GradSWEekly [Week of September 5, 2016]

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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 (

GradSWE Coffee Hour with Sandia National Laboratories
Thursday, September 8th | 9-10AM | Illini Union 
Please join us in having coffee hour with Karen Coperich Branch from Sandia National Laboratories. This is a great opportunity to learn more about working at a national lab in a relaxed and informal setting. Students at any point in their graduate career are invited to attend regardless of their expected graduation date or anticipated career path. Please RSVP here! If you cannot make it, but are interested in learning more, Karen welcomes contact via email at
Contact: Malia Kawamura (

Bubble Tea Hour
Wednesday, September 7th | 5-6:30PM | LaTea Bubble Tea Lounge
As an alternative to happy hours, we occasionally have an early evening bubble tea hour at my favorite bubble tea place. I'll make sure to bring some sort of sign so you can spot me if you've never met me before. Take a break from research (even if the semester only just got started)!
Contact: Michelle Victora (

GradSWE Committee Meeting
Thursday, September 8th | 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 how you can get involved!
Contact: Ceci Klauber (

Book Club
We've picked our next book! We're reading "The God of Small Things" by Arundathi Rao. We'll read up through the end of Chapter 7 for our first meeting. If you're interested in joining, fill out this Doodle to decide the date for our first meeting!
Contact: Michelle Victora (

Upcoming Events and Announcements

Advising Lunch
Wednesday, September 14th | 12PM-1PM | 143 MEB
Come learn tips and tricks from current graduate students about how they maintain a healthy working relationship with their research adviser. This lunch will be only students, providing a good opportunity for candid discussions and stories. Please bring your own food and drink to this lunch and RSVP here!
Contact: Malia Kawamura (

Join a sub-committee!
Interested in becoming more involved with GradSWE? Join one of our sub-committees! We currently have openings in the Funding, Publicity, and Lunch Series committees. Fill out this short survey to express interest/learn more.
Contact: Erin Molloy (Publicity,, Ashley Armstrong (Funding,, Malia Kawamura (Lunch Series,

Nominate weSTEM Speakers
Have someone in mind who would be a great speaker for weSTEM 2017? Nominate them through this form. We have 10 confirmed speakers, but are looking for another keynote speaker for the event.  
Contact: Ashley Armstrong (

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 (