SWEekly : November 9th - November 16th


Become a SWE National Member!
Check out the SWE Calendar!
Committee Meetings:

Recruitment -
November 12, Thursdays 6:30 pm @ 106B3 EH

Community Service- 
November 15, Sundays, 3:00 pm @ SWOffice

Fundraising -

November 10, Wednesdays, 7:00 pm @ SWOffice

Professional Liaison -
November 10, Tuesdays, 8:00 pm  @106B1 EH

November 10, Tuesdays, 7:30 pm @ 241 Everitt

Membership Enrichment & Social 
November 15, Sundays, 7:00 pm @SWOffice

Team Tech
November 10, Tuesdays 5:00PM @ 106B EH

Info & Marketing
November 12, Thursdays, 5:00 pm @ SWOffice

Upcoming Events:


Community Service
Relay for Life Info Session

Melted Crayon Pumpkin Decorating

Professional Liaison
♦ Bread Company on Goodwin


Membership Enrichment & Social
Women in STEM Bar Crawl

Team Tech

Information & Marketing

Grad SWE
♦ weSTEM 2016 Conference


Monday, November 9th, 2015

Upfront and Center
November General Meeting (1 Point)
Tuesday, November 10 | 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM at MSEB 100
Come see the upcoming events for the semester as well as hear from John Deere. Contact Grace Pakeltis at swe-evp@illinois.edu.

Bagel Break (0.5 Point)
Wednesday, November 11 | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM at SWOffice (EH 110A)
Come have delicious bagels and juice in the SWOffice with old and new friends! Contact Ashley Williams at awill35@illinois.edu.

Officer Position Interest Form
Interested in being on the officer board next year? Fill out this short interest form to let the nominating committee know! Questions? Contact swenomcom2016@gmail.com

Fundraising - Spirit Jersey Sales
SWE's got spirit, how about you?
SWE's got spirit, so should you!
Come buy a spirit jersey to show off your swe-rit!
Contact Katie Garibaldi at garibal2@illinois.edu.

SWE Resume Database
Companies are searching for talented women in STEM. Submit your resume to the SWE resume database so employers can find you! If you have any questions, contact Anjolika Bhadra-Dave at  bhadrad2@illinois.edu .

SWE Leadership Certificate
The SWE Student Leader Certificate was created to recognize outstanding members for their contributions to the organization and their participation in many of the main areas of SWE.

Eligibility for the SWE Student Leader Certificate is based on attendance at a variety of SWE events and completion of the application form (sent out in Spring 2016). For a list of the required events, see the attached flyer
here. Contact Chamila Amithirigala at amithir2@illinois.edu.
SWEet Events
Community Service - EC Food Drive (0.25 point/donated item Points)
The Service Society Food Drive has started! RSOs compete to see who can donate the most food by December 4th. All proceeds go to the Central Illinois Food Bank. Boxes are labelled in the Swoffice, and whichever RSO donates the most gets a prize! Community Service will also be collecting cash donations which will be used to purchase canned foods. Let's win!!
Contact Lillian Roderick Buescher at lilyrbuescher@gmail.com.

Community Service - Middle School Science Olympiad Mentor (1 point/hour Points)
Franklin Middle School
Interested in working with young STEM lovers? Franklin Middle School in Champaign is looking for university volunteers to be pared up with middle school student groups for the competition. Want more details, or would like to sign-up? Click hereContact Lauren Zelaya at zelaya2@illinois.edu.

Community Service - Relay for Life Team (3 Points)

SWE is taking action to help eliminate cancer. For the Relay event, we will raise money and awareness to help the American Cancer Society in their lifesaving mission. Saving lives from cancer starts one team, one participant, one dollar at a time. Join our team here. Contact Matthew Sim at marysim2@illinois.edu.

Outreach - FKO (For Kids Only) (1 Point)
Wednesday, November 11 | 10:15 AM - 11:00 AM at Leal Elementary School
Each week, we go to Leal Elementary to do an engineering lesson and activity with a kindergarten class! FKO will be occurring on Wednesdays this semester. Contact Molly McGiles and Caitlin Haisler at mcgiles2@illinois.edu and haisler2@illinois.edu.

Powerful Lessons Learned from WE15 Annual SWE Conference Lunch
Wednesday, November 11th | 12:00 - 1:00 PM at 3020 ECE Bldg
Curious about the benefits of attending the SWE annual conference? Come join us for lunch and learn powerful lessons attendees took away from this years conference. We will be sharing tips and insight acquired from attending the conference so that you may benefit from them in your academic and professional career! Please RSVP here for lunch! Contact Lana Stekovic at stekovi2@illinois.edu.

Community Service - Relay for Life Info Session (1.5 Points)
Wednesday, November 11 | 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM at Engineering Hall
Curious about how you can get involved with raising money for cancer research? Join SWE's Relay for Life committee to learn about all the ways you can help out and fundraise for the American Cancer Society at the Relay for Life Info Session. Contact Matthew Sim at marysim2@illinois.edu.

