Awards and SWEFLs

Hi everyone! I hope the first month of 2018 was a great one! As some of you might have been wondering, now is the time to start thinking about SWE Awards and Competitions!

SWE Awards are a chance to recognize yourself, teammates, mentors, and educators for significant contributions to the engineering community. There are 19 awards focused on achievements in areas such as leadership, service, entrepreneurship, work/life integration, and advocating for women in STEM, targeted at both current students and professionals. All nominations require a formal statement, candidate biography, and letters of support, and are due by March 31st, 2018. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to You can also listen to a podcast about SWE scholarships here.

SWE Competitions are a great opportunity to apply the engineering concepts you’ve been learning in the classroom to real-world, hands-on projects. Although the deadlines to apply to these programs might seem a while away, it’s good to start thinking about them early! These competitions are particularly cool opportunities because they are sponsored by large companies:

  • Collegiate Outreach Award (sponsored by Exxon Mobil Corporation) – due in September
  • PepsiCo SWE Student Engineering Challenge – due in July
  • Collegiate Poster & Rapid Fire Competition – due in June
  • Team Tech Competition (sponsored by Boeing) – due in January, closed for 2018

Not only are these competitions great experiences to list on your resume, but a unique opportunity to collaborate/compete with engineering students from around the world, and build tangible skills that you can translate to a professional setting.

Lastly, there are opportunities to acknowledge your section for its efforts to support the SWE mission through SWE Mission Awards. SWE’s mission is to motivate both women and men to achieve full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, expand the image of the engineering profession as a positive force in improving the quality of life, and demonstrate the value of diversity. If you think your section has been successfully addressing these three aspects of the SWE mission, I would encourage you and your leadership team to investigate these awards!

This blog serves as a way to share opportunities with your collegiate section; however, if you have any questions/concerns, please feel free to reach out to Happy February!


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