Society of Women Engineers section wins multiple awards

Mines students pose with their awards at the Society of Women Engineers' annual conferenceColorado School of Mines – home of the largest collegiate section of the Society of Women Engineers in the nation – was recognized with multiple awards at WE17, SWE’s annual convention Oct. 26-28 in Austin, Texas.

Paige Bowling, a fifth-year student majoring chemical and biochemical engineering and biochemistry, received the Outstanding Collegiate Member Award, one of only 10 college students to be honored nationwide. The Outstanding Collegiate Member Award is given to SWE collegiate members “who have made an outstanding contribution to SWE, the engineering community and their campus.”

Bowling, who is involved in SWE at the local, regional and national level, is currently serving a second term as SWE Region I Collegiate Senator. In 2016, she ran for the title of Miss Colorado on a platform of women in science and engineering. 

Mines’ SWE section also won two awards – Mission Award-Gold Level and Best Practice Award in the Globalization category, for member retention and engagement.

The Mission Award recognizes SWE groups that best embody the organization’s core values and demonstrate improvement and growth as they work to further SWE’s strategic goals. Gold, silver and bronze levels are awarded. Best Practice Awards recognize excellence in specific categories and are limited to three collegiate sections per category.

“I am proud to work with all the collegiate SWE officers who make our section so successful. Mines fosters a very supportive environment in which SWE can thrive, and we are truly thankful for the campus community’s continued support of women in engineering,” said Agata Dean, adjunct instructor in the Center for Academic Services and Advising and SWE faculty advisor.

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