Society of Women Engineers (Undergraduate)

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The Penn Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is a student group at the University of Pennsylvania. We are a collegiate chapter of the Society of Women Engineers, a non-profit service organization aimed at informing the community of the qualifications and achievements of women engineers. Its mission is to stimulate women to achieve their full potential in their careers as engineers and as leaders, to expand the image of the engineering profession as a positive force in improving the quality of life, and to demonstrate the value of diversity.

The University of Pennsylvania Student Chapter has four primary objectives:

  • Professional development and corporate relations
  • Education outreach to local high schools and elementary schools
  • Community development and social engagement
  • Gender equity and advocacy

Penn SWE consists of the following three committees. Applications open at the beginning of each semester:

Gender Equity and Advocacy Committee

The Gender Equity and Advocacy Committee is is devoted to growing initiatives related to gender equity and advocacy in the Penn Engineering community and beyond. The committee is responsible for planning events which further this mission.

Educational Outreach Committee

The Educational Outreach Committee inspires the next generation of women engineers by promoting STEM education and engaging with community partners. Events and initiatives held include GEARS (Girls in Engineering and Related Sciences) Day, High School Shadowing Day, and mentorship with students at local schools. Committee members will be responsible for helping organize and coordinate these events, serving as mentors, and brainstorming new initiatives.

Community Development Committee

The Community Development Committee cultivates a tight-knit, supportive, and confident community of women engineers by fostering mentorship, personal connections, and career development. The committee is responsible for planning mentorship initiatives, social events, professional development workshops, and wellness initiatives.


Most Recent
Question: The listserv link does not work. - Sara Asgari

Thank you for bringing this to our attention! The listserv link on our website should be fixed now. For reference, please use this link to sign up:

- Jocelyn Chin
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Question: Can you join if you are not in SEAS but taking a second major in SEAS? - Anonymous
Yes, of course! Anyone who's pursuing a STEM/engineering major or minor is welcome to join. Our committee apps are currently closed but will reopen in January. In the meantime, please be sure to subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on Instagram -- we'd love to see you at our events this fall :)
- Yuxin Liao
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Question: What is the time commitment like to be on a committee? - Anonymous
Committees usually meet every other week, and tasks are assigned at the meetings. So the minimum is probably 2-3 hours a week, but could definitely be more if you want more tasks and want to be more involved! Being on a committee is really what you make of it. Let us know if you have any other questions :)
- Olivia Unger
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Basic Info

46 Registered (50 - 100 Members)

Not Currently Accepting Members

Application Required

Both Semesters


How to Get Involved

All women engineers are welcome to attend any of our events and subscribe to our listserv (! To join a committee and get more involved in the planning of these events and initiatives, applications open at the beginning of each semester (Here is the application for new members). Board elections are held at the end of the fall semester and are calendar-year positions. It is recommended to be on a committee before running for a board position.

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