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Recognizing Excellence

 

WEPAN Awards are presented at the annual Change Leader Forum and honor key individuals, programs, and corporations for accomplishments that underscore WEPAN's mission.
To learn more about each award, access nomination forms, or to view a list of past recipients, please click on the appropriate links below.

Founders Award

The Founders Award honors a WEPAN member who exemplifies the spirit of the WEPAN founders through her/his individual service that has made a significant impact for the organization. As this award is reserved for individuals who have advanced the goals of the organization, it may not be awarded every year. Individuals may only receive this award once. The award is named for the three founders of WEPAN, Inc. - Suzanne G. Brainard, Jane Zimmer Daniels and Susan Staffin Metz. This award includes a plaque.

Selection criteria:

  • WEPAN membership

  • Individual efforts significantly advanced the goals of WEPAN

*This award is decided by majority vote of the Board and therefore active board members are not eligible to receive this award.

Nomination Packet:

  • Nomination Rationale: A statement, not to exceed 500 words, describing the nominee's major qualifications for the award and supporting the strength of these qualifications.

  • Supporting Recommendation Letters: 2 to 3 letters from colleagues, including at least one from a WEPAN member. Send to Rachelle Reisberg at r.reisberg@neu.edu.

*Self Nominations Are Encouraged

Past Founders Award Recipients

 

Advocates and Allies Award

The Advocates and Allies Award honors a man or group of men for mentoring, supporting and advocating for the success of women in engineering, or for climate and culture change that supports such success. This award includes a plaque.

Selection criteria:

  • Nominee must have an established record of active efforts at his academic institution, through professional organizations or other regional- or national-level initiatives, related to mentoring, supporting and advocating for the success of women, or climate and culture change that supports such success.

  • Nomination must include evidence of successful practices, programs, initiatives, etc., that facilitate the success of women in engineering or climate and culture change that supports such success.

  • Nominees with a record of efforts that can serve as models for other individuals, groups or programs are of particular interest.

Nomination Packet:

  • Nomination Rationale: A statement, not to exceed 500 words, describing the nominee's major qualifications for the award and supporting the strength of these qualifications.

  • Supporting Recommendation Letters: 2 to 3 letters from colleagues, including at least one from a WEPAN member. Send to Rachelle Reisberg at r.reisberg@neu.edu.

*Self Nominations Are Encouraged

 

Leader in Engineering Education Award

The Leader in Engineering Education Award honors faculty, groups or individuals who have created new methods or approaches to enhance engineering education. The award encompasses pedagogical methods, creating course frameworks, and/or effective teaming practices to engage and create an inclusive environment for engineering undergraduate students. This award can be given to an individual or individuals and includes a plaque.

Selection criteria:

  • Nominee must have an established record of engineering educational efforts at her/his institution or national-level engagement in initiatives, which support the success of undergraduate students.

  • Nomination must include evidence of successful practices, programs, initiatives, etc., that facilitate the full participation, and advancement of women and underrepresented groups in engineering.

  • Nominees with a record of creative efforts that can serve as models for other individuals, groups or programs are of particular interest.

Nomination Packet:

  • Nomination Rationale: A statement, not to exceed 500 words, describing the nominee's major qualifications for the award and supporting the strength of these qualifications.

  • Supporting Recommendation Letters: 2 to 3 letters from colleagues, including at least one from a WEPAN member. Send to Rachelle Reisberg at r.reisberg@neu.edu.

*Self Nominations Are Encouraged

 

Bevlee A. Watford Inclusive Excellence Award

The Bevlee A. Watford Inclusive Excellence Award honors individuals or groups who actively and creatively support the success of women of color in engineering at the undergraduate, graduate, faculty, and/or administrative levels. The award is named in honor of Past WEPAN President Dr. Bevlee A. Watford of Virginia Tech, who has served as a strong advocate for women of color in engineering, held a variety of engineering leadership roles in academia, as well as professional and governmental organizations, and been an effective a mentor to numerous women in engineering. This award includes a plaque.

Selection criteria:

  • Nominee must have an established record of active efforts at her/his institution, through professional organizations or other regional- or national-level initiatives, which support the success of women of color at the undergraduate, graduate, faculty and/or administrative levels.

  • Nomination must include evidence of successful practices, programs, initiatives, etc., that facilitate the full participation, and advancement of women of color in engineering.

  • Nominees with a record of creative efforts that can serve as models for other individuals, groups or programs are of particular interest.

