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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Newsletter – 20 September 2016

Hello Grad Community!

As We16 continue to approach, I am reminded of the importance of recognizing outstanding SWE Grad members. Do you know someone (or yourself) or a Grad Group who deserves recognition? Submit their name here: http://goo.gl/51Oh1H

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 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. WeLocal: Pittsburgh & San Jose (Now OPEN)
2. MS Students needed for Engineering Education Study
3. GradSWE Mentoring Program – Seeking Professionals
4. We16: Rapid Fire Sessions (Now OPEN!)
5. We16: Member Survey
6. Grad Community Spotlights
7. Follow us on Social Media!

(1) WeLocal

Do you love the SWE Annual Conference? Coming soon to an area near you — WE Local! In February 2017, there will be two WE Local Conferences, one in Pittsburgh and one in San Jose. These conferences will be local versions of the Annual Conference with many of the same session tracks and events. Check out http://welocal.swe.org/ for more information. Interested in participating? The call for presentations is now open!

The link for Pittsburgh: http://precis2.preciscentral.com/Link.aspx?ID=525FD259DFA24729

The link for San Jose: http://precis2.preciscentral.com/Link.aspx?ID=95490371A92DD717

(2) MS Students needed for Engineering Education Study

Researchers from Kettering University are looking for a diverse group of master’s students to participate in an engineering education study. They are particularly interested in those who worked for a period of time before pursuing their graduate degree. See masters-engineering-students-research-project for full details. Contact Diane Peters (dpeters@kettering.edu) or her postdoc, Dr. Elizabeth Gross (egross@kettering.edu) with any questions .

(3) Professionals needed for GradSWE Mentoring Program

GMC-elect, Genevieve Kane, is now working on setting up the first round pairs for the GradSWE Mentoring Program. Are you a professional member? We are in need of more professional members to serve as mentors. If interested, please fill out the survey below or contact Genevieve at grad-coordinator-elect@swe.org.

Learn More: https://swegrad.wordpress.com/2016/08/01/new-gradswe-student-mentoring-program/

Survey: https://goo.gl/forms/C1yZQXIAfrtfVPGn1


(4) Rapid Fire Sessions

Year after year, Rapid Fire presentation prove to be a very beneficial way for SWE grads to practice presenting their research in front of their peers and a panel of judges. The call for applications is officially open and due on Monday, September 26th at 11:59 pm EST. Please fill out the application here. <LINK>

Master’s and PhD students are highly encouraged to apply.

(5) GradSWE Member Survey

Does your university have a GradSWE committee? If so, we would love to have your input! Each GradSWE committee arranges their funding and committee structures in a slightly different way. We are planning to devote time to discussing this at WE16. Ultimately, these efforts will create a reference of “best practices” as GradSWE committees become more prevalent across the country. We greatly appreciate your input! Please fill our the survey here <LINK>

(6) Grad Community Spotlights

Did you see the most recent Spotlight?

Bridget Hegarty (5 September 2016):
https://swegrad.wordpress.com/2016/09/05/grad-member-spotlight-bridget-hegarty/

Celine Liong (19 September 2016):
https://swegrad.wordpress.com/2016/09/19/Grad-member-spotlight-Celine-Liong

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

(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!

 

Call for Applications: Owens Corning Scholarship and Paid Internship

As we approach the last month leading up to WE16, the graduate community is excited to announce a new scholarship/internship opportunity sponsored by Owens Corning!

Owens Corning will select one SWE graduate student attending WE16 to receive a $1000 scholarship and the opportunity to participate in a paid internship. The recipient will be announced at the WE16 Grad Meet & Greet networking session on Thursday, October 27.

The application can be found here. All application materials are due on October 7, 2016.

Please email richelle.thomas@owenscorning.com with any questions.

 

WE16: Opportunities for Involvement!

