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Committees

Penn SWE consists of the following three committees. Applications open at the beginning of each semester and are open to all undergraduate and graduate women in engineering or related sciences!

Advocacy 

The Advocacy Committee strives to foster an inclusive environment for women in engineering by promoting resources and opportunities that elevate the experiences of gender minorities. Previous events and initiatives include anti-violence education workshops, dinner discussions, and a salary negotiations guide. As committee members, you will be responsible for helping coordinate gender equity workshops and events and developing new advocacy initiatives.

Educational Outreach

The Educational Outreach Committee inspires the next generation of women engineers by promoting STEM education and engaging with community partners. Events and initiatives held include GEARS (Girls in Engineering and Related Sciences) Day, High School Shadowing Day, and mentorship with students at local schools. Committee members will be responsible for helping organize and coordinate these events, serving as mentors, and brainstorming new initiatives.

Community Development

The Community Development Committee cultivates a tight-knit, supportive, and confident community of women engineers by fostering mentorship, personal connections, and career development. The committee is responsible for planning mentorship initiatives, social events, professional development workshops, and wellness initiatives.

Applications

Committee applications open at the beginning of each semester. Applications are now closed and will reopen at the start of the Fall semester. 

Become a National Member

It is not required to be a national SWE member to be part of our Penn SWE community, but there are benefits to being one!

Benefits
  • Discounts on SWE events and apparel

  • Ability to attend SWE National Conference and SWE Local Conferences

  • Access to Webinars

  • Ability to apply to SWE scholarships

  • Strong network of women engineers from academia, government and industry, corporate representatives, government officials, etc.

Types
  • Collegiate to Career (C2C) (recommended for Penn SWE Members): For a one-time $50 payment, collegiate members can secure a SWE membership for their collegiate years through the first year they qualify for professional grade membership.

  • Collegiate: SWE Membership is available for $20 to college students majoring in engineering and must be renewed annually to obtain membership benefits.

  • Joint: Take advantage of a reduced joint membership rate when you join SWE and one of these three professional organizations: The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE).