Program/Initiative Awards

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 program should be established (i.e., in existence for five 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 a Nomination Rationale:  A statement, not to exceed 500 words, describing and supporting the nominee's major qualifications for the award and outlining the services and initiatives of the WIE program.
  • Statistical information on WIE program including populations served and program assessment information (summative assessment e.g. pre/psot data or long-term tracking)
  • Supporting Recommendation Letters:  2 recommendation letters from sponsors, partners or administration and 2 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 a Nomination Rationale:  A statement, not to exceed 500 words, describing and supporting the strength of 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 the initiative.  
Self Nominations Are Encouraged

Past WIEI Award Recipients