New Initiatives


Cross-Sectional Student Initiatives Booster Program

Introduction

The IEEE Region 8 Student Activities Committee is announcing the Cross-Sectional Student Initiatives Booster Program. This program calls for section student activities leaders (Section Chairs, SSACs, SSRs) and student branch leaders (Student Branch Chairs, Counselors) to submit proposals for a cross-sectional initiative or project idea in the area of Student Activities.

 

 

Goals

The program aims to:

  • Giving incentives to IEEE Region 8 Sections and Student Branches for collaborations regarding Student Activities and support them;
  • Provide an opportunity to IEEE Region 8 Sections and Student Branches to initiate cross-sectional programs in Student Activities;
  • Showcase the innovation and drive of IEEE Region 8 Sections and Student Branches to an international student audience;
  • Find, promote and establish creative programs which provide value to IEEE students.

 

Rules

The program rules are the following:

  • The initiatives or project ideas shall be new and not from the existing pool of IEEE Students Programs;
  • Applicants to this program can be only Sections and Student Branches:
    • For Student Branches, they must have submitted their annual report.
  • One applicant only is considered as the Financial Responsible (FR) OU;
    • The FR OU receives the funding from the program;
    • If the FR OU is a Student Branch, an endorsement from its Section Chair or Treasurer should be included.
  • Applicants should be from at least 2 Sections from Region 8:
    • In case of applicants from only 1 Section, the following rules are applied:
      • In case of hybrid or virtual initiatives:
        • At least 50 participants (with active IEEE membership) should attend AND
        • At least 30% or 30 (whichever is lower) participants (with active IEEE membership) are from other sections
      • In case of completely in-person initiatives:
        • At least 25 participants (with active IEEE membership) should attend AND
        • At least 30% or 15 (whichever is lower) participants (with active IEEE membership) are from other sections
  • Each OU can submit only 1 entry as the FR one and up to 2 entries in total;
  • Applicants that were funded in previous R8 SAC Programs and haven’t delivered the reports requested are not qualified to apply;
  • The application should include an endorsement from all applicant OUs:
    • For Sections, only Section Chair, SSAC or SSR can provide an endorsement;
    • For Student Branches, only Student Branch Chair or Counselor can provide an endorsement.

 

Judging

Proposals will be judged from R8 SAC in the following areas:

  • Innovation and Originality;
  • Solid content and Planning;
  • Usability and Benefits to students;
  • Scalability and Sustainability;
  • Alignment with MGA SAC goals.

 

Submissions

The proposal shall contain the following information:

  • Summary of the proposal (max. 250 words)
  • Description of the proposed cross-sectional initiative or project idea
  • Goals and KPIs
    • Provide a short timeframe with milestones
    • The idea should be completed within the year of approval
  • How does the idea align with MGA Student Activities goals?
  • What are the benefits for the students?
  • Provide a detailed projected budget
  • Additional information (optional)

The submission shall:

  • be a maximum of 6 pages (without endorsement letters);
  • be in Times new roman font and 11 font size;
  • be submitted in pdf format;
  • include all the applicant OUs name;
  • include as attachments all endorsement letters.

 

Funding

The best entries which exceed the minimum standards will receive up to 1,000$ per initiative to be used as secured funding for piloting their proposals till the end of the year of the application after the submission and evaluation of their final report. The funding does not cover virtual platforms costs.

 

 

Apply Now!

