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Students

Welcome to the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Texas Section student resources page! If you are a pre-college student considering a STEM field or are already studying civil engineering, you have found the right place. This page provides resources for all students using the expandable sections below.

College

Get Involved!

Student Symposium

ASCE Texas Section’s annual Student Symposium fosters close association between engineering professionals and over 350 university students. The Student Symposium combines the Texas-Mexico Student Conference’s concrete canoe student competition as well as a variety of other student competitions, a career fair, and seminars into one event. Each year, the Student Symposium is hosted by an ASCE Student Chapter with support from their local Branch and the Texas Section. We believe this partnership results in the development of future industry leaders. Each year the host school identifies a theme and spends an entire year planning!

Learn more about the Student Symposium here.

Student Chapters

Join thousands of ASCE Student Members who are making a difference in the civil engineering professional community right now, while still in college. Head to ASCE’s Student Chapter page to find all the resources you need to get involved with the student chapter at your school! See below for a list of current ASCE Student Chapters in Texas:

Additional Resources

Stay Connected!

To learn how to get the most out of your student membership, head to ASCE’s Student Member Resources page to find more information on the opportunities available to you. To stay current with your professional association and start your engineering career off right, upgrade your membership and then join a Younger Member Group to connect with colleagues near you!

Scholarships

ASCE Texas Section and its Branches offer various civil engineering scholarships to students in Texas on an annual basis. View our current scholarships below.

J. Walter Porter Fellowship

The J. Walter Porter Memorial Fund was established in 1978 to finance periodic fellowships for graduate study and/or research in Water Resources Engineering to individuals who demonstrate outstanding ability and promise of excellence in engineering. One fellowship will be awarded for 2021.

A stipend of $5,000 associated with the Fellowship shall be considered as a gift to the recipient. The recipient shall be a member of ASCE Texas Section at the time of application, and the graduate study and/or research must be done in Texas. Other obligations include filing a short formal report with the Trustees at the conclusion of the academic year, and preparing a paper on the results of the study and/or research for possible presentation at our annual Texas Civil Engineering Conference (CECON).

Applications should be submitted to [email protected] and should include the following information:

  • A description and objectives of the program, study, and/or research
  • Educational background
  • Work experience
  • Two letters of recommendation by persons familiar with the applicant’s educational and professional background; as well as the applicant’s potential to benefit from the program.

The fellowship will be awarded in 2021.

John B. Hawley Memorial Fellowship

The Hawley Fellowship was established in 1961 to promote graduate study and research in hydraulic and environmental engineering. The Fellowship is supported by the John B. Hawley Memorial Fund, which was initiated within ASCE Texas Section by S.W. Freese and M.C. Nichols to honor a leading engineer in the early days of Texas.

A stipend of $5,000 associated with the Fellowship shall be considered as a gift to the recipient. The recipient shall be a member of ASCE Texas Section at the time of application and the study should preferably be done in Texas. Other obligations include filing brief reports with the trustees and making the most of the opportunity.

Check back for details on the 2021 fellowship.

Pre-College

What is STEM? STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Why does it matter? STEM is important because it pervades every part of our lives. By exposing students to STEM and giving them opportunities to explore STEM-related concepts, we hope they develop a passion for and pursue a job in a STEM field.

Take a minute to view all of our wonderful tools and outreach opportunities related to STEM in Texas.

STEM Tools

Dream Big Film

All around the world, engineers are pushing the limits of ingenuity and innovation in unexpected, imaginative, and amazing ways. Dream Big: Engineering Our World, a giant-screen film about engineering, takes viewers on a journey of discovery from the world’s tallest building to a bridge higher than the clouds. Along the way, the audiences witness how today’s engineers are shaping the world of tomorrow.

Combined with educational programming and powerful media, Dream Big:.

  • Informs the public about the important work engineers do, helping to heighten interest and change perceptions about the profession
  • Inspires young people to consider careers in engineering
  • Answers the demand for K-12 engineering education resources, in alignment with the Next Generation Science Standards

Dream Big Educational Toolkit distribution to U.S. public schools is an effort managed by ASCE. For more details and to help ASCE meet distribution goals, visit www.engineersdreambig.org/.

Don’t forget Dream Big is now available on Netflix!

ASCE Pre-College Outreach & Materials

ASCE has plenty of games activities, homework help, career guidance, and more. Visit ASCE’s Pre-College Outreach page to review the resources for Engineers, Teachers, Parents, and Kids and Teens.

ASCE also has a diverse catalog of outreach materials available to aid every outreach opportunity. Educational booklets, brochures, and giveaways such as pencils and balloons will ensure your visit will be memorable. Often, items are provided for free to ASCE members. Pro-tip: We recommend placing an order at least three (3) weeks prior to scheduled outreach events.

STEM Outreach Opportunities

ASCE Texas Section and our Branches participate in numerous community outreach programs to promote STEM in Texas. For support in planning STEM activities in Texas, please contact our STEM Committee Chair.

ASCE Civil Engineering (CE) Clubs

Civil Engineering Club is a high school after school club that engages young minds, influences students’ perceptions of engineers and opens doors to students for the possibility of a career in civil engineering. Volunteer to be a lead engineer, an engineer mentor, speaker, competition judge, field trip host or donor.

Visit ASCE’s Pre-College Outreach page to learn more.

Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering

The Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) is always seeking volunteers. Their STEM clubs and chapters often align geographically with our Branches. If you need a local connection, contact our STEM Committee Chair or [email protected].

TAME also hosts an annual State STEM Competition! Every year, TAME brings together students to compete and celebrate achievement in STEM. Students participate in both a math and a science test, and then team up to solve real-world engineering problems in a timed Engineering Design Challenge.

Visit TAME online to learn more about volunteer opportunities.

Future Cities Competition

Future City Competition

The Future City Competition is a national, project-based learning experience where students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade imagine, design, and build cities of the future. Students work as a team with an educator and engineer mentor to plan cities using SimCity™ software; research and write solutions to an engineering problem; build tabletop scale models with recycled materials; and present their ideas before judges at Regional Competitions each spring. Regional winners advance to the National Finals in Washington, DC.

There are many ways to get involved:

  • Coach a team
  • Be a mentor
  • Serve as a judge
  • Volunteer at a regional competition
  • Serve on a regional committee
  • Donate to Future City

Visit FutureCity.org for more details.

Math Counts

MathCounts strives to engage middle school students of all ability and interest levels in fun, challenging math programs, in order to expand their academic and professional opportunities. Middle school students exist at a critical juncture in which their love for mathematics must be nurtured, or their fear of mathematics must be overcome. MATHCOUNTS provides students with the kinds of experiences that foster growth and transcend fear to lay a foundation for future success.

Visit Mathcounts.org for more details.