Outstanding Faculty Leadership Award

SWE-LA is pleased to announce the continuation of our Outstanding Faculty Leadership Award, installed just last year to SWE-LA’s repertoire of available awards as a focused way to support and empower women pursuing careers in academia!

For the second year in a row, we are excited to recognize engineering faculty members who have exemplified leadership in their field in conjunction with a dedication to support underrepresented groups in STEM! Nominations (self-nominations highly encouraged!) for this year’s SWE-LA Outstanding Faculty Leadership Award can be submitted here, with a deadline of Thursday, February 15th, 2023 at 11:59 p.m.

Award Materials / Criteria

  • Nominee must be a faculty member at one of the eight universities supported by SWE-LA –
    • Cal Poly Pomona
    • Caltech
    • Cal State LA
    • Cal State Northridge
    • Harvey Mudd
    • Loyola Marymount
    • UCLA
    • USC
  • Nominator must submit a curriculum vitae of nominee, demonstrating outstanding leadership in their field and dedication to STEM outreach
  • Nominator must share a brief description of nominee’s potential to help advance SWE-LA’s growing efforts to support women engineers in graduate school / on the academia track
  • All genders are eligible to receive this award, but please note that applications will be heavily weighed on the basis of advancing women in engineering
  • It is highly encouraged that nominee is a SWE member

Award Notification

Selection for the awardee will be conducted by the SWE-LA Graduate / Academia Committee and approved by the SWE-LA Executive Council. Nominators and the awardee will be notified of the award decision by Thursday, February 29th, 2024.

Award Benefits / Terms

  • Awardee will receive $1,500 to aid in outreach supplies, conference travels, publication fees, etc.
  • Awardee will be recognized at and receive a complimentary ticket to SWE-LA’s annual Professional Development Conference, valued at $170+! The theme for this year is “PionHERS: Past, Present, Future”, and the conference will be held at the California Science Center on Friday, April 26th, 2024.
  • Awardee will serve as a judge for SWE-LA’s second annual Graduate / Academia Research Symposium on Thursday, March 14th, 2024, which will be held virtually.


  • February 15th, 2024 – applications due
  • February 29th, 2024 – recipients notified
  • March 14th, 2024 – SWE-LA Graduate / Academia Research Symposium
  • April 26th, 2024 – SWE-LA Professional Development Conference

For any questions about exceptions or questions about the application in general, please feel free to email Ivy (Graduate / Academia Chair) at graduateacademia.swela@gmail.com!