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February Hot Topic: RCT Elections

“What is the RCT?”, one might ask.  They are your Region Collegiate Team here to support the collegiate sections of our regions.  Region E is proud to be home to the most collegiate sections of any region within SWE!  As we are getting closer to the close of another fiscal year, elections for FY16 are beginning and the nominations are in.  You may have seen their faces briefly at the Region E Conference but here they are again as well as what each position entails.

Stay tuned for updates on how and when to vote in your e-mail for the next RCT some time in March!

Region Collegiate Representative (RCR)

  • Main point of contact for collegiate sections
  • Represent the collegiate voice to the Region leaders
  • Work with the RCT to enhance the Region E collegiate experience

Brittany Wun, Cornell University, 2016

Katherine Miller, University of Pennsylvania, 2016

Region Collegiate Senator (RCS)

  • Serves as collegiate voice for region on the Society level
  • Helps set the direction of the society by working with 2 Professional Senators
  • Works with RCR and RCCE’s to keep the collegiate section’s informed of Society SWE news

Kimberly Lam
Kimberly Lam, New Jersey Institute of Technology, 2016

Regional Collegiate Communications Editor (RCCE)

  • Maintains Region Collegiate Blog by working with the RCT
  • Works with Collegiate Sections to get 2 postings/articles a year from each section
  • Work with the RCT to enhance the Region E collegiate experience

Danielle Schroeder, Drexel University

Maissoun Ksara, Drexel University

Collegiate Leadership Coaching Committee (CLCC)

  • Coaches our SWE Leadership to maximize the potential of all of our sections.
  • Serves as a resource for you and your collegiate section.  You can have a CLCC coach come to your section to present a leadership training module.  Some modules are geared specifically towards officers, while others could be used with an entire section, and they can be modified to suit your section’s specific needs.

RCT Graduate Representative

  • Member of Region E Graduate community appointed to provide a graduate voice on our Region E RCT
  • Gauges engagement of graduate members in Region E and seeks opportunities to engage them through RCT Goals
  • We are seeking a successor for Smruti for FY16

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Getting Ready for Life, Liberty, and SWE – Region E Conference 2015

Hope you are as excited and as ready as all of us from Region E for Philadelphia in a little over a week!
For the most up to date details regarding Region E conference please visit

Use #RegionE2015 and #LifeLibertySWE during the conference!

I will be live tweeting during the conference, but you should join us in sharing your story as you discover Life, Liberty, and SWE at this year’s conference!  Make sure you are following us on Twitter @SWERegionE!

Job/Internship Seeker?

The full list of employers at the Career Fair is now available – be sure to read their descriptions prior to attending!
If you’re looking to make the most out of the career fair, make sure you submit your resume to as we will be accepting submissions until February 18th.

Make sure you include in the email:
Collegiates: Name, Major, Year of Graduation
Professionals: Name, Field

Rapid Fire Session – Seeking Judges

We will be hosting Rapid Fire Session for the first time at 2015 Mid-Atlantic Region E conference.  Students pursuing research have been selected through a competitive abstract submission review process will be given 5-7 minute  to present their research work followed by 2-3mins of Q&A session with the presenter.

We are interested in having a diverse audience of professionals from industry and academia participate as judges for the presentations.  No previous experience or background work is needed to be a judge. If you are interested in participating as a judge please contact: Smruti Ragunath (  Judges will listen to the presentation during the session and then fill out a short feedback form that is anonymous.  At the end of the session the student presenters will receive their feedback forms.

Rapid Fire Sessions are a great way to learn about cutting edge research presented in a precise fashion. The session is scheduled for February 21st from 11:00-11:50 am.

Travel safe and see you in Philadelphia!

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Getting Involved with SWE

Within Your SWE Section

Make the most of being a SWE member by becoming a SWE leader.  Whether it’s planning on taking a role within your own section whether that may be Committee Lead, Treasurer, President, take advantage of it!  Elections for FY16 are coming up soon for every section so if you haven’t taken an active role in your section yet, take note.  Start shadowing one of the executive board members to learn more about what it takes to be a SWE leader.  Join committees and get involved!

Outside Your SWE Section – Region & Society

More than just getting involved within your own section, SWE has leaders both in the region and as a society.  Though the application periods for RCT and Region E Governance has passed, there are still opportunities for you to get involved.  On a society level, they are currently looking for FY16 Committee Chairs who will need many committee members such as yourself in committees such as Leadership Coaching, SWE Future Leaders, Outreach, and more!  Keep posted with updates on more information to come.

Read more about Getting Involved Outside Your SWE Section, an excerpt from the Collegiate Welcome Packet.

Get involved with SWE!

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January Hot Topic: Applying for SWE Awards

SWE offers many awards at the regional and society levels in order to recognize the achievements of outstanding SWE members and sections. This post will cover the types of awards available and some advice for applying.

Region E Awards

Region E awards submission period has opened and details on applying can be found on the Region E Awards Page. We will have four awards this year: Outstanding Collegiate Section Award, Communication Media Award, Governor’s Choice Award, and Outstanding Mentor Award.  Applications are due February 1, 2015.  Please see the awards packet for more information on the guidelines and criteria for each award. If you have any questions on how to complete the awards form, please send them to the Region E Awards Committee.

