Student Paper Contest 2010

Dear IEEE Region 8 Student Members, dear Student Branch Chairs,
Please be invited to participate in 2010 Region 8 Student Paper Contest !

Main Goals of SPC activities:
IEEE Region 8 Student Paper Contest (SPC) is a traditional, long lasting student activity in Region 8.
SPC was and is  an important IEEE topic in many aspects, just to mention some of them:

(a) SPC is an excellent occasion for personal leadership and strong involvement of student members in a prospective IEEE scientific/technical activity;

(b) SPC is a very good reason and chance for activating and keeping active Student Branches;

(c) it makes possible further promotion of IEEE among students;

(d) it is a nice possibility for  IEEE members with non-student grades – the SPC Committee (Jury) members, their colleagues (associate reviewers), Student Branch Advisers,  professors – student mentors and many other to be involved and to participate in such an interesting IEEE student activity.
Who could participate ?
Each student author must be a member of an IEEE Student Branch at the time of the original submission of the paper to the Branch Contest, and a member (student or not) of the IEEE at the time of the oral presentation. The work presented has to be completed before the student receives the engineering degree that entitles him/her to start preparing a doctoral thesis. The submission of the paper to the Region 8 SPC must be completed within 12 months after graduation. A doctoral thesis is not considered.
Deadline and additional information:
The deadline for the 2010 IEEE Region 8 Student Paper Contest is 15 December 2009. Papers submitted after the deadline will not be accepted. For more information, please consult the SPC rules.

Once each year, each Student Branch may hold and organize a local Student Paper Contest under its own responsibility. The organization of local SPC generally means that contest should be announced publicly in advance and that all submitted papers are locally reviewed by qualified specialists. Additionally, all Region 8/Sections/Chapters supported and/or co-organized IEEE Conferences,  having student papers sessions included in their programs, could also be used to get additional proposals for SPC. As long as a SB is formally supporting and accepting such a student papers conference session as part of a SB SPC, it is in line with existing SPC rules. Student Branch Advisers should be fully involved in all local SPC activities, as well as all other local IEEE officers (Section Chairs, Chapter Chairs, members of Executive Committees, …).

The winner(s) of each Branch Contest may compete for the Region 8 Contest, held within the Region limits. A Branch may submit one paper for every 100 branch members or part thereof, with a maximum of three papers.

An international jury will grade the written papers without knowledge of the identity of the author and of his school, and will decide which papers will be accepted for presentation at the Oral finals.
Character of the papers:
Papers should cover technical and engineering aspects of a subject reasonably within or related to the areas with which the IEEE is concerned with.
The work need not be original in engineering content, but should be original in treatment and concise in coverage of the author’s contribution to the subject.