IEEE Student Paper Contest 2013

Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 00:00

Maybe you plan to do some additional studies or to become a PhD student, or you are looking for a carrier in research and development? Or maybe you are considering to become a manager? Whatever you want to do in your professional life, the development of your writing and presentation skills will be the key to a successful carrier.

The goal of the Student Paper Contest is to offer students (master students and first year PhD's) the possibility to improve their writing and verbal skills by competing with others at an international conference.

IEEE Student Paper Contest Leuven

The Student Branch Leuven can send 2 papers to the IEEE Student Paper Contest of Region 8 (Europe, Africa and the Middle-East). In order to decide which papers we will send, the Student Branch is organizing a local Student Paper Contest, of which the deadline is November 1, 2012. In this paper contest you have to present unpublished work, on which you performed research during your engineering education. A summary of your master thesis or an internship, for example, could be well suited.

An independent review committee will decide on the winning papers. The three winners of this contest will receive a prize of respectively 100€, 50€ and 25€.

IEEE Region 8 Student Paper Contest

The first two winners of the Leuven contest will thereafter be subscribed to the IEEE Student Paper Contest that is organized by Region 8 (Europe, Africa and the Middle-East). Hereafter, an international jury will select the best papers for oral finals. As a finalist, you get the chance to defend your work at an international conference, which is a very valuable experience. In the meanwhile, IEEE is paying for your travelling and accommodation expenses. If you win the finals, you can win an additional prize of 800$, 500$ and 200$. In the meanwhile, the papers of the finalists are published officially in the conference proceedings and through IEEE Xplore.

Especially for those who are thinking to start working on a PhD, this is the ideal occasion to publish a paper, but also for master students this could be a chance to publish the results of your internship and to attend an international conference. And of course, winning such a prize is also very nice on your resumé.

Practical information

More information and the participation conditions (being an IEEE member,...) can be found here:

Are you interested to take part in this contest? Just check the contest rules and send us an email: info [at]

The abstract deadline (max. 200 words, in English) is 1 November 2012. This gives us a clear view on the content of the submissions and allows us to optimally prepare the review process.

Thereafter, send a paper (pdf) of maximum 6 pages according to IEEE format to the IEEE Student Branch before November 1, 2012. This paper has to be written in English according to the guidelines of the contest rules. Also mention your promoter and daily supervisor of your thesis.

If you are not sure whether your thesis is appropriate you can always ask your promoter/daily supervisor (with respect to the contents) or us (IEEE Student Branch for all IEEE matters and questions with respect to the contest).

The winning papers from the Student Paper Contest Leuven have made it to the finals for five years in a row now! In 2010, Hari defended his paper at the IEEE Region 8 Student Paper Contest finals in Malta. In 2009, Jef won the third prize in St.-Petersburg. In 2008, Geert and William were both in the Region 8 final on Corsica where they received the first and second place respectively. In 2007,Wilm and Jan defended their papers in Warsaw and they ended up first and third, respectively. In 2006, Cedric went to Malaga and in 2005 Elke end Pieter defended their paper in Belgrado, where they won the second prize. So there is a high probability that someone from Leuven will get through to the finals!