Opportunities for Underrepresented Student Groups and Members

The Center for Water and the Environment provides students, primarily juniors and seniors, from underrepresented groups with the opportunity for national conference funding. The center offers the students the chance to build connections with industry professionals at their respective student group national conferences. The travel grants are advertised through the Engineering Student Success Center in the School of Engineer (http://ess.unm.edu) for the students to attend the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES). A few previous travel grant award winners are Luis Aguilar (NSBE), Violet Sheffey (NSBE), and Odey Yousef (SWE). A statement on Odey’s experience at the Society of Women Engineers National Conference 2017:

“I thoroughly enjoyed the trip to Austin for this year's Society of Women Engineers conference. Despite being a man, I felt that I got a lot out of the experience. Although I didn't wholly understand the more technical presentations about advanced engineering topics, it was still interesting to learn about new advances in the field. As far as the career fair goes, I was delighted with the networking opportunities and abundance of information on my personal interests. The companies that I would hope to have a connection with in my future career further bolstered my engrossment with civil and environmental engineering. Overall, I had a fantastic time at the conference and would consider going again if the option was presented to me.”

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