The Princeton Graduate Society of Women Engineers, recognized by the national Society of Women Engineers (SWE), aims to empower and support females in all engineering, computer science, and applied mathematics disciplines. The group focuses on outreach, professional development, networking, and social events. SWE graduate students work closely with members of the undergraduate SWE Chapter at Princeton, serving as mentors to groups of undergraduates in order to improve retention of females in engineering majors, as well as increase the fraction of those who pursue engineering beyond Princeton. Professional development and networking events, both within Princeton and with female engineers outside of the University but affiliated with the New Jersey’s SWE Chapter, enable graduate students to make connections with potential employers, and learn from practicing female engineers in academia, industry, and government. Social events serve to connect graduate students across disciplines at Princeton, as well as provide a supportive community and sense of camaraderie for those who may feel isolated as one of the few females in their department or lab. As a whole, the Graduate Society of Women Engineers at Princeton seeks to foster a strong community of women in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Princeton, who can positively influence younger students and have opportunities learn from more experienced professionals in their fields.
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