Written by: Riya Sanghvi
The Mock Career Fair was our first Mentorship Program collaboration event with SHPE, IEEE and GSA. The room was setup in a open panel type layout around the edges of the room, the mentors were sitting on the outside, allowing the mentees to freely travel around and get advice and help from everyone. The Mock Career Fair was a comfortable, but constructive environment for mentees and other mentors to practice talking to “recruiters” (mentors assuming the role of a company or graduate school). It opens newcomers up to getting help on their elevator pitches, resumes and interview skills. The mentees that did attend the event found the critiques very helpful and the range of opinions and help they received gave them a lot to work with and improve upon. It made me very happy to watch all our organizations come together to support our freshman and younger classmen. Overall, I believe the event was successful in the quality of constructive help it offered to the students and the feedback from the mentees.
Week 6 is a stressful time for students. What better way to SWEeten their day than by delicious original glazed Krispy Kreme donuts! This past November 1 and 2, SWE-UCR held our second fundraiser of the year selling Krispy Kreme donuts. We sold a total of 33 DOZEN donuts (396 individual donuts) through both pre-orders and same day sales! Feeling like you missed out? DONUT worry, we’re coming back with more. Look out for our announcements for winter quarter donut sales (around weeks 1 and 3). We sold out the first time so make sure you get those preorders in. Lastly, thank you to everyone who participated in our Krispy Kreme Fundraiser. Profits always go back to our SWE members, so stick around. We’ve got lots fun and engaging social, academic, and professional development events to come!
Author: Riya Sanghvi
This was the official welcome meeting after the Mentor/Mentee Reveal, so it was a very fun and exciting atmosphere. The room was crowded with eager faces, ready to meet their future friend that will guide them on their college journey. I presented a PowerPoint on the the guidelines of the program and then updated the students on ongoing academic events and open research positions. After a quick briefing, the mentors and mentees met up with each other and mingled. It was really heartwarming for me to see everyone becoming friends and talking to each other because I worked hard to pair everyone up together. I had a great time seeing the older students giving advice to the incoming students about classes and events on campus.
Our third SWEety meet up was held on November 15, 2016. We designed this as a professional development workshop for our members. Ally Thacker, our professional development chair, planned this get together in good timing for the season of applications to internships, research opportunities, scholarships, graduate school, and, for some, jobs! We provided some snacks and a cozy conference room. The meeting started with a slideshow which gave pointers, do’s and don’ts, and information on why it’s important to have a strong resume. Then, we started one-on-one resume evaluations. Students could bring their already written resumes or write a new one from scratch. Ally, a resume expert, would give constructive feedback on the resumes or help the students get started. It was crucial for a workshop like this to be set in a small meet up instead of a typically larger, general meeting. Students felt comfortable sharing their resumes and on a one-on-one conversation without any rush or pressure. Overall, this meet-up was very productive and gave our sweeties and advantage in the competitive season of applications!
Written by Emilie Simpson
As an undergraduate works their way towards their degree, the amount of chances for careers often overruns the idea of continuing education. The most recent Mentorship Meeting, taking advantage of the wide variety of student officers and their experience, put together an informative presentation and question panel discussing the rather complex and daunting subject of graduate school. Among the graduate students present at the meeting were Brian Crites (5th year Ph.D. in Computer Science), Sangavi Pari (2nd year Masters in Chemical Engineering) and Trevor Clark (2nd Year Ph.D. in Computer Science/ Computer Programming)
Before discussing question, brief introductions elaborated how exactly these students became graduate students at all, with surprisingly varied answers. The majority of the students admitted that they did not plan on attending graduate school when they were earning their bachelor degrees. Only one out of the three students on the board had planned to attend beyond their undergraduate education. Such a fact remains a rather unorthodox truth; the possibility of graduate school, even if it is originally (even if firmly) unplanned, can remain an open path for future opportunities.
Among the questions asked were:
Is applying for graduate school like applying for undergraduate school? Yes, remarkably different. Applying for graduate school is more centric around the reason for continuing research, rather than the student’s personality and drive for higher education. However, the process itself is very similar (a submission of documents, tests, etc.)
