Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Can I join Alpha Omega Epsilon?
We accept all majors. Our mission is to promote STEM education and careers, so we hope that your professional and academic goals align with this. For graduate students, we hope for you to have at least one year remaining in your time at USC.
How much of a time commitment is involved?
Typically, you will have a one-hour meeting and one social or professional event every week. But AΩE is what you make of it. It is not a big time commitment if you don’t have the time, but the more time you invest the more you’ll get out of it. We allow other members from other organizations to participate in some of our events as well.
Is AΩE membership expensive?
No, it is relatively inexpensive compared to similar organizations. Candidates pay monthly dues of $25 and actives pay $50 per month. These dues cover merchandise, events, travel to events, group meals, etc.
How long is the process of becoming a member of AΩE?
New members are expected to attend meetings each week to educate them on the background of our organization and how we function for the first six weeks. This is about a 2 to 3 hour time commitment per week.
“I want to join, but I’m not sure if it is right for me…”
We recommend you go to our recruitment events at the beginning of every semester and get to know the members (See Recruitment for a list of events). There is no obligation to join by attending these events. If you’re still not sure after this point, try it anyway. Your first semester will give you the opportunity to get to know the actives better and you will also be given a “big sibling” to help guide you through your semester and lend advice to help you out along the way. If you end up deciding that AΩE is not right for you, you are free to drop whenever you want.
What kind of events and activities does AΩE participate in?
We take part in a number of events, social and professional. In past semesters we were involved in the following:
Social: A semesterly potluck and other events with the engineering fraternity, Sigma Phi Delta, also various AΩE events such as dinners, theme park trips, and our end of the semester formal
Philanthropic: Relay for Life, Pass the Can, Food Bank…to name a few
Professional: Conversations with Alumni – a panel of Viterbi alumni talk about college and life after college over dinner, Interview tips – one or two AΩE alums will come back to visit and hold an interview tips discussion, allowing Q&A’s, and much more
What are the benefits of joining AΩE?
Benefits include, but are not limited to: friendship, leadership opportunities, empowering other engineers, professional development and networking, academic support, social and philanthropic involvement and events.