Social - Women in STEM Bar Crawl (2 Points)
Wednesday, November 11 | 9:00 PM - 2:00 AM at Green Street!

Come blow off some steam with Women in STEM! Line-up will be Bros, Firehaus, White Horse, KAMs(: Shirts for sale in the SWOffice or at THIS link!!! Join the Facebook Event for updates! Contact Katie Peck at kepeck2@illinois.edu.

Membership Enrichment - Intramural Volleyball (1 Point)
Wednesday, November 11 | 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM at ARC
The SWE intramural volleyball team will play Wednesday nights from 9-10 at the ARC!  To join the team, create an account on the link here. Use your UIN for the participant number.  Once you're signed in, click on Join a Team and select SWE from the drop-down menu under "Team."  The password is swolleyball.  Accept the terms and conditions and click "join."  You must do this before 2pm the day before a game to play in that game, so join the team by 2pm on Tuesday if you want to play this Wednesday!  Hope to see you there! Contact Gina Pfister atgmpfist2@illinois.edu.

Professional Liaison - Bread Company on Goodwin (1 Point)
Thursday, November 12 | 11:30 am - 12:30 PM at Engineering Hall
Join us at the Bread Company on Goodwin for a networking opportunity with local professionals and tasty food! You do not have to stay for the whole time.

Fundraising - Melted Crayon Pumpkin Decorating (1 Point)
Thursday, November 12 | 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM at Engineering Hall
Come decorate pumpkins for $4 with SWE on November 12! Stop by anytime between 5:30-7PM. We'll be combining the best of crayon melting art and fall decorations. Crayons and pumpkins will be supplied.  Sign up here to reserve a pumpkin. Check out the example here. Contact Vivian Li at vwli3@illinois.edu     .

Outreach - CU Special Rec (1 Point)
Friday, November 13 | 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM at CU Special Recreation Center
We are volunteering at the C-U Special Recreation Center once per month to do science demos and activities with special needs students of all ages! We NEED a driver for this event, so please let us know if you would be willing to drive! Contact Blake Banks at jbbanks2@illinois.edu.

Fundraising - Football Concessions (4 Points)
Saturday, November 14 | at Memorial Stadium
Come join us to sell football concessions! Sign up here. Contact  Katherine Yun at

Social - Dad's Weekend Tailgate (2 Points)
Saturday, November 14 | 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM at Grange Grove
This is a super awesome tailgate for the Football game against Ohio!! It will start in the morning (possibly 9, depending on TBD game time), until whenever everyone is too cold to be out there anymore!! There will be tents set up, bags to play, and most importantly FOOD to eat!! We will also be having the burger cook off again, which was a huge hit last year! Tickets will be $8 regular or $6 if you make a King Dad nomination! There will be soda/water there, but feel free to bring your own cooler... Don't miss out on all of the fun!!! See you there! Tickets for sale in the SWOffice. Contact Natalie Hamilton at

Professional Liaison - Grad School Coffee Chat (1 Point)
Wednesday, November 18| 4:00 - 5:00 pm at Location TBA
Monthly coffee chat with grad students or may be invited guest speakers for catching up with grad school application progress. Plus exploring more about the transition from engineering undergrads to other grad schools such as med school, business school or even law school. :-) Contact Supatcha Chavalvechakul at chavalv2@illinois.edu.
Community Service - Relay for Life Movie Night (film: My Sister's Keeper) (2 Points)
Thursday, November 19 | 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM at 1310 DCL
Join in the fight against cancer by coming to watch the hit film My Sister's Keeper! Refreshments and tissues will be sold; $2 entrance fee goes towards SWE's Relay for Life team and the event in March. Contact Matthew Sim at marysim2@illinois.edu.

Membership Enrichment - Self Defense Workshop (2 Points)
Monday, November 30 | 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM at ARC Multipurpose Room 5
Come learn the basics of self defense with your fellow SWEsters from the University of Illinois Police Department in this interactive two hour session! This training will be targeted at female students, but anyone who feels that they may benefit from attending is welcome to attend. Contact Tonisha Thacker at tthacke2@illinois.edu.

GradSWE - weSTEM 2016 Conference
Saturday, February 6 | Illini Union
Registration to attend weSTEM 2016 is now open. Join us for weSTEM 2016 on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at the Illini Union. The Women Empowered in STEM (weSTEM) conference, GradSWE's flagship initiative, provides graduate students with access to current and future STEM leaders, lending insight into diverse career paths stemming from a graduate degree. This one day conference will help you beINSPIRED, stayMOTIVATED, and growPASSIONATE. Visit here for more information. Space is limited, so register early to secure your spot! Contact Jin Kim at hkim257@illinois.edu.