Society Awards

Individual Awards – Various awards are available for professional and collegiate SWE members. Requirements and instructions for all awards can be found within the Individual Awards Packet on the Individual Awards page. You can also download the packet from the SWE website by clicking on ‘Awards’, then ‘Individual Awards’. The online application allows nominators to submit a complete package online by uploading supporting files. Nominators simply create a single login and submit one or more award packages. Applications can be edited up until the deadline. The nomination deadline for all Individual Awards is March 31, 2015.  Awards will be presented at the WE15 Annual Conference in Nashville, TN, October 22-24, 2015.

Collegiate Competitions – SWE offers several competitions for collegiates, some of which require applications. Submissions for the Collegiate Technical Poster Competition are due by June 15. Applications for the Outstanding Collegiate Section/Outstanding New Collegiate Section awards are due by May 31.

Section AwardsSection awards may be awarded to collegiate, professional and MALs in the categories of Communications, Membership, Multicultural Activities, Outreach Programs, and Professional Development. These applications are due by July 1. Award training is available to assist with the application process.

External Awards

SWE encourages its members to apply for awards sponsored by external organizations and societies. These include:

  • New Faces of Engineering (Professional and Collegiate Editions)
  • National Engineering and Technology Awards
  • Women’s Engineering, Science, and Technology Awards
  • Professional Society Awards

More information can be found here.

Winning Award Tips

  • Want to learn what excellent award applications look like? The best way may be to join the Region H Awards Committee or the society’s Awards & Recognition Committee and evaluate applications yourself!
  • Be fastidious. Applications may be disregarded if you overlook a requirement, even one as simple as font size and page formatting.
  • Utilize resources. Make sure to check out any available awards training presentations, and ask the appropriate people if you have questions about the process. If you apply and don’t win, feedback from the awards committee is usually available, helping you succeed at future applications.
  • You cannot win an award if you don’t apply or are not nominated!

SWE Announces the 2015 Individual Awards Training
Learn about SWE’s two new awards and online application by joining us for training on the awards nomination process:

Tuesday, January 27thRegister for professional awards training
Wednesday, January 28thRegister for collegiate awards training
8:30 – 9:30 pm EST
Speaker:  Maureen Masiulis, FY15 Awards Chair
Both sessions will be recorded for later replays.

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Region E Conference, RCT & Grad Opportunities

Are you ready for the Region E Conference? Are you interested in learning more about how to get involved with SWE on a regional level? Read on!
Region E Conference: Our Region Conference will be held February 20-22, 2015 in Philadelphia, PA!  From the registration numbers, it looks like a lot of you have already signed up to go, but there is still time for those who haven’t.  Registration closes Friday, February 6th – Register at
SWE Boutique at Conference (Sign up by February 6)
The SWE Boutique is back at Region Conference!  You can sell SWE gear and anything else that benefits your section or serves SWE’s mission.  There is no charge for a table, but advanced sign-up is required.  To sign-up, fill out this survey:

Region E Awards (Submissions Due by February 1, 2015): Nominations are open for the 2015 Region E Awards! More information (and the nomination packet) can be found on our website:

Section Report #2 (Collegiate due by February 1, Section/MAL due by February 10): Please remember to have the Report #1 and Report #2 tabs completed and ready for submission to your RCR for Collegiates and Governor for Section/MAL.

Region E Collegiate Officer Nominations (Due by February 1): If you are interested in one of the collegiate region positions listed below, please complete the nomination form by February 1, 2015 (Region E Collegiate FY16 Election Nominations Survey).  This form must be completed before a candidate will be considered.
The basic duties of each position are listed below.  Additional questions about eligibility, duties of office, or the process the nominating committee follows can be directed to the nominating committee chair.  
Duties of the collegiate positions include, but are not limited to: attend training provided by the Society and their region, typically a combination of webinars, a region leadership meeting, and specific events at Society Conference; Serve on the Region Collegiate Team and maintain consistent contact with Region Leadership (particularly the Lieutenant Governor; Attend Society Conference, Region Conference, and the Region Leadership Summit)
  • Region Collegiate Representatives (RCR): Serve as the collegiate voice on the Region Council; Attend face-to-face Region Council meeting at Region Conference and monthly Region Council teleconferences; Facilitate Region Collegiate Meetings; Provide input to region blog
  • Region Collegiate Communications Editor (RCCE): Communicate to the region members via the region blog and other social media; Maintain the region blog; Attend Society Conference and Region Conference; Serve as alternate for the Region Collegiate Representatives
  • Region Collegiate Senator (RCS): Serve as the collegiate voice for the region on the Society Senate; Attend two face-to-face Senate meetings (including at Society Conference) and monthly teleconferences; Provide input to Region Collegiate Meetings; Provide input to region blog
Region E Mentoring Program (Due by February 15): The open registration period for the 2015 Region E mentoring program has begun for both the council and section presidents. As a reminder, the primary focus of this program is to facilitate networking relationships for those who are interested in taking on a leadership role within SWE. We encourage you all to share this with your executive boards or any other members who are interested in taking on new or different leadership role within SWE.  The deadline for submitting an application is SundayFebruary 15th. Sign up here!

