On Friday, September 30th, SWE UCSD invited the girls from SWE SDSU to a bonfire they were hosting at La Jolla Shores. In combination with NSBE, SHPE, AND PASE, we all came out around 7pm and enjoyed a good bonfire with a lot of s’mores, hot dogs, chicken, pizza, and soda! Two of the SWE SDSU Officers went, Gabby and Abbi.
In addition to the officers, several SWE SDSU members also came along for the ride, and we stayed at La Jolla until around 10 pm. The night was full of meeting fellow engineers who share the same passion for school and fun as we do!
On October 4th, SWE SDSU had General Body Meeting that was aimed towards helping our SWE members improve their resumes. SWE hosts two general body meetings a month, one serious one and one fun one. This was our serious one, taking into consideration that our Evening of Professional Development career fair and dinner is coming up soon! We want to prepare our members as best we can.
The resume workshop was led by Taylor Webster, the Outreach Coordinator of SWE SDSU. She has been working on her own resume directly with Career Services at SDSU, as well as been helped by her contact at NASA, and she was very helpful during the workshop. She gave an example of a resume that would be good for Freshmen and Sophomores who don’t have very much professional experience, and she also gave an example of her upper-division resume. Her tips and tricks and things-to-avoid were very clear and helpful for our members, and we are lucky to have her!
Our awesome Fundraising Officer, Chanel, has been setting up fundraisers every week since school started! This week on Thursday, October 13th, SWE SDSU had a fundraiser at the Souplantation just a couple miles away from campus. On our Facebook event, we found out that a couple of our members had never been to Souplantation before. When we found that out, we knew we had to carpool and get as many of us to go together as we can right away.
For those of us who didn’t have night classes, we met up outside of Parking Structure 1 and carpooled to Souplantation at around 7 at night. We brought our laptops and books because we planned on staying as long as we could to enjoy the beautiful buffet as well as get some studying done (2 of us had a Circuits midterm the next day).
Souplantation was a blast, and the girls who had never been before found their new favorite place to eat that night! We are so glad to have such an amazing club of not only friends, but sisters.
Balboa Park hosted American Cancer Society’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” in San Diego just this past Sunday, October 16th. SWE SDSU knew we had to get involved, so our President (Angela Mudge) constructed a team of SWE SDSU girls and our supporters to go out to Balboa at 6:30 am to participate in the walk.
The morning 5k was a success! We bought tshirts to show our support and donate to the American Cancer Society, and we also participated in the face painting (pink bows on our cheeks) and dying the tips of our hair pink. Then it was off to the races! So to speak. There was estimated to be about 80,000 joining in on the 5k, and the support was phenomenal.
The 5k itself lasted about 2 hours, but there was also time set aside for people to speak on the stage and share their stories, and there were several food trucks around the area for those who wanted to stay and hang out after the walk.
“With your passion no one walks alone.”
On October 14, 2016, 250 high school girls gathered at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) to participate in Women Engineers at The Beach Day. This event is held annually by CSULB’s Society of Women Engineers to introduce young girls to the world of engineering. Organized by Outreach Chair Caitlin Rubia, this year’s activities started off with an introduction by CSULB SWE President La La Luu and a keynote address by Virgin Galactic’s Senior Director of Business Development and Mission Management Mandy Vaughn. Following these speeches, the girls attended fun and educational workshops. These included designing and launching a rocket, programming a microcontroller, and building lemon batteries. Lunch time activities were hosted by CSULB engineering organizations in which the students learned about engineering sub-disciplines such as chemical engineering, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering. The aim of this outreach event is to allow female students to grow in their knowledge of and interest in STEM fields, and to encourage them to pursue career options that challenge them and help them solve problems in creative and innovative ways. For more information on this outreach event, visit http://www.csulbswe.org/outreach/women-engineers-the-beach-day
This past Monday, SWE-UCR hosted Facebook as part of their diversity recruiting event. Facebook and SWE-UCR have a great relationship due to their common goal of getting more women engineers in the workforce. SWE-UCR and Facebook have had a great partnership over the years. We help them with recruiting events such as the one just passed. They generously help us by sending us guest speakers at our events to advise our members who would like to work with Facebook in the future.
UC Riverside is one of Facebook’s “schools of interest” because of our amazingly, diverse student population. Facebook pays us a visit every year to meet with potential candidates. At the event, Facebook was directly targeting women and Hispanics.
Facebook was at UCR for a two day event. The first day was an informational session and an opportunity for candidates to have their resumes reviewed by Facebook engineers. The second day was a coding lab and interview prep.
SWE officers volunteered during the event by helping pass out food. Our very own president, Sirina Nabhan, was called to the mic on the first day to talk about SWE’s relationship with Facebook.
Facebook will be back on November 22nd. Next time, they will possibly be conducting interviews.
This past Saturday, Project Lead The Way (PLTW) California and Society of Women Engineers (SWE) SDSU Student Chapter hosted 66 high school girls from 16 local high schools and their parents to an afternoon focused on Women in STEM. The event kicked off with an all-female Q&A panel consisting of both an undergraduate student, and a graduate student from the SDSU College of Engineering, Dianna Cowern (better known as The Physics Girl), Valerie Dobrowolski (NAVAIR), and Ashley Llacuna (SDG&E). Students then participated in 5 rotations of hands-on activities hosted by The Physics Girl and 3 SDSU student organizations – SWE SDSU, SDSU’s Chemists Without Border, SDSU’s Aztec Electric Racing.
Parents attended several workshops consisting of learning more about Project Lead The Way courses and resources, the Preferred Admissions Program for PLTW students to attend SDSU’s College of Engineering, Admissions and Scholarships for SDSU, STEM websites geared for girls, upcoming STEM outreach events in San Diego and at SDSU, opportunities with Microsoft Fashion Valley, and learning about Build IT at SDSU.
The day wrapped up with awards and raffle prizes for the students. It was a successful event linking high school girls interested in the STEM fields with our SDSU SWE and other STEM organization members.