Are there resources available from the university to help get into graduate school? While graduate school provides a critical edge to a career, there are only basic resources for students interested in continuing their education beyond their undergraduate years. The most recommended way to begin the process is to reach out to the graduate universities of interest and express intention of attending.
What is the process of creating and submitting a thesis? To begin a thesis, one must choose a research topic/project and develop it throughout their years in graduate school. Throughout the process, a compiled report is written and submitted to a committee of people in a shared field of study. If the research is coherent and significant enough to be passed on, then copies are made and saved in archives and the libraries on campus. Tips for those interested in creating a thesis include beginning as soon as possible and to promote consistency, as the document itself is composed of years of work and must include all steps, labs, sources and the like.
Is there an advantage to graduating early (undergraduate in three years, graduate in two)? Assuming a masters degree, the advantages include being done earlier, being able to work earlier, and being able to make money earlier. However, one will not be able to learn the material as deeply; furthermore, all that time dedicated to studying diverts effort away from crucial networking that could lead to key career prospects. Making the most out of college is essential to a well-rounded education; just focusing on the academic aspect should not exhaust such an exciting, one-of-a-kind experience.
This meeting brought to attention how graduate school, however unseemly or distant it may be, can remain a chance for further development of skills, research and career advancement. Thank you to Brian, Sangavi and Trevor, the hardworking students of the graduate division, for taking the time to bring the idea of graduate school out of obscurity and into the Mentorship Program!
On November 22nd, SWE hosted a team of Facebook engineers and recruiters for a “Crush your Coding Interview” events. This capped off a series of workshops focused on helping students hone the skills they will need to succeed in any CS technical interviews they will have during their application for summer internships. The three previous workshops covered the basics of what interviewers are looking for and the soft skills that most students have trouble with, as well as a variety of different types of interview questions and strategies for solving them. This final event was a great capstone, with a Facebook recruiter going over the interview process, and two engineers white boarding a solution to a typical interview question in front of the group. We hope to continue our professional development series during the Winter quarter with a programming languages series co-hosted by ACM, and additional technical interview workshops.
Author: Sirina Nabhan
The theme of this SWEety meet-up was to host a quiet room for SWE members to escape from the library and Bytes cafe to study. Midterms fell on an unfortunate weekend: Halloween. However our fellow SWEeties made this more bearable by providing an array of candy and greasy pizza for our enjoyment. Students paired up in groups or sat on corners charging their stations, preparing for the midterm season. Freshmen students from the same classes met during the meeting to share notes and talk about what they thought would be on the final. We all felt a heavy heart this midterm season. However the light at the end of the tunnel indeed exists.
Author: Sirina Nabhan
The Women in Engineering 2016 conference was a big success! This was the largest women in engineering conference and we had to see it to believe it. Seven UCR students journeyed on to the east coast; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to be exact. A few members of the team had never been to the east coast so this was an exciting trip!
We were shocked to find how large the Pennsylvania Conference Center that held the conference was. We were greeted by friendly information volunteers who directed us through a large maze on coordinators and a swarm of over 1000 young women engineers. It was most heart warming to meeting past SWE members who where now professionals and where recruiting other SWE members at the career fair. Some large companies that were there included: DOW, NASA, Shell, Verizon, Rolls-Royce, Toyota, Texas Instruments and Bose Corporation. All seven SWE-UCR students were in agreement that their experiences with the recruiters where both friendly and enjoyable; a unique feeling to have at such large conferences.
In the remainder of the weekend, we took a bus to New York City to visit the Statue of Liberty and the World Trade Center. This was an especially enjoyable experience because all who went where excited and happy to discover new things. Conferences like these enrich a university student's life and provide not only development in every sense, but also lasting memories to always look back on.
Jayapriya Vengadesan (2017-2018)
Jayapriya is an undergraduate student studying bioengineering.
Cindy Yanez (2016-2017)