Careers & Networking
The WEP Career Connections give students an opportunity to gain engineering experience and network with engineers and recruiters in industry. Through undergraduate research (GLUE), undergraduate seminars (WEP Career Connections Seminar and WEP Leadership Seminar) and the annual WEP Evening with Industry Banquet, students gain the career connections needed to make informed career choices and the networks needed to achieve career goals.
Consider Every Option (CEO)
Consider Every Option (CEO) is open to engineering students who wish to explore the many career paths you can take with your engineering degree, including some non-traditional choices.
Evening with Industry Banquet
The annual WEP Evening with Industry Banquet is a networking event hosted by the Women in Engineering Program. More than 40 companies and 425 students, faculty and industry representatives are expected to attend each year.
Graduates Linked with Undergraduates in Engineering (GLUE)
The Graduates Linked with Undergraduates in Engineering (GLUE) program gives undergraduate students the opportunity to gain introductory, practical research experience through working with a graduate student mentor.
Participation is limited to 24 undergraduates, and open to all degree seeking engineering majors who have never done research, who are in good academic standing. Undergraduate participants gain valuable research/work experience by:
- assisting their graduate mentor with research projects for 3-5 hours per week during the semester
- participating in a weekly seminar class for two pass/fail credit hours (Tuesdays, 3:30 - 5 p.m.)
Undergraduate Application Procedures:
- The sucessful applicant will be in the process of completing:
- at least 24 hours of basic sequence course work
- 8 hours of calculus (M408C/D or M408K/L/M) and 8 hours of physics (PHY303K/L & PHY 103M/N).
- a minimum 3.0 overall GPA and a 3.0 major GPA
- one full semester of engineering at UT Austin, if a transfer student
- Applicants will be asked to select and attend an information session where we will discuss your research interests to determine the best graduate match for you;matches are usually interdisciplinary in nature, meaning that you may be working with a graduate student in a different department.
- Please answer all application questions for your application to be fully considered.
- Successful applicants will be notified prior to registration for the following semester and must confirm acceptance of their match/spot by the appropriate deadline.
Spring 2015 applications for undergraduates will open in late August/early September.
Additional information to consider...
Graduate Student Mentors
Graduate mentors participating in the program are able to help undergraduates learn about the research process, discuss and showcase what it's like to be in graduate school, gain valuable mentoring and teaching experience and participate in targeted career development workshops. This unique experience is a valuable experience that can be a tremendous asset to your resume. First year grad students are encouraged to wait a year before participating, since a defined and active research project is most beneficial in the program. PhD students in the final phases of their dissertation may have difficulty having well defined research to provide to the undergraduate student. The duration of the program is the fall semester only.
GLUE is a very selective program, targeting 2nd year undergraduate women, with the goal of increasing the number of women who pursue graduate study and academic careers in engineering. The undergraduate population that is selected are very high achieving students who are ultra motivated to have an undergraduate research experience and who have excellent GPAs. Selected undergraduate participants are notified in mid-March since they must register for fall classes in late March. Graduate and undergraduate matching information, as well as additional logistical information, is provided after Spring Break.
- be willing to work with their undergraduate mentee for about 5 hours per week
- meet weekly with their mentee to direct the research
- include the mentee in research meetings/seminars/etc. when appropriate/available
- introduce the mentee to other graduate students and their faculty mentor
- have an organized, defined research topic to give to the mentee to work on during the semester; this can be a small part of your research or a replication of some work already completed
- assist the mentee with the development of their research poster and presentations
- be supportive of WEP's mission to encourage more women to enter an academic career
WEP is partnering with the e-mentoring network for diversity in engineering and science to give students an opportunity to network with great mentors from all around the country.