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How Professional Society Membership is Affected by Returning Student Status

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Conference

2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015

ISBN

978-0-692-50180-1

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Graduate Recruitment & Professional Development

Tagged Division

Graduate Studies

Tagged Topic

Diversity

Page Count

7

Page Numbers

26.859.1 - 26.859.7

DOI

10.18260/p.24196

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https://peer.asee.org/24196

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71

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Anne M Lucietto Purdue University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0003-0053-753X

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Dr. Lucietto is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Engineering Technology at Purdue University.

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Diane L Peters Kettering University

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Dr. Peters is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Kettering University.

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Abstract

How Professional Society Membership is Affected by Returning Student Status  In recent years, several research efforts have aimed to understand the issues surrounding engineeringprofessionals returning to the academic environment for graduate degrees in engineering. This researchfocuses on a variety of issues: why they return, what they hope to do afterwards, and what theirexperiences are in the academic environment. While those are important issues, interaction withprofessional societies while in the workplace and pursuing graduate work are also of concern. Manyengineering professionals, both in industry and in academia, value activities with these organizationswhile advancing in membership levels as they advance through their careers.Advancement may be complicated, when a professional society member returns to school for full timestudy; they often find themselves choosing between paying the higher dues of a professional or returningto student status. We discuss the options available in a sampling of different professional engineeringsocieties, including several engineering disciplinary societies and interdisciplinary societies focused onunderrepresented minorities within engineering. The intent is to examine the differences, and highlightsuccessful policies for use by professional societies and other organizations serving the returning studentpopulation.

Lucietto, A. M., & Peters, D. L. (2015, June), How Professional Society Membership is Affected by Returning Student Status Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24196

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