Friday, December 14, 2012

SWE Holiday Party

Happy end of the semester! To mark the end of a great year in SWE, we held a holidy party during which internal awards, scholarships, and the new FY13 Exec board was announced. See below for pictures and award winners. =)

MIT SWE Scholarship Winners:
The MIT SWE scholarships are awarded to leaders in the organization and promising freshmen who exhibit the qualities that the Society represents. This year we had a larger number of applicants from which our dedicated alumni selected four outstanding individuals. Two freshmen and two upperclassmen will receive $1000 and $500 for first and second place, respectively, to use towards their achieving their aspirations.

Freshman: Srinidhi Viswanathan (first), Kate Tatar (second)
Upperclassmen: Anika Gupta (first), Pri Tembhekar (second)

MIT SWE Interal Awards
In order to recognize the great work of the planning board and exec, people were asked to nominate individuals who were outstanding this past year.

MIT SWE Lifetime Achievement Award: Liza Xu
The MIT SWE Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to a junior or senior who embodies the spirit of SWE, and who has continuously contributed to the advancement of the section with their leadership and vision throughout their time at MIT.

Outstanding New Board Member Award: Dacie Manion
The Outstanding New Board Member Award is presented to a new board member who took initiative upon joining the section and excelled at their position. 

MIT SWE Future Leader Award: Nitya Subramanian
The MIT SWE Future Leader Award is presented to a freshman or sophomore who has distinguished themselves early on with their talent, dedication, and leadership.  This individual shows great promise to become a future leader of the MIT SWE section.

Outreach Achievement Award: Jean Xin
Outreach is one of the defining values of the Society, and is the most expansive section within MIT SWE.  This award is presented to a board member who showed excellence in their work with outreach.

Most Active Member Award: Anika Gupta
The Most Active Member Award is presented to a member who has risen above the requirements of their position by attending and contributing to many of the activities throughout the MIT Section.

Exec Choice Outstanding Board Member Award: Jenny Shen
The Exec Choice Outstanding Board Member Award is presented to a member who the Exec Board wishes to recognize in particular. This individual has not only excelled in her position, but has also inspired those around her and shows great promise to continue in MIT SWE as a leader.

MIT SWE FY13 Exec Board
Congratulations to the new Exec Board who will step into their roles starting January 1.
President: Anika Gupta
VP of Outreach: Jean Xin     
VP of Campus Relations: Stephanie Chen
VP of Membership: Pritee Tembhekar
VP of Corporate: Ayesha Bose
Secretary: Jenny Shen
Treasurer: Carolyn Joseph
Webmaster: Quanquan Liu

Sunday, December 2, 2012

F13 SWE Exec Voting is now open!

Voting for FY13 SWE Exec is now open!

All national members are invited to vote, though MIT certificates are required. Please visit the ballot page to read the platforms of the candidates.

Voting will close on Wednesday, December 12 at 11:59pm.   

Thursday, November 15, 2012

MIT SWE 2012 Scholarships now open!

All members are welcome to apply to the scholarships that MIT SWE is providing. This year, we will be offering two $1000 and two $500 scholarships, first place and second place, to two lucky freshmen and two upperclassmen. Scholarship applications will be reviewed by our very own SWE alumni.
Application Process: Please respond to the respective short essay questions and provide a copy of your resume. The combined length of the responses may be a maximum of 3 pages, double spaced. Files must be titled "lastname_firstinitial_resume" or "lastname_firstinitial_essays" and submitted as pdfs.
Freshmen: (1) How do you embody the values held by SWE? Please provide tangible examples if applicable. (2) Where do you see yourself applying these values to your next three years at MIT? (You can read about the Society's values at
Upperclassmen: (1) How have you contributed to SWE and how has the organization shaped you personally? (2) Describe the most defining moments/memories of your time in SWE thus far. (3) How do you plan on contributing to SWE and upholding the Society's values in the future. 
Please submit your questions and applications to Deadline for submitting applications is Wednesday, November 21 at 11:59pm

NOTE: Should you be selected as a scholarship winner, a check will be written out to you directly.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Photo Collage 2012

Hi everyone!

