Fall 2011 WEEF Funding Allocations: WEEF Has Spoken

January 04, 2012

Hello UW Engineering! The results are in! This term WEEF received thirty-four proposals, requesting a total of $200,196.61, with only $60,000.00 to allocate. There were requests ranging from computer upgrades, to programmable robots, to continuous-stirred tank reactors, to differentials (I was told that “cars need them”). The proposal turn-out comprised of 15 from departments, 14 from student teams and 5 in the miscellaneous category.

Early in November our fantastic Funding Council, comprising of class representatives, met to review the proposals and determine where WEEF’s financial support would be felt the greatest. This table is a product of their critical thinking, penny-pinching and no-nonsense attitudes, which I greatly thank them for. We were able to reach $60,000.00 and come to a 62%-38%, departmental-other funding split with very few tears. THANK YOU!

Also, thank you to everyone who submitted a proposal. All of your initiatives are aiming at improving UW Engineering at home and abroad, which is exactly what we are looking for. For groups which received funding, please make your purchases promptly. For those who did not, please continue to refine your proposals and reflect on the questions that were asked of you during presentations.

Looking ahead, the WEEF Board of Directors meeting will be happening on November 22, to finalize the funding decisions and review the term as a whole. Also, WEEF’s $10,000,000.00 Party will be happening on Thursday, November 17 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm in the CPH Foyer. Please come out to celebrate this amazing accomplishment with us and get some tasty WEEF cake!

Finally, look out for another WEEF article in the next IW issue, where we will examine Fall 2011 Participation Rates!

If you would like more information, please consult your class WEEF representative, the WEEF website at weef.uwaterloo.ca or the WEEF Director at weef@uwaterloo.ca.