Deadline: July 15th, 2021 September 15th, 2021

Application: Access the Form

 

Important Dates

  1. Proposals Submission: September 15th, 2021
  2. Winners Announcement: September 30th, 2021
  3. Initiatives Implementation: October – November 2021
  4. Report Submission: November 30th, 2021
  5. Funding Release: December 2021

 


New Initiatives Rules

Funding Eligibility Criteria

  • No funding is provided for virtual platforms, COVID tests, and Visa applications;
  • Travel funding is only accepted for domestic travels;
  • If no deadline is set for the program, the funding request should be submitted at least 4 weeks before the event is scheduled to take place;
  • Should your funding be initially approved, you will have to submit the outcome report after the event takes place. Please be aware that funding is issued only after the event takes place and the required outcome reporting are received, initial approval does not necessarily mean that you will get the funds requested;
  • Outcome report must be submitted within thirty days (30) after the conclusion of the activity with all requested details including the use of funds;
  • Be aware that the committee issue funding at their next scheduled meeting usually once per month;
  • Approved amount of funds may be lower/different from the requested amount due to content of application or outcome report;
  • The committee reserves the right to request documentation to prove the costs of events before approving for funding;
  • Initial funding per program may be provided only once per OU per year;
  • Please itemize all expenses in US dollars only (please do not use local currency in the proposal);
  • If an outcome report is not received, future requests for one year will not be reviewed and/or awarded;
  • The outcome report may be published in R8 channels.

 

Outcome Reports

If your event funding has been approved, you should submit the necessary outcome reporting. These materials should be submitted within 30 days after the event takes place. OUs that fail to submit the required outcome report within 30 days after the event took place will not receive any event funding. An outcome reporting submission can lead to future requests for one year not be reviewed and/or awarded.

 

The required materials include:

  • Detailed report of the event:
    • Description of the event and its outcomes;
    • Number of attendees (divided according to IEEE and non-IEEE members);
    • Impact of the event (presence of any significant participants/speakers, partnerships or collaborations with other IEEE organizational units or Industry, and reach on social media – including posts, amount of views and number of unique engagements).
  • Final budget:
    • Please include both the tentative budget and the actual spendings, either on separate spreadsheets, or side by side, for comparison purposes.
  • Attendance report:
    • Full name of participants (first name, last name);
    • Email;
    • If they are an IEEE member or not;
    • This information is covered by the IEEE Privacy Policy.
  • Photos or videos from the event:
    • Remember to get approval in advance from the pictured participants;
    • It is strongly recommended to include IEEE logo and IEEE R8 SAC logo in the photos;
    • It is recommended to include a group photo with all the participants and photos with promotional materials of the event (flags, roll-up banners, posters, etc);
    • It is recommended to submit an event poster with all information of the event as well as photos and all the supporting units logos.
  • Copies of all advertising materials used (flyers, posters, email invitations etc.);
  • Link to the vTools event report for this event.

Sectional Student Branch Officers Meeting Program

Introduction

The Sectional Student Branch Officers Meeting Program focuses on gathering all Student Branch officers of each section in a Congress format. It aims to allow sharing ideas, practices and different realities of each Student Branch. This program provides networking opportunities and contacts, ideas and motivation to Student Branch officers. During the Meeting, each student branch will have an opportunity to present its achievements of the past year and plan its next year through special sessions for each possible activity of a student branch. It is important to mention that branches participation in section functions is part of the exemplary student branch award and this program provides exactly this opportunity to the student branches of the Region. These events take place in only one section at a time, and are an excellent opportunity to prepare IEEE students branches for the upcoming year and help them in their operations and management.

 

 

Goals

The program aims to:

  • Increase the interaction between Student Branches by meeting annually in a Congress format;
  • Meet each other and create synergy and a spirit of cooperation between both students and student branches in each Section;
  • Promote, share and concretize ideas;
  • Provide IEEE operational knowledge especially for Region 8 and MGA Student Activities and guide Student Branches;
  • Create a space to answer questions, give feedback and motivate sections and Student Branches.

 

Rules

The program rules are the following:

  • Applicants to this program can be only Sections;
  • The application should include an endorsement from the Section Chair;
  • Participants should be students from the organizing Section;
  • Student Branch officers should be prioritized to participate;
  • The event should have at least 10 participants from at least 4 different Student Branches;
  • The IEEE R8 SAC logo should be included in all promotional materials;
  • The program of the event should include at least one session for:
    • Networking;
    • Sharing student branches latest activity;
    • Planning future activities;
    • Round Table Discussions.
      • Proposed Topics:
        • Share best practices;
        • Section level programs, initiatives and contests;
        • Collaboration between student branches;
        • Any other topic of interest to students.

