Being Social Media Savvy!

So much excitement is in the air with we17 just around the corner!

With that being said as Social Media Chair, I just wanted to share a few tips for being smart and savvy on your social media networks. As networking is a huge part of we17, there is great possibility that you can meet your future employers, business colleagues and intellectual collaborators. With our technology advancing world, you can be sure that many people will view your social media profile, posts, tweets, videos, pictures and more to learn as much as they can about you.  In this case, being aware of your social media presence or rather what it says about you is pretty important for building your brand and/or reputation.

So a few general tips in putting your best foot forward are as follows:

Convey your Aims/Interests
Your media outlets serve as representation of you and your interests, goals and personality.  Be sure what you want to show to future collaborators or colleagues are represented, you never know who is looking at your tweets, profile or posts. You can even have a friend or two browse over your profiles and websites to help give opinions on your material if your message comes across and even if it may or may not be appropriate.

Be Selective on Photos
You know there is a saying “A picture is worth 1000 words”, so be sure the best pictures are present conveying the best message you want representing you. Definitely enjoy life, but be cautious about what you share (in which this could also be a matter of understanding your privacy/sharing settings). In this digital world we live in, we can
be sure we are judged by the company we keep and what we post. Be visible, but you may not want to show everything (pun intended).  Be aware what the public sees can be interpreted as a reflection of you and your lifestyle.

Being active, showing well rounded personality/likability
If you have an account established, go ahead and use it! Be sure to highlight the good stuff in your life which can include academics such as those publications and research presentations as well as the not so academic such as that chorus performance or home run you hit out of the park. Enjoy your browsing and like or tag articles/posts or other things you agree with and/or support, but again be conscious that it can be interpreted as a representation of your beliefs/values.

These are just a few tips to get you started. There are many many more tips available out there and some sources can even provide specific feedback depending on which social media outlet is being used.  Be sure and do your homework, GradSWEsters!

Happy and Smart Posting! And for many of you, see you in Austin, TX!


Best Practices: GradSWE events

In this blog post, I will cover some of the best practices GradSWE sections or groups can follow and implement to have successful events. I will categorize this into two sections – type of events, and best practices or ideas or tips for engaging more graduate students.

Type of events

  • Industry-sponsored Lunch and Learn sessions with companies – Networking, Interview Skills, and Resume Review.
  • Professional sessions from Career Center – LinkedIn workshop, Life after grad school, Elevator pitches training.
  • Biweekly discussions about topics facing grad women in STEM such as presentation skills, communication, writing manuscripts/thesis/dissertation.
  • Mentorship Program/Panel – Undergraduate students learning from graduate students about conducting research, applying to graduate school, academic or research internships.
  • Panel discussion – some topics could be Women engineers in academia/industry, how to be assertive in the workplace.
  • Research poster competition – encouraging graduate students to showcase their research.
  • Social events – mixers, painting/other arts, Halloween party.

Best Practices

  • Take support from nearest SWE Professional section.
  • Strategic advertisement and marketing – sending a bulk email about GradSWE events through College of Engineering or graduate advisors of various engineering departments or International Student Services or similar offices.
  • Collaboration with other student organizations on campus and organizing joint events.
  • Work with larger SWE section at the university to include GradSWE section into a corporate sponsorship packet.
  • Work with Women in Engineering (WE) program at your school to collaborate for events.

Webinar Interest Form

Hey there, GradSWE! This is your FY18 Webinar coordinator here, and this is my first blog post. I hope everyone is enjoying their Autumn season thus far! This post will cover the following items; interest form, upcoming webinar, and link to past webinar. Please don’t hesitate to contact me at with any ideas or suggestions, I look forward to hearing from you soon!!

1.) Do you have any ideas for webinars, or do you want to present in a GradSWE webinar?  Please fill out our form!  Some of our best webinar ideas come from our GradSWE Members!

GradSWE Interest Form

2.) Please join us for a webinar by UTC Research on Monday October 16th at 4:00PM!! Link below:

Engineer Your Future – From Academia to Industry a PhD’s Journey

3.) The following link is to the past webinar on entrepreneurship, “From Capstone Project to Company Creation”:

From Capstone Project to Company Creation

WeLocal Brainstorming Conference Call

Present At WeLocal!

Always wanted to do a conference talk? Trying to improve your presentation skills? Don’t know what to present? Have a great idea, but need some help? 

Mark your calendar for a conference call  on Thursday, November 2 at 7:00pm CST to discuss your ideas for a Talk at any WeLocal conference!  WE ARE HERE TO HELP YOU BRAINSTORM!  Be on the lookout…more details coming soon!

For now, connect with us via email:
GPC-Elect:  Jodi Boutte, at
GPC:  Emily Hoffman, at


Present at WeLocal!!

WeLocal deadlines are quickly approaching! Presenting a talk is fun and a great resume booster….in addition, you never know who you could connect with! The world needs more women engineers, so contribute to the advancement of women in STEM by presenting:)

Click the links below for submission details and deadlines.  TODAY is the deadline to submit to present in Tulsa, OK!!

Tulsa, OK:

Pheonix, AZ:

Milwaukee, WI:

Pune, India:

Portland, OR:

Providence, RI:

Prague, CZ:

Please feel free to reach out to me the GradSWE GPC-Elect, Jodi Boutte, at with questions.  I hope to connect with you at WE17 in Austin!

Need some motivation today?

Who was your inspiration when you were growing up? An athlete? A pop star? A scientist?

Even though there are limited females in STEM fields, we are not limited by inspirational females who inspired us to dream big!

Personally, the character of Hermione had a huge impact on my opinion of schoolwork as a young child. I was part of the generation that learned how to read on Harry Potter books, and I instantly connected with Hermione. As Emma Watson puts it, “Hermione made it okay for girls to be the smartest in the room. To be a leader, the one with the plan.” Even when Hermione was faced with classmates who would scoff at her hard work or eagerness, she persisted and refused to change herself due to peer pressure.

If athletes were your role models, you were probably gained confidence by watching Billie Jean King prove that women are on the same playing field as men – quite literally. After tennis player Bobby Riggs stated that no female player could beat him because the female tennis game was inferior to his game, Billie Jean King challenged him to a game. It was publicized as the “Battle of the Sexes” and set a record for the largest number of attendees at a match in the US. Billie Jean beat Riggs in three straight sets, and instilled confidence in girls across the country.

Did dream of traveling to the stars when you were younger? Mae Jemison inspired the girls growing up in the 90’s when she entered into space. Not only was she the first African American woman in space, but she is also an engineer and physician – talk about an accomplished woman! While she was in space, she performed her mission duties, but she also led experiments on bone cells while she was in orbit. Her story is a great example of combining both talents and skills with passion – Mae had wanted to go into space since she was a young child, and used her talents as an engineer and physician to accomplish this goal.

Looking forward, even more young girls today will be exposed to the amazing women showcased in the recent film “Hidden Figures”. Katherine Johnson is an amazing mathematician who worked as a human computer for NASA during the early space flight push. Her work directly contributed to the successful moon landing. Johnson fought to overcome incredible biases within NASA, both gender- and racially-based. With women like Johnson as role models, the next generation of girls will continue the trend to increasing female presence in the STEM fields.

Here’s hoping these amazing women give you the push you need to finish your week strong! Keep doing what you love, despite any adversity you face, and someday the next generation will write about how inspirational you are!


Who were your inspirations growing up? Who are your inspirations now? Share in the comments below!