Welcome the Region A Team – RCR!

Hey SWEsters! As we prep to launch for the 2017-2018 SWE-year, we’ll be introducing you to your regional officers…starting with Rachel Lucas!

Rachel Lucas is a senior honors undergraduate at the University of Nevada, Reno seeking a degree in electrical engineering with an emphasis in renewable energy. She has been involved with Society of Women Engineers since she came to the University of Nevada; serving as Vice President, President, and currently involved as the section’s Secretary. Rachel is passionate about being involved on campus and is currently involved in multiple clubs and organizations. When she’s not on campus, she loves watching reruns of Friends, being active outdoors, and going on new hikes. Some of her professional goals this year include: -Engaging in RCT meetings and serve as a collegiate voice for Region A -Actively reach out to collegiate section presidents at least quarterly -Serve as an open resource to all collegiates in Region A and reach out to support them from a regional level. Her main personal goal is to improve networking: at WE17 and helping to connect fellow SWEsters at UNR to other sections.

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Welcome to FY18!

Hey SWEsters!

Welcome to another wonderful year with SWE Region A! As you may already know, our region includes sections from Northern California and Nevada all the way to Hawaii.

As your new Regional Collegiate Communications Editor (RCCE), my goal is to best represent our members at not only the local level, but at the national level.

This blog facilitates communication between collegiate and professional various sections to share best practices, section successes, relevant information to support your development, and more! We welcome any information that sections wish to share, whether it is about a significant event that is occurring, outreach best practices, or a networking or social opportunity. Please feel free to email me at lahassen@ucdavis.edu. The Region A Facebook group also serves as an excellent way to keep in touch with region events, contact the leadership team, and to communicate with other SWE members.


The Region A Website is updated!

The Region A Website is updated, http://regiona.swe.org/! A big thank you to Lauren Adabie, our FY18 Webmaster!

Get to know Lauren: Lauren is currently a Data Analyst at Zynga working on Zynga Poker. She has been part of SWE since her freshman year of college at Humboldt State University, and after a short break, is excited to be involved again! She loves running half-marathons, hiking, backpacking, reading, and spending time with her partner and two awesome dogs. http://ow.ly/i/wUgKH

FY18 Region ABJ Leadership Summit!

The website is live and registration is open for the FY18 ABJ Leadership Summit in Santa Monica, California! The summit will be held on August 19-20, 2017. See the links for more information.

Website: http://regiona.swe.org/abj-summit-in-santa-monica-ca.html

Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/abj-leadership-summit-tickets-36044576298?aff=ebdsorderfblightbox

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Networking Webinar – Feb 6 at 9PM EST

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Does the very word “networking” send chills up and down your spine?  Did you struggle meeting new people and talking with recruiters at WE16? Then this is the webinar for you! And luckily, it’s before WeLocal San Jose!

Networking—the essential (and at times daunting) skill for advancing your career. This webinar will demystify what networking is and how you can use it. From tapping into social groups, introducing yourself during industry events, and tackling online platforms. The webinar will go over how to identify your current network and discuss strategies and tools for expanding it.
Register for the webinar here!

Hot Topic: How to Apply for a SWE Scholarship!

Still working on your application for a SWE scholarship (reminder, the deadline is February 15th)? Struggling with how to approach the process? Here are some guidelines on how to handle your application!

Confirm you are eligible to apply. SWE has a handy video on how to check your eligibility (which can be found here), but it essentially boils down to the following criteria:


  • Only women are eligible.
  • Undergraduates must be sophomores or above (the freshman scholarships are open at a later time)
  • Undergraduate applicants must be planning to study an ABET-accredited program in engineering, technology, or computing in the upcoming academic year.
  • Masters and PhD candidates must be enrolled or accepted at a school with ABET-accredited programs in engineering, computing, or technology.
  • You must be planning to attend full time (exceptions are made for reentry and non-traditional applicants).
  • You must not be fully funded for tuition, fees, and books and equivalent

Make sure you have a resume that is up to date! Have you boosted your GPA recently, won an award, or taken on a new leadership role? Make sure your resume shows it! You want to highlight all the awesome things you have done, so keep your resume updated with a list of all your work.

  • Consider keeping a master resume if it gets a little long, which you can then tailor to each application by eliminating less relevant points.
  • Also make sure you have a version of your resume in plain text format (it makes for easier copy and pasting when you don’t have to deal with fancy formatting)

Work on your (short) essay! All applications require an essay on why you want to be an engineer or computer scientist. The word limit is 350 words, so it’s more like a short answer problem.

  • Brainstorm first – was there a particular event in your life that directed you towards the field you are pursuing? Maybe you had someone particularly influential in your life that has helped develop your passion for your major.
  • Write, write, write! Then put it away for a bit. After a couple of days, take it out again and give it a thorough editing.
  • Have someone you trust look over it for you, a second pair of eyes is always good.

Recommendations – you need two. One from a professor (preferably from a technical field) and one personal reference (someone outside of the family who has known you for at least two years).

  • Approach your recommendation letter writers EARLY. Give them plenty of time to work on it. This is especially true for busy professors who can sometimes procrastinate (they’re just like us!).
  • Ask and make sure they are willing to do this before you submit their contact information!
  • REMIND your recommenders when the letter is due BEFORE the last minute!

For Need-Based Scholarships, you will need to submit your expected family contribution and the contact information for the school’s financial representative, so you might want to track down that info for the student aid office.

For more useful information and a step by step guide through the application process, check out this link for a useful video made by SWE. Good luck!



SWE Scholarship Applications Are Open!

Looking for a way to trim down on your student loans? Are you proud of what you have accomplished so far in your academic career? Do you really just enjoy writing essays and filling out online forms? Apply now for Society of Women Engineers scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic year. Collegiates who will be sophomores through Ph.D. candidates can apply online from December 1, 2016 through February 15, 2017.
The SWE Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to women studying baccalaureate or graduate programs, in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology and computer science. In 2016, SWE disbursed more than 230 new and renewed scholarships valued at over $750,000.
See all of the many, many scholarships available here: http://societyofwomenengineers.swe.org/index.php/scholarships