GradSWEekly [Week of February 1, 2016]

Front and Center

GradSWE Committee Meeting
Wednesday, February 3rd | 5PM | 143 MEB
Getting involved with GradSWE is a great way to meet outstanding women in engineering, connect with faculty, and add valuable leadership experience to your resume. Come to this meeting to find out more info.
Contact: Anna Oldani (

GradSWE Happy Hour
Wednesday, February 3rd | 8PM | Jupiter's Pizzeria and Billiards
Join us for happy hour in downtown Champaign on the first Wednesday of every month! Want a reminder e-mail? Sign up here.
Contact: Cecilia Klauber (

7th Level Engineering: A Mastery vs Performance Mindset Luncheon
Wednesday, February 10th | Noon - 1PM| Deere Pavilion, 2005 MEL
Engineers stuck in a chaotic, never ending problem solving performance mindset (which often results in total burnout) should take some cues from professional athletes such as world-class Olympians, who use a mastery mindset to perform at their best. While both approaches end in achieving goals, one approach leaves a person exhausted and stressed, while the other results in a person maintaining control and balance in their life and career. Anna Oldani, GradSWE Director and Angeli Gamez, weSTEM Conference Director, will go over a session from the we15 conference, which examines both approaches and explores why the mastery approach is ultimately superior to the performance mindset. Please reserve your spot for lunch here!
Contact: Lana Stekovic (

Outreach Opportunity: NanoSTRuCT is back!
Friday February 12th | 1-2:30PM |Booker T. Washington Elementary
Are you looking to expand your educational and outreach impact? Nanoscale Science and Technology Resources for Community Teaching (NanoSTRuCT) is a graduate student organized STEM outreach project partnering with Booker T. Washington Elementary (BTW) STEM Academy. In partnership with the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST), NanoSTRuCT delivers STEM and nanotechnology themed mini-lessons and hands-on activities to the entire 3rd grade at BTW.
We have 4 weekly visits planned for this spring on Fridays (2/12/2016, 2/19/2016,2/26/16 and 3/4/16) from 1:30-3:00PM. Each weekly theme will explore an area of nanotechnology. Graduate students will share one activity with small groups of third graders from BTW in four rotations. We have designed individual activity pamphlets for each student to help keep the students engaged. All sessions at BTW are not required and volunteers can choose which Friday session(s) to attend.
To express interest, please sign up at the linked form.
Contact: Ashley Armstrong ( or Sierra Young (

Upcoming Events

Grad School Workshop and Coffee Chats
Tuesday, February 16th | 5:30-6:30PM 
Thursday, February 18th | 5-6PM
We'll be kicking off this semester's series of Grad School Coffee Chats with a information meeting/workshop about things we wish we knew before applying to/how to be a competitive applicant for grad school. This is a great opportunity to interact with and inspire undergrads! If you would like to help, please let us know here.
Contact: Ceci Klauber (

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (IGED)
Saturday, February 20th | 1:45-3:20PM | Loomis
Help undergrad SWE at their IGED event by judging for the design challenge. The event is on Saturday 2/20 at Loomis, and judges would need to be present from about1:45 - 3:20 pm.
Contact: Lara Flasch ( and Ashley May (

Lessons of Leadership and Influence: weSTEM 2016 Review Luncheon
Tuesday, February 23rd | Noon - 1PM | 143 MEB
Come and join us for lunch and learn lessons of leadership and influence attendees took away from the weSTEM 2016 Conference! We will be sharing tips and insight acquired from attending, so if you missed it, this is great chance to hear the highlights! Please RSVP for lunch here!
Contact: Lana Stekovic (

External Announcements

OTCR Info Sessions & Application Deadline
OTCR is the premier student-run consulting group at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. They will be holding the following info sessions this week:
Monday, February 1st | 8 – 9PM | 106B8 EH
Wednesday, February 3rd | 8 – 9PM | DKH 123
Thursday, February 4th | 8 – 9PM | 245 WOHLR
Applications are due Friday, February 5th, 11:59 PM
Contact: Kylie Vickery (

Free Screening of PhD Movie 2: Still in Grad School
Wednesday, February 17th | 6:30 PM | Foellinger Auditorium
Join the Graduate College for a FREE screening of the PhD Movie 2: Still in Grad School on February 17th at 6:30PM in Foellinger Auditorium, presented in partnership with the Engineering Graduate Student Advisory Committee (EGSAC). Follow the adventures of Nameless Grad Student and his band of fellow grads as they attend an important academic conference and square off against a rival group to compete for results and grant money. What will befall Cecilia whose advisor is going on sabbatical leaving her with two choices – finish her thesis (and fast) or spend (yet) another year in grad school?! Based on the popular comic strip, “Piled Higher and Deeper” by Jorge Cham. Doors open at 6PM and seats go fast, see you there!
Watch the official trailer here.
Contact: Ritu Raman (