Call for applications: GPC-Elect!

Are you excited about the growing number of opportunities for graduate students in SWE on the national level? Did you attend WE15 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. A list of this year’s graduate events at WE15 can be found here. 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 WE16 and GPC for WE17.

Applications are due by Tuesday, December 15 at 11:59 PM CST. Download the application using the link below. Send completed applications to Rachel Unruh at



WE14 Rapid Fire Submissions Due in 2 Weeks!

Submissions for the WE14 Rapid Fire presentations are due in just two weeks, on July 16th!

Here is your chance to present your technical work to a broader audience, learn how to connect your your thesis to broader goals, and get some feedback on your presentation. As a previous participant, I found it to be very useful, both for improving my presentation skills and for really hearing what challenges other SWE graduate students are solving in their research groups.

It also gives you a further opportunity to solicit funding from your advisor to attend the WE14 conference!

Click here to submit an abstract.

Note that your abstract must be constructed around one or more of the NAE (National Academy of Engineering) Grand Challenges. Detailed descriptions of these challenges can be found on their website.

Submitted abstracts will be reviewed by a panel of judges, and notifications will be sent out in August. Please keep in mind that all chosen Rapid Fire presenters must confirm that they will attend WE14.