One way WIE stays connected with students on campus is through organizing an advisory board comprised of representatives from each of the different women in engineering RSOs throughout the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Grainger College of Engineering. Each year this board works together to organize a Women in STEM week to showcase some of the accomplishments of the amazing women on our campus and alumna of the Grainger College of Engineering. For information on this year’s event, go here. Additionally, the group provides support to one another’s outreach events throughout the school year.
If you are interested in connecting with more women engineering students, consider joining one of these student organizations:
Alpha Omega Epsilon
Alpha Omega Epsilon (AOE) is a professional and social sorority comprised of female engineering and technical science majors. From the day of its inception on November 13, 1983, Alpha Omega Epsilon has striven to promote friendship, professionalism, leadership, and scholarship throughout its many chapters throughout the United States and Canada. Alpha Omega Epsilon is an associate member of Panhellenic Council at University of Illinois.
Phi Sigma Rho
Phi Sigma Rho (PSR) is a social sorority for women in engineering and other technical studies. The sorority was founded in order to give women in technical studies a community of understanding and support. As of today, there are 38 chapters across the U.S. sharing our common goals of friendship, scholarship, and encouragement. Phi Sigma Rho is an associate member of Panhellenic Council at University of Illinois.
Society of Women Engineers
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is a technical, professional, social, and outreach organization here at UIUC, and is part of a larger organization with over 14,000 members nationally. With an officer board of 17 and over 80 chair positions, there are many ways for you to get involved and build your resume! Some of our most popular events include Girl Scout Workshops, a Night of Networking providing corporate workshops and career opportunities, a barn dance, semi-formal, and a yearly technical project competition. In addition to all of our events here on campus, becoming a national member of SWE allows you to attend national and regional conferences and pursue many scholarship opportunities. We are the largest engineering organization on campus, and provide a great support system for women in engineering.
Society of Women in Physics
The mission of the Society of Women in Physics (SWIP) is to provide a social and professional network among the female students in the physics department. SWIP also provides opportunities for its members to interact with physics students, faculty, and the community in social, academic and philanthropic events. They do this through hosting lunches with faculty and visiting speakers, attending conferences for women in physics across the Midwest, and participating in local outreach to further promote equality in the physical sciences.
Women in Aerospace
Women in Aerospace (WIA) is a Registered Student Organization at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign whose goal is to promote and maintain women’s interests in the field of aerospace engineering. WIA also aims to provide a supportive resource for current and prospective female aerospace engineers and foster a sense of community for women in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at The Grainger College of Engineering.
Women in Computer Science
Women in Computer Science (WCS) is a non-profit, educational, student group under the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Computer Science Department at The Grainger College of Engineering. The organization is dedicated to supporting the efforts of young women, who are pursuing a career in computer science or show an overall interest in technology. Because of the number of women pursuing Computer Science has been steadily decreasing, the organization aims to retain and provide a network of support for members to rely on for advice and camaraderie.
Women in Cybersecurity
Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS) is a student chapter of a larger non-profit national organization dedicated to bringing together women in cybersecurity from academia, research and industry to share knowledge, experience, networking and mentoring. This RSO helps women interested in cyber security through tech talks, workshops, networking opportunities, research, conferences, and leadership opportunities. Our members are given the opportunity to attend the annual WiCyS National Conference and network with companies and fellow students passionate about the field of cyber security. WiCys aims to provide a supportive community to women in all stages of their pursuit of a cybersecurity career.
Women in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Women in ECE (WECE) is a student organization at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign dedicated to supporting women within the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at The Grainger College of Engineering. We welcome members of all genders to be active in the group, and we strive to build communities amongst ourselves by hosting social, technical, outreach, and professional events.
Women in Mechanical Science and Engineering
Women in MechSE (WiM) was created for and by MechSE women to share experiences and learn about career opportunities. The individuals that created it believed that leadership among women in MechSE had decreased, so they wanted to form a group that would encourage it. Through career fairs, leadership events, company visits, lunches with women faculty, and weekly meetings, the group provides opportunities to explore career paths and encourages women to join other MechSE RSOs that have been predominately male in the past.
Women in Nuclear
Women in Nuclear (WiN) UIUC aims to educate the local community about the benefits of nuclear technology and provide professional development our members.