Committee Meetings
Outreach - Outreach Committee Meeting (0.5 Point)
Tuesday, November 10 | 7:30 PM - 8:00 PM at 241 Everitt
Do you like working with kids? Want to share your passion for engineering with others? Come to the Outreach Committee meeting and learn about ways to get involved with outreach events this year! Contact Ashley May and Lara Flasch at acmay2@illinois.edu and lflasch2@illinois.edu.

Fundraising - Fundraising Committee Meeting (0.5 Point)
Wednesday, November 10 | 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM at SWOffice
Come learn about Fundraising Committee and all the cool events we are currently working on :) Contact Shreya Santhanam at smsanth2@illinois.edu.

General Surveys

IGED Professors Survey (0.5 Point)
Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (IGED) is a major Outreach event in the spring for high school girls. We need your help to find some awesome female engineering professors to be design challenge judges for this event! We are also looking for labs that the attendees could tour. Fill out this form here to let us know about any professor(s) you would recommend, or if you work in a research lab that would be fun for the girls to tour. Contact Abbie Gerth and Rebecca Ficht at agerth2@illinois.edu and ficht2@illinois.edu.

Meet and Eat Interest Survey (0.5 Point)
Passionate about a subject or topic that makes you unique? Help us get to know you by presenting the November Meet & Eat! Fill out this survey here if you are at all interested in presenting. Contact Katerina Economou at keconom2@illinois.edu for more information! 

Office Food Survey (0.5 Point)
This is an office food survey that will help me figure out what food SWE members want/like so that I can purchase them for the food cabinet for them to snack on during office hours. Fill out the survey here. Contact Jasmine Kwon at jazkwon95@gmail.com.

Little Sisters Weekend Testimonial (0.5 Point)
Did you participate in Little Sisters Weekend 2015 as either a Big or Little Sister? Tell us about your experience so we can improve the event this year and use your quotes to advertise for LSW 2016! Fill out the survey here. Contact Tatiana Schaffer at tschaff2@illinois.edu.

External Announcements

MASC Bucket List
Attention MechSE students! 

The end of the semester is approaching fast! Upperclassmen, you've taken all your classes, completed all your requirements (hopefully), and participated in your RSOs, but what about everything else? Or maybe you're still new to campus and looking for ways to kick start your involvement in our department!

The MechSE Advancement Student Committee is proud to host the second annual departmental Bucket List Challenge! Participants will be competing in teams of four for some exclusive MechSE prizes and memorabilia. The steps to participate are simple. First fill out the Google form at the bottom of the page, join the official "MechSE Bucket List 2015!" facebook group, and keep your eyes posted for the official challenge list!

Sign up before Thursday, November 12th so your team will get the most out of the competition week! Sign-up will be extended until Wednesday, November 18th, though, for those who want to sign up in the middle of the week.
Keep in mind that your team will earn more points if you show age diversity (i.e. a team consisting of seniors and freshmen rather than just seniors or just freshmen).
Got a team of four already? Sign up using the provided link. Don't have a team? That's okay - sign up and we'll arrange a team for you! The competition will be happening November 13th-November 20th. If you have any questions, send an email to 
kcruse2@illinois.edu. Get ready to show 'em what you're made of!
Team Registration Form:
 Sign-Up Here!

Summer Internship opportunities for Geotechnical Engineering Master’s students
SME is offering special Summer Internship opportunities for Geotechnical Engineering Master’s students.  Students must have already completed one semester of their Master’s program to qualify for consideration.  The Summer Internship lasts from May 2016 through August 2016 with the possibility of part-time employment thereafter. We offer competitive wages and a $500 per month housing allowance to those selected to participate in our program.

Here is a job posting we would like you to share with your Master’s-level students.  Thank you for forwarding this information to them.  We look forward to hearing from your students. Contact Jennifer L. Davis at davis@sme-usa.com.

Illinois Business Consulting (IBC) 

Check out their flyer about the IBC Open House here.

The University YMCA Scholarships

The University YMCA is offering two scholarships, one for students who are traveling for international projects and the other for students interning with non-profit and public agencies.

The Fred S. Bailey International Travel Scholarship program will fund up to 75% of the total cost of international travel with a service component.  Awards range from $600-$1800.  Eligible applicants must have been involved in the program (academic or extracurricular) for a minimum of one semester before traveling. Recipients will be selected on the basis of their demonstrated commitment to the project/program, long-term career goals in international development or related fields, the trip's potential impact on the student's learning and professional development, potential for positive impact on the host community and financial need.
Application Period 1 (For trips that occur between December 20, 2015 – August 30, 2016
Applications Open: October 14
Application Deadline: November 13
Application Period 2 (For trips that occur between May 1, 2016 - January 17, 2017
Applications Open: February 15
Application Deadline: April 18


Are you interested in an unpaid internship but are concerned about the financial hardship it may cause? The Fred S. Bailey Internship Scholarship Program for Cause-Driven Leaders offers undergraduate students at the University of Illinois who receives an unpaid internship with a public service agency or not-for profit organization is eligible to apply. Awards are $1,000 for a part-time internship or $2,500 for a full-time internship and are given directly to the student.

