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Women in Engineering Program Travel Award

The Purdue University Women in Engineering Program (WIEP) Travel Award offers funding to undergraduate and graduate students attending non-technical conferences focused on women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and/or professional development for women in general.

Awards are given based on a competitive application process. Watch for an email announcement from WIEP with exact dates and instructions for applying. 

Awardees are required to attend a “Getting the Most of Your Conference” pre-travel workshop and to share their conference experience with the Purdue community post-travel.

Women in Engineering Program GWEN Travel Grant Winners

 Congratulations to Jennifer Anderson (PhD BME), Yiqing Liu (PhD CHE), Jessica Leeker (PhD ENE), Claire Nimlos (PhD CHE), Catherine Weathered (PhD BME), and Laura Wilcox (PhD CHE) on receiving travel grants from the Women in Engineering Program!  We wish you all well as you present your research at these technical conferences!


Anneliese Brenner

Jennifer Anderson (PhD BME) will present her research on Pentagalloyl Glucose Effects on Murine Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms this May at the Acoustical Society of America's 177th meeting in Lousiville, KY. Jennifer is passionate about sharing her findings as a means of spreading awareness to encourage exploration of solutions. This conference will provide opportunities for her to learn from and network with other biomedical engineers and scientists. Her attendance at the ASA meeting will provide opportunity for personal and professional growth.


Hannah Cebull

Yiqing Liu (PhD CHE) attended the 2019 AlChE Spring Meeting and 15th Global Congress on Process Safety this April in New Orleans, LA. Her oral presentation was titled A Comparative Study of Residence Time Distribution and Cooling Crystallization in a Continuous Dynamic/Oscillatory Baffle Crystallizer Versus a Stirred Tank. Attending this conference was important to Yiqing's career giving her the opportunity to make an impact in the industry and get real-world feedback on the applicability of her work.

Shabnam Ghotbi

Jessica Leeker (PhD ENE) plans to travel to Cape Town, South Africa to attend the Research in Engineering Education Symposium (REES) where she hopes to present her research on one or both of the following studies: 1) Through HER Lens: Examining the formation of counter-spaces for black women in an engineering education doctoral program and 2) How to make the informal pre-college STEM relationship successful with industry partners: a systematized literature review. Attending conferences such as REES are without question the best way to stay up to date with current best practices and cutting-edge methodologies in Engineering Education.


Jordan Hill

Claire Nimlos (PhD CHE) will be attending the North American Catalysis Society Meeting in Chicago, IL this June where she will give an oral presentation on Synthesis Methods to Influence Aluminum Location and Proximity in MFI Zeolites and Catalytic Consequences for Methanol Dehydration. Attending this conference will provide Claire with an excellent opportunity for professional growth along with the chance to demonstrate the impact of her research on the community as a whole and recieve feedback from experts in her field.


Kelsey Hopkins

Catherine Weathered (PhD BME)will travel to Grapevine (Dallas), TX in May where she will present a poster on The Role of Biofilm in Mycobacterium Avium Colonization and Infection: A Computational Approach at the 2019 NTM & Bronchiectasis Physician/Patient Conference. Catherine feels this will be a valuable opportunity to connect with other researchers, meet with clinicians who have treated this disease, get feedback on her early results and to confirm what future direction of study would be most useful. This will allow her to gain a deeper understanding of how to utilize her skills as an engineer to meet patient and physician needs.


Yiru Li

Laura Wilcox (PhD CHE) plans to present a poster entitled Spectroscopic Characterization of Monomeric and Dimeric Copper Species in Chabazite Zeolites for Partial Methane Oxidation to Methanol at the Natural Gas Conversion Symposium this June in San Antonio, TX. Attending this conference will be advantageous for Laura to learn of the progress made in the field and how other research groups are trying to solve this program allowing her to corroborate her research findings at Purdue and discover future paths for experiments to try.


Past Awardees Comments

“Impassioned, invigorated, inspired. In three words, that was my conference experience, and I cannot express how grateful I am to have been given such an incredible opportunity to learn and grow.”

“Attending the IEEE Women in Leadership conference was a fantastic opportunity for me that I did not realize the benefits I would gain until I participated in the conference. The women I met and who led all of the sessions were phenomenally inspirational and gave me many ideas on how to contribute to my career from a professional perspective. They helped me identify my own niches and gave me the courage to boldly pursue those dreams of mine. I am very grateful for the ability to attend this conference, which I would not have had I not received the WIEP travel grant. Thank you!”

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