Eta Kappa Nu Rating, Reviews and Requirements. Is it worth it?
What is the history of Eta Kappa Nu?
Founded in 1904 by Maurice L. Carr at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) was originally established to help electrical engineering graduates find employment and gain footholds in their careers. The intention of the founding members of HKN was to recognize and prepare the future leaders of the profession. The Greek letters ΗΚΝ were chosen from the first, fourth, and last letter of the Greek word for electron: ΗΛΕΚΤΡΟΝ. In 1927, the HKN Shield and coat-of-arms were adopted, incorporating the Wheatstone bridge (and its ability to provide extremely accurate measurements).
For more than 100 years, HKN has embraced excellence. Today, IEEE-HKN is still dedicated to encouraging and recognizing excellence in the IEEE-designated fields of interest. In the years ahead, IEEE-HKN will continue to reinvent itself to meet the needs of its members, the institutions they serve, and society overall.
What are the requirements to be in Eta Kappa Nu?
Students become inducted into Eta Kappa Nu during their junior and senior years at Hopkins. Juniors may get inducted by being in the top fourth of their class, and seniors must be in the top third of their class to be eligible for membership. If you qualify academically, you will be contacted by HKN.
Undergraduate candidates shall be selected from those students in the Junior or Senior class who are pursuing courses leading to a Baccalaureate or equivalent degree in electrical engineering.
- Juniors who have a cumulative scholastic rank in the upper quarter of their electrical engineering class may be elected.
- Seniors who have a cumulative scholastic rank in the upper third of their electrical engineering class may be elected.
Inductions are held twice a year and if you qualify academically, you will be automatically contacted by HKN.
What are the key benefits of being a member of Eta Kappa Nu?
- Academic Accomplishment
- Networking Opportunities
- Access to Key Positions
- Long-term Relationships
- Résumé Enhancer
- HKN Activities
- Leadership Skills
Based on the information, here is our review:
Our first observation is: that in terms of benefits, this society doesn’t list many out other than the general benefits that most honor societies seem to offer.
Our second observation was: that this society reaches out to invite people in the top third of their class, examining that you must be invited in order to join.
Our third observation was: that many schools have a differing number of students, and based on the student body, the qualifications for membership are relative to the size of the school.