Meet our We17 Sponsors: Praxair

Meet our We17 Sponsors: Praxair


We are pleased to announce Praxair is sponsoring the Rapid Fire research presentation competition at We17. Through this sponsorship, Praxair and GradSWE members can connect for networking, professional development, and career opportunities. Praxair is interested in students like you!

Whether you are attending conference or not, be sure to check out their Careers Page for more information. Learn about their career areas, culture, and leadership development program.

They have both full-time opportunities and internships. Praxair is looking for talented engineers like our GradSWE members!

Polish your resume and practice your elevator pitch, We17 is all about making new connections.

Meet our We17 Sponsors: Autodesk

Meet our We17 Sponsors: Autodesk

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We are pleased to announce Autodesk is sponsoring the Graduate Student Reception at We17 (Friday, October 27 at 5:00). Through this sponsorship, Autodesk and GradSWE members can connect for networking, professional development, and career opportunities. Autodesk is interested in students like you!

Whether you are attending conference or not, be sure to check out their Careers Page for more information. Learn about their career opportunities for graduating students.

Check out their LinkedIn and even their Instagram!

Polish your resume and practice your elevator pitch, We17 is all about making new connections.

Creating Your Mentoring Network

A mentoring network is your group of mentors. When you are considering a major career or life decision, having a group of mentors that share their thoughts and advice is critical. Often we start mentoring relationships but do not always keep them active. One mentoring relationship I have kept active for over 10 years is with my master’s advisor. I took her biomaterials class in 2006 and since then have kept in touch through email and phone conversations.

How to Keep the Mentors You Have

If you already have mentors, it is important to keep in contact with them. Most mentors are understanding that you are busy and will email or call when you want to talk. It’s good to email them every 3-6 months with an update on your career and if you are comfortable, your personal life. My emails generally talk about my current job, if I am considering a switch in careers and an update about my daughter who just turned one. Consider the mentors you have now, when was the last time you contacted them?

What Types of Mentors Do You Need

For the mentors you already have, what are their careers? Are you considering a career move soon, going to graduate school or moving somewhere else?

If you find you have a lack of mentors in the career path you are interested in, it’s time to find new mentors. Recently, I am deciding if I want to stay in industry or pursue an assistant professor job. It became clear that those paths require different mentors.

How to Find Mentors

Finding mentors can be difficult. There are programs you can enroll in. I have found success in meeting mentors through classes, research, events, etc.  GradSWE has a mentoring program, if you are interested, find the links below to join. You can reach out to people within your network.  You can network and find new mentors. See the link below to a blog post about how to network.

How Many Mentors Do You Need

The number of mentors each person needs can vary. Currently, I have 25 mentors that cover academia (10), industry (10), retired and other (5).  You can really have mentors that span any industry, age, demographic, etc. I also include in that total, peer mentors that are similar in age but also have great advice. One of my mentors is retired and she was extremely successful in the business sector. Her field is very different from my own, but she gives great advice about work/life balance and working in a male-dominated field. So how many mentors do you really need? You want enough diverse mentors to give you a good sampling of careers and feedback, however not too many that you cannot maintain the relationships.

Attending WE17? – Check out these events

  • SWE Mentoring Session Thursday, October 26th 4:30-5:30 PM (ACC –  Room 7)
  • GradSWE Reception Friday, October 27th 5-6:30 PM (MARR – Brazos)
  • GradSWE Mentoring Meet-up 6:30-?? (Meet at MARR-Brazos)


Networking Where to Start

GradSWE Mentoring Program

For Mentors:

For proteges:

PostDoc Opportunities through PathwaysToScience has 167 different postdoc and early career opportunities posted on the site, including postdoctoral fellowships, grants, travel awards, mentoring opportunities, and more.

Browse the full list of opportunities here:

Or use our advanced search page to narrow your results:

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!



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

Apply for the Academic Leadership for Women in Engineering (ALWE) Program


Interested in a career in academia?  Consider applying for WE16’s ALWE program!

SWE is pleased to offer the Academic Leadership for Women in Engineering (ALWE) program at WE16. ALWE is geared toward existing faculty members and graduate students, giving them an introduction to the tangible skills and knowledge needed to pursue and gainfully acquire institutional leadership positions at a university.

Participants who qualify will receive travel assistance to attend the program at WE16 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Applications of due August 15th.

Click here for more details about the program.