CU-Denver has received funding to support several PhD students for the upcoming fall semester.

The SHRC Program is a U.S. Department of Education-sponsored GAANN (Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need) PhD fellowship program, focusing on interdisciplinary training of fellows in the area of Transportation Engineering for Safe, Healthy and Resilient Communities.

The three-year fellowship will cover:

  • Tuition
  • Fees
  • Conference Travel
  • Annual Stipend

Find out more at


Funding Opportunity: L’Oréal USA For Women In Science fellowship program


The L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science program recognizes and rewards the contributions women make in STEM fields and identifies exceptional women researchers committed to serving as role models for younger generations.  More than 2,250 women scientists in over 110 countries have been recognized since the program began in 1998.

In the US, the L’Oréal USA For Women In Science fellowship program awards five post‐doctoral women scientists annually with grants of $60,000 each. Applicants are selected from a variety of fields, including the life and physical/material sciences, technology (including computer science), engineering, and mathematics.

I invite you to collaborate with us and spread the word to your community about this special fellowship program for exceptional female post‐doctoral researchers who are also committed to serving as role models for the next generation of girls in STEM.

Applications will open on November 28, 2016 and are due by February 3, 2017.

The application and more information about the L’Oréal USA For Women in Science program can be found here.

FY16 Highlights & Memories


It’s hard to believe that FY16 is coming to a close! It has been such an honor serving the Graduate Community as the SWE Graduate Community Graduate Member Coordinator over the past year, as the GMC-Elect during FY15, and as the Regional Conference Coordinator during FY14. SWE has been such a big part of my life ever since starting college nearly 10 years ago. My involvement in and the benefits I have received from SWE have evolved as I progressed through my undergrad and graduate careers and now as I move into my professional career. WE16’s theme definitely encapsulates how I view SWE – Life’s Variable: SWE’s Your Constant. I hope all of you have also seen many of the benefits that SWE offers you regardless of what life stage you find yourself in. Moreover, I hope you have found the Graduate Community to be a helpful resource.

My goal as Graduate Member Coordinator was to increase our grad student participation in SWE through an increased social media presence, increased annual and regional conference participation, and to reach out to those not already aware of the Graduate Community. To accomplish this increase in online participation, we first established the Social Media Coordinator role. We then created a Twitter and LinkedIn platform, and transitioned from a Facebook group to a page, so that Grad Community members could access information through whatever platform they prefer. We started the Grad Member/Group Spotlight to highlight the amazing things Grad Members and Grad SWE groups are accomplishing throughout the world. The Grad Community Newsletter is a recent establishment as well and provides Grad Community updates straight to your email inbox on a bi-weekly basis. Both the Spotlight and Newsletter pages are new to the Blog to keep records of all these great things. Also new to the blog are the Funding/Employment, FAQ, and Resource pages.

We had great participation at the annual conference in Nashville, TN this year and made many new friends at WE15 thanks to our Grad Community sign and constant posting on Facebook and Twitter. Many people found us for the keynotes, Celebrate SWE!, and other fun activities. Regional conferences were successful as well with many poster competitions being regular events and grad student friendly sessions being offered.

We’ve reached out to grad students who are not aware that they can be involved in SWE as graduate students through our Grad Region Points of Contact, as well as creating and promoting the Membership Toolkit items to collegiate and professional sections. Many of our graduate leadership team and Grad Region POCs spoke to their regions at Region Conferences this year to further get the message out about the Grad Community. At WE15, I spoke with Region Governors as well as the Counselors and Faculty Advisors to further spread the Grad Community message.

Well, those are lots of words. We’re engineers and scientists, how about some numbers to illustrate the impact we’ve had this year? Keep in mind: (1) we started with zero Twitter and LinkedIn followers, since we created both this year; and (2) we moved to a Facebook page, so all the likes are new. These numbers are as of 19 June 2016.

