very soon!