Recognizing Excellence

WEPAN Awards honor key individuals, programs, and corporations for accomplishments that underscore WEPAN's mission. They are presented each year at the annual conference for extraordinary service, significant achievement, model programs, and work environments that support the career success of women engineers. To learn more about each award, access nomination forms, or to view a list of past recipients, please click on the appropriate links below.

Now Open! Deadline April 8th, 2014

Nominations Form

Founders Award

The Founders Award honors a WEPAN member who exemplifies the spirit of the WEPAN founders through her/his extraordinary long-term service to the organization. As this award is reserved for individuals who have truly 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 and an opportunity to serve as a keynote speaker at the next WEPAN national conference.

Selection Criteria:

  • WEPAN membership
  • Individual efforts significantly advanced the goals of WEPAN
  • Extraordinary long-term service to the WEPAN organization (e.g., previous board membership, fundraising activities; dedicated committee service, etc.)

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

Nomination Packet:

  • WEPAN Awards Nomination Form (required) which includes:
    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 members

*Self Nominations Are Encouraged

Past Founders Award Recipients

Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Service Award recognizes a WEPAN member whose individual service has made a significant impact for the organization. Nominations are made by WEPAN members. Committee chairs are encouraged to submit nominations. Individuals may only receive this award once. The award includes a plaque.

Selection criteria:

  • WEPAN membership
  • Significant individual service for WEPAN
  • Previous founders’ award recipients are ineligible

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

Nomination Packet:

  • WEPAN Awards Nomination Form (required) which includes:
    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.

*Self Nominations Are Encouraged

Past Distinguished Service Award Recipients

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:

  • WEPAN Vetter Award Nomination Form (required) which includes:
    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.

*Self Nominations Are Encouraged

Past Betty Vetter Award Recipients

Women in Engineering Program Award

The Women in Engineering Program Award recognizes an outstanding WIE program (examples include a Women in Engineering Office, Diversity Programs in Engineering Office, or ADVANCE Centers) that serves as a model for other institutions. To be considered, the programs should be established (i.e., in existence for 5 or more years) and have assessment data included in the nomination. Assessment data should include pre/post data or long-term tracking to indicate how the program has made an impact. 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 for other WIE programs and actively shares experiences and materials with other programs
  • Serves as a model for WIE programming for formal pre-college or retention activities/projects
  • Demonstrates improvements in the educational environment for women in engineering
  • Provides programming that offers professional guidance to students and/or faculty who seek engineering and science as a career or profession

Nomination Packet:

  • WEPAN Awards Nomination Form (required) which includes:
    Nomination Rationale: A statement, not to exceed 500 words, describing and supporting the strength the nominee's qualifications for the award and outlining the services and initiatives of the WIE program.
  • Statistical information on WIE program including populations served and assessment information (summative assessment e.g. pre/post data or long-term tracking)
  • Supporting Recommendation Letters: Two recommendation letters from sponsors, partners or administration and two recommendation letters from the target audience, for example: women engineering students and/or recent alumnae.
  • Please do not include copies of program announcements, newsletters, etc. or information on activities not directly developed and/or implemented by the nominated WIE program.

*Self Nominations Are Encouraged

Past WIEP 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:

  • WEPAN Awards Nomination Form (required) which includes:
    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
  • 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
  • Please include copies of program/initiative announcements, brochures, agendas, or other promotional materials describing/marketing this initiative

*Self Nominations Are Encouraged

Past WIE Intiative Awards Recipeints

Breakthrough Award

The Breakthrough Award recognizes and honors an employer for creating a work environment that enhances the career success of women engineers representing diverse backgrounds, but especially women identifying with groups severely underrepresented (African American, Latina, or Native American) in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. The name of the award signifies the ability of an employer to “break through” the artificial barriers that prevent women engineers of diverse backgrounds from attaining their full potential. Recipients are announced in the national media and in all WEPAN publications and web sites.