This is Liza speaking. I have been president of the MIT SWE section since January and it has really been amazing so far. Everyone in the organization is great and I wanted to just give a shout out to some noteworthy individuals from MIT who were rewarded scholarships from the the Society. Additionally, I put together a photo collage of some of the great memories we have been able to collect so far. 

I hope to be able to meet you all at our upcoming events!

Congrats to the following individuals for being chosen for scholarships:
  • Kathleen Xu - Admiral Grace Murray Hopper Scholarship
  • Sarah Coe - Anne Maureen Whitney Barrow Memorial Scholarship
  • Katherine Stone - B.J. Harrod Scholarship
  • Ashwini Gokhale - Boston Scientific Scholarship
  • Kristine Bunker - GE Women's Network Scholarship
  • Stephanie Scott - Intel Corporation Scholarship,
  • Grace Anne Young - Life Technologies Scholarship
  • Ada Taylor - Lockheed Martin Corporation Scholarship
  • Celena Dopart - Lydia I. Pickup Memorial Scholarship
  • Aubrey Colter - Northrop Grumman Foundation Scholarship
  • Minna Song - Northrop Grumman Foundation Scholarship
While the above mentioned individuals all were rewarded with scholarships from the Society, MIT SWE also gives out scholarships to two upperclassmen and two underclassmen. The application has not yet been released, but stay tuned for more information!
And of course! The Collage. Enjoy.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Join MIT and SWE Boston on Oct 26th!

MIT SWE has partnered with the Boston Professional SWE section for a joint meeting next Wednesday, October 26th from 6 PM to 8:30 PM. The event is sponsored by and will be held at Draper Laboratory, 1 Hampshire Street, and is free to MIT students. The keynote speaker, PhD student Sarah Brown, will be speaking on the topic "An Engineering Approach to Understanding Emotion."

Don't miss the opportunity to have free dinner, network with engineers from the area, explore Draper Labs, and hear from an eye opening speaker. Register by Friday, October 19th.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Apply for Freshmen Rep & Chair Positions!

Apply to join MIT SWE as a freshmen rep! 

This is a great opportunity for freshmen to get involved with MIT SWE from the very start of the year and will give you the perfect chance to see what we're all about. Additionally, we have two full-time chair positions open for freshmen, sophomore, and junior applicants!

If you like outreach or planning events for membership development, be sure to fill out an application!

This upcoming Thursday (September 13) we will also be hosting our 1st General Body Meeting of the year when we'll share with you what MIT SWE is all about. If you have any questions about MIT SWE or the application process, we'll be happy to help you out. So make sure you stop by W20-306 (Student Center) at 6pm for some food and a short presentation.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Career Fair 2012

Student Registration for MIT Fall Career Fair 2012 is now OPEN!

The MIT Fall Career Fair 2012 is co-sponsored by the Graduate Student Council, the Class of 2013, and the Society of Women Engineers. As the only fall semester career fair on campus, this Fair kicks off the recruiting season for students on campus. No doubt one of the largest student run fairs in the United States, last year the Career Fair 2011 had over 350 companies and 5000 students in attendance! Outside of the fair itself, numerous info sessions, panels, and exclusive networking opportunities are available for students to meet potential employers.

Be sure to register and submit your resume online so that company representatives can take a look at what you have to offer prior to their visit on campus. Visit to register (you must have a valid student certificate).

We look forward to seeing you at Career Fair 2012 on Friday, September 21st!


If you have questions about preparing a resume or cover letter, stay tuned for more information regarding preparatory workshops the week prior to the fair.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

SLA 2012 Spring

On Friday, the Division of Student Life's Student Activities Office held the annual SLA (Student Leader Awards Celebration) during which MIT SWE was awarded the Golden Beaver Award (Group)! We were one of two group who received the award and recognized for all the hard work we do for providing students on campus with great opportunities for personal growth.

Congrats to all those who made it possible for MIT SWE to be a great organization and thanks for all your dedication!

It's been a GREAT year!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Should you have time, be sure to check out the transition event below! This event was originally thought up by our very own senior reps, so think about it. =D

Network with SWE Professionals and Graduating SWE Seniors
You don’t want to miss it…Register Today!

