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 ABOUT

Started in 2013 by the Graduate Society of Women Engineers (GradSWE) at the University of Illinois, weSTEM (Women Empowered in STEM) is a one-day conference that provides a forum for STEM leaders to inspire one another to excel in their disciplines and develop solutions for challenges faced by our global community. The weSTEM conference is designed for graduate students by graduate students. Invited speakers will share experience and insight from their diverse and successful career paths following a graduate degree in STEM. Lectures, workshops, and breakout sessions will showcase highly successful careers of men and women in STEM as well as facilitate the discussion of topics unique to the graduate student experience. 

Join us for weSTEM 2018. You will be inspired to excel in your field, stay motivated to complete your degree, and grow passionate about the positive impact you can have on the world following a graduate degree in STEM. 

The 2018 program will feature: 

  • Opening and closing keynote addresses 

  • Dual-track seminar sessions 

  • Breakout sessions 

  • Dual-track panel discussions 

  • Corporate and professional networking opportunities 

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bINSPIRED stay MOTIVATED grow PASSIONATE

Saturday February 10, 2018

at The University of Illinois

 

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SCHEDULE

February 9, 2018

Welcome Reception

5:30pm

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February 10, 2018

Registration

9:15am

Welcome Address

10:10am

Brunch

10:30am

Opening Keynote

Transforming Your STEM Career by Rethinking Creativity

11:00am

Dual Track Session 1

A Conversation on Leadership Lessons

or

A Life in Science: A Few Lessons Learned

12:00pm

Dual Track Panel

How to Survive & Thrive on the Tenure-Track

or

Speak Up: Moving Up in a Large Organization

1:00pm

Networking & Snacks

1:45pm

Breakout Session

2:30pm

Dual Track Session 2

Building a STEM Outreach Strategy

or

Switching Sides: Transitioning between Academia and Industry

4:00pm

Banquet Dinner

5:00pm

Concluding Keynote

From SWE to Significance: Building a Life of Purpose

5:35pm

Closing Remarks

6:20pm

February 10, 2018

 
 

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 SPEAKERS

Check out our confirmed speakers for 2018!

Contact Meredith Richardson (mlricha2@illinois.edu) if you are interested in speaking at weSTEM.

 

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REGISTRATION

Registration for weSTEM 2018 is closed. Please fill out our wait list

form if you are still interested in attending:

Contact Erin Molloy (emolloy2@illinois.edu) with any questions.

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PAST CONFERENCES

GradSWE hosted the 5th annual weSTEM conference at the Illini Union Hotel in January 2017. The event brought together 135 graduate students (102 UIUC, 33 non UIUC) across 22 disciplines and 18 universities nationwide. Further, GradSWE welcomed 14 accomplished female professionals and 3 accomplished male professionals with graduate STEM degrees working in academia, national labs, and industries in diverse fields. The speakers gave talks, led breakout sessions, and participated in networking activities with attendees to help them “be inspired, stay motivated, and grow passionate” about STEM careers.  

weSTEM 2017 Attendance Breakdown by Discipline

"As an undergraduate looking at attending graduate school, weSTEM made me excited to start graduate school. It was very inspiring!"

"Last year set the bar high, but this year's speakers were really exceptional and I loved the focus of their talks!"

"Great conference! Exceeded my expectations, amazing speakers, great hosts! The whole package."

Past weSTEM Speakers

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SPONSOR WESTEM 2018

Join us this year for our flagship initiative to inspire and motivate brilliant young women in STEM! With your sponsorship, you’ll gain unique recruiting access to the nation’s top graduate women in engineering.

2018 SPONSOR BENEFITS

  • An e-book of weSTEM attendee resumes

  • Recognition in the conference program

  • Recognition on weSTEM website and social media

  • Distribution of promotional materials in swag bags

  • Direct communication with Illinois GradSWE members via weekly email newsletter (up to 5 times per year)

 
Sponsor a table!

Donations of $500 or more sponsor all meals for a table of eight attendees. Table sponsor name and logo is displayed as part of the table centerpiece.

Sponsor a booth!

Donations of $2,000 or more provide access to networking opportunities with weSTEM attendees via a booth or breakout session.

Sponsor the reception!

Donations of $5,000 or more sponsor the welcome reception. Reception sponsor is invited to give a 10 minute presentation during the weSTEM reception.

Contact Sarah Shim (gradswe-funding@illinois.edu) if you are interested in sponsoring weSTEM 2018.

CONFIRMED SPONSORS

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