Tau Beta Pi membership is offered to engineering students who are in their junior or senior year. For juniors, the individual must be in the top 12.5% of their class, while seniors must be in the top 20%.
Invitations are given in both the spring and fall semesters. Those that qualify and choose to accept their invitation will be members of Tau Beta Pi for life. However, once initiated, active membership is required to take advantage of many of the opportunities and benefits offered.
Fellowships and Scholarships
Every year, 30 fellowships of $10,000 are awarded to graduate engineering students, and at least 250 scholarships of $2,000 are awarded to engineering students in their senior year.
Awards and Recognition
Every year Tau Beta Pi recognizes Distinguished Alumni, McDonald Mentor, Outstanding Advisor, and Laureates for contributions to both the Association as well as the engineering community.
The award winning Engineering Futures Program trains alumni to present interactive seminars on teamwork, problem solving, ethics, inclusion, management, and interpersonal and presentation skills to around 4000 engineering students on an annual basis.
The Bent Magazine
The Bent is a quarterly publication that provides a powerful voice for the engineering profession as well as recognizes significant engineering contributions. The membership fee includes a four year subscription
Networking and Monitoring
With 248 collegiate chapters and over 40 alumni chapters, Tau Beta Pi is the largest honor society. They hold 16 District Conferences where members can interact with one another as well as gain advice and knowledge from alumni in different industries through panel presentations and discussions.
A Grad School and Corporate Recruiting Fair puts resumes in front of major companies and top schools. Members can post their resume as well as browse thousands of job and internship listings on Tau Beta Pi's online job board. Members will also receive an automatic entry-level advancement to GS-7 at U.S. Government jobs.
The Tau Beta Pi annual convention gathers more than 500 members to conduct the Association's business through committee work and practice of Robert's Rules of Order. Additionally, attendees may participate in personal and professional development, chapter management instruction, and networking events.
Discounts and Loans
Members receive discounts for companies such as Dell and Geico, and on travel, hotels, and PPI published preparation materials for EIT/FE and PE licensing exams. Additionally, student loans up to $2,500 are available to help with tuition.
- Opportunity to vote in chapter elections
- Allowed to wear Tau Beta Pi honor stole during graduation (MUST have active membership status)
- Regular association with fellow chapter members
- Opportunity to attend various events organized by chapter leadership
- Ability to network with industry leaders through alumni and engineers in the workforce