SWEekend

"Awesome experience! Getting on campus really made me want to go to the U and join SWE.” —SWEekend attendee

“The event really helped solidify my decision to attend the U of M. I had so many questions answered that I did not know I had.” —SWEekend attendee

The U’s College of Science and Engineering (CSE) works hard to help women students succeed, but first they have to enroll. That’s where SWEekend comes in; bringing high school girls who have been accepted to the U of M and their parents onto campus for a weekend to inspire them to choose CSE for their engineering studies.

3M funding supports success

Thanks to 3M funding and dedicated volunteers from the U of M chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), the inaugural event on March 2-3 was a big success.  

Organizers originally hoped to attract 30 girls plus their parents. Instead, they were thrilled when the attendee list swelled to 72 girls and more than 100 parents. Activities included sitting in on an Organic Chemistry 1 class and touring the Medical Device Center and a lab, as well as a variety of social and residence hall events. Parents also got an in-depth look at CSE and had the option to enjoy local attractions. 3M funding made it possible to host out-of-towners at a hotel near campus.

A great recruiting event

Was this inaugural event a success? SWE organizers answer with a resounding yes, and look forward to seeing this become a great recruiting event.  

Photos: Society of Women Engineers, U of M chapter

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Key

CSE-College of Science and Engineering

CSOM-Carlson School of Management

DENT-School of Dentistry

ICA-Intercollegiate Athletics

OED-Office of Equity and Diversity

STEM-Science, Technology, Engineering, Math