Chapter FAQs

EWH Affiliation FAQs

Questions:

1. How can students, universities, faculty and biomedical engineering or healthcare professionals affiliate with and support EWH?

2. What is the difference between a Student-funded EWH Chapter and a University-funded EWH Chapter?

3. What benefits are available to Individual Student Affiliates not connected to a Chapter?

4. What benefits are available to Student-funded EWH Chapters?

5. What benefits are available to University-funded EWH Chapters?

6. What benefits are available to Supporting Affiliates and to Professional Affiliates?

7. Do I have to be an Individual Student Affiliate to be a member of a Chapter?

8. Do I have to belong to an EWH Chapter to be an Individual Student Affiliate?

9. Why is there an annual fee for EWH Affiliation?

10. When are EWH Affiliation fees due?

11. What if I or my Chapter misses the October 30 fall payment date?

12. What if I have other questions?

Answers:

1. How can students, universities, faculty and biomedical engineering or healthcare professionals affiliate with and support EWH?

Individual affiliations at three different levels are offered for students, university faculty, and engineering or healthcare professionals. A group affiliation is offered through EWH Chapter membership.

The Individual Student Affiliation ($35 annual fee) is designed for students who would like to support EWH’s mission and receive some EWH benefits but who may not yet have a Chapter at their university.

Once a group of students forms a Chapter and pays either the Student-funded fee ($35 x 3 students=a Chapter) or the University-funded Chapter fee ($600), affiliation benefits are expanded from Individual Student Affiliation to Chapter Affiliation. See answers 4 and 5 below to learn about EWH benefits for Chapters.

The Supporting Affiliation ($50 annual fee) and Professional Affiliation ($300 annual fee) are designed for non-students. The Supporting Affiliation is for academic professionals who support our mission and who would like access to some EWH resources. The Professional Affiliation is designed for educators not associated with a student Chapter who would like the support of EWH along with other benefits, such as Kit discounts.

Click here for details of the various affiliation benefit packages.

2. What is the difference between a Student-funded EWH Chapter and a University-funded EWH Chapter?

A Student-funded EWH Chapter consists of a minimum of three current Individual Student Affiliates and a faculty adviser. By forming a Chapter, this group of students is entitled to a set of group/Chapter benefits from EWH, in addition to the individual benefits that come with being an Individual Student Affiliate.

A University-funded EWH Chapter pays an annual affiliation fee of $600. For this annual fee, the University-funded Chapter receives an attractive package of benefits in addition to those enjoyed by Student-funded EWH Chapters. We encourage Chapters to secure the annual fee from their academic departments or colleges, from their office of student programs (or similar), or from another source, perhaps a corporate sponsor.

3. What benefits are available to Individual Student Affiliates not connected to a Chapter?

Individual Student Affiliates:

  • have access to the EWH Dropbox resources file;
  • receive introductions to local medical equipment donation charities;
  • are given preferential consideration for the Summer Institute Program and for Summer Institute financial aid; and
  • receive EWH support on:
    • design projects,
    • STEM outreach,
    • collaborations with non-profits,
    • equipment repair and donation preparation,
    • testing and production of products, and
    • partnerships and projects abroad.
For more information, please see the Benefits and Types of Affiliation page.

4. What benefits are available to Student-funded EWH Chapters?

In addition to benefits listed above for Individual Student Affiliates (see answer 3), Student-funded EWH Chapters (a minimum of three Individual Student Affiliated members and a faculty adviser) receive:

  • a discount on EWH Kits, textbooks and other teaching materials,
  • eligibility for the EWH Design Competition, and
  • recognition on the EWH website.
For more information, please see the Benefits and Types of Affiliation page.

5. What benefits are available to University-funded EWH Chapters?

University-funded Chapters receive all of the benefits that Individual Student Affiliates and Student-funded Chapters receive as outlined above. The annual $600 affiliation fee qualifies the University-funded Chapter for additional benefits, including:

  • unlimited Student Affiliations,
  • free t-shirts for 10 student affiliates and one faculty adviser, and
  • discounts on the EWH Design Competition fee.
*Additional t-shirts are available for purchase. Shipping outside the U.S. must be paid by the affiliate.
For more information, please see the Benefits and Types of Affiliation page.

6. What benefits are available to Supporting Affiliates and to Professional Affiliates?

Supporting Affiliates have access to the EWH Dropbox resources file and receive EWH support on topics related to healthcare needs in the developing world, medical equipment repair and donation, STEM outreach, and others.

Professional Affiliates receive the benefits available to Supporting Affiliates, plus discounts on EWH Kits, textbooks, and teaching materials. They also receive one free copy of Dr. Robert Malkin’s textbook: Medical Instrumentation in the Developing World and one sample Kit, free. For more information, see the Supporting and Professional Affiliation web page.

7. Do I have to be an Individual Student Affiliate to be a member of a Chapter?

No, each Student-funded Chapter must have a minimum of three Individual Student Affiliates, but not all members of the Chapter must be Individual Student Affiliates. All University-funded Chapter members are considered EWH Affiliates. Student-funded Chapter members must pay the annual student affiliation fee ($35) to enjoy all the benefits of affiliation, such as entering the Design Competition, eligibility for travel grants, etc.

8. Do I have to belong to an EWH Chapter to be an Individual Student Affiliate?

No, you can be an Individual Student Affiliate without belonging to an EWH Chapter. This may be appealing if you are interested in the individual benefits outlined above (see answer 3 above), but there is not yet a Chapter at your university.

9. Why is there an annual fee for EWH Affiliation?

Engineering World Health puts a significant amount of staff time into planning, managing, and operating our Chapters and other programs. The annual fees we collect for EWH Affiliation defray some of the operating expenses associated with these programs and allow us to continue to offer quality opportunities and programs for our Affiliates and to deliver a positive impact for people in developing countries. EWH is a 501c3 non-profit that relies on grants and donations to operate.

10. When are EWH Affiliation fees due?

For students and universities affiliating with EWH for the first time, fees may be paid any time during the year, and benefits begin immediately. However, to be eligible for benefits with registration deadlines (for example, the Summer Institute or Design Competition), affiliation fees must be paid prior to those deadlines. For students and universities who have been affiliated with EWH in the present year or previously, benefits renew on an annual basis, with Spring and Fall enrollment periods based on the following schedule:

Fall enrollment period: Benefits renew November 1 (fees may be paid March 1-October 30)

Spring enrollment period: Benefits renew March 1 (fees may be paid November 1-February 28)

11. What if I or my Chapter misses the October 30 fall payment date?

Affiliation payments may be made anytime during the year, but benefits begin on November 1 or March 1, whichever date follows the affiliation payment.

12. What if I have other questions?

Much more information about EWH is available on this site, and you may also contact us with questions and concerns at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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