The Student Ethics Competition (SEC) is jointly sponsored by Region 5 IEEE and the IEEE Ethics and Member Conduct Committee.  It encourages the study and awareness of professional ethics.  The competition includes a presentation and defense of a case analysis by student teams using the IEEE Code of Ethics.


The Student Ethics Competition is open to undergraduate or graduate IEEE student members who are registered for the conference.  Each team will consist of two students; one-person teams are not permitted.  Space is limited so that competition registration will close when the available space for ten (10) teams is filled.  The first team to register from each student branch will have priority unless otherwise designated by the branch counselor.  Other teams from the same student branch will be allowed as space permits.



Saturday, April 5, 2014


Engineering Building, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi (TAMUCC), TX

Shuttle service will be provided from the main conference venue (Omni Corpus Christi Hotel).

Directions for those driving to campus can be found here.


Shuttle Leaves Omni Corpus Christi Hotel  8:30 am

(See registration desk for shuttle departure location)

Orientation 9:00 pm,

Team Preparation (no outside resources allowed, computer provided) 9:15 am to 11:15 am

Box Lunch Provided 11:15 am

Oral Presentations (8 to 12-minute powerpoint with 5-minute for Q&A)  11:45 am to 2:30 pm


Orientation and Team Preparation – Room 316B, Engineering Building. TAMUCC

Oral Presentations – Room 214, Engineering Building, TAMUCC



Case for Analysis:

Case is provided to the teams at the orientation.


Eligibility and Cost:

IEEE student members (undergraduate or graduate) who are registered for the R5 Conference. (Student participants must have a current or pending IEEE membership.  There is no additional competition costs beyond student conference registration and IEEE membership.  Team substitutions are at the discretion of the Contest Chair.)



Announced at the Saturday Conference Banquet. (The decisions of the judges are final.) Certificates are awarded to the winning team members. Cash prizes are $500 for the first place team, $300 for the second place team, and $150 for the third place team.



E-mail SEC Form to by Friday March 28, 2014.  Forms will only be accepted for students registered for the R5 Conference.


The judging criteria, analysis of an example case, and ethics resources are available below.  For other questions concerning the R5 Student Ethics Competition, please contact the Competition Chair, Dr. Steve E. Watkins at



R5 SEC Rules     R5 SEC Registration Form     SEC Resources