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High School Conference


About HSC

High School Conference is an annual conference hosted by the Society of Women Engineers chapter at Texas A&M University. The conference is an event where high school juniors & seniors will be exposed to various engineering-oriented group activities that will give them a feel of what an engineering major looks like. The participants will also take part in several Texas A&M traditions and be taken on campus tours and class visits to get to know our university and its culture.


Join us at the High School Conference at Texas A&M University and see what engineering at Aggieland is all about!

Why Attend HSC?

"Howdy! My name is Elise Nguyen and I attended the Society of Women Engineers High School Conference for two consecutive years: firstly in 2021 for the "Avatar the Last Airbender" virtual conference, and again in 2022 for the "Prisoner of Aggieland" in-person conference. My favorite experience from both years' conference was the main engineering design challenge, which allowed me to think creatively and analytically with the pressure of a friendly competition. Attending the High School Conference helped me feel so welcomed when I joined SWE as a undergraduate student, and I remember telling my parents right after the 2022 High School Conference that I was ready to finish high school and move on to the college life!"

-Elise Nguyen 

"I attended High School Conference (HSC) in 2020 when the theme was STEM Wars! My favorite part of HSC would have to be either when we attended the research lab tours, where we were shown current equipment TAMU researchers used as well as given a brief introduction to what they were working on and how it could help in the future, or College Fair, when we got to go around to different departments within engineering and learn about what they do. I learned so much about different fields that I'd never even heard of before. Also, I got to listen to amazing speakers, such as Dr. Nancy Currie-Greg, as well as completed awesome engineering challenges that all inspired me to pursue engineering as my career. I loved HSC so much and am grateful I got to experience it. I highly recommend HSC to current and future high schoolers."

-Emily DeGraaff

"Hello, my name is Katelyn Kramer! I attended HSC in 2022 when the theme was Harry Potter. I knew I loved my STEM classes like math and physics, but I didn't know how I could combine those skills into a career. HSC showed me how I could combine my academic interests into a tangible goal: engineering. I remember learning about all the different types of engineering fields and the research opportunities that come with being an engineer, which ultimately helped me decide to major in engineering.  I also enjoyed the fun projects we worked on and the friendly competition that motivated each team to try and win the robot programming contest. Overall, I made a lot of friends, enjoyed good food, learned about engineering and Texas A&M, and had a lot of fun!"

-Katelyn Kramer

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Howdy! My name is Kayla Waswil and I am a junior majoring in Mechanical Engineering from Katy, TX. My time in SWE started my sophomore year when I volunteered as a counselor for the High School Conference. From there I knew I needed to get more involved in such an incredible organization and so I volunteered for STEMFest and participated in the FLAME program. I am beyond excited to serve as one of the High School Conference Co-Chairs this year and continue my journey with SWE! In my free time I enjoy going to concerts, hiking, exploring new places and spending time with friends. I cannot wait for this upcoming year!

Kayla Waswil

Howdy! My name is Ainsley Shields and I am a Sophomore majoring in Biomedical Engineering from Austin, TX. I began my involvement in SWE my Freshmen year as a member of SWElites and the HSC Design Committee. The second semester of my Freshmen year, I served as a Professional Development Co-Chair for SWE. I am honored to be one of this year‘s HSC Co-Chairs and look forward to hosting the best HSC yet! When I’m not studying, I enjoy playing Minecraft, plotting world domination, and building legos.

Ainsley Shields

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Howdy! My name is Emily DeGraaff, and I am a sophomore mechanical engineering major from Temple, Texas. I started my involvement in SWE last year through the High School Conference Committee and the Outreach program. This year, I will serve as a High School Conference Co-Chair with my amazing co-chairs Ainsley and Kayla, and I cannot wait to prepare an awesome conference for future engineers. In my free time, I love doing various art, listening or playing music, and spending time with my human and furry friends. I am super excited for this year!

Emily DeGraaff

2023 Sponsors

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