Graduate Opportunities

In addition to the collegiate and professional sections, of which graduate students may already be involved, the Society of Women Engineers has recently instituted a community just for Graduate Students! Visit the SWE Graduate Community Blog and Facebook group for more information.

Graduate Rapid Fire Session (due January 25)

We are now accepting abstracts for “Graduate Rapid Fire Session” to be held at 2015 Region E Conference. To participate, submit your abstracts through this link ( For details contact Smruti Ragunath (

New Leadership Opportunity for Grads: Graduate Programming Coordinator-elect (due January 31)

The Graduate Leadership Team, which includes the Graduate Member Coordinator, the Graduate Programming Coordinator, their Coordinator-Elects, the Webinar Coordinator, and the Regional Conference Coordinator, is looking for a Graduate Programming Coordinator-elect for WE15 (Nashville, TN – October 22-24, 2015) who will then become the Graduate Programming Coordinator for WE16 (Philadelphia, PA – October 27-29, 2016)!

Graduate Programming Coordinator-elect: Works with a dedicated team of graduate students and professional SWE members to create a diverse track of sessions for current graduate students, and those considering enrollment in graduate school, for the annual SWE conference. The GPC-elect assists the GPC, in preparation for the following annual conference.

The application can be downloaded at and is due by January 31, 2015. Applicants will be notified the first week of February to schedule a telephone interview with members of the graduate community leadership and the BOD member. After completing all the interviews you will be notified of the decision.  If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Gregory.


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Early Bird Registration and meet your RCCE: Kimberly Lam

Region E Conference Early Bird Registration is closing on January 15th, 2015!

The conference will be hosted by Drexel SWE collegiate section. This conference will be loaded with networking opportunities and motivational and professional workshops.

Be sure to register SOON in order to qualify for early bird discount prices! For more information and registration, please check out the Region E Conference Website.

Region E Conference: Quick Facts

When: FridaySunday, February 20th – 22nd, 2015

Where: Philadelphia Downtown Marriott Hotel

Exciting Events:

  • Networking Dinner
  • Career Fair
  • 16 Workshops within 4 different tracks
  • Awards Banquet
Meet your RCCE! 
Kimberly LamName: Kimberly Lam
Year/Major: Third-year Mechanical Engineering major, Applied Mathematics minor
School: New Jersey Institute of Technology
Fun facts: first engineer in the family; loves to travel, take pictures
Why SWE?: I was fascinated with the idea of SWE since I was in high school – they had all these cool programs encouraging high school girls to get into STEM and I wanted to be a part of this strong group of women engineers.
Past positions: Section President (2014-2015), Section Secretary (2013-2014)

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December Hot Topic: Utilizing Your Break

This month’s hot topic is utilizing your break effectively. As most college students are home on holiday break, here are a few tips on how to use this time effectively:

  1. Plan ahead for next academic term! Talk to upperclassmen that have taken the course before for advice. They may even have the textbook needed for the class!
  2. Start studying for the FE. If your major requires it, break is a perfect time to break out a new box of note cards and get to work! If not, this is the perfect time to finally relax with a good book that you have been waiting to read.
  3. Brainstorm for future events for your collegiate chapter. Planning events for your next term for your collegiate chapter is infinitely easier when you are not also balancing schoolwork. Take the time to write out some goals for both yourself and your section as well!
  4. Register for Region E conference! Early bird registration ends on by midnight EST on Thursday, January 15, 2015, after that prices increase by $25.  Registration will remain open until midnight EST on Friday, February 6, 2015.  We highly recommend that all collegiates take advantage of the Full conference registration + Hotel rate – it’s a great deal for a weekend in Philly!  You can request roommates from your SWE section or take a chance and get placed with other Region E collegiate SWE members for a great networking opportunity.  Register here:
  5. Apply for summer internships. Go through your stack of pamphlets from national conference. Be sure to stay in contact with employers you spoke to at the career fair as networking is crucial! The SWE Career Center is also a great place to start your search.
  6. Apply for SWE Scholarships. The deadline is February 16, 2015, and 2 letters of recommendation are required. The entire list of scholarships through SWE can be found here:
  7. Submit an abstract to present at our Graduate Student Rapid Fire Session at Region Conference. 7 graduate students will be selected to conduct a 5 minute presentation on their research in a Graduate Rapid fire Session for the very first time! The Graduate Student Rapid Fire Session emphasizes the development of effective communication skills and an opportunity to obtain friendly and constructive feedback from SWE members and professionals from industry, academia, and government on your presentation style and delivery. Here is your chance to present your technical work to a broader audience, learn how to connect your thesis to broader goals and get some feedback on your presentation. Abstracts can be submitted here. Deadline for submission is January 15, 2014. All graduate students both Master’s & Doctoral candidates pursuing research are welcome to submit your abstracts.

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