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?

 

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Grad Member Spotlight: Celine Liong

19 September 2016

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Celine Liong

PhD student, Bioengineering, expected graduation June 2019

Stanford University

 

Celine helped to start her undergrad (University of California San Diego) SWE chapter’s first Team Tech team. She also helped in piloting the engineering school’s first overnight stay program where UCSD SWE members hosted newly admitted high school students so that they could learn more about the opportunities at UCSD’s engineering and how SWE can serve as a resource.

Celine has been awarded the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG), the Stanford Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education (EDGE)-STEM Fellowship, the UCSD Boeing-IDEA center scholarship, the San Diego SWE continuing student scholarship, and the UCSD SWE-California Space Grant Consortium Research Scholarship. Congratulations, Celine, on all you’ve accomplished! Keep up the great work!

 

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

Bioengineering PhD at Stanford. I expect to graduate June 2019.

Give a brief explanation of your research.
I work on electronic skin, a flexible and stretchable electronic device designed to mimic the tactile sensing of real human skin. I hope to apply e-skin to treat phantom limb pain. E-skin can be used to create active neural prostheses so amputees have a sense of touch and a way to treat nerves that are randomly firing. 

What do you hope to do with your degree? What are your career goals?
I hope to work in industry R&D in the future, focusing on wearable electronics that have therapeutics or diagnostic applications. 

What are some of your hobbies? What do you do in your free time?
I like to run, rock climb, and cycle. I also like to bake and take advantage of sunny California weather either by going to the beach or reading outside.
What’s a fun fact about you?
I’ve never watched Lord of the Rings.

Newsletter – 28 June 2016

Hello Grad Community!

SWE’s FY16 ends on 30 June, and so does my tenure as Graduate Member Coordinator. Thank you all for such a fantastic year! It has been an honor serving the Graduate Community. Check out my reflection on the blog for some amazing numbers on the impact we’ve had this year — https://swegrad.wordpress.com/2016/06/23/fy16-highlights-memories/

As of 1 July, Liz Dreyer will become the Graduate Member Coordinator. I look forward to seeing the Grad Community grow even more!

Summer has arrived! Congratulations to all those who have graduated and moved on to greener pastures! Good luck to those continuing to pursue their degrees. The Grad Community Leadership Team hopes that you find the resources we offer to be of use. If you ever have any comments or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact us by emailing grad-coordinator@swe.org.

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. Collegiate Leadership Institute
  2. Academic Leadership for Women in Engineering (ALWE)
  3. Grad Community Spotlights
  4. Book your WE16 room now!
  5. Follow us on Social Media!

 

(1) Collegiate Leadership Institute
We invite interested collegiate and graduate members to apply for the Collegiate Leadership Institute, hosted at the WE16 Annual Conference in Philadelphia on October 27-29. CLI will span three days with six highly-interactive sessions. Sessions will start at 9 am and run throughout the morning on Thursday 10/27, Friday 10/28, and Saturday 10/29. All of the speakers and facilitators selected for CLI are noted experts in leadership and career development.

This is a free opportunity for you, so don’t hesitate to apply. A modest stipend for travel/accommodations will be distributed to CLI attendees.

*** RCT members (RCR, RCCE, RCS, SWEFL) are automatically accepted to CLI and need not apply through this application. ***

Please submit your application by Friday, July 8, at 11:59 pm PST. Applicants will be notified by mid-August.

Please contact sweflcoordinator@gmail.com with any questions.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1b04xXIUE80wiykWqwHEptjar5MMGv5YMc2qLs2sldMk/viewform  (application)

 

(2) 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 http://we16.swe.org/events/alwe/

 

(3) Grad Community Spotlights

Did you see the most recent Spotlights?

Maria Choi, PhD (13 June 2016)
https://swegrad.wordpress.com/2016/06/13/3225/

Alexandra Long (27 June 2016)
https://swegrad.wordpress.com/2016/06/27/grad-member-spotlight-alexandra-long/

Do you know someone (or yourself) or a Grad Group who deserves recognition? Submit their name here: http://goo.gl/51Oh1H

 

(4) 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 http://we16.swe.org/.

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 http://we16.swe.org/.

 

(5) Follow us on social media!

