Selection Criteria

  • 85% Advocacy:  Discuss the nominee’s activities and significance in advocating objectives consistent with SWE’s mission within their business organization, educational institute and/or organizations in their community, such as local schools, Girl Scouts, etc. Provide evidence of their accomplishments serving as a role model to women and men and where the individual’s efforts have made a difference and left a positive impression of women and engineering as a profession of choice. Include any contributions to the public’s awareness of engineering as a profession for women.  Also include how the nominee has informed the public, the engineering profession and employers of women’s contributions to the fields of engineering and/or engineering management.  And finally, include how the nominee has served as a role model for women in engineering.

  • 15% Career achievements: Discuss the nominee’s active accomplishments in the field of engineering, engineering management, or engineering education. 

Nomination Checklist

The following information constitutes a complete nomination:

  • A completed application https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/47107-Society-Of-Women-Engineers.

  • A formal statement:

    • With 1.5 line spacing, 12-point Times New Roman font, and 1-inch margins on all sides (top, bottom, left, right). 

    • Maximum length of 2,500 words

    • Address each of the Selection Criteria above with each new section title bolded, underlined and centered. Include the following sections:  Introduction; Career Achievements; Advocating within the Organization or Business; Advocating in the Community; Conclusion

    • DO NOT include graphics or photos within the formal statement.

  • The candidate’s resume (or curriculum vitae) with single line spacing, 12-point Times New Roman font, and 1-inch margins on all sides (top, bottom, left, right). Length of 3 pages or less, excluding the publications and patents.

  • The candidate’s SWE resume with single line spacing, 12-point Times New Roman font, and 1-inch margins on all sides (top, bottom, left, right).   Length less than 3 pages. Optional for the Advocating Women in Engineering Award.

  • The candidate’s biography of no more than 500 words to be used as a basis for SWE publications. The submitted biography may be edited for clarity/content and editorial style. Award recipients will be able to verify the biography before publication. Please do not include any proprietary information in the biography.

  • At least three (3) and not more than four (4) supporting letters. Letters must clearly state who the recommender is and their relationship to the nominee.

    • At least one letter must come from a business reference who is familiar with the nominee’s activities in the workplace. 

    • At least two letters must be a person or organization that benefited from the candidate’s activities.

    • All letters of recommendation require some form of authentication from the author. This can be a signature from the author, or an email header showing that the letter originated from the author. This is considered an electronic signature. Any letter without signature will be dropped from the package and may cause disqualification.  Nominator is required to retain the documentation should SWE inquire for verification. 

 All above nomination materials must be compiled into one document and saved using the following naming format: AwardTitle_NomineeLastName.