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Women in Engineering
February 2016 WIE Newsletter

Happy February! We hope you had a great January and are wishing you the best through midterm season! Feel free to stop by the WIE Office 210A Engineering Hall anytime to talk with us about your classes, opportunities, and just to have space to hang out!


We hope you all had a great first few weeks to the semester! Women in Engineering has had a busy start to the semester! We have started our middle school pen pal program, are preparing for our WIE Lead workshops, and getting excited to meet all the admitted students! Want to get involved? Check out the events and opportunities this month!


Are you excited about reaching out to younger women students and getting them interested in engineering? Come help us recruit the largest class of women engineers at Illinois ever! This year, the College of Engineering had accepted the largest number of women ever and we need champions like you to help them learn how great Engineering at Illinois is! The first step of this process is for us to write personalized postcards to accepted students.  Can you help us with this effort while enjoying fun times, music and dinner with fellow students? Sign up for our writing days on Thursday February 18th and Wednesday February 24th, 5-9pm, 212 Engineering Hall. Join us anytime during our 5 to 9pm timeslots.  The more the merrier!


Are you passionate about encouraging and empowering women in engineering? Check out these opportunities to build your resume and get more involved in the WIE community.

  • WIE Student Office Staff - Build monthly newsletters, lead advisory board, organize outreach events, brainstorm new ideas!
  • WIE Orientation Mentors - Participate in orientation activities, lead a group of incoming engineering students, act as a guide for new students!
  • Summer Games & WYSE Camps (Counselor and Lab Assistant positions - see more information in summer opportunities)

Interested in sharing pictures and details of the cool engineering activities you are involved in? We are looking for women who are interested in being part of a photo shoot so we have more images for Women in Engineering promotional activities! If you or a friend is part of a cool lab, project-based RSO or have amazing engineering activities going on, fill out this form so we can consider you for our photo shoot and set up a time with our photographer.


Our February WIE Lead workshop is coming up next week, February 16th, 5-6:30pm, in John Deere Pavilion (2005 Mechanical Engineering Laboratory)! This workshop will focus on collaboration. You will have the opportunity to hear from alumna Sarah Laken about her experiences with collaboration in both her college and current career at Eli Lilly and Company. There will also be activities to help you practice and learn the value of collaboration. If you missed the last WIE Lead e-mail you can see it here, otherwise you can sign-up for the WIE Lead workshop here!


Are you interested in learning more about the Beckman Institute and the opportunities available to you? Join us on Thursday, March 17th, 3-5pm for a reception with the Beckman Institute. This event will include information about the Beckman Institute, a tour of some of the research facilities, a reception with faculty, postdocs, and students. Snacks and drinks will be provided. This is a great opportunity to explore amazing research facilities and get a better understanding of what you can do with a career in research. If you are interested in this event, RSVP here!


WIE have made it easy to stay connected and up to date on WIE Activities. View our Google calendar here and add it to yours!


Katie Carroll, a freshman studying Aerospace Engineering, is following in her parent's footsteps. Carroll’s parents are both aerospace engineers. Her mom, Victoria Coverstone, is a professor in Aerospace Engineering at Illinois. Her dad, David Carroll, along with her mom, co-founded a local company, CU Aerospace, of which her dad is currently president and CEO. They both received their Bachelor’s degrees from Illinois, then after a stint at NASA’s jet propulsion lab, returned to Illinois to obtain their Master’s and Ph.D. degrees. Now their daughter Katie has chosen to study Aerospace Engineering herself, at their Alma Mater, Illinois.

Katie says that her choosing a career in STEM is no surprise; that’s always been a given:  “I definitely, at an early age, knew I wanted to go into science and math,” she admits. However, it wasn’t until around her junior year in high school that she knew she wanted to be an engineer. It wasn’t some big epiphany, but more “I wanted a practical, hands-on career, and I knew that engineering is definitely very hands-on.” She attended GAMES camp her senior year of high school and confirmed that Engineering at Illinois was the place for her.

To read Katie's full story, click here.

Would you like to be featured in one of our WIE Spring Newsletter's? Share details of your awards, accomplishments, and more with WIE for a chance to tell your story and inspire fellow women in engineering students.  Contact us at


Congratulations to the Graduate Society of Women Engineers! GradSWE, the graduate committee on the Society of Women Engineers, hosted their 4th weSTEM conference, a conference to empower graduate women in STEM fields. This one day event allowed women to hear from successful women in a variety of fields and expand their network in a variety of breakout sessions.

Are you interested in learning more about graduate school? Connect with women in graduate school by attending their graduate school workshops hosted for undergraduate students Tuesday, February 16th, 5:30-6:30pm in 106B8 Engineering Hall. Questions? Contact Anna Oldani at

Are you a part of a RSO here on campus and would like to be featured in WIE Newsletter's RSO Spotlight? Contact us at to share information about your RSO. 

Are you a first or second year undergraduate student interested in the world of food, agriculture, and risk management? Apply to be part of the Cargill Global Scholars Program! In addition to an annual scholarship award of $2,500 for up to two years, the Cargill Global Scholars Program provides leadership development opportunities through seminars, networking events, and a one-on-one mentoring program with executives from Cargill.

The application deadline is March 1, 2016 and we are currently accepting applications online, through our website. For further information on the Cargill Global Scholars Program in the United States, please contact:


Are you passionate about mentoring high school students and expanding their knowledge of engineering? Are you looking for an awesome summer opportunity? Join our Engineering Summer Camp Staff! We have positions open as a camp counselor or lab assistant for both GAMES (Girls Adventures in Mathematics, Science, and Engineering) or WYSE (Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering). Please complete the online application here by March 1st, 2016.

For more information about GAMES Camp including tracks offered, camp dates and a schedule example, please visit here. You can also send your questions to

For more information about WYSE Camp including options offered, camp dates and a schedule example, please visit here. You can also send your questions to


Personalized Meeting

Are you in need of some advice about a particular course, your work load, or other things concerning your experience in engineering? Schedule an appointment with WIE advisors, Dean Larson or Angie Wolters by emailing with your availability. WIE can discuss strategies and resources available to enhance your efforts.  


The WIE staff is continually encouraging women in engineering, so keep in touch! Check out our website, post to our Facebook page, e-mail us at, join our Women in Engineering LinkedIn group, or follow us on Instagram, to learn all about WIE news, upcoming events, and scholarship opportunities.


Pictured from left to right:

Angie Wolters,

Dr. Susan Larson,

Robin McDaniel



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