In recognition of their tremendous outreach and community service efforts, the WVU Section of the Society of Women Engineers was named the 2017-2018 Student Organization of the Year. As part of the selection process, SWE had to submit an application and undergo an interview process with the University’s Student Government Association. Their superb commitment to the community, extensive outreach on the WVU campus and vast number of service hours were among the many reasons the organization received the top honor.
In addition to participating in at least one service project per month at local organizations, SWE’s primary focus is providing K-12 STEM outreach programs for the Statler College. While the organization hosts dozens of events per year such as their Murder Mystery Lunch and Code Name: SWE, their largest event is Girl Scout Day, a one-day immersive and educational STEM experience that brings more than 250 local Girl Scouts to campus.
“The WVU Section is dedicated to hosting meaningful STEM outreach events for kids in the Morgantown area,” said Alex Anderson, who graduated in May with a degree in biomedical engineering. “The opportunity to be a mentor as a female in STEM is invaluable for showing young girls that they can pursue a STEM career, too.”