Club Feature: Society of Women Engineers
Check out this week’s featured club, The Society of Women Engineers (SWE)!
Society of Women Engineers is an organization that promotes growth and success for women in the STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) field. It recognizes and celebrates women who have made great advancements to engineering and leadership. Our section at the University of Maine provides opportunities for volunteering, outreach, and professional development. We often team up with the local high schools or science organizations such as 4-H or Girl Scouts for events to encourage the next generation to explore a path in STEM. We also provide opportunities for our members to travel to various places around the country for conferences. In fact, the Society of Women Engineers National Conference has the world’s largest engineering job fair with over 350 companies participating. On a smaller scale, we have the SWE Local conference which are perfect for first time conference attendees as they are less overwhelming and just as informational. Additionally, UMaine SWE hosts the annual engineering formal and is the only place where you can get anything with the UMaine Engineering logo on it. We meet on Tuesdays at 6:00pm in the COE Room in the Union. While we have a lot of members (all genders welcome!), not all of them can make it to the general meetings. In order to stay active in the organization, there are plenty of opportunities to join a committee (fundraising, social, outreach etc!) and meet outside of general meeting times. We try to be a place where people can come together and help each other be the best they can be. Our upperclassmen are always willing to mentor the lowerclassmen and vice versa if needed. One of our biggest goals this year is to promote mental health as engineering is a super stressful major and often times people hesitate to ask for help. We want to make this a more welcome environment for anyone who might need someone to talk to.
Please don’t hesitate to contact the President Angela Wang (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the Vice President Isabelle Grant (email@example.com) with any questions!