Each year the Society of Women Engineers hosts a national conference for women engineers and employers, and Rice SWE helps subsidize our members’ attendance. Every fall, we take a group of members to the conference to connect with thousands of inspiring female engineers, explore new opportunities, and network at one of the largest career fairs in the country. Since 2013, we have traveled to Baltimore, LA, Nashville, and Philadelphia for the conferences. WE17 will be held in Austin, TX from October 26-28. Learn more about WE17 here.
Evening with Industry(EWI) is a casual networking event run by SWE for engineering students, clubs and companies. Students get to mingle with employers over hors d’oeuvres the night before the campus career fair in a more casual environment, and companies can connect with clubs on campus in person. Students also get their resumes circulated to companies beforehand in order to maximize networking opportunities.
The Rice chapter of SWE hosts a number of events on campus to connect undergraduates with the professional community, as well as each other. We have a booth at the Student activities fair and a kickoff meeting, to inform students of all that SWE can offer. Throughout the year we hold a number of socials and study breaks to allow underclassmen to connect with upperclassmen.
Rice SWE is continuously striving to expose K-12 students to STEM fields through our outreach events. In October, we host a booth at Project Pumpkin, which is an RSVP event that gives children, particularly those of refugees a safe place to celebrate Halloween and trick-or-treat. In late January, SWE hosts Girl Scout Day, bringing 100 Girl Scouts to campus to participate in STEM workshops and demos. Reach for the Stars is held in April and is geared towards attracting middle school girls to STEM fields. The event features several booths set up in the Engineering Quad with different STEM-related activities. In collaboration with the SWE Houston chapter, we are organizing an Introduce a Girl to Engineering event to be held on campus in May.