One of the best decisions that you can make in your college years is to become a societal member of the Society of Women Engineers (not that I’m biased or anything). When you become a societal member, you gain access to scholarship opportunities, reduced prices for conferences, newsletters, webinars, and more. You also gain a network of like-minded people, which I think is the best benefit. As a collegiate, there are three main types of membership:

1. College to career

In addition to being the best deal, this option allows you to seamlessly transition from a student to a professional. You pay a one-time fee of $50, which covers all your years in school, plus your first year as a professional. This is a good choice for someone who has at least two years of school left, plans on going to graduate school, or wants to save on their first year of professional membership. You still have to renew every year, but all you do is confirm that you are still a member, and you don’t have to pay any additional fee. This is the type of membership I have.

2. Collegiate

This option is $20 a year, and you have to renew and pay every year.

3. Joint

This is a good option if you want to become a member of one of the partner societies. For a reduced rate, you can get a SWE membership in addition to a membership in the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, the National Society of Black Engineers, or the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

     If you currently have a membership, you need to renew by September 30th so your membership isn’t dropped. For more information about membership, visit http://societyofwomenengineers.swe.org/index.php/membership .

Ruth Williams

Region G RCCE


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