Selection Criteria

  • 60% Teaching Ability and Ability to Inspire Students:  Discuss the nominee’s demonstrated excellence in teaching by inspiring students (role model) to attain high levels of accomplishment.
  • 25% Scholarly Work:  Provide evidence of scholarship through contributions to research and technical literature.
  • 15% Professional Society Activities:  Discuss the nominee’s active involvement in professional engineering societies.


Nomination Checklist

The following information constitutes a complete nomination:

  • A completed application https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/47108-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; Teaching Ability and Ability to Inspire Students; Scholarly Work; Professional Society Activities; 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).
  • 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 of 3 pages or less. Optional for the Distinguished Engineering Educator 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 his or her relationship to the nominee.
    • At least one letter must be from someone familiar with the nominee’s teaching experience.  
    • At least one letter must come from the nominee’s SWE Collegiate section
    • It is recommended that some letters be from current and former students and colleagues.
    • 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.