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


SWE scholarship application for the 2017-2018 academic year is now open


The SWE Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to women studying baccalaureate or graduate programs, in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology and computer science. In 2016, SWE awarded approximately 230 new and renewed scholarships valued at over $750,000.

Sophomores through graduate students application period: December 1, 2016 – February 15,2017

Click here for the application.


Check out this funding opportunity offered through the Zonta International Foundation!
The Amelia Earhart Fellowship was established in 1938 in honor of famed pilot and Zontian, Amelia Earhart. The US$10,000 Fellowship is awarded annually to 35 women pursuing Ph.D./doctoral degrees in aerospace-related sciences or aerospace-related engineering. It may be used at any university or college offering accredited post-graduate courses and degrees in these fields.

Women of any nationality pursuing a Ph.D./doctoral degree who demonstrate a superior academic record in the field of aerospace-related sciences or aerospace-related engineering are eligible.

Applications are due November 15th.  Click here for more information.


Funding Opportunity – AAUW International Fellowships

The application period for the American Association of University Women (AAUW) International Fellowship opened on August 1st! Applications for this fellowship are due December 1st.

The International Fellowship program provides support for women pursuing full-time graduate or postdoctoral study in the United States who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Fellowship amounts are:

Master’s/first professional degree: $18,000
Doctoral: $20,000
Postdoctoral: $30,000

Click here for more information.


Newsletter – 26 July 2016

Newsletter – 26 July 2016

Hello Grad Community!

July is almost over, but there are still lots of things to do before the school year begins. See below for info about opportunities at We16. If you ever have any comments or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact myself and the rest of the SWE Grad Community Leadership team by emailing

Please be sure to forward this to other graduate students, or those who are supportive of women getting advanced STEM degrees!

In this newsletter:
1. Google Travel Grant
2. Survey on Graduate Studies Funding
3. Academic Leadership for Women in Engineering (ALWE)
4. Grad Community Spotlights
5. Book your WE16 room now!
6. Follow us on Social Media!

(1) Google Travel and Conference Grant

WE16 is just a couple months away and we know you are making your plans to be there! We also know you may be interested in receiving some travel funds to help pay for your whole experience.

Well if you work or study in computer science, computer engineering, information technology, or related technical field, consider applying for a Google Travel and Conference Grant.

Google Travel and Conference Grant recipients receive:

  • The cost of their conference registration covered
  • A $500 pre-paid Visa gift card
  • The special opportunity to interact with some current Googlers

The deadline to apply for a grant is August 5, 2016 and you can apply now. If you have any questions, please contact

(2) Survey on Graduate Studies Funding

Grad students from Georgia Tech are looking to get in touch with people who have “nontraditional” funding sources for their graduate program (e.g. NOT a research assistant, teaching assistant or well-known fellowship). If you fit this criteria or know someone who does, please forward this to them! They are looking to profile them for a We16 talk on funding your graduate degree! Link to the form is here: <LINK>

(3) Academic Leadership for Women in Engineering (ALWE)

The overarching purpose of ALWE is to give female academics in engineering departments an introduction to the tangible skills and knowledge needed to pursue and gainfully acquire institutional leadership positions at a university.

Participants in the program will experience two-full days and six interactive sessions that will provide best practices to advance in academia while creating opportunities and mechanisms to network across institutions. To that end, the objectives of ALWE are as follows:

Recognize the various roles associated with holding leadership positions within academia.

Learn strategies and tools to advance in leadership roles within academia.
Learn negotiation skills to use in pursuing institutional leadership positions.
Expand an existing network of women in academia.
Support a community of practice focused on similar goals and faced with similar challenges.

Dates:  October 28 – 29, 2016
Time:  8:30 a.m.– 5:00 p.m.
Location:  WE16 – Philadelphia, PA
Check out the tentative agenda.

Check out more information and apply for the program at

(4) Grad Community Spotlights

Did you see the most recent Spotlight?

Lainy Dromgoole Cochran (11 July 2016):

Astha Khanna (25 July 2016):

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

(5) 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

(6) Follow us on social media!


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

~ Liz Dreyer
FY17 Graduate Member Coordinator | Society of Women Engineers

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:

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!!!