This list includes questions commonly received by the EngineerGirl team about resources that can help you study engineering in college, plan and build your engineering career, and complete engineering projects.
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There is no substitute for scouring the web for such resources, but you should also check with the financial aid office at your local college or university. You may also find some useful links on our scholarships page. Good luck with your search.
Sorry, but typing out answers to a list of questions can be very time consuming. If you have a specific question for someone in our gallery of engineers you may ask her, but there may be times when she is unable to answer you. Also, the purpose of a class project is generally for you to speak with an engineer. There are engineers in the directory who have indicated that they would be willing to conduct a student interview. If you find one that you would like to know more about, please send her a request for an interview, but aviod just sending a long list of questions especially if you only have a couple of days to complete your assignment.
Asside from the links in our Clubs & Programs section, you may find several links to programs in our section on Competitions & Contests or in the Cool Links area. You can also look at the EESC Pre-Engineering Summer Camps Page. This page from the Engineering Education Service Center will let you search by state to find a pre-engineering camp in your area.
This is an important question and you will need to explore your options carefully as you consider your future path. When thinking about where you might want to go to college there are a large number of factors to consider. Once you have an idea of what some of your guidelines are you can go to the Institute of Education Sciences' College Navigator. There you can search for schools within the USA by location, program or both. You might also look at the TryEngineering's university locator, where you can find schools in a number of countries and search by programs or other criteria. Keep in mind that this very important decision is ultimately up to you. Friends, family and others can offer support and advice, but you are the one who will have to finish your education. Think about these reasons not to choose a college, and then do your research to find the school that will be best for you.
If you are at a university your best resource is your Career Placement Office. Even if you are not currently attending school, there are often job fairs that are open to the public. The internet is also a great place to begin a job search and discover opportunities. You can try typing engineering jobs into a search engine to see what comes up, but don't forget to take a look at the SWE Career Center and post your resume.
A good mentor can make a big difference in your career, and we encourage you to seek one out. Your best mentors are generally people that you are able to see on a regular basis. Consider what you would like to gain from a mentoring relationship, and make a list of potential resources. If you do not know anyone that you think would be a good candidate you might consider going on a number of informational interviews with people who are working in a field that interests you. You might also consider an email mentor from a site like Mentornet. When it comes time to ask someone to be your mentor it is best to establish at least a basic relationship first. You should also explain why you chose him or her and what you hope s/he will do for you. Realize that mentoring can be a big responsibility and not everyone will be willing to do it. Be respectful, and dont get discouraged if you are turned down. Generally, finding a mentor and establishing a good rapport will take a fair amount of work from you, but the potential rewards from such a relationship are well worth the effort. Check out this blog article about mentoring for more information.
If you are an engineer and would like to be included in our Directory of Women Engineers we would welcome your participation. You can begin by creating your profile on the login page. If you would like to join our email list for announcements about website-related activities and new website features you may do that also. For information about other ways you might be involved in spreading the word about engineering please see our Get Involved pages.
If you are writing a paper or working on a project about women in the field of engineering, the National Science Foundation has a webpage devoted to statistics and articles about the nations science and engineering resources. You can look up information about women in both the workforce and the education. If you are having trouble finding what you need, try searching for "Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering". You can also find links to statistics on the webpage for the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine.
Although we want to help, we are unable to give engineering advice through the website. If you require an engineering consultation, please seek the services of a professional engineer.