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Clarkson Student Section Of Society Of Women Engineers Honored With Award

The Clarkson University student section of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) was honored with an award at the national annual meeting held recently in Detroit.

The Clarkson SWE section was the northeast regional winner of an Outstanding Activities certificate in recognition of their successful programs and high level of participation. The northeast region is one of 11 regional groups within the SWE and includes student sections at 27 colleges and universities.

“Receiving recognition for our work was a wonderful experience,” said Clarkson senior Kimberly Vecchione, a chemical engineering major and SWE president. “And attending the conference gave me a valuable opportunity to network and participate in job fairs and seminars, and the chance to listen to women such as Sally Ride, the first woman in space, speak about her experiences.” 

The mission of the Clarkson SWE section is to provide support on professional, social and academic levels to female students who are interested in math, science and engineering. To that end, the group sponsors speakers from science and industry to share workplace experiences with students, mentors local high schools and middle school girls by introducing them to science and technology, and provides networking opportunities within the campus community and with professionals in all fields of engineering.

“The Clarkson SWE section does an outstanding job of creating programs and activities that support the professional and academic pursuits of women engineers on the Clarkson campus,” said Amy Zander, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and SWE faculty adviser. “This is an important and active organization on our campus. As we continue to develop programs and initiatives that encourage women to pursue degrees in engineering and the sciences, this group provides a system of support and information that is invaluable.”

SWE is a nonprofit educational organization formed in 1950 dedicated to addressing the special needs of women engineers, assisting in career development, and encouraging young women to consider an engineering education.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or]

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