Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Wondering What's Going on with AWE?

Logan Troppito is a Sophomore in Bioengineering and an AWE Student Advisory Board member. In this post Logan gives an update on some recent AWE events.

Penn has jolted into to a busy start following the University’s Spring break! AWE has had several events since being back with more in the works! This post is meant as a quick update for our followers to get to know what AWE is involved in on a weekly basis! In the most recent event, undergraduates were invited to a meet and great with graduate students to gain graduate school advice and career guidance. The graduate section of AWE recently held a board game night meant as a mixer and networking event for Penn graduate students. The graduate student section is also continuing its book club, which reads a different women-in-science-and-engineering related literary work each semester. The current title under discussion is Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office: 101 Unconscious Mistakes Women Make That Sabotage Their Careers.

AWE’s Student-Professor communication division is exploring regular luncheons with different Engineering faculty as a casual setting for students to get to know professors outside the lecture hall. Last week’s luncheon featured Dr. Tom Cassel, director of the Engineering Entrepreneurship program and Professor of Practice in Mechanical Engineering.

AWE’s mentoring division is continuing strongly with this semester’s mentoring program co-hosted with UPenn’s SWE (Society of Women Engineers) chapter! The mentoring program meets twice a month and consists of 3 or 4 students of different years within similar majors. These monthly meetings usually include a combination of mentoring advice topics and fun engineering challenge problems, such as gum drop structure building competitions!

Lastly, AWE is now finalizing plans for its GEMS (Girls in Engineering Math and Science Camp program) program that takes place every summer on UPenn’s campus. GEMS is open to middle school girls who are interested in exploring the different engineering science fields. For more information about the application, please read more on the AWE website at http://www.seas.upenn.edu/awe/outreach.php.

Keep an eye out for more updates on our events! As always, you can find more information about AWE at http://www.seas.upenn.edu/awe/index.php. Please check us out!

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