  • Twitter followers: 114
  • Twitter likes: 10
  • Tweets: 251
  • LinkedIn members: 88
  • Facebook: 329 likes
  • Facebook highest reach: 1408 (April 4, 2016)
  • Blog views so far in 2016: 5204
  • Blog visitors so far in 2016: 3028
  • 2016 Blog traffic set to surpass 2015 traffic (7853 views, 4232 visitors) and 2014 traffic as well (6284 views, 3285 visitors)
  • Email subscribers at the end of FY16: over 3000! An incredible increase from about 200 subscribers going backwards from FY15.

Wow! What a story those numbers tell! Thank you all for a fantastic year! Thank you to the FY16 fantastic Graduate Community Leadership Team – Liz Dreyer, GMC-Elect; Richelle Thomas, WE15 GPC; Rachel Unruh, WE16 GPC; Emily Hoffman, WE17 GPC; Allie Anderson, Social Media Coordinator; Judy Amanor-Boadu, Webinar Coordinator; Meisha Berg, Regional Conference Coordinator. They all did a fantastic job this year!

I leave you in the tremendously capable hands of Liz Dreyer. I have no doubt that she will continue this fantastic trend of increasing graduate student participation and expand on it even more during FY17!

Yours in SWE,

Katharine Gamble, FY16 SWE Graduate Member Coordinator

SWE Grad Newsletter – 17 May 2016

Hello Grad Community!

In this newsletter:

  1. Leadership Coaching Committee looking for members
  2. Upcoming webinar: Writing Recommendation Letters
  3. New funding opportunity on the blog
  4. Looking to form virtual team of female engineers and scientists to solve NASA problems
  5. Grad Community Spotlights
  6. Book your WE16 room now!
  7. Follow us on Social Media!

(1) Leadership Coaching Community looking for members

The Leadership Coaching Committee provides proactive leadership coaching to SWE organizational units, including sections, regions, and MALs.  Trained Leadership Coaches provide Society leadership with the coaching and support essential to maintaining healthy, vital, and growing section, region, and MAL organizations.  Training modules on various aspects of SWE operations, and/or necessary leadership and management skills for SWE success, are delivered to sections via local venues, delivered to sections and regions through the Region Conferences, and are delivered to all members of SWE at the Society Annual Conference.

Leadership Coaches have prior SWE leadership experience which is essential in having the perspective needed to tackle section and region roadblocks and hurdles. Leadership Coaches can have either a professional or collegiate section focus.

There is especially a need for coaches in Regions F and G, as well as professional focused coaches in Region H.

If you are interested in being part of the Leadership Coaching Committee please contact your region lead or the FY16 LCC Chair Faith Chu at

(2) Upcoming Webinar: Writing Recommendation Letters

Wed, May 25, 2016 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT

This webinar will present how to write recommendation letters for various applications, such as jobs, scholarships, fellowships, research positions and awards. Multiple aspects will be discussed, including strategies to gather student information, FERPA policy, ePortfolios, as well as pitfalls to avoid. The audience will be able to have sample recommendation letters by the end of this webinar.

Register here:

(3) New funding opportunity on Blog

NASA has released a new fellowship — read more on the blog!

Don’t forget to check out the other fellowship, funding, and employment opportunities!

(4) Looking to form virtual team of female engineers and scientists to solve NASA problems

Looking for collegiate or professional women with engineering or scientific backgrounds(or studying engineering). Basically NASA is looking for civilians to volunteer in contributing to projects that they are currently trying to solve. These projects involve the earth, mars, the space station, etc. You can work individually or in teams, virtually or at a local event. I was just hoping that with the help of your organization, I can try to organize a virtual team of women engineers or scientists who are interested in volunteering in this program. I also believe that it can be a great way to network as well. The application process is online and totally free and doesn’t take long for approval. Want to get involved? Contact Courtney Sanders –

(5) Grad Community Spotlights

Did you see the most recent Spotlight?

Stanford Grad SWE (16 May 2016):

Do you know someone (or yourself) or a Grad Group who deserves recognition? Submit their name here:

(6) Book your WE16 room now!

Now is the time to start thinking about your plans for WE16.  You can book your hotel, sign up to be notified when conference registration is live, and more at

Sign up to volunteer for WE16! It’s a great way to give back to the conference that gives so much, and you get a discounted registration rate!  More at

(7) Follow us on social media!