The SWE Boston Professional Section 
and the SWE MIT Collegiate Section 
"Celebrating Transitions"

MIT Women's Lounge, Cambridge, MA
 Friday, April 27th, 2012

Win prizes including great SWE gear and SWE Professional benefits!
Grand Prize of 2 Red Sox tickets, date of winner’s choosing
(up to $56 value)

Collegiates: Congratulations, Graduating Seniors! Connect with other SWE graduating seniors and SWE Boston professionals and find out more about SWE Professional sections including member benefits and events.

Professionals: Come network with the newest additions to the workforce!

The focus of the evening will be networking, but we will have experts available to provide advice to both collegiates and professionals, including:

Sadaf Qazi, Senior Internal Auditor at Raytheon, will be on hand to provide career advice.
Giana Armano, Financial Advisor at LPL Financial, will be on hand to provide financial advice.

Small plates and drinks will be served.  
Free parking is available.   

Win prizes including great SWE gear and SWE Professional benefits!
Raffle prize winners must be registered and in attendance to win!

Date: Friday, April 27th, 2012
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
Cost: Free for SWE Boston Professionals & SWE Graduating Seniors
Location: MIT Women's Lounge, Cambridge, MA
Parking: Free Parking is available at 139 Massachusetts Ave.  
Closest T stop is Kendall Square. Walk down Main St, turn Left on Vassar, Left on Massachusetts Ave.
Register at by April 25th
Please email Jennifer Kennedy at with any questions.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Congrats to the FY13 Team!

Congratulations to Jean Fang and Pri Tembhekar who will be serving on the FY13 Region F Collegiate team! Jean will serve as the Region Collegiate Communications Editors and Pri will acts as the Region Collegiate Senator.

Ellen McIsaac will also be moving from her position as the current RCS to Region F Treasurer!

We're proud of you guys! =D

Sunday, April 8, 2012

SWE Big/Littles!

On Friday, new members of the current SWE families were revealed and people got to enjoy froyo while meeting new friends! For the current families, please see below.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

2012 Region F Conference

This past weekend, MIT SWE hosted the 2012 Region F Conference, which took place on MIT’s campus. The event was attended by nearly 500 collegiates, professionals, speakers, and corporate recruiters. The event kicked off Saturday morning in Lobby 10 under MIT’s Great Dome, where conference attendees could register and enjoy breakfast before heading to the Keynote Breakfast. This year’s keynote speech was delivered by Natalie Givans, Senior Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton, and was followed by the “State of SWE” speech delivered by Alyse Stofer, SWE President-elect.

After the speeches, session 1 workshops took place, followed by an intersession. As with past Region F Conferences, workshops were offered in various ‘tracks,’ or areas of interest, including Collegiate Interest, Professional Interest, Personal Development, SWE/Finance, Global, and Technical.  

This year’s Region F Conference featured an extended 3-hour career fair and luncheon along with an optional intersession workshop.

The conference continued with three more blocks of sessions, including a workshop on Work/Life Balance by MIT Professor Sangeeta Bhatia and a Panel on the benefits of SWE, after which attendees had a short break to get ready for dinner. This year, the customary Keynote Dinner was replaced with a Cocktail Hour and Networking Reception at the MIT Museum, where collegiates and professionals could chat while enjoying MIT museum exhibits featuring the Institute’s unique contributions to science and technology. The reception concluded with a Region F awards ceremony and was followed by a delicious 3-course dinner catered by the MIT Faculty Club.

Another new addition to this year’s conference was a Collegiate Sleepover, where collegiate attendees could enjoy snacks and a movie while participating in various activities including nail painting and board games.

On Sunday, the customary Collegiate and Professional Business meetings took place at the MIT Media Lab, but a new addition to Sunday’s program this year was a Girl Scout Outreach Event held at the same venue. This year, more than 30 girl scouts between the ages of arrived at the Media Lab to take place in a variety of STEM activities, from strawberry DNA extraction to liquid nitrogen ice cream tasting, with conference attendees.

Overall, planning this year’s conference was a blast, and we look forward to attending the 2013 Region F Conference at UConn! 

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Register for the Region F Conference!