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SWE_grad
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SWEGrad
Blog: https://swegrad.wordpress.com/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/grp/home?gid=8412361

 

As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at grad-coordinator@swe.org!

-Katharine

Katharine Brumbaugh Gamble, PhD

FY16 Graduate Member Coordinator | Society of Women Engineers

FY16 Highlights & Memories

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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

Newsletter – 14 June 2016

Hello Grad Community!

Summer has arrived! Congratulations to all those who have graduated and moved on to greener pastures! Good luck to those continuing to pursue their degrees. The Grad Community Leadership Team hopes that you find the resources we offer to be of use. If you ever have any comments or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact us by emailing grad-coordinator@swe.org.

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. WE16 Poster Competition abstracts due June 15th!
  2. Academic Leadership for Women in Engineering (ALWE)
  3. Grad Community Spotlights
  4. Book your WE16 room now!
  5. Follow us on Social Media!

 

(1) WE16 Poster Competition abstracts due June 15th
Abstracts for the WE16 Collegiate Technical Poster Competition are due one week from now on June 15th! The Poster Competition is a great way to practice talking about your research to a wide variety of backgrounds.

Find out more at

https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/30961-Society-Of-Women-Engineers?utm_content=buffer56548&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

(2) 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, get more information, and apply for the program at http://we16.swe.org/events/alwe/

 

(3) Grad Community Spotlights

Did you see the most recent Spotlight?

Malika Grayson (30 May 2016):

https://swegrad.wordpress.com/2016/05/30/grad-member-spotlight-malika-grayson/

 

Maria Choi (13 June 2016):

https://swegrad.wordpress.com/2016/06/13/3225/
Do you know someone (or yourself) or a Grad Group who deserves recognition? Submit their name here: http://goo.gl/51Oh1H

 

(4) 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 http://we16.swe.org/.

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 http://we16.swe.org/.

 

(5) Follow us on social media!

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SWE_grad

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SWEGrad

Blog: https://swegrad.wordpress.com/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/grp/home?gid=8412361

As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at grad-coordinator@swe.org!

-Katharine

 

Newsletter – 1 June 2016

Hello Grad Community!
Summer has arrived! Congratulations to all those who have graduated and moved on to greener pastures! Good luck to those continuing to pursue their degrees. The Grad Community Leadership Team hopes that you find the resources we offer to be of use. If you ever have any comments or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact us by emailing grad-coordinator@swe.org.

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. Grad Community Spotlights
  2. Book your WE16 room now!
  3. Follow us on Social Media!

(1) Grad Community Spotlights

Did you see the most recent Spotlight?

Stanford Grad SWE (16 May 2016):
https://swegrad.wordpress.com/2016/05/16/grad-group-spotlight-stanford-grad-swe/

Malika Grayson (30 May 2016):
https://swegrad.wordpress.com/2016/05/30/grad-member-spotlight-malika-grayson/
Do you know someone (or yourself) or a Grad Group who deserves recognition? Submit their name here: http://goo.gl/51Oh1H

(2) 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 http://we16.swe.org/.

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 http://we16.swe.org/.

(3) Follow us on social media!

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SWE_grad

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SWEGrad

Blog: https://swegrad.wordpress.com/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/grp/home?gid=8412361

As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at grad-coordinator@swe.org!

-Katharine

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 LCC_Region_X@swe.org or the FY16 LCC Chair Faith Chu at faith.swe@gmail.com

(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: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4694427941495709443

(3) New funding opportunity on Blog

NASA has released a new fellowship — read more on the blog! https://swegrad.wordpress.com/2016/05/16/new-nasa-fellowship-opportunity/

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 – orange8601@hotmail.com

(5) Grad Community Spotlights

Did you see the most recent Spotlight?

Stanford Grad SWE (16 May 2016):

https://swegrad.wordpress.com/2016/05/16/grad-group-spotlight-stanford-grad-swe/

Do you know someone (or yourself) or a Grad Group who deserves recognition? Submit their name here: http://goo.gl/51Oh1H

(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 http://we16.swe.org/.

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 http://we16.swe.org/.

(7) Follow us on social media!

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SWE_grad

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SWEGrad

Blog: https://swegrad.wordpress.com/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/grp/home?gid=8412361

As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at grad-coordinator@swe.org!

-Katharine