Facebook page:



As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at!


New NASA Fellowship opportunity

2016 NASA Education Research Announcement (NRA): Aeronautics Scholarship and Advanced STEM Training and Research (AS&ASTAR) Fellowship Activity


NASA’s Office of Education is seeking proposals for a NASA Education Aeronautics Scholarship and Advanced STEM Training and Research (AS&ASTAR) Fellowship. The purpose of the NASA Education AS&ASTAR Fellowship activity is to support the vitality and diversity of theSTEM workforce of NASA and the United States by training and funding graduate students during their STEM academic endeavors and providing access to NASA, its content, unique facilities, and STEM experts.


NASA Education AS&ASTAR seeks, independently conceived graduate research proposal that response to the NASA Research Opportunity found in the solicitation.


The specific goals of NASA Education AS&ASTAR activity is to support the following NASA Education multi-year performance goal and API:


  1. Multi-year Performance Goal:
  • 2.4.1: Assure that students participating in NASA higher education projects are representative of the diversity of the nation.


  1. Annual Performance Indicator:
    • ED-16-1: Provide significant, direct student awards in higher education to (1) students across all institutional categories and levels (as defined by the U.S. Department of Education), (2) racially or ethnically underrepresented students, (3) women, and (4) persons with disabilities at percentages that meet or exceed the national enrolled percentages for these populations, as determined by the most recent, publicly available data from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics for a minimum of two of the four categories.


The specific objectives for NASA Education AS&ASTAR awards are to:


  1. Improve the nation’s future STEM workforce by developing the skills and competencies of graduates pursuing degrees in STEM disciplines, one student at a time;
  2. Provide opportunities for a diverse population to participate and contribute to NASA’s missions and projects;
  3. Use NASA’s unique mission content, workforce, and facilities in order to enhance and increase the capabilities, diversity, and size of the nation’s next generation workforce needed to enable future NASA discoveries;
  4. Improve the rates at which students, who have historically been underrepresented in NASA-related fields, are awarded graduate degrees at their respective universities in the STEM fields.


On or about May 16, 2016, this NASA Research Announcement: “NASA Education Aeronautics Scholarship and Advanced STEM Training and Research (AS&ASTAR) Fellowship”, NNH16ZHA001N will be posted on the NASA research opportunity homepage at Proposals are due by June 17, 2016, at 11:59pm EST.


Pre-proposal teleconference is to take place on Monday, 5/23/16 at 3:00 pm Easter (12:00 pm Pacific). Please cut and past the link: and join the teleconference as a guest. The telecom number is 1-844-467-6272 and the passcode is 993012.


Questions concerning NASA Education Aeronautics Scholarship and Advanced STEM Training and Research (AS&ASTAR) Fellowship Activity, may be directed to Elizabeth Cartier, NASA Fellowships and Scholarships Deputy Program Manager, Ames Research Center, Office of Education, Moffett Field, CA 94035; E-mail:

Newsletter – 17 Nov 2015

Hello Grad Community!

If you know of other graduate students who may be interested in the Graduate Community, please forward these emails on to them, or point them to the Blog and Facebook pages! If you are part of a Grad Group, please ensure your distribution list receives these emails!

In this newsletter:

  1. Facebook Group deleted — join us on our Social Media pages!
  2. GET INVOLVED IN THE GRAD COMMUNITY! Graduate Programming Coordinator-Elect application now open!
  3. Upcoming Webinar
  4. Grad Community Spotlights
  5. Engaging Graduate Students in Collegiate and Professional sections
  6. Blog Basics: Local Graduate Groups
  7. New funding/employment opportunities on our Blog

(1) Facebook Group deleted — join us on our Social Media pages!

As of November 1st, we’ve deleted the Facebook Group – so be sure to join us on LinkedIn, the Facebook Page, and Twitter!

Twitter: @SWE_grad –
Google Calendar (to add to your Calendar!):

(2) GET INVOLVED WITH THE GRAD COMMUNITY! Graduate Programming Coordinator Elect application now open!

