Selection Criteria

  • 40% Service to SWE:  Discuss the nominee’s contributions that advance the objectives and goals of the Society as stated in the bylaws.  Include service to and activities in SWE that have furthered SWE’s goals.
  • 30% Career Accomplishments:  Discuss the nominee’s accomplishments in the field of engineering, engineering management, or engineering education that has furthered SWE's goals.  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.
  • 20% Leadership in Technical and Professional Organizations:  Discuss any leadership/service to other technical and/or professional organizations.
  • 10% Leadership in the Community:  Discuss any leadership/service to organizations or events/activities in the community.


Nomination Checklist

The following information constitutes a complete nomination:

  • A completed application https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/47113-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 3,500 words.
    • Address each of the Selection Criteria above with each new section title bolded, underlined and centered.
      • Include the following sections:  Introduction; Service to SWE; Career Accomplishments; Leadership in Technical and Professional Organizations; Leadership 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.
  • 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 4 pages or less.  Recommended for the Fellow Grade.  
  • 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 four (4) and not more than five (5) supporting letters. Letters must clearly state who the recommender is and his or her relationship to the nominee.
    • The nominee’s SWE Section, Region or MAL must submit a support letter (no more than 4 pages) that is signed by two officers (one of whom must be the President, Section or MAL Representative, or Region Governor) and focuses on the selection criteria, as well as emphasize how:  
      • The nominee’s contributions advance the objectives and goals of the Society as stated in the bylaws,
      • The nominee’s contributions significantly to the public’s awareness of engineering as a profession for women,
      • The nominee’s contributions inform the public, profession and employers of women’s contributions to the fields of engineering and/or engineering management,
      • The nominee’s contributions advance women in the engineering profession,
      • The nominee serves as a role model (describe specifics), and
      • The nominee’s leadership/service in other technical/professional/community organizations relates to the criteria.
    • At least one letter must be from an individual familiar with the nominee’s SWE contributions.  
    • At least two letters must be from current or former immediate supervisors or individuals higher in the line or from individuals familiar with the nominee’s work performance and job-related contributions.  If nominee is retired or self-employed, the letters documenting work accomplishments can be provided by others in the community who can verify the accomplishments.
    • 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.