Congratulations 2017 SWENext Global Innovator Award Recipients Alisha Mirapuri, Esther Koh, Maya Rozenshteyn, Rebekah Travis, Saumya Rawat, Madeline Chairvolotti, and Janet Wang!
The SWENext Global Innovator Award Program recognizes the outstanding young women shaping the future of SWE by developing an engineering identity in themselves and others. Award recipients exemplify intellectual curiosity, enthusiasm, and leadership in the STEM community. These students demonstrate a commitment to bettering the lives of women in STEM, volunteer in outreach initiatives, and are pursuing a career in engineering. SWENexters in their junior and senior years of high school are eligible and recipients are selected by SWE members. Global Innovator Award recipients are honored at the SWE Annual Conference and Local Innovator Award recipients are honored at the WE Local Conferences.
To acknowledge the obstacles faced when living outside of urban centers, the SWENext Judith Gray Innovator Award was created. In honor of Ms. Gray, this Innovator Award is given to SWENexters in rural areas.
Francis Judith Gray (1942-2015)
Ms. Gray, a resident of Petersburg, IN, graduated from Indiana University in l966 receiving a BA in Plant Sciences. She served on numerous public boards including chairwoman of the IU Alumni Association l987-l988 and served on the Board of Managers from l985 to 1989. At the time of her death she was the Executive Director of the Orange County Economic Development Partnership. She was an advocate for student learning, helping to ensure that technology and advanced learning opportunities were available for all students. She was very supportive of Project Lead the Way (PLTW) programs, including engineering, robotics, and biomedical programs. Although she did not hold an engineering degree, she encouraged rural students, and especially female students, to pursue STEM-related studies.
To be eligible for the SWENext Judith Gray Global Innovator Award, applicants must live in a rural area as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau. If you live outside the U.S., please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to determine eligibility.
SWENext Global Innovator Award and SWENext Judith Gray Global Innovator Award Recipients receive the following:
- An all-expenses paid trip to WE17, the SWE Annual Conference in Austin, for themselves and one adult chaperone
- Recognition for their accomplishments during the SWE Awards Banquet
- A 3D printed trophy and a certificate of achievement
- Participation in the SWENext High School Leadership Academy
- Participation in the Invent It. Build It. event as an engineer’s assistant
- SWE Commemorative Shirt:” This is what a future engineer looks like” and other goodies