Nomination Packet:

  • Nomination Rationale: A statement, not to exceed 500 words, describing the nominee's major qualifications for the award and supporting the strength of these qualifications.

  • Supporting Recommendation Letters: 2 to 3 letters from colleagues, including at least one from a WEPAN member. Send to Rachelle Reisberg at r.reisberg@neu.edu.

*Self Nominations Are Encouraged

 

Inclusive Culture and Equity Award

The Inclusive Culture and Equity Award honors an individual or group who has developed and implemented successful inclusive practices, policies or initiatives that promotes positive change with regard to the climate or culture for women in engineering fields at his/her institution. Nominations for this award will be sought through the ASEE Engineering Dean’s Council, University Presidents, Advisory Board members, University Commission on the Status of Women and like organizations or leadership groups, as well as WEPAN members. This award includes a plaque and an opportunity to speak on an experts’ panel at the next WEPAN conference.

Selection criteria:

  • Nominee must be a catalyst for change at his/her institution with efforts demonstrating enhanced representation and success of women faculty and students within engineering.

  • Nominee must currently have or recently (within the last two years) have had a formal leadership role within his/her institution serving as an advocate for creating positive change within the institution’s climate/culture for women in engineering.

  • Nominee's institution must provide evidence of written policies or established practices that facilitate the full participation and career advancement of women faculty within engineering.  These policies and practices should demonstrate the inclusion and success for women from diverse backgrounds, especially women belonging to underrepresented groups (African American, Latina, or Native American) in engineering, who as a result are employed at many levels in the institution.

Nomination Packet:

  • Nomination Rationale: A statement, not to exceed 500 words, describing the nominee's major qualifications for the award and supporting the strength of these qualifications.

  • Nominee must provide quantitative or qualitative indicators of how their activities have contributed to a positive climate for women of all ethnicities in engineering at his/her institution. The specific indicators should be determined by nominee.

  • Supporting Recommendation Letters: 2 to 3 letters from a diverse group of individuals (including women faculty and other colleagues and collaborators from the nominee’s own and other institutions, industry, company and/or foundation representatives) that illustrate the breadth and/or significance of the nominee’s impact on the career success of women in engineering, including at least one from a WEPAN member. 

  • Other supporting information: No more than 2 additional attachments providing supporting information. Each attachment is limited to 3 pages.

  • Send all nomination materials to Rachelle Reisberg at r.reisberg@neu.edu.

*Self Nominations Are Encouraged

 

Betty Vetter Award for Research

The Betty Vetter Award for Research recognizes notable achievement in research related to women in engineering. The award is named in memory of Betty M. Vetter, long time director of the Commission on Professionals in Science and Technology, who served as the first treasurer of WEPAN, Inc. and was a founding member of the Board of Directors. No more than one award will be given annually. Individuals are only eligible to receive this award once. This award includes a plaque and an opportunity to serve on an experts' panel at the next WEPAN national conference.

Selection Criteria:

  • Research has made a significant contribution to an understanding of issues related to women in engineering

  • Research results have been published or presented at a professional conference (preference will be given to more recent research)

  • Research has practical application value to WEPAN (preference will be given to research focused on women in engineering)

This award is decided by majority vote of members of the Research Committee. Therefore, active Research Committee members are not eligible to receive this award.

Nomination Packet:

  • Nomination Rationale: A statement, not to exceed 750 words, describing the nominee's/nominees' major qualifications for the award, the research nominated and its significance to women in engineering as well as its impact on policy and/or programs.

  • List publications and/or presentations and/or other means of dissemination for this research (can include applied uses)

  • Indicate in which ways the research nominated has had an impact on policy and/or programs.

  • Include 2-3 letters of recommendation for the nomination. Letters should address 1) the quality and 2) significance of the research, and 3) how the research has been utilized. Each letter does not necessarily need to address all three of these criteria, however together the letters should provide support for all three of these criteria. Send to Rachelle Reisberg at r.reisberg@neu.edu.

*Self Nominations Are Encouraged

Past Betty Vetter Award Recipients


Women in Engineering Initiative Award

The Women in Engineering Initiative Award recognizes an outstanding project (examples include outreach activities, professional development seminars, conferences, etc.) or initiative (examples include mentoring initiatives for students or faculty, strategic contributions to faculty recruitment and retention plans, etc.) that may serve as a model for other institutions. To be considered, projects or initiatives should be in existence for at least 2 years. The nomination must include assessment data, which may include quantitative and qualitative data. No more than one award will be given annually. Institutions are limited to one award in a three-year period. This award includes a plaque and an opportunity to speak on an experts' panel at the next WEPAN national conference.