Are you interested in helping to plan the sessions and events at WE16 and WE17? Applications are now being accepted for the Graduate Programming Coordinator Elect position on the Graduate Community Leadership Team!

The Graduate Programming Coordinator Elect (GPC-Elect) works with the Graduate Programming Coordinator and a dedicated team of graduate students and professional SWE members to create a diverse track of sessions for current graduate students, and for those who are considering going to graduate school, for the annual SWE conference. The GPC-Elect assists the GPC, in preparation for the following annual conference. This is a 2-year commitment, first as GPC-Elect and then as GPC.

Obtain the application here:

Send completed applications to Rachel Unruh:

Deadline is December 15th!

(3) Upcoming webinar

This month’s webinar is focused on SWE’s Public policy on the application of Title IX. It is a recorded webinar presented by Cathy Pieronek who is an Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Director of the Women’s Engineering Program at the University of Notre Dame College of Engineering.

The webinar is about Title IX:  The Good, The Bad, The Unfinished: SWE’s Public Policy efforts focus on the application of Title IX, the law that prohibits sex-based discrimination in education, to engineering programs specifically and all STEM programs generally.  This webinar will provide participants with a background in Title IX to understand how the law works, what it has accomplished since its enactment in 1972 (both good and not so good), and what remains to be done in terms of bringing women into full participation with men in STEM educational opportunities.

Follow this link to view this recorded webinar.

(4) Grad Community Spotlights

Did you see the most recent Spotlights?

University of Texas at Austin (2 Nov 2015):

Stephanie Gillespie (16 Nov 2015):

Do you know someone (or yourself) or a Grad Group who deserves recognition? Submit their name here:

(5) Tips for Engaging Graduate Students in Collegiate and Professional sections

Wanting to get graduate students involved in your collegiate or professional section? Check out this article on All Together with helpful tips, including a Membership Toolkit item and links to our Grad Community blog.

(6) Blog Basics: Local Graduate Groups

This week, we start a new recurring series in this newsletter: Blog Basics. In these segments, I will highlight a different section of the blog, to give readers a better idea of the information you can find on the Grad Community blog.

Today, we focus on Local Graduate Groups:

This page on the blog lists the existing SWE Graduate Groups at various collegiate sections. Are you interested in getting involved at your university? Check out this page first to see who the best point of contact is. If your university is not listed, chances are there is no Graduate Group. If there is — please contact me and I will add you to this list! If there is truly not a grad group, talk to your collegiate section about starting one! You can find tips on starting a Grad Group in the Resources section:

(7) New funding/employment opportunities on our Blog

It’s that time of year again – fellowship application deadline time! Are you looking for funding for next year? Or how about a PostDoc or full-time position? Make sure to check out the Blog for a list of opportunities! New ones are always being added – several from last week at WE15!

As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at!


Grad member spotlight: Himani Agrawal

29 June 2015

Himani Agrawal


PhD Student, Expected graduation Spring 2017

Mechanical Engineering, University of Houston

Himani was recently selected for the Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future Fellowship, a prestigious $50,000 per year fellowship awarded to women PhD students from developing countries. You can read more about it here:


What is your research?

In the summers right now, I am doing internship at Microsoft Research Redmond. My research interests are Computational Biology and Statistical Mechanics. My research project is “HIV induced membrane softening”. Please visit my research blog:


What do you plan to do after graduation?

I am very interested in becoming faculty after doing a Post Doc.


What are some of your hobbies?

I am very fond of singing and taking Indian Classical Voice Lessons presently. This Fall, I also plan to enroll at the Moore School of Music at UH for Opera Voice Lessons.


What’s a fun fact about you?

I am also very fond of travelling. In fact I am travelling to Germany tomorrow to take part in the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting where I will get to meet and interact with 70 Nobel Laureates and also go on a boat trip with them. Apart from that I am invited by the State of Baden-Wurttemberg to explore the German Southwest for a week which include to several universities, labs, German Black-forest and many more exciting places!!!