The Role of Student Chapters

Albert Einstein famously said, “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it”.

Einstein believed we must elevate our level of thinking if we are to address the issues of our time. Whether on a local, national, or global scale, engineers can serve the public as those elevated thinkers. They provide a vital link between research and application that can lead to solutions to the pressing challenges that impact our communities, our economies, and our environment.

Student Chapters offer an opportunity for students to start applying what they learn in the classroom into designing innovative solutions to real-world problems. They have the benefit of being able to pull together interdisciplinary teams from across the engineering fields, and from other disciplines like economics, social science, law, and policy, into the problem-solving process. Supporting Posts, especially industry members, can help identify locally relevant issues.

Want to share highlights from your student chapter? Email photos and information to Christina Jettie, Vice-chair.


Forum on Student Members and Chapters, August 18-20, 2020
The SAME 2025 strategic plan calls on the Society to:

ENRICH THE STEM PIPELINE FOR THE NATION by leading efforts to inspire, encourage, and enable youth to pursue STEM careers; and helping develop the technical capacity that our nation needs to remain globally competitive.

To accomplish this goal, on August 18-20, the College Outreach COI hosted a three-session Forum on Student Members and Chapters to discuss the status of SAME student members and student chapters.

Find a Student Chapters

SAME supports a network of over 35 student chapters. Student chapters promote the goals and objectives of SAME, and encourage the advancement of careers in architecture, engineering and construction by connecting college students with professionals in these areas.

Find a student chapter near you

Can't find a SAME student chapter? Take the lead and start one! Find relevant information in Quick Links regarding how to start a Student Chapter in your local school or university.

Students interested in starting a Student Chapter should contact the nearest SAME Post and ask for a mentor to assist them.

Student Chapter Status Report

In order to maintain good communication with the Posts and Student Chapters, it is critical that the SAME National Office remains up-to-date on any Chapter points of contact changes (faculty advisers, student leaders, Chapter mentor). Posts sponsoring Student Chapters are required to submit a Student Chapter Status Report by May 1st and December 1st of each year. For questions, please contact Jill Murphy, Membership and Post Relations.

Virtual Student Chapter

For students not attending one of the institutions hosting physical student chapters, or who want to explore more professional development options, SAME has formed the Virtual Student Chapter (VSC). The Virtual Student Chapter is a boundaryless chapter that provides that provides virtual professional development opportunities for all students at the high school and college level to foster engineering leadership for our nation. VSC webinars and events are open to all students.

See below for the upcoming calendar of events. For more information, contact Andra Clapsaddle, VSC Chair.

Distinguished Student Chapter

The SAME Strategic Plan encourages efforts that "enrich the STEM pipeline for the nation." The Distinguished Student Chapter Award recognizes student chapters that are providing programmatic impact towards that strategic goal. That can include encouraging STEM engagement at the K-12 or post-high school level, and/or developing community projects that engage key stakeholders.

To submit your chapter for consideration, download the Distinguished S.C. Submission Form. Deadline to submit for the 2021-22 cycle is April 15, 2022.


2019-2020 Distinguished Student Chapters

Alabama A&M University (Huntsville Post, Chapter mentor: Jason Cade)
The Citadel (Charleston Post, Chapter mentor: Christina Jettie)
West Point (NYC Post, Chapter Officer-in-Charge: Michael Scarano)

Congratulations to these exemplars of student chapters!!