GradSWEekly [Week of September 26, 2016]

Front and Center

Paint Night
Tuesday, September 27th | 7PM-9PM | The Art Party Studio in Lincoln Square Mall 
A time and date has been chosen! Price is $35 (or $31.50 if you buy with someone else). Register on their website. Also, fill out this form to organize transportation. 
Contact: Michelle Victora (

Happy Hour
Wednesday, September 28th | 8PM | Blind Pig
Come celebrate your weekly Mug Night with a bunch of other lady engineers! We're still holding on to outdoor seating while the weather holds, so let's go to the Blind Pig Brewery (formerly known as Small Pig) and discuss how the first month of school is going.
Contact: Michelle Victora (

Learning Lunch
Friday, September 30th | 12PM-1PM | 143 MEB
Are you interested in how people learn physics and gain expertise in a subject? Do you want to learn how to best communicate your research in a way that other people can learn from you?  Join us for a presentation by Professor Jose Mestre, a professor of both physics and psychology. This will be a brown bag (bring your own) lunch with light sides provided. Please sign up via this form if you plan on attending.
Contact: Malia Kawamura (

Upcoming Events and Announcements

Book Club
Monday, October 3rd | 5PM | Espresso Royale Goodwin & Oregon
Seems like Monday works better for people! If you haven't started reading yet, this month's book is The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy. Feel free to come and chat about it with other awesome ladies.
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 (

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 (