The MIT Section of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Presents:
2012 Region F Conference- Unlocking Global Opportunity
 March 3-4, 2012
Career Fair25+ Training/ Development  SessionsSWE Sleepover 
Girl Scout Outreach EventNetworking Hour at the MIT Museum 
Drop Your Resume: email
Questions, Comments, or Concerns? visit or email

Monday, February 20, 2012

2012 Spring Retreat!

This past weekend was the 2012 Spring Board Retreat. 32 girls traveled to Newport, RI for an overnight retreat full of fun, SWE, and new friends! Take a look at some of the pictures below and get excited for this upcoming semester of awesome events. =)

Jean & Anika hanging out in the suite Friday night (replicate of last year?)

Hannah, Michelle, & Laura at dinner Friday night

Enjoying some M&Ms - Charlotte, Hannah, Carolyn, Chennah

Manicures with SWE! (Sandra, Priya, Samantha, Hannarae)

2012 SWE Exec! - Jean, Yi, Liza, Priya, Yuliya, Leslie, Pri, Anika

human knot anyone? unfortunately neither group managed to get untangled...

RAFT! once again neither managed to finish the given task 

Ayesha & Ranna

32/44 of 2012 SWE Board & Exec! <3

The Breakers house in Newport, RI

Exploring Thames St. - Leslie

Keep a look out for upcoming events!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Welcome New 2012 Planning Board!

Congratulations to the new 2012 MIT SWE Planning Board! We look forward to having a great year! And thank you for everyone who applied, we hope to see all of you at our upcoming events.

VP Outreach: Yuliya Preger
Off-Campus Outreach Chairs: Jean Xin
Mason Magellan: Chelsi Green
New Initiatives: Priya Garg, Emily McDonald
High School Outreach Chairs: Jennifer Li, Mary Guan
Girl Scouts Outreach Chairs: Katy Evans, Cliodhna McCathy
WISE (Women in Science and Engineering): Maryam Zekevat, Chennah Heroor
KEYs (Keys to Empowering Youth): Caitlin Pomeroy, Philine Huizing
Middle School Outreach: Sarah Edris, Charlotte Zhu
VP Campus Relations: Leslie Chan
Internal Social Chairs: Laura Forte, Michelle Lee
Campus Social Chairs: Hannarae Nam, Samantha Darryanto
Department Liaisons: Quanquan Liu, Stephanie Chen, Jenny Shen
Big/Lil Sib Coordinator: Sophia Li (aid from Senior Reps)

VP Membership: Anika Gupta
Membership Development Chairs: Lauren Grieco, Sarah Weiss
External Relations Chairs: Nitya Subramanian, Tara Krishnan
Marketing & Media Chairs: Vivian Dien, Carolyn Joseph
Senior Representatives: Ellen McIsaac, Sandra Chen, Andrea Fabre

VP Corporate Relations: Pritee Tembhekar
Professional Development Chairs: Neena Parikh, Hannah Kempton
Corporate Relations Chairs: Ranna Zhou, Ayesha Bose, Susan Liang

President: Liza Xu
Treasurer: Priyanka Saha
Secretary: Jean Fang
Webmaster: Yi Wu

Monday, January 30, 2012

Apply for 2012 MIT SWE Planning Board!

Are you interested in getting involved with SWE?  Do you want to develop your leadership abilities and have fun?  Do you like teaching students about math and science?  Do you want to get involved with professional development and networking?  Do you want to throw study breaks and plan social events?  Do you have interest in where women stand in the world beyond MIT?  Apply to join the 2012 MIT SWE Planning Board! Descriptions of the available 2012 board positions can be found here.

Anyone is welcome to apply to join our board - non-engineers and men are welcome too. Please note: to apply to join the SWE Board, you must be a National member of SWE. Not a member but want to apply?  Join SWE now - membership is only $20 per year, and we will also reimburse half of it!  You can apply at
here, or just visit Please forward your membership confirmation to and to ensure you will be reimbursed.

To apply for board, please fill out the form below by 11:59pm on Thursday, February 9. In addition, please email a website worthy photo of yourself to  Interviews for positions will be held on Sunday, February 12.

All Board Members are required to complete 6 hours of volunteering at Outreach events and attend 3 events outside of those that they have planned. In addition, attendance to the Board Retreat from Friday, February 17 to Saturday, February 18 is required along with all Board meetings.

If you have any questions regarding the various positions, we will be hosting a Welcome event for all National Members with a casual Q&A session on Monday, February 6 at 4pm in W20-491.