We are only TWO months (plus a few days) away from the WE16 national conference in Philadelphia, PA! Participating in a conference session is a great way to justify attending the conference and network with fellow SWE grads. Here are TWO ways to become involved in WE16 as a grad student! These opportunities include:

  1. Rapid Fire sessions – call for applications
  2. GradSWE member survey/option to participate in a panel at the GradSWE Meet & Greet

Rapid Fire Sessions: Year after year, Rapid Fire presentation prove to be a very beneficial way for SWE grads to practice presenting their research in front of their peers and a panel of judges. The call for applications is officially open and due on Monday, September 26th at 11:59 pm EST. Please fill out the application here. Master’s and PhD students are highly encouraged to apply.

GradSWE Member Survey: Does your university have a GradSWE committee? If so, we would love to have your input! Each GradSWE committee arranges their funding and committee structures in a slightly different way. We are planning to devote time to discussing this at WE16. Ultimately, these efforts will create a reference of “best practices” as GradSWE committees become more prevalent across the country. We greatly appreciate your input! Please fill our the survey here.

For questions about either of these opportunities, Please email Rachel at grad-programs-coordinator@swe.org with any questions.

SWE Grad International: Liberia Edition

Greetings from Liberia!

Today’s blog post is about the international efforts of SWE and SWE members. Did you know that SWE has sixteen international affiliates? SWE’s international presence is growing every day. Here is a snapshot of where it stands.

SWE international by the numbers:
– 16 SWE international affiliates representing 10 countries
– 2 sister societies (in Japan and Korea)
– 2 annual international conferences (WeEurope and WeIndia)
– 8 SWE international champions

– 33% or 66% membership discounts based on country

– Free “Friend of SWE” membership for students outside of the United States.

As grad students, we have a unique perspective on SWE as a global society. Many of us regularly interact with peers who are from many different countries. As academics, we may go to conferences all around the world and collaborate with diverse people on research projects. As professionals, we may work on engineering teams with global remote employees. In either case, SWE is there for you.

As for me, SWE has broadened my view of the world. By being involved in SWE, I have been able to travel to Liberia in West Africa three times. In fact, I am here now!

I am in Liberia working with Africa’s future first SWE student affiliate – L-SWE. L-SWE started in 2013 the help of two graduate SWE members from the University of Michigan. The SWE at UM members introduced the idea of a global network of women engineers to the Liberian students and encouraged them to start their own student group. Three years later, L-SWE has over 40 members from three Liberian universities.

Last year, with the support of the SWE Professional Development Grant, 9 members of SWE at UM facilitated a two-week residential leadership camp for 30 female Liberian engineering students in Kakata, Liberia. The camp, L-SWE SUCCESS, covered academic, professional, and leadership development activities as well as engineering projects and student organization skills. It was a smashing SUCCESS!

Now, I am back in Liberia with a new team ready to facilitate a second camp. It started yesterday, Monday, 15 August 2016. You can learn more about last year’s activities and this year’s camp by following our social media.

Blog: GradSWEatUM.wordpress.com

Twitter: @GradSWEatUM
Instagram: @GradSWEatUM

Now, this is just my personal experience. SWE graduate student members are engaging with the global engineering community in many different ways.

How have you interacted with SWE globally? Please share in the comments below or email me at grad-member-coordinator@swe.org to be featured in a future blog post.

Until next time,
Elizabeth Dreyer
Grad Member Coordinator FY17

Region F Call for Speakers

Hello All,

The Region F conference is right around the corner and the graduate group is in desperate need of speakers. There are several sessions geared towards graduate students including a rapid-fire presentation and a panel on mentor relationships in graduate school. These are great opportunities to get involved the regional conference and build your network. Additionally, many colleges will offer financial assistance to speakers at conferences. If you are interested in learning more about these presentation opportunities, visit https://regionf.wordpress.com/2015/12/06/region-f-conference-rapid-fire-technical-talk/  contact Genevieve Kane at genevieve.kane24@gmail.com

Enjoy Regional Conferences everyone!

Reminder: WE16 Planning Kickoff Meeting TONIGHT!

You may have seen our previous blog post, but this serves as a reminder to dial in to the teleconference tonight if you are interested in helping plan WE16! Dial in information listed below:

Dial In: (641) 715-3580

Access Code: 306-113

Proposals are due on March 11! Submit your proposals here. For a list of currently proposed topics, email Rachel at grad-programs-coordinator@swe.org.