HKN Membership

Membership Benefits: Why would I want to join?

Academic Accomplishment
Ensure that your exceptional academic accomplishment and strong character is publicly recognized by industry.
Networking Opportunities
Gain numerous networking opportunities by joining an organization that has members in leading roles with corporations, government and universities.
Long-term Relationships
Build a network of long-term relationships that will aid your career with HKN students who will become your friends and professional colleagues.
Resume Enhancer
Use your HKN membership as a resume enhancer when seeking a position or applying for graduate school.
Employers prefer to hire HKN members for their leadership, interpersonal and teamwork skills.
Contributing to the Community
Opportunities to help engineering departments improve their curricula, participate in outreach and community service activities, and assist fellow students through tutoring and mentoring programs.
Soft Skill Development
Participate in HKN activities to develop vital professional skills such as leadership, communication,
and teamwork through practical hands-on experience.
Leadership Skills
Become and officer to develop leadership skills to prepare for high track professional careers.

You can find more benefits from the HKN headquarter webpage.


Invitation Requirements: How do I get invited?

In order to be invited as an undergraduate student, a student must be in one of the following departments:


Invitations are sent out to students who meet our class ranking requirments:

Undergraduate Sophomore Students
The top fifth (1/5) of the sophomore class
Undergraduate Junior Students
The top quarter (1/4)  of the junior class
Undergraduate Senior Students
The top third (1/3) of the senior class
Graduate Students
All graduate students are encouraged to become members of HKN as long as they are in fields related to majors aforementioned.
All faculty of the CSE, ECE, MAE, NANO, MATH, COGS, and BENG departments with the rank of Assistant Professor or higher will be considered for HKN membership.

The invitation letter will be sent at the beginning of fall and winter quarter and invitees can begin fulfilling the membership requirements to become an official member.


Membership Requirements: How do I become an official member?

Once you have been invited, you have already proven your academic excellence. In addition to having required scholastic rank, members of HKN must possess an impeccable character, work in harmony with all types of people, and have a genial nature. Generally, we want to know more about you. Therefore, you will need to participate and complete the following requirements:

1. Attend the mock interview and actual interview held by HKN. For winter inductees, the mock interview will be held Week 7 of Winter Quarter and actual interviews will be held Week 9 of Winter Quarter. For spring inductees, the mock interview will be held Week 1 of Spring Quarter and the actual interview will be held Week 2 of Spring Quarter.

2. Accumulate 10 points by attending or volunteering at HKN events. Most events had a 1:1 point to hour ratio. 2 out of 10 points must be fulfilled through the mentorship program. Details about the mentorship program will be sent out after the information sessions. You will need to get your hours of participation verified by at least 4 different HKN officers. Fill out the form at at the end of the event to get your points.

3. Attend an interview, resume, or cover letter workshop hosted by HKN

4. One-time membership payment: $90 (For checks, pay to the order of Eta Kappa Nu)

5. Attend the mandatory induction ceremony at the end of the induction cycle.

6. One of the following requirements (depending on the student’s major) must be fulfilled if you are an UNDERGRAD:

Electrical Engineering
Three ECE courses, one of which must be ECE 35
Computer Science
Three CSE courses (excluding CSE courses below 8B), two of which must be CSE 12 and CSE 30 (or CSE 100)
Computer Engineering
Three CSE or ECE courses (excluding CSE courses below 8B), one of which must be either CSE 30 or ECE 35
Chemical Engineering
At least CENG 100
NANO 15 and taken or currently taking NANO 101
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
MAE 3 or MAE 8
Environmental Engineering
One upper division MAE class
Mathematics and Computer Science
MATH 109 (or completion of the 31 series) and CSE 12
Cognitive Science
COGS 18 and (CSE 7 or CSE 8A or CSE 11) and one upper division class. Must be specializing in machine learning, computer science, or human computer interaction.
BENG 2 and ECE 35
CSE 11 and CSE 12

Everything above must be completed and turned in by the deadline for your inducting class. If you do not meet the deadlines, your 10 points of event attendance may roll over to the next induction cycle only if the next induction cycle occurs in the same school year, e.g. only winter inductees may use the points they earned in Fall and Winter Quarter for the spring induction of the same school year.


Induction Ceremony

For all the invitees who have successfully completed all the requirements, the induction ceremony will be held Week 2 in Winter Quarter for winter inductees, or Week 3 of Spring Quarter for spring inductees.

The details will be announced via emails and website in the future.


Still have questions?

Read our FAQ or contact us.