Selection Criteria:

  • Serves as a model initiative for other WIE programs in areas such as outreach, recruitment, and retention of girls and women in engineering

  • Provides an opportunity offering guidance and development to students (elementary, middle school, high school, or university students) and/or faculty seeking engineering and science as a career or profession

Nomination Packet:

  • Nomination Rationale: A statement, not to exceed 500 words, describing and supporting the strength the nominee's major qualifications for the award and detailing the initiative and its significance to the outreach, recruitment, and/or retention of girls or women in engineering.

  • Statistical information on the populations served by the initiative and assessment information (summative assessment e.g. pre/post data)

  • Supporting Recommendation Letters: 2 to 3 recommendation letters from colleagues, women engineers, industry and/or foundation representatives. Send to Rachelle Reisberg at r.reisberg@neu.edu.

  • Supporting Recommendation Letters: 1 to 2 recommendation letters from current or prospective women engineering students (or the parents, teachers, or counselors of primary or secondary students served by the initiative) or recent alumnae. Send to Rachelle Reisberg at r.reisberg@neu.edu.

  • Please include copies of program/initiative announcements, brochures, agendas, or other promotional materials describing/marketing this initiative. Send to Rachelle Reisberg at r.reisberg@neu.edu.

*Self Nominations Are Encouraged

Past WIE Intiative Awards Recipients

 

Industry Trailblazer Award

The Industry Trailblazer Award recognizes and honors an employer or an individual or group of employees in industry who enhance the career success of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) professionals, especially women identifying with underrepresented groups (African American, Latina, or Native American). The award may recognize the employer or employee in industry for their exceptional volunteer contributions to the STEM education at the primary, secondary or collegiate levels, especially in reaching girls from groups underrepresented in STEM fields. The name of the award signifies the ability of an employer or employee to “blaze a pathway” through the artificial barriers that prevent women in STEM professions of diverse backgrounds from attaining their full potential. This award includes a plaque. 

Selection Criteria:

  • Nominee must provide evidence that they are a catalyst for change that enhances the success of women in STEM industry professionals representing diverse backgrounds, or has significantly contributed to the STEM education and inspiration of girls from diverse backgrounds.

  • Nominee must provide evidence that women in STEM professionals representing diverse backgrounds, especially women belonging underrepresented groups in the STEM fields, are employed at many levels in the organization, or that industry-sponsored, education outreach programs or individual employee education initiatives reach many diverse girls in primary, secondary or collegiate levels. 

  • Nominee must provide evidence of written policies or established practices which facilitate the full participation and career advancement of women engineers representing diverse backgrounds, especially women belonging to underrepresented groups in the STEM fields.

  • For education initiatives, nominee must provide evidence of documented company support for the individual and education programs, including a statement about the length of time the program has been conducted.

*This award is decided by majority vote of the Board and therefore active board members are not eligible to receive this award.

Nomination Packet:

  • Nomination Rationale: A statement, not to exceed 500 words, describing the nominee's major qualifications for the award and supporting the strength of these qualifications.

  • Supporting Recommendation Letters: 2 to 3 letters from colleagues, including at least one from a WEPAN member. Send to Rachelle Reisberg at r.reisberg@neu.edu.

*Self Nominations Are Encouraged

 

Strategic Partner Award

The Strategic Partner Award recognizes a professional organization that has partnered to promote WEPAN’s mission and work during the previous three years. The award includes a plaque.

Selection Criteria:

  • Nominee must have demonstrated pro-active commitment to WEPAN’s purpose, values and mission.

  • Nominee organization must have a demonstrated track record of collaboration and partnership with WEPAN in promoting WEPAN’s mission and work.

  • This award will not necessarily be given every year.

Nomination Packet:

  • Nomination Rationale: A statement, not to exceed 500 words, describing the nominee's major qualifications for the award and supporting the strength of these qualifications.

  • Supporting Recommendation Letters: 2 to 3 recommendation letters from colleagues, including at least one from a WEPAN Board member or former Board member. Send to Rachelle Reisberg at r.reisberg@neu.edu.

  • Other supporting information: No more than 2 additional attachments providing supporting information. Each attachment is limited to 3 pages. Send to Rachelle Reisberg at r.reisberg@neu.edu.

*Self Nominations Are Encouraged

 

View past WEPAN Award winners here.

 

 

  

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