GradSWEekly [Week of November 16, 2015]

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Meditation and Stress Management Workshop Lunch
Tuesday, November 17th | Noon-1 PM | Deere Pavilion (2005 MEL)
Feeling stressed and overworked in graduate school? We are here to help! Join us for a workshop presented by UIUC Counseling Center on how to successfully manage stress by integrating both lifestyle changes and day-to-day stress relief habits. This workshop will be tailored toward graduate women who are working on their thesis/dissertation, TA-ing, RA-ing, etc. Come and join us for lunch and learn how to enhance your graduate experience! Please RSVP for lunch!
Contact: Lana Stekovic (

Grad School Coffee Chat
Wednesday, November 18th | 4-5 PM | 112 Engineering Hall
Inspire undergraduate SWE members considering graduate school and answer any questions they might have at Grad School Coffee Chat! Often our coffee chats focus on transitioning directly to an engineering MS/PhD program, but at this special chat we will discussing alternative paths such as law school, medical school, business degrees, professional master's of engineering programs and how to apply to grad school from the work force. If you or anyone you know can offer insight into these different options, please come and share your experience, but everyone is welcome to join for coffee and discussion! Sign up here.
Contact: Ceci Klauber (

GradSWE Outreach Update--NanoSTRuCT
Fridays | 1 - 3 PM | Booker T. Washington Elementary School
Are you interested in STEM outreach and looking for a focused opportunity to engage with the community? Nanoscale Science and Technology Resources for Community Teaching (NanoSTRuCT) is a graduate student organized STEM outreach project partnering with Booker T. Washington (BTW) STEM Academy. NanoSTRuCT delivers STEM and nanotechnology themed mini-lessons and hands-on activities to the entire 3rd grade. We have 3 more visits planned for this fall, on Fridays (11/20/2015,12/4/2015, and 12/11/2015) from 1:45-2:45PM. Each weekly theme will explore an area of concentration in engineering with two activities. Each volunteer does not have to attend each session. Graduate students will share one activity with small groups of third graders from BTW in two rotations.
The more volunteers the better, so feel free to bring friends along! Interested? Sign up here.
Questions? Contact: Ashley Armstrong ( or Sierra Young (

November Social: Painting at the Art Party Studio
Friday, November 20th | Lincoln Square Mall, #161 | 7-9 PM, meet at the Union at 6:30 for a ride!
We hope you are enjoying your fall! Embrace the end of the season by creating a painting of a pumpkin at the Art Party Studio. You are welcome to bring your choice of beverage. Please register directly with the studio using this link and indicate "GradSWE" ($35). Need a ride or willing to drive? Please indicate so here byWednesday, November 18th.
Contact: Danielle (

Upcoming Events and Announcements

weSTEM 2016 Conference
Registration to attend weSTEM 2016 is now open
Join us on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at the Illini Union for the Women Empowered in STEM (weSTEM) conference, GradSWE's flagship initiative. This event provides graduate students with access to current and future STEM leaders, lending insight into diverse career paths stemming from a graduate degree. This one day conference will help you beINSPIREDstayMOTIVATED, and growPASSIONATE
Visit for more information. Space is limited, so register early to secure your spot! 
Contact: Jin Kim (

External Announcements

SME Summer Internship Opportunities for Master's Students
SME is offering special Summer Internship opportunities for Geotechnical Engineering Master’s students.  Students must have already completed one semester of their Master’s program to qualify for consideration.  The Summer Internship lasts from May 2016 through August 2016 with the possibility of part-time employment thereafter. We offer competitive wages and a $500 per month housing allowance to those selected to participate in our program.  See the attached is a job posting for more information.
Contact: Jennifer Davis (

Swarthmore College Open Faculty Position
Interested in teaching at a small liberal arts college? Positions are available for a teaching focused faculty at Swarthmore College.  For more information is available here.
Contact: Carr Everbach (