Careers in Engineering for Women (CEW)

CEW (Careers in Engineering for Women) is a weeklong non-residential summer camp for middle school girls designed to increase the representation of women in engineering and technical fields. It is held every summer on the University of Texas at Austin campus. CEW is an outreach program currently organized and directed by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) at the University of Texas at Austin. In 2005, CEW was awarded the Building the Future Award from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

When: June 11-15, 2012
From 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

This is a non-residential day camp. Housing will not be provided, but there are many hotels around the campus.


Apply to be a CEW counselor HERE by April 18th.

For more information, see the brochure

You can also find the itinerary HERE for the pdf format, or HERE for the text format.

If you have any questions, email us at cew AT engr.utexas.edu

The Purposes of CEW Are:

  • To encourage middle school girls to develop an interest in math, science and engineering through hands-on experiences
  • To introduce middle school girls to engineering career options
  • To promote an ongoing support and learning network for middle school girls to pursue their interest in math, science and engineering

Is CEW Any Fun?

You bet! During CEW, you will be part of a team and will learn an engineering problem solving method to compete in a project design contest. A volunteer engineer will be assigned to each team to serve in an advising capacity and female UT engineering students will serve as CEW counselors.

You also will learn about a variety of engineering careers and will go on tours of UT labs and meet many outstanding engineering professionals and college faculty.

Is CEW worth it?

Read what some CEW alums had to say:

"CEW was by far the best thing I've ever done. It gave me a whole new outlook on what I want to be when I grow up." - CEW '05 alum
"After CEW, I set higher goals for myself. I have become a more diligent student." - CEW '92 alum
"I love math and CEW made me love it more!" - CEW '95 alum
"CEW gave me a goal for my life. I want to be an engineer!" - CEW '98 alum
"I loved CEW! I wish I could do it again!" - CEW '99 alum

Who can apply to CEW?

CEW targets girls currently in the 6th or 7th grade who have an interest in math, science and engineering! To be considered, applicants should meet the following criteria:

  • Students must be in the 6th or 7th grade at the time of application
  • Former CEW participants may not apply

Forty students will be selected based on the information in the application packet consisting of the following: the application form; a copy of report card for the current year; teacher or counselor recommendation; student essay; self-addressed, stamped envelope; $5 application fee (or indicate your request to waive the fee.)