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ECE Student DEI Conference Travel Awards

The ECE Student DEI Conference Travel Awards serve as an avenue of financial support for ECE students who are seeking to attend a conference that in whole, or in part, will enhance the student’s investment in or knowledge of diversity, equity, and inclusion in engineering. The ECE Student Conference Travel Awards program seeks applications from all students, regardless of race, ethnicity, or gender, who seek to enhance their investment in or understanding of diversity, equity, or inclusivity in the engineering classroom or workforce by attending a conference which offers DEI growth opportunities.


Candidates for such awards include but are not limited to:

  • Female ECE students attending conferences focused on women in engineering (such as SWE, WISE, Grace Hopper) that offer the applicant specific career or graduate school advancement opportunities that the student would not otherwise have.
  • ECE students from underrepresented racial or ethnicity groups attending conferences such as SHPE or NSBE where attendance at the conference offers the applicant specific career or graduate school advancement opportunities that the student would not otherwise have.
  • Any ECE student who will be presenting a paper, workshop, or other organized activity at a conference with clear implications for diversity, equity, or inclusion in the field of electrical or computer engineering.
  • Any ECE student seeking to enhance their education, research, or knowledge regarding a specific diversity, equity, or inclusion topic via a formal, organized, and meaningful conference activity or activities (e.g., special sessions, workshops, etc.).

In order to apply for an ECE Student DEI Conference Travel Award, the student must be a currently registered student in the UW Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the time of application and over the duration of the proposed conference dates. Students can apply for awards in $300 increments ($300, $600, $900, $1,200) where the amount of the award will depend on the degree to which the student’s attendance at and participation in the conference relates to DEI and the typical costs¬†associated¬†with attending the conference. More than one application may be submitted by a student, but priority will be given to first-time applicants during each year (between July 1 and June 30).

Award recipients will be notified within 2-4 weeks of application receipt.

Students can apply for an ECE Student Conference Travel Award by filling out the application form here.