GradSWEekly [Week of April 17, 2017]

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Graduating? Let's celebrate!
Are you graduating in May or did you graduate in December? GradSWE wants to celebrate your accomplishments at our Graduation/End-of-the-Year Lunch. Please fill out the very short form here.
Contact: Malia Kawamura (

GradSWE Committee Meeting
Thursday, April 20 | 5pm | MEB 143
Stay up to date with our end-of-semester events by coming to a Committee Meeting!
Contact: Sierra Young (

March for Science
Saturday, April 22 | 5pm | Orpheum Children's Science Museum
Join GradSWE and march in the C-U March for Science this Saturday! Fill out this form so we can coordinate meeting up and making signs.
Contact: Michelle Victora (

Upcoming Events

Bowling at the Union
Wednesday, April 26 | 7-9pm | Illini Union
Take a break from studies by joining other GradSWE members at the Union for a bowling round or two! Sign up here.
Contact: Michelle Victora (

GradSWE Fermilab Professional Experiences Lunch
Tuesday, May 2 | 12-1pm | 2240 Digital Computing Laboratory
Have you ever wondered what it is like to work in a national laboratory? Join GradSWE to hear directly from three Fermilab engineers about their day to day experiences. Additionally, learn specifics about what Fermilab searches for during recruitment so that you know what skills to hone while in graduate school. Fermilab will be sponsoring the lunch. Please sign up here if you plan to attend.
Contact: Malia Kawamura (

External Announcements

EGSAC Quality of Life and Wellbeing Survey
Available online until April 24
This 10-15 minute survey is part of a student-led research initiative to understand the engineering graduate student experience at Illinois. It will enable us, the Engineering Graduate Student Advisory Committee (EGSAC), to advocate to the College of Engineering on your behalf. Simply click on the link sent to you via email (subject: Engineering Graduate Student Survey) to begin responding! All survey responses are anonymous, and results will not be shared about groups small enough such that the individuals within the group could be considered identifiable.
Contact: Erin Molloy (

Brown Bag Lunch - Diversity Initiatives in STEM
Wednesday, April 19 | 1-2pm | Asian Cultural Center
The Science Policy Group is hosting a brown bag lunch discussion on diversity policy initiatives in STEM. The goal of this discussion is to introduce policies that promote diversity in STEM (such as NSF’s Broadening Participation Initiatives), to understand how these policies were drafted, and to evaluate their ability to recruit underrepresented groups to STEM fields. Prof. Jennifer Greene from the Educational Psychology Department and Dr. Ellen Wang Althaus, Director of Graduate Diversity in the Department of Chemistry, will be guiding the discussion. Bring your own lunch (if desired), coffee and cookies will be served. Space is limited, so please sign up here if you plan to attend.
Contact: Cecilia Gentle (