Selection Criteria:

  • Be a catalyst for change that enhances the success of women engineers representing diverse backgrounds.
  • Women engineers representing diverse backgrounds, especially women belonging to groups severely underrepresented (African American, Latina, or Native American) in the STEM fields, are employed at many levels in the organization.
  • 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 groups severely underrepresented (African American, Latina, or Native American) in the STEM fields.

Nomination Packet:

  • WEPAN Awards Nomination Form (required) which includes:
    Nomination Rationale: A statement, not to exceed 500 words, describing and supporting the nominee's major qualifications for the award.
  • Supporting Recommendation Letters: 2 to 3 letters from a diverse group of individuals (including women engineers as well as university, industry, and/or foundation representatives) that illustrate the breadth and/or significance of the nominee's impact on the career success of women engineers representing diverse backgrounds.

*Self Nominations Are Encouraged

Past Breakthrough Award Recipients

University Change Agent Award

The University Change Agent Award recognizes and honors an individual who has driven positive change at his/her institution with regard to the climate for women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields, with an emphasis on engineering. Nominations for this award will be sought through the Dean's Council, University Presidents, University Commission on the Status of Women (and like organizations), and WEPAN members. Recipients are announced in the national media and in all WEPAN publications and websites. This award includes a plaque and an opportunity to speak on an experts' panel at the next WEPAN national conference.

Selection Criteria:

  • Nominee must be a catalyst for change at his/her institution with his/her efforts demonstrating enhanced success of women faculty and students within the STEM fields that represent diverse backgrounds.
  • Nominee currently has or recently (within the last two years) has 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 the STEM fields.
  • Nominee's institution must have evidence of written policies or established practices that facilitate the full participation and career advancement of women faculty within the STEM fields that represent diverse backgrounds, especial women belonging to groups severely underrepresented (African American, Latina, or Native American) in the STEM fields, are employed at many levels in the institution.

Nomination Packet:

  • WEPAN Awards Nomination Form (required), which includes:
    Nomination Rationale: A statement, not to exceed 500 words, describing and supporting the nominee's major qualifications for the award.
  • Quantitative or qualitative indicators of how the nominee’s activities have contributed to a positive climate for women of all ethnicities in STEM fields at his/her institution. The specific indicators* should be determined by the person submitting the nomination.
  • *IMPORTANT: Any support data provided should be linked to the nominee’s contributions described in the Nomination Rationale. Examples of quantitative or qualitative indicators include (but are not limited to) statistical data on women of all ethnicities in STEM fields at different levels in the university, climate studies, and/or evidence of established policies and practices that support the participation and advancement of women in STEM fields.
  • Supporting Recommendation Letters: 2 to 3 recommendation letters from a diverse group of individuals (including women faculty as well as other university, industry, and/or foundation representatives) that illustrate the breadth and/or significance of the nominee's impact on the career success of women faculty in the STEM fields that represent diverse backgrounds
  • Other supporting information: No more than 2 additional attachments providing supporting information. Each attachment is limited to 3 pages.
  • Only one nomination per institution.

*Self Nominations Are Encouraged

Past University Change Agent Award Recipients

Champion Award

The Women in Engineering Champion Award recognizes and honors an individual employee in industry for their volunteer contributions to STEM education at the primary, secondary, or collegiate levels. Recipients are recognized at the WEPAN National Conference.

Selection Criteria:

  • Be an advocate for STEM education at the primary, secondary, or collegiate levels.
  • Volunteer or facilitate volunteer activities that result in STEM education at the primary, secondary, or collegiate levels.

Nomination Packet:

  • WEPAN Awards Nomination Form (required) which includes:
  • Nomination Rationale: A statement, not to exceed 500 words, describing and supporting the nominee's major qualifications for the award.
  • Supporting Recommendation Letters: 2 to 3 letters that illustrate the breadth and/or significance of the nominee's impact STEM education at the primary, secondary, or collegiate levels.

*Self Nominations Are Encouraged

Past Champion Award Recipients

Nomination Deadline - Submit all nomination materials electronically on or before April 8, 2014