Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Can I join Alpha Omega Epsilon?
We accept undergraduate and graduate students of all majors and programs. Our mission is to promote STEM education and careers, so we hope that your professional and academic goals align with this. You must have at least 1 year remaining in your time at USC (i.e. you may not join the semester that you will be graduating, unless you are continuing onto another degree at USC)
Do I have to be a woman to join Alpha Omega Epsilon?
While our mission is to promote the advancement of women in engineering and other STEM fields, the Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Omega Epsilon does not limit membership to those who identify as women. We encourage anyone who identifies with our mission and is interested in our events to come check us out at our recruitment events to see if AΩE is right for you!
How much of a time commitment is involved?
The great news is that AΩE is what you make of it! We are happy to be flexible around your academic and extracurricular schedules, and plan meeting and event times around our members’ schedules. With that being said, those joining AΩE will likely spend 2-4 hours per week on meetings, events, and some outside work. Active members typically have a one-hour meeting and one social or professional event each week, in addition to some outside planning for their committees. Again, we are happy to work with anyone who is concerned about the time commitment and we will try our best to make it work for you!
Is AΩE membership expensive?
No, it is relatively inexpensive compared to similar organizations. Typically, candidates pay monthly dues of $25 and actives pay $55 per month. These dues go directly to merchandise, events, group meals, insurance, etc. Our budget is always transparent and available for all members to review, and we are happy to work with anyone who is concerned about paying dues to come up with a plan. Money should never be a barrier to joining AΩE.
How long is the process of becoming a member of AΩE?
There is a 6-week candidacy period for new members, who attend weekly meetings to learn about the history of our organization and how we function. Candidates are invited to social, professional, scholastic, and philanthropic events too. There is about a 2-4 hour time commitment per week for candidates.
“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 multiple active mentors 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: Various AΩE events such as dinners, theme park trips, and our end of the semester formal
Philanthropic: Beach cleanups, USC Friends & Neighbors Days
Professional: Alumnae panels, interview tips, resume and LinkedIn workshops, networking nights, career fair prep workshops
What are the benefits of joining AΩE?
Benefits include, but are not limited to: friendship, leadership opportunities, professional development and networking, academic support, social and philanthropic involvement and so many fun events!