GradSWEekly [Week of April 18, 2016]

Front and Center

Congrats to the new GradSWE Board!
Director: Ceci Klauber
Treasurer: Kate Dahlke
Secretary: Alice Lai
Funding Coordinator: Ashley Armstrong
Lunch Coordinator: Malia Kawamura
SWE Liaison: Sierra Young
Social Coordinator: Michelle Victora
Publicity: Erin Molloy
weSTEM Director: Megan Witzke
weSTEM Speaker Coordinator: Ashley Armstrong
weSTEM Attendee Relations: Lana Stekovic

Grad School Coffee Chat
Wednesday April 20th | 3-4PM | 112 EH
Join us for the last Grad School Coffee Chat of the semester! Celebrate with SWEesters that have made their decisions and answer questions about what to do over the summer to prepare for application season in the fall! Sign up to help here.
Contact: Cecilia Klauber (

Outreach with ENVISION: Family Engineering Fair
Saturday, April 23rd |1-3PM | Booker T. Washington 
Are you interested in sharing hands on engineering activities with local students? Are you looking to expand your educational and outreach impact? ENgineers Volunteering in Stem educatION (ENVISION) is a graduate student group who is participating in two more exciting outreach events this month. Activities at BTW will range from egg carton batteries to making kaleidoscopes. We will be partnering with the PTA at BTW, the Douglass Branch of the Champaign Library, Champaign Park District, ASME, and Pi Tau Sigma, and are anticipating upwards of 300 people! Sign up here.
Please check out ENVISION's website for more information.
Contact: Ashley Armstrong (

Upcoming Events and Announcements

GradSWE Committee Meeting
Wednesday, April 27th | 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 (

Outreach with ENVISION: Leal Science Night
Friday, April 29th | 6-8PM | Leal Elementary
A science night for Leal students and their families to cycle through various hands on activities. Sample activities will include a CD hovercraft and gum drop domes. Sign up here.
Please check out ENVISION's website for more information.
Contact: Ashley Armstrong (

GradSWE Happy Hour
Wednesday, May 4th | 8PM | Sipyard in Urbana
Join us for happy hour on the first Wednesday of every month! In May, we will be going to Sipyard in Urbana.
Contact: Cecilia Klauber (

External Announcements

The 21st Century Scientist workshop: Representation
Friday, April 29th | 8:30AM-5PM |Beckman Institute
The 21st Century Scientist working group at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is excited to invite you to our 2nd annual workshop on science communication and community! We hope to challenge each other to discuss questions such as: Who is represented in science?  How is science represented in the media?  How can you better represent scientific results?  How can we represent a more diverse and inclusive version of science?
We welcome  Dr. Danielle Lee, aka "The Urban Scientist" at Scientific American, as our keynote speaker as she reflects on how identity has shaped her career and outreach trajectories thus far. Workshops will be led by Dr. Lee, Danielle Ruffatto, Education & Outreach Specialist for the Prairie Research Institute at the Illinois Natural History Survey, and Diana Yates, from the University of Illinois News Bureau.  Lunch is included.
This exciting conference is being put together by a dedicated team of faculty, graduate students, and staff across departments at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign.  This effort is financially supported by the Beckman Institute and the UIUC Focal Point Initiative.
Please register here and find more details at our website.
Contact: Mary Rogers (

ICTM State Math Finals - Volunteers Needed!
Saturday, May 7th | UIUC Main Quad
Over 3000 high school students from across Illinois participate in the state math competition, and they need many volunteers for jobs such as ushering, grading, assistants to the directors, moving exam boxes, data entry, setting up awards, clean up, etc. Most jobs are short and need little or no training. They also need a few graduate students to act as judges for the Orals Competition.
If you are interested, please check out the volunteer webpage for a list of the jobs and times.