Additional Resources

Her Ventures Conference 2018

Her Ventures is an annual conference dedicated to female undergraduate founders, pioneers, and entrepreneurs. Recognizing the sexism pervasive throughout venture capital and the start-up world, Her Ventures both celebrates young female entrepreneurs pursuing their goals and connects them to the people, resources, and mentorship they need to take their ambitions to the next level.

Enjoy an all-expenses-paid conference held in New York City while networking with other aspiring female founders. Participate in workshops led by top executives and venture capitalists, and develop entrepreneurial skills that will transform your venture into the next big thing.

Applications close August 1, and the conference runs October 6-7 in New York City.  To learn more, please visit the Her Ventures website.  Additionally, here is a link to the Facebook page, where students can connect directly with members of their team.

If you have any questions about the conference, please reach out to Erin Boateng, Assistant Director of Marketing for Her Ventures –


In addition, WIE is happy to help with informal mentoring, such as pairing new students with an upperclassman or connecting students with professionals.

Approximately half of our undergraduates do some type of research activity in Engineering at Illinois through a variety of programs, often beginning freshman year. Their work is vital to the College and helps answer society’s toughest questions. My research professors offer course credit or a stipend for those participating in undergraduate research. Paid summer research positions are also available!

Learn more about these programs, their requirements, how to start, and campus’s undergraduate research symposium.

Programs such as Illinois Scholars Undergraduate Research Program (ISUR) especially encourage women and minorities to apply!

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The College of Engineering awards many merit-based scholarships for incoming freshman and transfer students as well as scholarships for continuing students. There is significant funding available specifically for women engineers!

Information on College of Engineering scholarships and financial aid

Student Organizations

Women student organizations are a great resource. They provide a supportive environment, potential study/homework partners, and female peers going through many of the same issues.

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
Alpha Omega Epsilon (AOE)
Phi Sigma Rho (PSR)
Society for Women in Physics (SWIP)
Women in Aerospace (WIA) 
Women in Computer Science (WCS)
Women in Electrical and Computer Engineering (WECE)
Women in Mechanical Science and Engineering (Women in MechSE)
Women in Nuclear (WiN)

Be Professional     Tea With SWE

University Resources

Morill Engineering Program (MEP) 
Focuses on the concerns of minority students.
Center for Academic Resources in Engineering (CARE)
Includes tutoring, resume workshops, and student advising.
Engineering Career Services (ECS) 
Offers co-op, internship, and full-time opportunities as well as writing workshops, resume reviews, and mock interviews.
International Programs in Engineering (iPENG)
Information about study abroad, intern abroad, and volunteer abroad
Office of Minority Student Affairs (OMSA) 
Includes tutoring, review sessions, supplemental instruction and study skills workshops.
Undergraduate Advising 
Advisors are here to assist students with courses, curricula, and career development.
Grainger Library Rooms 
Reserve group study rooms at the engineering library
Counseling Center
A place to seek advice when dealing with greater personal problems
Disability Resource and Educational Services
Informs students with disabilities of accommodations available to them
Bias Assessment & Response Team
A place to report incidents taht are motivated by prejudice against or hostility towards a group of people
Housing Safety
Where to find out about safety measures taken in University Housing
Illini Alerts
University wide emergency notification system
McKinley Health Center
University medical center
Champaign Urbana mass Transit District (CUMTD)
Information about local public transportation system
Office of the Dean of Students
Information about the code of conduct
WE CARE at Illinois
Where to report sexual misconduct, find support, talk to a someone, and find information on resources available to victims
Women’s Resource Center
A center on campus where students can attend workshops, participate in activities, and have discussions all centered around gender inclusivity