Awards Applications Now Open for WE Local 2020!

SWE strives to advance and honor the contributions of women at all stages of their careers as well as recognize the successes of SWE members and individuals who enhance the engineering profession through contributions to industry, education and the community. Read on to learn about our 2020 WE Local awards!
Awards open for WE Local 2020

Have you heard about SWE’s WE Local 2020 Awards Program? This program includes awards for professional and collegiate SWE members, SWE groups, and companies. Awards will be presented at WE Local conferences in early 2020.

>> The application window for FY20 is August 1, 2019 to September 30, 2019 (11:59pm CST)! <<

Learn more about the WE Local Awards program in our free, on-demand webinar!

Nominate Candidates for SWE Recognition Program

The Society of Women Engineers strives to advance and honor the contributions of women at all stages of their careers as well as recognize the successes of SWE members and individuals who enhance the engineering profession through contributions to industry, education and the community. Our WE Local 2020 Awards provide additional opportunities to recognize outstanding SWE members, SWE groups and individuals.

Professional Awards

  • WE Local Legacy
    • The WE Local Legacy Award recognizes SWE members who have made a significant contribution(s) to the Society of Women Engineers at all levels of the Society and the engineering profession for at least fifteen (15) years. A maximum of five (5) awards may be presented annually.   Only SWE Members are eligible for this award.
  • WE Local ELiTE
    • The WE Local ELiTE Award honors women engineers who have been actively engaged in an engineering or technology profession and have ten (10) to fifteen (15) years of cumulative engineering experience. A maximum of fifteen (15) awards may be presented annually. Only SWE Members are eligible for this award.
  • WE Local New ELiTE
    • The WE Local New ELiTE Award honors women who have demonstrated outstanding technical performance, as well as leadership in SWE and the community, in the first ten (10) years of their career. A maximum of fifteen (15) awards may be presented annually. Only SWE Members are eligible for this award.
  • WE Local Integrator
    • The WE Local Integrator Award honors individuals who have been instrumental in establishing a program for his or her organization to improve the ability of women engineers and other employees to integrate or balance work and family responsibilities. In so doing, he or she has demonstrated recognition of the need for employees to integrate work, family and personal interests. A maximum of five (5) awards may be presented annually.
  • Engaged Advocate
    • The Engaged Advocate Award honors individuals within the following categories contributed to the advancement or acceptance of women in engineering: K-12 Educator; Collegiate Educator/SWE Faculty Advisor/SWE Counselor; Entrepreneur; or STEM Professional. A maximum of twelve (12) awards may be presented annually.

Collegiate Awards

  • Guiding Star
    • The Guiding Star Award recognizes exceptional collegiate leaders with at least two (2) years of SWE membership at the end of the previous fiscal year who have made outstanding contributions to SWE, the engineering community, their campus, and the community.   A maximum of fifteen (15) awards will be presented annually. Only SWE Collegiate Members are eligible for this award.
  • Rising Star
    • The Rising Star Award recognizes SWE collegiate members with less than 2 years of SWE membership at the end of the previous fiscal year who have made outstanding contributions to SWE, the engineering community, their campus, and the community. A maximum of fifteen (15) awards will be presented annually. Only SWE Collegiate Members are eligible for this award.

Group Awards

For the purpose of these awards, the term “SWE Group” is defined as any group of Collegiate or Professional SWE members that supports the SWE mission. This can include a SWE Section, SWE Affiliate (including community college affiliate groups and sections), Members At Large, Affinity Group, Corporate Employee Resource Group (ERG), or other group of SWE members.

  • Outstanding Outreach Event Award
    • The Outstanding Outreach Event Award recognizes a group or groups who plan and carry out a high quality outreach event to inspire future engineers. A maximum of twelve (12) awards will be presented annually, two each to small, medium, and large professional sections or groups and two each to small, medium, and large collegiate sections or groups.
  • Outstanding Professional Development Event Award
    • The Outstanding Professional Development Event Award recognizes a group or groups who plan and carry out a high quality professional development event to help women achieve their professional goals. A maximum of twelve (12) awards will be presented annually, two each to small, medium, and large professional sections or groups and two each to small, medium, and large collegiate sections or groups.
  • Joint Professional/Collegiate Event Award
    • The Joint Professional/Collegiate Event Award is jointly bestowed upon a professional SWE Group and a Collegiate SWE group who have planned and implemented a joint SWE event between the two groups. A maximum of five (5) awards may be presented annually.
  • Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Partner Award
    • The Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Partner Award recognizes groups that promote diversity and inclusion and shows commitment to SWE’s mission and goals. Nominees must fit one of the following categories: Diversity partner group (such as AISES, NSBE, SHPE, etc.); Employee Resource Group; and Small Company. A maximum of twelve (12) awards may be presented annually.
  • Sustaining Benefactor Award
    • The Sustaining Benefactor Award recognizes organizations that have provided significant support to SWE members and/or a SWE group through either financial methods or through volunteerism. A maximum of ten (10) awards may be presented annually.
  • Group Growth Award
    • The Group Growth Award recognizes SWE groups that have demonstrated exceptional membership growth over the past year. No application is necessary, as this award is determined based on SWE membership data. This award only recognizes SWE Sections, Affiliates, and MAL groups.
  • Group Retention Award
    • The Group Retention Award recognizes SWE groups that have demonstrated exceptional membership retention over the past year. No application process is necessary, as this award is determined based on SWE membership data. This award only recognizes SWE Sections, Affiliates, and MAL groups.

Public Policy Award


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