Spring 2016 (For internships that occur between January 1, 2016 - May 15, 2016)
Applications Open: October 14 
Application Deadline: November 13 

Summer 2016/Fall 2016 (For internships that occur between May 16, 2016 - December 31, 2016)
Applications Open: February 15 
Application Deadline: 
April 18
The UIUC College of Engineering, in collaboration with the UIUC College of Education, is starting a program this year to work with students in the Chicago Public School (CPS) system. We are planning to send engineering student volunteers to Chicago on three Saturdays during the semester to help teach 7th graders in a pre-algebra and physics curriculum, and get them excited about STEM fields. This is an incredible opportunity to make a difference for students who really need it! Food, t-shirts, and transportation to Chicago will be provided free of charge to volunteers. If you’re interesting in helping out or would like to learn more, contact Sahid Rosado Lausell at srosado2@illinois.edu.

Earn your Master's Degree & a Career with Sandia National Laboratories
Are you finishing up your undergrad degree in CS, CE, Cybersecurity, EE, ME or Mathematics and planning to enroll in a Master's program next fall?If you have a GPA of 3.2 or higher, and are interested in a career in national security, then check out Sandia National Labs Critical Skills Master's Program, or our Master's Fellowship Program for underrepresented minorities.

Positions are available at our Albuquerque, NM and Livermore, CA (Bay Area) locations. If selected for one of these prestigious programs, you will be hired by Sandia and enter graduate school full time to pursue your technical discipline master’s degree. Sandia pays for your tuition and a stipend while in school. Following degree completion, you return to Sandia and start your life changing science or engineering career.

About Us:
Sandia does national security work that is beyond the scope or means of most private organizations, pushing frontiers at the edge of science and engineering.

And what we do matters. Our technologies—which make our nation safer, improve human and environmental health, and even boost the competitiveness of U.S. industry—can truly change the world.

That’s why we can offer you a career that has the power to change your life. Working here, you’ll join some of the top minds in the country in solving difficult challenges in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, computer science, and cyber security.

In addition to working at the forefront of technology on problems of real significance, you can expect competitive pay, top-notch benefits, and a work-life balance that gives you time to enjoy family, friends, and the rich cultural, educational, and recreational opportunities that surround our sites in Albuquerque, NM, and Livermore, CA.

Take your chance to change the world—and experience the changes in your life.

Sound interesting? Please apply online at www.sandia.gov/careers. Under “Job Family”, select “Special Degree Program” or do a keyword search using CSMP or MFP.

If this is not the right program for you, check out our regular positions, internships and post doc jobs at www.sandia.gov.

Make an Impact with Saha Global

Have you wanted an international experience, but don't have time in your schedule for study abroad? Apply to be a field representative for Saha Global in Ghana this winter, December 28th to January 18th. You will have the opportunity to make a lasting impact on a rural community in Ghana by offering clean water or solar electricity. If you want more information check out their website here! Applications are due by October 30th! Questions? Contact Cassie Arenz at arenz2@illinois.edu

Sage Corps - Intern with Startups Abroad
Learn what it's like to work at a startup and to live abroad by checking out Sage Corps at the study abroad fair. We send college students abroad to intern at startups in London, Dublin, Hong Kong, Paris, Buenos Aires, Tel Aviv, and more. This is not your typical internship. You will not be pushing paper, getting coffee, or copying files. You will be helping a startup grow by coding, developing, designing, building hardware, selling products, creating business strategy or attracting investors. Sage Corps will build your resume and you will come back to the states with real skills. Our past students have leveraged their internships for top jobs in tech, consulting, investment banking, engineering and more. Details can be found hereFeel free to email campusrelations@sagecorps.com with any questions.

Counseling Center
Check out the Suicide Prevention materials here, and the Trauma Response resources on campus here.

Interested in being a mentor for high school students interested in STEM fields? Alumna Shobana Radhakrishnan has founded TekSpark, a company geared toward inspiring and empowering students in STEM. Details about the mentor program can be found here. Companies are always looking for people who take initiative, have leadership skills, and are willing to lend a hand to others. Take advantage of this opportunity to help a future engineering student! If you are interested in signing up for the program you can do that here! Questions? Contact Robin Ennis or Angie Wolters at wie@illinois.edu

Safety Shoe Survey
Fill out  the Safety Shoe Survey! The survey should take no longer than 5 minutes.  We are entering people who complete the survey a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card. Contact Emily Lafferty at ekl5029@gmail.com.
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