#SWEiCON15 Registration has been extended until tomorrow!

There is still time! iCON15 Registration has been extended until tomorrow, February 9th along with hotel reservations! Visit http://www.swe-kc.org/icon15/ to register.

The deadline for submission to the poster competition has also been extended to February 15th!

For those of you that have registered and are getting super excited for iCON15 tweet to @SWERegioni and use ‪#‎SWEiCON15‬ now and throughout the conference.

Call for SWE Region i Conference Poster Competition Abstracts

Region i will host its inaugural research poster session at iCon15 to help region members participating in research programs gain experience presenting their work.

It is necessary that students with research experience get as much practice as possible in presenting their research in a clear and concise manner for any audience. This session will allow students to share their research through a research poster. Students must explain the most important details of their research while also including high-level importance of the project overall. Participants will gain valuable experience in presenting their work, and conference attendees will have the opportunity to learn about exciting research by members of Region i.

Research posters will be displayed during iCon15, February 27-28, 2015 in Kansas City, MO. Judging will take place on Fridayevening, and will be based on the poster alone, without any input from the student. The poster session will be held on Saturday, February 28 from 4:30-5:00pm. Participants are invited to stand near their poster during this time, so conference attendees can view the posters and discuss and ask questions about the various research projects. First, second, and third place winners in both the undergraduate and graduate student categories will be selected by judges based on poster design and research content (the scoring rubric will be shared with all participants).

To participate in the poster competition, please submit an abstract (~200 words) by completing the form below by February 1, 2015. Feel free to send any questions about the competition to Kaitlyn Bunker.

Abstract submissions: form

January Hot Topic: Applying for SWE Awards

SWE Awards celebrate the lifelong contributions women engineers and technologists make to our society—and our world. We encourage and reward advancements in technological innovation, leadership, education, work/life balance, outreach and diversity. Awards given individually, regionally, externally and through collegiate competitions.

Individual Awards
The Society of Women Engineers strives to advance and honor the contributions of women at all stages of their careers as well as recognize the successes of SWE members and individuals who enhance the engineering profession through contributions to industry, education and the community.

Collegiate Competition Overview
Showcase your skills and imagination! SWE Collegiate Competitions include a variety of challenging programs, projects, and special activities that build valuable hands-on experience while sharpening your leadership, technical, and problem-solving abilities. Please see below for an overview of the current competitions and to download submission packets. Please note that deadlines vary for each award and late or incomplete submissions will be not accepted. For general questions about Collegiate Competitions, please contact awards-chair@swe.org.

Section Awards
Section award training: SWE offers a wide variety of awards for collegiate, professional and MALs that acknowledge outstanding contributions in the areas of Communications, Membership, Multicultural Activities, Outreach Programs, and Professional Development. For more information on these awards, please download the appropriate packets below.

External Awards
The Society of Women Engineers Awards & Recognition Committee has created this web page to showcase important national, professional society and other awards opportunities for which SWE members may be eligible. By nominating SWE candidates, you can help to enhance recognition of the unique accomplishments of our women engineers and technologists.

If you are aware of other awards that should be added to this list, please contact the SWE External Awards Coordinator at jill.tietjen@swe.org.

Information obtained from: http://societyofwomenengineers.swe.org/index.php/awards

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December Hot Topic: Winter Break

Winter Break is a wonderful time of year to sit back, relax and….APPLY! If you are anything like me, you still have that stack of papers you came back with from the Annual Conference that you have yet to go through. Well, now is the time. Whether it be internships, Co-Ops or grad school, Winter Break allows you the time to dust off that resume and update that cover letter.

One great place to start searching the the SWE Career Center. Here you can upload your information and resume, set up email alerts, and select to have companies contact you directly. If you are graduating and still looking for a full-time position, it is a great resource to use as well.

If it is graduate school you are applying for, SWE has a resource just for you. The brand new Graduate Blog. Here there is information geared toward everything you need to successfully apply to grad school. Check it out!

Another great thing to apply for during Winter Break if you have already landed that dream internship is SCHOLARSHIPS. We have scholarships available at both the Regional and Society level with deadlines approaching quickly.

I hope your Winter Break is filled with lots of relaxation and productivity.

Happy Holidays!

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November Hot Topic: Outreach Events, IGED 2015 paired with iCON15

Reblog from http://kcsweiged.blogspot.com/

On February 27-28th, 2015, the Society of Women Engineers Kansas City Section (SWE-KC), in collaboration with the UMKC Collegiate Section, is excited to be hosting two prominent events: our 5th annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (IGED) and the Region i Conference (iCON15). We are planning both of these events for the same weekend. IGED will be held on Friday, February 27th, from 7 AM – 2 PM. iCON15 will open Friday evening and run through Saturday night. Both events will be held at the Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza.

IGED is SWE-KC’s largest engineering outreach event. The purpose of the event is to assure high school girls that they can succeed in an engineering field. IGED will consist of an industry fair, a university fair, an engineering discipline fair, a college panel, a keynote speaker, and a hands-on engineering activity.

We are also proud to be hosting the 2015 Region i Conference (iCON15). We look forward to welcoming up to 250 professional and collegiate members to Kansas City from the Region i states of Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Wyoming. The annual Region i Conference supports diversity in STEM, offers networking opportunities, and provides personal, professional, and SWE development. This year’s conference theme is “Engineer a Game Plan”. This highlights Kansas City’s many successful architecture and engineering firms, several of which have designed notable stadiums worldwide, including for the FIFA World Cup in Brazil and for the London Olympics. Furthermore, the theme will promote the mission of SWE and the goal of the conference: to stimulate women to achieve full potential as engineers and leaders by “engineering a game plan for their careers.”

IGED mentors are welcome to register for iCON15: http://www.swe-kc.org/icon15/. We look forward to an exciting 2015!

2014 5th Annual Rocky Mountain Mini Conference

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Below is a summary provided by Chelsea Panos who is the Vice President of Communications for the Colorado School of Mines Collegiate Section. 

The keynote speaker at the mini-conference was Dr. Priscilla Nelson, the Head of Mining Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines. Following the theme of transitions and accessing your power, Dr. Nelson presented about her lifelong journey of transitioning from her countless jobs. She shared funny and inspiring stories about her “say yes” lifestyle and showed how she accessed and developed her personal power throughout her career.

Four recently graduated professional SWE members hosted a Q&A session at the mini-conference specifically for collegiates. They gave advice on how to succeed at career fairs, specifically the one held at the SWE Annual Conference. They also gave tips on how to give a good elevator pitch and how to transition successfully from college to your career. Lastly, they answered any and all questions that the collegiates had about school, careers, and life.

The conference’s workshop was titled “Making Visible the Invisible: Accessing our Power” and was given by Kari L. Granger, a performance consultant and a member of the leadership development faculty with Sungeros, LLC and a fellow at the United States Air Force Academy’s Center for Character and Leadership Development.  The highly interactive workshop used presentation, inquiry, dialogue, and individual and team group work to support participants’ achievement in aligning with their potential as women professionals in a male-dominated career field.  Participants were arranged in semicircles of five chairs and given the opportunity to work in groups. The workshop focused on identifying and breaking through self-limitations through teaching about “the way we listen,” “the source of my actions,” and “your past-given future.” Kari asked the participants to answer self-reflective questions including, “What conclusions have you reached about the way you are?” and “What conclusions have you reached about what it takes to be a successful engineer?” and “What do you want to be known as?” Ultimately, after three hours, participants were able to acknowledge that they are the authors of the decisions that they make and each person formulated an “action plan” to use their newfound power to overcome daily and long-term challenges and limitations.2014SWERMSMiniConference8

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