STEP has created a one credit hour course for incoming first-year and transfer students entitled Women and Leadership in Engineering and Applied Sciences. This topics course, which is modeled after successful women in science and engineering programs in the U.S., introduces speakers, mainly female alums of Western Michigan University College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS), who present to the class about their current job and experiences at WMU. They offer advice and guidance using personal examples for the students. Other presenters include a student panel comprised of current female CEAS students to talk about classes, internships, tutoring and registered student organization opportunities.
Students are assigned a mentor who is also a female Western Michigan University CEAS graduate. Students correspond with their mentor via email. Assignments are based on helping students be good mentees by encouraging communication with their assigned mentors as well as other short reading and writing assignments based on current literature on female students in STEM.
The class has been offered since fall 2014. Anetra Grice, the STEP Program Director, facilitates the course.
Students who have 14 credits or below are not charged tuition for the course due to the WMU flat rate tuition.
For more information about the Women in Leadership in CEAS course contact:
Society of Women Engineers
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) provides a great opportunity to build ties with numerous people in the both the same major and all different engineering and applied sciences majors. As a society, SWE focuses on many skills including: teamwork, networking, resume building, and the skills needed to interact with different age groups. They host many different outreach activities annually and hope to develop many more. Also, one of the most intriguing benefits of SWE is the wide range of scholarships available to student SWE members from the national chapter.
How to join the society
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is not only available to join locally, but you can join nationally as well. If you are interested in joining the national chapter of SWE, the cost is $20 per year to join. If you are interested in attending the national and regional conferences, there is a large discount for those who are national SWE members.
If you are interested in a free membership with SWE locally, just come to a meeting. If you are unable to attend the next meeting and would still like to join, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org with your interest in joining. This will ensure that you will receive the meeting minutes and other SWE information. Meetings dates and times will be announced at the beginning of the fall semester.
National and Regional Conference
The national and regional conferences are one of the most helpful events to attend. At the conferences students can attend sessions covering a broad range of topics from ‘How to Build a Professional Resume” to “Are You Heading in the Right Direction?” The conferences host career fairs where you can meet representatives and hand out your resume. Also, interviews are held at the conferences for jobs, co-ops, and internships.