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SWE Chapter Wins Award for Outreach


SWE Chapter Wins Award for Outreach

March 18, 2011

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The student chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) was one of three chapters in the Sonora Region to win the SWEeter Futures Outreach Program awards for 2010, which recognize chapters for the success of their events based on the number of people reached and the number of SWE volunteers.

Space Science and Engineering Day 2010“Last year, we had a variety of events, including making our planetarium for a camp for autistic children at Grove Community Church in Riverside, and at our annual Bourns Space, Science and Engineering Day (pictured here),” said Heather Salvador, SWE student chapter president. “This year we again held our planetarium for the autism camp in the summer, sent SWE members to the Mira Loma Middle School to speak about engineering for their Career Day, and participated in the MESA Family Night here on campus.”

This spring, the chapter’s members will serve as judges at a science fair in San Bernardino, and will also be setting up their planetarium at the Pachappa Elementary School in Riverside.

Their third-place award for 2010 earned the UCR chapter a $500 prize. Through February of this year, they were in second place behind Weber State University in the competition for the $1500 top prize for 2011. The Senora Region of SWE covers Arizona, New Mexico, Southern California, Southern Nevada and Utah.

“We are hoping to pull ahead of Weber State in the final count at the end of this year,” Salvador said.

The faculty advisors for the UCR chapter of SWE are Elaine Haberer, assistant professor of electrical engineering, and Sharon Walker, associate professor of chemical and environmental engineering and John Babbage Chair in Environmental Engineering.

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