HVAC 101 Virtual Course

By Megan Dawe, Post-High Lead

Join us for a 2-part series on HVAC fundamentals. We are excited to announce the course will be taught by ASHRAE Vice President Don Brandt. Don is an ASHRAE Learning Institute Instructor and author of ASHRAE’s self-directed course “Fundamentals of Psychrometrics”. The virtual event is free for Student Members and YEA Members. Register for the event now!

Part 1: Design Essentials on Mon, Nov 9th 12 - 2 PM

Part 2: Heating and Cooling Load Calculations on Tues, Nov 10th 12 - 2 PM

Register on the Golden Gate ASHRAE events page here:

ASHRAE Undergraduate Project Equipment Grants Available with December 15 Deadlines

By Alicia Tan, Student Activities Chair

The undergraduate project equipment grant provides funding to engineering, technical and architectural schools worldwide with the goal of increasing student knowledge, learning and awareness of the HVAC&R industry through the design and construction of equipment. Grants are up to $5,000 and are used to fund equipment and supplies for senior projects and 2-year technical school projects that focus on ASHRAE-related topics. Grants may cover projects lasting from one academic term up to one year. There are bonus points available for applications submitted before November 15th! 

ASHRAE Undergraduate Project Equipment Grants Information:

The deadline for applications to these grants is December 15, 2020. 

Golden Gate Chapter Scholarships

By Richard Paillon, Scholarships and Grants Lead

The Golden Gate Chapter of ASHRAE will distribute as much as $54,000 in scholarships to our student members.  These are independent of the scholarships distributed by the ASHRAE National Society.  This breaks down to: 

  • Eric T Andresen Memorial Scholarship Fund (eleven scholarships)   $50,000 
  • Golden Gate Chapter Student Scholarship (two scholarships)    $4,000 

Student members, please apply as early as possible.  Others, please encourage any student members you know to apply for the Golden Gate Chapter’s scholarships. The deadline for both types of scholarship March 5, 2021.  All applicants have a good chance of winning one of these scholarships due to the history of limited numbers of applicants. Last year all qualified applicants were awarded a scholarship.

Applications for the two types of scholarships can be found at the following addresses:  

Contact Richard Paillon ([email protected]) with any questions.

ASHRAE Scholarships Available with December 1 Deadlines

By Richard Paillon, Scholarship and Grant Lead

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has several scholarships available to students of qualified colleges and universities.  These include institutions with either an ASHRAE student branch or with an engineering program accredited by ABET ( 

Scholarship types include Undergraduate for engineering students, $3,000 to $10,000; and the David Peters Scholarship, $5,000  for students of specific universities that include Chico State and Cal Maritime.  Only a single application need be made for all of the above scholarships.  Get more information at the following links.

ASHRAE Scholarship Information:

ASHRAE Scholarship Application:

The deadline for applications to these scholarships is December 1, 2020.

The above scholarships are in addition to those awarded by the local Golden Gate Chapter.  There will be at least 14 of these scholarships ranging in value from $2,000 to $7,500.  The deadline for applications for these scholarships will be in early spring of 2021.  More information will be forthcoming.

SmartStart Program for Recent Graduates

By Alicia Tan, Student Activities Chair

Are you a recent graduate looking to transition to industry?  Take advantage of the SmartStart Program for a three-year discount on the ASHRAE Associate membership.  The first year on the program is $25, the second year is $85, and the third year is $115.  Receive all of the member benefits, including the ASHRAE Handbook! 

You can find more information and applications for the SmartStart program here:

Looking for K-12 STEM Activity Ideas?

by Juliana, K-12 Lead

Have kids at home and looking for some activities to do with them?  You can find STEM activities on the ASHRAE Student Zone page.  Many of these use common household items.

Student Activities is creating a local Alumni Network!

by Megan Dawe, Post-High Lead

Calling all alumni from our Golden Gate schools to enter our Alumni Network database. This list will be provided to student members to make connections and increase involvement in the Golden Gate Chapter. Designation as 'available for mentorship' is optional - up to you!

Enter your information here:

Does your company or organization offer student internships?

by Megan Dawe, Post-High Lead

Many of our student members seek internships to fulfill their academic requirements and gain hands on experience. Student Activities is working to connect student members with local internship opportunities and promote internal collaboration.

Fill out your company's information here:  


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Applications for 2020 are closed. Come back later for 2021 Grants!