Standards Competition




IEEE Region 5 is pleased micto announce the 2nd annual Standards Development Competitions: The Standards of Tomorrow.  Knowledge of standards helps facilitate the transition from classroom to workplace by aligning educational concepts with real-world applications and market constraints.

The goal of the competition is:

  • To give an opportunity for IEEE Region 5 members to learn more
    about IEEE standards.
  • To encourage IEEE members to submit written work and have it
    judged by a professional committee.
  • To increase awareness of the IEEE Standards Education


  • Each paper may be authored by one or more persons with a maximum of 3.
  • The author(s) must be an IEEE Student, Graduate Student Member or Young Professional of Region 5.


Background Information:

Links to IEEE projects and work in these industries can be found on the IEEE Standards Association website at:
Much of the format you will use for submission covers many components of a Project Authorization Request (PAR).
Therefore, since the goal is to generate new, innovative concept or product, this contest has the potential of becoming a
real standard.
A few subject ideas:

  • Direct Current (DC) in the home.
  • Defining a jumbo frame.
  • Biosensor applications.
  • Interplanetary communications.
  • Emergency disaster response systems.
  • Any smart device.


Expected Outcome:

The expected outcomes for this new completion are:

  • Develop a product or standard that could benefit humanity.
  • Raise awareness of the importance of standards.
  •  Develop:
    • Communications skills to build and maintain a productive relationship with team members and within external entities (e.g. professors, industry).
    • Technical skills to develop a possible future standard.
    • Knowledge to solve problems, develop projects, and seize opportunities whenever they might be found.
    • Entrepreneurial skills.
  • Create the base for a Project Authorization Request (PAR) to be submitted to the Standards Association.


Evaluation Criteria

  • Topic chosen (20%) – What impact could the idea chosen have on the industry selected?
  • Professional writing (20%) – Including readability, references, figures, tables, language clarity, formatting.
  • Innovation (20%) – – Impact of standards in innovation in that industry?
  • Insight conveyed (20%) – What makes these standards important to this industry?
  • Clarity of claims (20%) – Substantiated and analytical conclusion of the impact of standards.


Important Dates

December 18, 2015: Competition opens.

March 21, 2016, 5PM CT: Submission deadline.



Winners will be awarded cash prizes.  Dollar amounts will be announced closer to the competition.  Winners will be announced at the IEEE Region 5 Annual Awards Banquet on Saturday, April 9th, 2016.  Participants must not be present to be winners, but are highly encouraged to attend.


Detailed Rules

  • Each paper may be authored by a maximum of 3 people.  Only one author should be designated as coordinator to submit the application and correspond with competition organizers.
  • An individual may only make one entry per competition year.
  • The author(s) must be an IEEE Student, Graduate Student Member, or Young Professional of Region 5 at the time of the submission of the paper.
  • The paper that is submitted to the IEEE Region 5 Standards Student Paper Contest must be written in English.
  • A jury selected by the IEEE Region 5 Standards Coordinator will grade the written papers without knowledge of the identity or place of education of the author and will decide the winning papers.
  • Cash prizes will be given to the three best papers: If the number of papers submitted and/or the quality of the submitted papers is insufficient, the jury may decide not to award one or any of the prizes. Prizes will be awarded in the form of checks in the appropriate US dollar amount. All prizewinners will be required to complete appropriate taxation paperwork (US Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service W-8 or W-9 forms) before a check can be provided.
  • Previously published work is excluded from the Contest.
  • The subject for each submitted paper should be “Creating a Standard for X Industry.” Each author is free to approach the given subject in the way they consider appropriate.
  • The paper must be formatted as shown in the “Standard Competition Template” document. For many projects, not all components in the template need to be filled. Use your judgment to get the point across. There is no in-person presentation. Make sure to get your point across clearly on the document.
  • The paper should not exceed six (6) pages. This excludes a reference page. Over-length papers will not be considered for the contest.
  • An electronic version (pdf) of the paper shall be submitted via the submission website found at by March 18, 2016 at 23:50 (CDT).
  • By submitting this paper the author(s) are granting the IEEE the non-exclusive right to post, publish and/or disseminate the work including, but not limited to, publication on the IEEE Standards Education website: and/or


Get Started

Download this template to get started.


Questions / Concerns

For other questions or concerns about this contest, please contact the Contest Chair, Jeffry Handal, at