I served as the internal vice-president of Society of Women Engineers-Graduate section (SWE Grad) at Rutgers University for the academic year 2015-2017 and launched the graduate-undergraduate mentor-mentee (M&M) program under my leadership. This program aims to facilitate mentoring connections to help undergraduate students.
The M&M program is designed to pair members of SWE Grad with undergraduate engineers who desire to learn professional skills important in undergrad, grad and industrial life. The program is open to all undergraduate engineering students with preference given to upperclassmen and female students. The mentees interested in graduate school can seek advice on how to best prepare themselves. By providing support to undergraduate students, mentors gain a unique experience to develop their leadership skills and expand their network base. The mentor and mentee have the opportunity to participate in events to help build their relationship through the year.
Some of the M&M activities are:
- Aid with deciding on graduate schools
- Help with graduate school applications
- Discuss study and time-management skills
- Course selection
- CV and personal statement review
- Practice presentation skills
- Grad shadow for a day
Besides the mentorship program, I also supported SWE Grad in organizing the annual SWE Grad symposium. The highlights of the symposium are:
- Oral presentations from industry and academia
- Student poster presentations
- Network with professionals and researchers