Engineering Round Robin

SWE Illinois has a passion for outreach. Molly McGiles, Abbie Gerth, and Meridan Markowitz have been planning since May for the first outreach event. We are thrilled that today is SWE Illinois’ first large Outreach event of the year: Engineering Round Robin! The theme this year is “Rockin’ Robin”.

The girls will go through activities that are interdisciplinary and design-based. A new approach to past techniques, there will be no design challenge and activity separation. These components will be explored together. The girls will also have the opportunity to network between themselves, get to know other girls who share their interests and passions, and ask any questions they may have to a panel of college women during lunch! And this year for the first time, the Round Robin opens its doors for both middle school AND high school girls! The planning committee hopes that this event will be fun, educational, and inspiring!

Since last semester, we have been working hard getting ready for the big day. We’ve been planning activities, making flyers, gathering volunteers, and advertising the event. In fact, registration filled up, and there will be 20 middle and 30 high school girls in attendance, including some from out of state! We are excited to see how the girls respond to the new outreach approach, as well as excited for a fun-filled, rewarding day of engineering.

A mentor is leading girls through a technical research-based civil engineering project. This photo was taken at last year’s event.

For more information about the event, visit the upcoming event page on the SWE Illinois webpage.

Content and photos provided by SWE Illinois

Apply for weSTEM!

The application to attend weSTEM 2017 is now open!

Join GradSWE at Illinois on Saturday, January 28th for their 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.


Through this event, you will be inspired to excel in your field, stay motivated to complete your degree, and grow passionate about the positive impact you can have on the world following a graduate degree in STEM.

Application closes on Sunday, November 20th, 2016. Travel grants, including lodging, are available for non-Illinois applicants.

Learn more and apply at weSTEMIllinois.com! Please contact Lana Stekovic (stekovi2@illinois.edu) with any questions.

Content and photos provided by GradSWE at Illinois (weSTEMillinois.com).

Get Your Pink on!

In an incredible example of teamwork and cross-section collaboration, the collegiate SWE sections at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, the University of Michigan, and Wayne State University have come together to throw a Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser Dinner.

The Get Your Pink On! Event is an fundraiser to support women in the community who are personally affected by breast cancer. All proceeds will be donated to the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure to offset the costs of medical bills for women in Michigan, as well as to the advancement of cancer research.

“Susan G. Komen is the only organization that addresses breast cancer on multiple fronts such as research, community health, global outreach and public policy initiatives in order to make the biggest impact against this disease.” – Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation

This dinner and silent auction will be held on October 13th in the Metro Detroit area. Learn more and purchase tickets at www.gypo2016.blogspot.com!

Content and photo provided by University of Michigan-Dearborn

Leadership Coaching

The Society of Women Engineers Leadership Coaching Committee (LCC) is a trained group of over 75 professionals and collegiates with extensive SWE involvement, that want to help pass on their experience and knowledge to better your section’s leadership and professional development. Members of LCC are positioned all over the United States to better help schools and professionals all over the country, to support all sections at no cost!

LCC offers consultations to help sections address issues and work toward goals. The coaches are trained to present specific modules to SWE members and officers, either in-person or virtually. 28 modules are offered by LCC, and a majority of these modules are applicable to any SWE section (whether it is a professional section or a collegiate section). In addition, modules can be modified for each section’s unique needs. Detailed descriptions of the different modules can be found here. Note that some modules are specific for the type of section (i.e. there are modules offered for collegiate sections and modules offered for professional sections).

“She [Heather Wiest, former LCC coach] tailored her presentation to the demographic of the room, and discussed with us how we could overcome different challenges.”

– Ashley Williams, FY16 Section President, SWE Illinois

Take advantage of this incredible resource by contacting Kim Miller at miller.kimberly0@gmail.com to schedule a coaching session or to find more information. The Leadership Coaching Committee looks forward to hearing from you!

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4 Webinars to Help You Rock WE16

Wondering what to wear at the career fair for WE16 or how to network with some the world’s leading engineers and technologists? SWE is offering four great webinars for first-timers at WE16, to help make the most of your conference experience.

Free webinars are a great benefit of National SWE membership. Register now for these fun, short webinars that start as early as next week! And don’t forget to register for WE16, Oct. 27-29 in Philadelphia, PA.

Click here for detailed descriptions about the webinars.

Can’t attend at the scheduled time? No problem! Register anyway to receive a link to the recorded webinar. All of these webinars will also be available within 24-48 hours in the Advance Learning Center under webinar recordings.


New Grants Available

Applications for the Region H Small Section Program Development Grant (PDG) and the Region H Section Vitality Grant have opened! See the top of the Resources page for the grant policies and applications.

In addition, take note that the applications for travel grants for the Annual and Region H Conferences remain open. The Annual Conference travel grant application closes on Monday, September 12, so apply soon! Click here to find the Region H Travel Grant Application and Policies, and see the Resources page for general information on conference dates and application deadlines for the different Travel Grants offered.

If you have any questions, please email Region H Treasurer Gina Janke.

Welcome FY17

Welcome to FY17! Each fiscal year for SWE begins on July 1st and marks a changeover in leadership. In this welcome post, I’d like to introduce myself!
Chamila Amithirigala9948My name is Chamila Amithirigala, and I am the FY17 Region Collegiate Communications Editor for Region H. I am entering my 5th year at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the 5-year BS/MS program in Computer Science. Previously I have held positions as Webmaster and Secretary for my SWE section, and I am currently on the Nominating Committee for my SWE section.

My responsibilities as RCCE involve communication between sections within our region. Primarily, this means running this blog, our Twitter account @SWERegionH, and our new Instagram @SWERegionH (You should subscribe to the blog and follow us on Twitter and Instagram!). Through the blog, I’ll be posting about best practices and hot topics (specifically, issues relating to collegiates), and I’m also a great resource for mass-distributing information such as events or deadlines. If your section has an event you want publicized regionally, or a great idea (or event, social, workshop, etc.) they’d like to share, please email me at rcce-h@swe.org. If you have any content to share on Instagram or Twitter, please submit it here.

I’m excited for a great year as your RCCE! Best of luck as the summer ends and school kicks into full swing!