I collaborated with two other ASEE Student Chapter Presidents, Anastasia Rynearson from Purdue University and Matthew Priddy from Georgia Tech, to determine trends and best practices for student chapters of ASEE.  We surveyed Student Division members of ASEE then analyzed the results.  Anastasia and I partcipated in a panel discussion on the same topic during the conference.  I presented the paper at the conference as well.  The full paper can be found in PEER, the ASEE paper repository.  More information about the ASEE Student Division and ASEE Student Chapters can be found on the Student Division blog.


Since 1993, approximately 32 ASEE Student Chapters have been created across the U.S, but only 16 of those Chapters are currently active. From limited information, it seems even fewer active Chapters are making a significant contribution to the student population at their respective schools. This study determined the level of Chapter-organized programming and member involvement via a voluntary web survey given specifically to all ASEE Student Chapters and the more general national student member and recent graduate population. The resulting data was aggregated and analyzed to identify common characteristics among Student Chapter offerings. This paper organized the data into common themes of programming that include teaching assistant training, faculty job preparation, and sharing engineering education research. The paper discusses Student Chapter offerings and proposes ideas for future programming and longevity of ASEE Student Chapters.


Reck, R. M., & Rynearson, A. M., & Priddy, M. W. (2015, June), ASEE Student Chapter Longevity and Programming. Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23575