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The UNL student chapter of the Society of Women Engineers won a 2009 Chancellor's Award for Contributions to Women. Chapter president Ericka Amborn, a senior from Rapid City, S.D., who majors in mechanical engineering, accepted the award with SWE members at a reception during UNL Women's Week in March.
The Chancellor's Outstanding Contribution to Women Awards recognize outstanding faculty, staff and student efforts to create a climate that encourages women to succeed at the university. The award recipients demonstrate a sustained and tangible impact on the campus community.
Co-nominator Angel McMullen Gunn, BSME '03 and M.Eng. '07, who works with Hamilton Sundstrand in York, Neb., was a student member of SWE. She now serves as a counselor for the UNL chapter and is proud that SWE has "continued the tradition I helped start in 1998, hosting the annual Women Interested in Engineering Day for high school girls
Dean David Allen added that SWE helps make the UNL College of Engineering, on Lincoln and Omaha campuses, "more welcoming for our prospective and current students" and creates valuable opportunities that greatly add to students' skills and to the Nebraska Engineering experience.
"I want to thank our SWE members who help attract and retain female students at the UNL College of Engineering," Allen concluded. "Their efforts to reach out, build community, and pursue high standards are both excellent and exemplary."