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: https://goo.gl/forms/I94FgKeEtFeOgTnl2

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!

Women Empowered in STEM (weSTEM) conference

Check out this event from GradSWE at Illinois! The Women Empowered in STEM (weSTEM) conference is a forum for graduate women to inspire one another to become leaders in their fields and to develop solutions to the technological challenges of society. The weSTEM conference is also an excellent opportunity to network with like-minded graduate women in STEM.  Applications accepted through November 20th.

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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!

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How to Benefit from Annual Conference without Attending

How to Benefit from Annual Conference without Attending

As the larger SWE community gets ready to descend on Philadelphia, PA for We16, SWE’s annual conference, many grad students are stuck in class, at the office, or in their research labs. Fret not, dear grad students! There are still ways to benefit from SWE’s annual conference without actually attending. Check out my tips below and comment if you have any tips that I missed.

1. Explore the Career Fair Exhibitors

Are you looking for a job, but will miss out on the SWE Career Fair? Check out the exhibitor list on the We16’s webpage (http://we16.swe.org/conference-agenda/). These companies are looking for SWEsters. Consider applying for the jobs online and reaching out to the recruiters on social media. Many recruiters will be tweeting that they will be at #We16.

Alternatively, browse SWE’s career center any time of the year (http://careers.swe.org/). Many companies also have postings directed towards WE16.

Another option is to find a Career Fair advocate. Convince a friend/colleague who knows you well to approach companies and drop off your resume in person. Make sure to still apply online to those companies, but recruiters will be impressed that you are a SWEet enough job candidate that your friend/colleague was willing to take the time and talk about you to recruiters.

2. Browse Session Titles for Future Collaborators and Event Ideas

Are you an outreach nut? Have you always wanted to work in government but never knew how to start? Or are you looking for your next visiting speaker? Check out the conference agenda (http://we16.swe.org/conference-agenda/) and browse the session titles. If something looks very interesting to you, reach out to the session speakers via LinkedIn or the SWE membership directory.

Do you want to know who from a specific school or company is presenting? Search keywords such as “University of Michigan” or “Central Intelligence Agency” or “Caterpillar Inc.”.

3. Register to Attend Virtually

If the distance and not the time is the only thing preventing you from engaging in We16, consider registering as a virtual attendee. You’ll gain access to special online content and see many of the sessions.

Register here: https://registration.experientevent.com/ShowWEC161/

4. Join in the Social Media Conversation

Find other SWE friends by seeing who is tweeting or posting or instagramming about the SWE conference. People are always giving or looking for advice. Join in the conversation!

Use #SWEGrad and #We16 on twitter and instagram

 

So, did I miss anything? What are your tips for those who won’t be able to attend We16 but still want to be involved?

 

Grad Member Spotlight: Siobahn Day

siobahnd-0144-crop-2Siobahn Day

PhD student, Computer Science

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

Siobahn has been a member of SWE since 2009. She joined SWE while working on her masters of science in Information Science at North Carolina Central University. Since starting her PhD, she has been an active outreach volunteer, participating in events such as Engineer Like a Girl and Black Girls Code. She maintains a website with more of her involvement: http://www.siobahncday.com/

Siobahn has been awarded one of the Google Travel grants to attend We16 in Philadeplia. She was also awarded outstanding graduate researcher by her department at NC A&T State University. Siobahn currently serve as a NASA Datanaut and is a recent 40 under 40 honoree by North Carolina Central University. Congratulations, Siobahn, on all you’ve accomplished! Keep up the great work!

What is your degree program (MS/PhD, department)? When do you expect to graduate?

I am a second year PhD student in Computer Science. My expected graduation date is May 2018.

Give a brief explanation of your research.
I have developed the concept of Adversarial Authorship as a means of preserving author anonymity. I’m currently developing and evaluating an Interactive Evolutionary Computation for Adversarial Authorship which allows users to conceal their writing style. In Adversarial Authorship, authors are provided an AuthorWeb which allows them to see graphically how their writing style compares with others in the AuthorWeb.
What do you hope to do with your degree? What are your career goals?
I hope to be able to continue my research upon graduation and possibly become an influencer in the domain of public policy. I’d like to see laws advance in regards to technology. My career goal is to become a faculty member where I hope to be an educator and encourager for those seeking the roads less traveled.
What are some of your hobbies? What do you do in your free time?
In my free time I enjoy exercising, reading, and spending time with my family.
What’s a fun fact about you?
I love cooking and learning new recipes.