GradSWEekly [Week of October 3, 2016]

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Book Club
Monday, October 3rd | 5PM | Espresso Royale Goodwin & Oregon
Meeting tonight! Book is The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy. Come hang out with me at Espresso Royale.
Contact: Michelle Victora (

weSTEM 2017 Conference
Saturday, January 28th, 2017 | Illini Union
Registration to attend weSTEM 2017 is now open!
Join GradSWE at Illinois on  Saturday, January 28th for our flagship initiative - the Women Empowered in STEM (weSTEM) conference. During this annual event, STEM leaders will share expeience and insight from their diverse career paths following a graduate degree. Conference includes panel discussions and breakout sessions to facilitate one-on-one interactions with these accomplished speakers and promote the discussion of topics unique to the graduate student experience.  
Learn more and register at! Space is limited, so register early to secure your spot!
Contact: Lana Stekovic (

Upcoming Events and Announcements

Drive-In at Gibson City
As the weather becomes crisper, it seems like a good time to organize a trip to a drive-in! Movies playing will change according to the calendar -- if you're interested, help us find a good time by filling out this Doodle!
Contact: Michelle Victora (

Grad School Workshop and Coffee Chat
Wednesday, October 12th | 3-4PM | 106B1 Engineering Hall 
Inspire undergraduate SWE members considering graduate school and answer any questions they might have at Grad School Coffee Chat! Our coffee chats this semester focus on the graduate school application process, and at this special chat we will focus on fellowship opportunities and other funding venues for graduate students.  Sign up here.
Contact: Sierra Young (

Creativity Lunch
Monday, October 17 | noon-1PM | 143 Mechanical Engineering Building
Would you like to learn more about creativity, innovation and vision? This lunch will focus on creativity as a skill and help prepare you for innovation leadership roles. Keilin Jahnke, an Agriculture and Biological Engineering graduate student who has instructed a class on this topic, will be presenting. This will be a brown bag (bring your own) lunch with light sides provided. Please sign up here if you plan on attending.
Contact: Malia Kawamura (

External Announcements

Living Positive Kenya
Living Positive Kenya is a small non-profit organization devoted to the care and rehabilitation of HIV+ women in Kenya. Professor Brian Lilly from the Illinois TEC has worked closely with this organization over the past several years with the primary goal of providing economic opportunities for women in the program. One of his initiatives has been the establishment of a tilapia fish farm which generates both high value nutrition for the women and cash sales of the excess fish. Prof Lilly is looking for a student to help optimize the design of the bio-filters in the fish tanks, transition to a solar-powered filtration system, and maximize profits for the women. Similar experience or knowledge of CE 330 course material is desirable, but not required. If you would be interested in helping with the filter design please contact Prof Lilly. For a quick look at the work, visit
Contact: Professor Brian Lilly (