Farewell FY17

My dear SWE members,

This is my last official post to you as Graduate Member Coordinator. Fiscal Year 2017 has come to an end and I leave you in the very capable hands of Genevieve Kane. This upcoming year promises to be one filled with exciting new initiatives which Genevieve and the rest of the team will champion.

Looking back, this year has been a great year for SWE and the Graduate Community. We saw our influence within the Society grow to record levels. By the numbers:

  • 70+ graduate students at the We16 GradSWE reception
  • 6 webinars hosted
  • 21 Grad Member and Group spotlights
  • Blog: 6405 visitors, 10314 views (19% and 9% increases from FY16 July-May)
  • Facebook: 465 likes (40% increase since start of FY17)
  • Twitter: 190 followers
  • LinkedIn: 130 members
  • Instagram: 88 followers

Now, I wish all of you success in your future endeavors. Good luck with your classes, jobs, and research. I believe in each and every one of you and your power as a Woman and as an Engineer. Thank you all for allowing me to the honor of serving you this past year.

Sincerely yours,
Liz Dreyer

PS – Feel free to connect with me on Twitter or LinkedIn if you want to stay in touch!

Welcome to FY17: GradSWE Edition

Welcome to FY17: GradSWE Edition

Welcome to a new fiscal year of SWE! Last year brought about many changes to the Society and the SWE Grad Community. I am confident that this year will bring about even more.

As we begin a new year for the SWE Grad Community, I’d like to introduce the rest of the Grad Community Leadership team. Our team for FY17 is:

  • Graduate Member Coordinator (GMC): Liz Dreyer – University of Michigan
  • GMC-Elect: Genevieve Kane – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Graduate Programming Coordinator (GPC): Rachel Unruh – Texas A&M
  • GPC-Elect: Emily Hoffman – Northwestern University
  • Social Media Coordinator (SMC): Allie Anderson – Colorado School of Mines
  • Webinar Coordinator (WC): Celine Liong – Stanford University

You can read a short bio about each person here: https://swegrad.wordpress.com/grad-leadership/.

Goals for FY17

This year, I have many goals for our community. I’d also love to hear from all of you on what you’d like to see the grad community do as well. Feel free to email me at grad-coordinator@swe.org (or comment below or on any of our social media) with any and all ideas on how the grad community can better serve your needs.

Some of the plans include:

  • Continued use of social media to reach out and connect SWE grad student members.
  • Increase awareness of graduate student members within Professional sections or with Professional grade memberships. Did you know? Approximately half of SWE grad members are within Professional sections.
  • Improve resources and knowledge sharing for grad students and SWE grad groups.

How to get involved

This upcoming year is full of ways to increase your involvement with the SWE Grad Community. Below are a few examples.

  1. Become a Region Grad Rep. Some Regions still need RGRs for FY17. Contact your RGR to see if the position will is available.
  2. Participate in your local SWE Grad Group or start one within your SWE section. Current SWE Grad Groups are listed here.
  3. Attend We16 in Philadelphia, PA: http://we16.swe.org/. Members of the SWE Grad Community will be attending and active again this year!
  4. Write a guest blog post for the SWE blog. Contact Liz at grad-coordinator@swe.org.
  5. Ask the SWE Grad Community a question and start up a conversation about important issues. Submit them here.
  6. Engage with us on social media:
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/SWE_grad
    Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SWEGrad
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/grp/home?gid=8412361

Again, I look forward to serving you this year and seeing the SWE Grad Community continue to grow.

Sincerely,
Liz Dreyer

Newsletter – 12 July 2016

Newsletter – 12 July 2016

Hello Grad Community!
Welcome to FY17. My name is Liz Dreyer and I am taking over as the new Graduate Member Coordinator. I look forward to serving all of you this year and seeing the SWE Grad Community continue to grow. 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.
I’d like to also introduce the rest of the Grad Community Leadership team. Our team for FY17 is:
  • Graduate Member Coordinator (GMC): Liz Dreyer – University of Michigan
  • GMC-Elect: Genevieve Kane – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Graduate Programming Coordinator (GPC): Rachel Unruh – Texas A&M
  • GPC-Elect: Emily Hoffman – Northwestern University
  • Social Media Coordinator (SMC): Allie Anderson – Colorado School of Mines
  • Webinar Coordinator (WC): Celine Liong – Stanford University
You can read a short bio about each person on the blog: https://swegrad.wordpress.com/grad-leadership/. Please join me in welcoming everyone aboard for a great year.
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. Academic Leadership for Women in Engineering (ALWE)
  2. Grad Community Spotlights
  3. Book your WE16 room now!
  4. Follow us on Social Media!

(1) 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 athttp://we16.swe.org/events/alwe/

(2) Grad Community Spotlights

Did you see the most recent Spotlight?

Stanford Grad SWE (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

(3) 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/.

(4) 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!