 

Judging

Proposals will be judged from R8 SAC in the following areas:

  • Solid content and Planning;
  • Benefits to students;
  • Alignment with program goals.

 

Submissions

The proposal shall contain the following information:

  • Summary of the proposal (max. 250 words)
  • Description of the proposed Annual Student Branches Meeting
  • Proposed Title, Date, Venue and Organizing Team
    • The organizing team should include SSRs and SSACs, if applicable
  • Preliminary Budget
  • Suggested Program and Time Schedule
  • Goals and KPIs
    • Provide a short timeframe with milestones
    • The event should be organized within the year of approval

The submission shall:

  • be a maximum of 6 pages (without endorsement letter);
  • be in Times new roman font and 11 font size;
  • be submitted in pdf format;
  • include as attachment the endorsement letter.

 

Funding

The entries which exceed the minimum standards will receive up to 500$ per section to be used as seed funding after the submission and evaluation of their final report. The funding does not cover virtual platforms costs and covers up to 80% of the total budget.

 

Apply Now!

Deadline: at least 1 month prior to the event

Application: Access the Form


Sectional Student Branch Leadership Camp Program

Introduction

The Sectional Student Branch Leadership Camp Program focuses on training sessions for the Executive Committee members of the Student Branches. These events are organized in a sectional level by the SSR and SSAC team of each section and supported by R8 SAC. Leadership trainings that are supported by Region is part of the exemplary student branch award and this program provides exactly this opportunity to the student branches. These events take place in only one section at a time, and are an excellent opportunity to prepare and grow IEEE student volunteers for leadership roles in their local units and beyond.

 

 

Goals

The program aims to:

  • Accelerate student volunteers’ knowledge of the IEEE’s organization, student services and resources;
  • Help student volunteers understand their roles within their local units and within the entire organization;
  • Create a succession tool that develops and prepares future IEEE volunteer leaders;
  • Encourage student branch officers to transfer knowledge to their student members;
  • Give more contextualization and formation about IEEE and guide Student Branches.

 

Rules

The program rules are the following:

  • Applicants to this program can be only Sections;
  • The application should include an endorsement from the Section Chair;
  • Participants should be students from the organizing Section;
  • Student Branch officers should be prioritized to participate;
  • The event should have at least 10 participants from at least 4 different Student Branches;
  • The IEEE R8 SAC logo should be included in all promotional materials;
  • The program of the event should include at least one session for:
    • IEEE Structure and Opportunities;
    • Successful Student Branch Management;
    • Professional and Soft Skills Development;
    • Round Table Discussions.

 

Judging

Proposals will be judged from R8 SAC in the following areas:

  • Solid content and Planning;
  • Benefits to students;
  • Alignment with program goals.

 

Submissions

The proposal shall contain the following information:

  • Summary of the proposal (max. 250 words)
  • Description of the proposed Student Branch Leadership Camp
  • Proposed Title, Date, Venue and Organizing Team
    • The organizing team should include SSRs and SSACs, if applicable
  • Preliminary Budget
  • Suggested Program and Time Schedule
  • Goals and KPIs
    • Provide a short timeframe with milestones
    • The event should be organized within the year of approval

The submission shall:

  • be a maximum of 6 pages (without endorsement letter);
  • be in Times new roman font and 11 font size;
  • be submitted in pdf format;
  • include as attachment the endorsement letter.

 

Funding

The entries which exceed the minimum standards will receive up to 500$ per section to be used as seed funding after the submission and evaluation of their final report. The funding does not cover virtual platforms costs and covers up to 80% of the total budget.

 

Apply Now!

Deadline: at least 1 month prior to the event

Application: Access the Form