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Office for the Advancement of Women in Science and Engineering

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Join us every Wednesday for KAWSE Virtual Office Hours. Need help connecting to resources? Have a question? Just want to say hi? Stop by anytime between 12 - 1 pm to meet with KAWSE staff.

If we are unable to answer your questions, we will work to connect you to someone who can help. And - if this day/time does not work for you, no worries! Email us and we will find a time that works with your schedule! 

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Upcoming Events

As a precautionary measure against COVID-19, the KAWSE staff will be working remotely for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. KAWSE staff are available via email during regular business hours. Please contact kawse@ksu.edu with any questions that you might have. 

Gain professional development and networking through attending our series of events planned for undergraduate and graduate students. 

Some of the benefits of participating in these programs:

  • low commitment – you chose when and what you want to be involved in
  • great resume builders – leadership, public speaking, presenting, teamwork, volunteering, mentoring, outreach, service, commitment to diversity & inclusion
  • professional development & career advice
  • networking & community building – make your experience at K-State more enjoyable and successful through the help and support of your peers 

Each semester, we offer:

  • Career Chats - meet with and learn from women in various professional careers. These round-table luncheons include a 15-20 minute talk, followed by an informal Q&A session. Lunch is provided. 
  • Professional Development - these opportunities vary in topic and format, but are designed to provide participants with valuable skills and knowledge they can apply within their careers.
  • Volunteer Opportunities - host a high school student interested in STEM majors and careers for the day! The student shadows you for a day, gaining a sense of what its like to be a K-State student.
  • Employment Opportunities - serve as a mentor during Saturday Workshops or Summer Workshops. In either case, mentors guide middle- or high-school students through series of workshops hosted by K-State Faculty and staff.
  • KAWSE Ambassadors - the KAWSE Ambassadors is a student organization focused on visiting local high schools and encouraging girls to pursue careers in STEM. The group meets bi-weekly throughout the semester.

Is there a topic or event that would be useful to you? We are always looking for suggestions for Career Chat or Professional Development sessions. Contact us at any time via email (kawse@ksu.edu) or phone (785-532-6088).

Spring 2020 Events

Networking and Professional Development Opportunities 


Women in STEM Networking Night | January 28, 2020 | 5-6pm | Kramer Multicultural Student Lounge (Room 158)

Undergraduate and graduate students majoring in STEM degrees are invited to join KAWSE for a fun and informative night! Meet other women in STEM, learn more about upcoming events, and discover ways that you can get involved. Food will be provided, thanks to our partners at Housing and Dining. 

Not sure if your major is STEM? Stop by this event to find out more!

Women in STEM Networking Night Flyer

KAWSE Open House | February 11, 2020 | 9am-3pm | 1011 Seaton Hall

February 11 is the UN's International Day of Women and Girls in Science! To celebrate, KAWSE is hosting an open house. Stop by anytime between 9-3 for coffee, donuts and popcorn (while supplies last), Galentine's Day craft supplies, and information about resources just for you! We'll also host a raffle, and have several short informational sessions throughout the day. For a complete schedule, visit www.k-state.edu/kawse/events/kawseopenhouse

Applying for grants and fellowships funding panel | February 20, 2020 | 3-4:30pm | Student Union Room 206

In partnership with the Office of Research Development, KAWSE is pleased to offer a panel discussion featuring K-State faculty, staff and students who have successfully applied for funding. Learn from other women in STEM about their experiences applying for grants or fellowships, and ask any burning questions you may have. This event is open to undergraduate and graduate students.

First Generation Women in STEM BINGO Night | March 3, 2020 | 5-6pm | Student Union Room 206

Join KAWSE and the Office of First Generation Students for a fun-filled night of learning and networking! We'll play a special bingo game designed to help you learn more about women in STEM, resources available to you, and other facts you might not know about. There will also be a chance to meet with First Generation faculty and staff, as well as a resource table for you to browse. Snacks will be provided. 

Graduate Women in STEM | March 5, 2020 | 5:30-6:30pm | Regnier Forum and Atrium | RSVP Required

Graduate students, faculty and staff are invited to join KAWSE and the Graduate Student Council for a special night of networking and learning in honor of International Women's Day. The night will start with two speakers dedicated to creating a more diverse and inclusive workspace. There will then be an opportunity to network with other students and faculty over snacks. An RSVP is required: https://kstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6eVcT91Z98GnD6t

Employment Opportunities

Each spring and fall semester, we hire Saturday Workshop Mentors! 

The KAWSE office seeks responsible, motivated undergraduate and graduate students to serve as a mentor & chaperone for middle school students during our fall and spring Saturday Workshops! As a mentor, you will lead a group of 10-15 students around the K-State campus as they participate in hands-on activities. You will work from 8 AM - 4 PM and earn $8/hour. Lunch is provided. 

We are in the planning phases for our 2020-2021 Saturday Workshops and will announce any mentor position openings on our website and through our listserv. So check back again later this fall! 

Questions? Email KAWSE at kawse@ksu.edu or call 785-532-6088. 

 Volunteer Opportunities

Shadow Days

Fall 2020 Dates Coming Soon! 

The KAWSE office looks for student volunteers each fall and spring semester to host high school students for a “day in the life” experience as part of our EXCITE! Shadow Days program. Responsibilities would include hosting one or two high school students on campus at K-State between the hours of 9:15am-3:30pm on the dates we will publish at the beginning of each semester. You do not need to be available for all published dates in order to volunteer. The students will go with you to class on the day(s) you are available and you get to give them a tour of campus, show them your favorite spots and answer their questions about college. Students are matched with you based on their interest in your major. Free lunch in the form of a $10 meal card to the K-State Student Union Food Court will be provided for each volunteer and student participant.

To volunteer, please complete this online form: https://kstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bei6tAUwHfiLbcV

Questions? Need more information? Email the KAWSE office at kawse@ksu.edu



KAWSE Ambassadors Meeting - 6-7pm
February 4, Student Union Room 208 | March 3, Student Union Room 303 | April 7, Zoom| May 5, Zoom

New/interested members are welcome! This organization is for undergrad & graduate students. Our goal is to be low-commitment while having a high impact. We meet the first Tuesday of each month, and you get to choose how much you want to be involved in our various initiatives. This group focuses on supporting girls’ interest in STEM through visits to local middle/high schools. It is also a great place to meet other women in STEM at K-State, like yourself, and participate in professional development and other volunteer outreach opportunities. To be added directly to the KAWSE Ambassadors mailing list, contact Payton Masoner at pmasoner@k-state.edu.


We want to hear from you!

KAWSE would like to plan programs and events tailored to your needs and interests as women in STEM fields at K-State. If there is something you wish you knew more about or an event you feel like you could benefit from, please reply to this message and share your idea(s). We appreciate your feedback! 

Career Fairs, Resume Critiques, & More

Visit K-State’s Career Center website to check the dates of upcoming Career Fairs. You can also drop by in the afternoons for a quick look over your resume, or schedule an appointment with an advisor for a more in-depth review. The Career Center offers a variety of services to support you in your professional endeavors!