SWiM 10 Year Anniversary Conference

10 Year Anniversary Conference!


October 20-21, 2023 in Golden, Colorado


We want to celebrate the accomplishments of SWiM in our first 10 years at Mines, and we want you to be a part of the celebration. The event will be an opportunity to connect with friends and professors, meet current students, and make new connections. Thank you for being a part of our community! We hope to see you there. 

Conference Schedule - Friday

3pm-4pm  AMS Colloquium by SWiM alum Kate Bubar * in Hill Hall Room 204

4:30-5:30pm  SWiM Alum Panel in Green Center Friedhoff Room 2/3


  • Izzy Aguiar (Stanford University) 
  • Shannon Bride (ICR,Inc) 
  • Chelsae Cameron (BombBomb) 
  • Julia Eiken (FAST Enterprises) 
  • Kownoon Her (John Deere) 
  • Leah Reeder (Stanford University)
  • Jackie Simens (Velosio)

5:30-7:00pm  Banquet in Friedhoff Building Room 2/3

7:00pm-9:00pm  Trivia by Nic Ormes**

*Kate Bubar (PhD Student in CS, University of Colorado – Boulder)

**Nic Ormes  (Associate Dean for Natural Sciences and Mathematics, University of Denver)

The parking code for this event is 1B8158. Use of the code is only necessary if you are arriving and parking before 5pm on Friday, October 20th. To redeem the code, simply select the “code” button on the bottom right of any parking meter in yellow, blue, or purple lots (see color-coded map linked below) and follow the prompts.
Parking on campus is free after 5pm and on weekends.
Mines visitor parking information (including a campus map with color coding) for reference: https://www.mines.edu/parking/visitor-parking-information/ 
Conference Schedule - Saturday

8:30am-9am  Breakfast

9am-10am  Keynote by SWiM alum Jessica Deters* in Brown Building West Room 280

10am-10:15  Break

10:15-10:45  Breakout Session 1: Working in Industry (CoorsTek Building 140) and Negotiation (CoorsTek Building 150)

10:50-11:20  Breakout Session 2: Balancing Work and Life (CoorsTek Building 140) and Graduate School and Academia (CoorsTek Building 150)

11:25-11:55  Breakout Session 3: Building Professional Connections (CoorsTek Building 140) and Mentoring and DI&A (CoorsTek Building 150)

12:00-1:00  Lunch is in the Coors Atrium in the CoorsTek Building

1:00  Optional Hike or Social Activity

*Jessica Deters (Assistant Professor of Engineering Education, University of Nebraska – Lincoln)

Building Locations

Please click on the link for specific building location.

Hill Hall – https://tour.mines.edu/hill-hall/

Green Center – https://www.mines.edu/green-center/

Bronw Hall – https://tour.mines.edu/brown-hall/

Coorstek – https://tour.mines.edu/coorstek-center-applied-science-engineering/

Colorado School of Mines Campus Map – https://tour.mines.edu/map/

About SWiM

SWiM was founded in 2013 by two faculty members, Debra Carney and Rebecca Swanson. We had previous experience as members of groups for women in mathematics and we recognized that such a group was missing at Mines. We knew that the women at Mines would benefit from additional support at an institution where about a third of the undergraduate students are women. Over the years, we have been fortunate to have the support of additional co-advisors, such as Kelley Tatangelo, Areeba Ikram, Karin Leiderman, and Cecilia Diniz Behn.

SWiM began with Mines alumna, faculty, and other local mathematical professionals sharing their “mathematical story” with mostly undergraduate members, in an informal setting. Due to its success in the first year, and with student requests for more programming, we adopted the current format in which we alternate alumna visits with professional development workshops, panels, discussions, and social events (over dinner) twice a month. SWiM currently provides a breadth of professional development opportunities for students interested in a career in mathematics, and a safe space for students to feel comfortable in discussing topics related to women in mathematics. The goal of our meetings is to not only expose students to a variety of different career options, mathematical paths, and general professional advice, but also to empower students with the professional skills and confidence they need as they move into the next stages of their careers. In 2014, SWiM became a student chapter of the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM). In 2019, SWiM was recognized at the national level by AWM for its professional development programming.

SWiM has been generously supported by FAST Enterprises LLC and the Chevron Corporation.