GradSWEekly [Week of September 4, 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 Happy Hour
Wednesday, September 6 | 7:00PM | Blind Pig Brewery, Champaign
Join other GradSWE members for drinks in downtown Champaign! Sign up here for a reminder email.
Contact: Whitney Sinclair (

Upcoming Events

Grad School Coffee Chats
Friday, September 8 | 1:30-2:30PM | Engineering Hall 106B3
Inspire undergraduate SWE members who are considering graduate school by joining us for Grad School Coffee Chats! The chats focus on all aspects of the graduate school application process. During this upcoming chat, we will complete an overview of the graduate school application process. Please sign up here if you plan to attend. 
Contact: Whitney Sinclair (

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 (

Other Announcements

Outreach Survey
Many of our members participate in a variety of outreach projects, in addition to school and research. Please tell us about your engagement in and thoughts on outreach activities through this survey. We'll use this information to see what's important to us, audiences or projects we've neglected, and coordinate our upcoming outreach projects so please thoughtfully complete as many of the questions as you can. 
Contact: Dot Silverman  (

Apply to iFEAT
Do you desire to obtain a faculty position upon completing your PhD or postdoc? Are you planning to go on the job market in the next 1-2 years? Then consider getting a head start on drafting your faculty application materials (cover letter, research and teaching statements) by participating in the Illinois Female Engineers in Academia Training (iFEAT) program. The program is open to female STEM graduate students and postdocs.
Interested in learning more? Then check out our websiteApplications are due by 11:59 pm on Tuesday, 05 September 2017. 

Thursday, September 14 | 7:00-10:00PM | 322 N Neil St, Champaign
Join the CS+X Center’s premier FEM STEM meetup at the Mahomet Aquifer Model on Thursday, September 14th from 7-10pm. The goal of these meets is to showcase best STEM practices and experiences related to computing projects, increase project-based learning between the university and the Chambana Community, expand the female STEM network, and recruit passionate scientists to develop capstone projects and exhibits at the CS+X Center. The format is sixty 1-min speed-slide introductions split into two sessions where each session is 30-min of slides followed by 30-minutes of food, drink, and good conversation. Please RSVP by noon on Friday, September 8th Find the official invitation here.
Contact: Dot Silverman (