October 1, 2015

Final date for entries; must be submitted by midnight CST

October 8, 2015

National and section winners announced

October 23rd - 25th, 2016

SWE 2016 National Conference Nashville, TN

November 2015

Awards presented to winners, sections and regions.

Official Rules

How will you influence technology in the future?

How to Enter

Please electronically submit your essay with the completed online application form at by clicking the “SUBMIT YOUR ESSAY” tab above. Don’t forget to check out the “PLAY VIDEO” tab too! All application forms must include an electronic participant signature, SWE Membership ID Number of the applicant if in the USA, as well as Parental Consent if the applicant is under the age of 18, and must be submitted online by midnight CST October 1, 2015.

Your Essay

Your essay should be no longer than 350 words, typed in a standard font and double spaced with your name, address, phone number, email address, school name, and year in school (as of fall 2016) on the top of each page. If more than one page is used, each page must be numbered. Students must produce their own work, but may use information from other sources if desired. All references must be clearly marked and can appear as parenthetical citations, endnotes or footnotes. Materials used for research that are not cited in the student’s essay should be listed in a bibliography page at the end.


The Stilettos to Steel Toes Essay Contest is open to all sophomore, junior or senior (May/June graduation) engineering majors who are members of a participating SWE section or partners organizations (WISEST, POWE). To see this year’s participating schools, please click the “SCOREBOARD” tab above. Each section must submit a minimum of 20 essays to be eligible for awards, both individual and sectional. Only one entry per member.


Grand Prize: One national winner will receive a scholarship of $2,000, as well as airfare and accommodations for him/herself and one parent or guardian, only if the winner is under the age of 18 to the SWE 2016 National Conference in Nashville, TN.
Individual winners per section: 1st place: $1,000, 2nd place: $500, 3rd place: $250
Section awards: $75 per entry (up to $150 max).

Additional Terms

By participating, applicants agree a) to the Official Rules, and the decisions of the Schlumberger judges, which shall be final in all respects; and b) to release, discharge and hold harmless Schlumberger, as well as their respective officers, directors, and employees from all claims or damages arising out of their participation in the Contest. By accepting a prize, winners or, if minors, their parents or legal guardians agree, where legal, to the use of their names and/or likenesses and essay response with this Contest and its promotion without any additional compensation.

*The Grand Prize includes: roundtrip coach class airfare from a major airport near the winner's school to Nashville for the winner and one parent or legal guardian if the winner is under the age of 18; and two (2) nights' hotel accommodations (standard room, double occupancy). Winner and parent/legal guardian must travel together. Dates of trip will be determined by Schlumberger. Winner and parent/legal guardian must be able to travel within 10 days notice. All other expenses and costs not expressly listed above including, but not limited to, ground transportation, meals, purchases made during trip, and taxes, are the winner's and parent/legal guardian's sole responsibility. Winner and parent/legal guardian must travel on the same itinerary. Flight details are subject to space availability and airline carrier's regulations and conditions apply. The trip may not be combined with any other offer and travel may not qualify for frequent flyer miles. Any picture identification requirements associated with air travel are the winner's and parent/legal guardian's responsibility. Sponsor is not responsible for lost or mutilated travel certificates and none will be replaced. Schlumberger will mail each award check in the amount expressed above for the first, second and third place national winners within one month of the official contest awards ceremony to be held in November 2016. No purchase or obligation necessary.