GradSWEekly [Week of September 11, 2017]

Front and Center

Hurricane Harvey: Houston Food Bank Fundraiser
The Houston Food Bank has a history of providing disaster relief, but has never seen devastation on the scale caused by Hurricane Harvey. GradSWE at Illinois is raising money so the food bank can provide food and supplies to residents in southeast Texas who have been affected by Harvey. 100% of the donations will go directly to the Houston Food Bank, a registered charity organization. Head to our GoFundMe page for more information and help us meet our fundraising goal.
Contact: Sierra Young (

GradSWE Mahomet Aquifer Lunch
Monday, September 11 | 12:00-1:00PM | MEB 143
The Mahomet Aquifer is a large groundwater resource for east-central Illinois. Laura Kalman will be speaking on her work related to the Mahomet Aquifer along with water quality and management. Please sign up here if you plan to attend. 
Contact: Sarah Garrow (

Upcoming Events

GradSWE Committee Meeting
Tuesday, September 12 | 5:00-6:00PM | MEB 143
Getting involved with GradSWE is a great way to meet outstanding women in engineering, connect with faculty, and gain valuable leadership experience. Come to our committee meeting if you're interested in joining a subcommittee and to find out about our upcoming events! 
Contact: Sierra Young (

GradSWE TA-ing Methodology Lunch
Thursday, September 21 | 12:00-1:00PM | MEB 143
Most graduate students have the opportunity to TA or teach others at some point in their graduate career. Nicole Johnson is going to address some of the common challenges of this role and some tips on how to improve your TA skill set. Please sign up here if you plan to attend.
Contact: Sarah Garrow (

Other Announcements

Social Director Wanted!
GradSWE is in need of a Social Director for the 2017-2018 academic year. If you like planning fun events and getting to know other GradSWE members, this may be the position for you! Contact Sierra Young ( if interested.

weSTEM 2018 Conference
Registration to attend weSTEM 2018 is now open!
Join GradSWE at Illinois on Saturday, February 10th for our flagship initiative - the Women Empowered in STEM (weSTEM) conference. During this annual event, STEM leaders will share experience 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 at:
UIUC registration form || Non-UIUC application form
Contact: Erin Molloy (