IEEE Region 5 Student Ethics Competition

The Student Ethics Competition is jointly sponsored by IEEE Region 5 and the IEEE Ethics and Member Conduct Committee (EMCC).  It encourages the study and awareness of professional ethics.  Each team must analyze a hypothetical ethical case, prepare and deliver an analysis in a PowerPoint presentation (8-12 minutes), and defend their analysis and recommendations during a Q-and-A period (5 minute).  The analysis and recommendations must be based on the IEEE Code of Ethics.

Eligibility: The Student Ethics Competition invites the IEEE Student Branches and IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu Chapters at universities throughout IEEE Region 5 to send a two-member undergraduate team to compete in the Ethics competition.  The students must register for the IEEE Region 5 Student Conference and must be a current or pending IEEE or IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu member, but there are no additional costs.  Team substitutions are at the discretion of the competition chair.  Only one team is allowed from each IEEE Student Branch or IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu Chapter due to space limitations.

Rules and Guidelines: The Student Ethics Competition will conducted and judged according to the IEEE EMCC guidelines (link pending).  All teams will receive the same case and a copy of the IEEE Code of Ethics.  The schedule will be:

  • Orientation – 9:00 am
  • Preparation – 9:15 to 11:15 am (no outside resources allowed, computer provided)
  • Lunch after Team Preparation Period
  • Presentations – 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm (Teams may observe other presentation after their presentation)

The presentations will be open to conference attendees, but only judges may ask questions.  The decisions of the judges are final.

Contact Information

Contact the Student Ethics Competition Chair, Steve Watkins for assistance with your Team’s intent to compete or for other questions related to this competition.

Intent to Compete and Registration

Each team MUST complete the online Intent to Compete form (below) and Register their team under the name of only one of the team members. (Only one registration is needed per team.) On the form, include the team name that is submitted on the Intent to Compete form.  A deposit of $25 per team is required with the registration, which will be refunded after the competition to those who participate.

Space is limited so that competition registration will close when the available space for ten (10) teams is filled, but no later than 12:00 am MDT (Denver time), April 1, 2023.

The first team to register from each student branch will have priority unless otherwise designated by the branch counselor. Other teams from the same university will be allowed as space permits.

Pictures taken from Austin Texas Ethics Competition in 2018
Pictures taken from Austin Texas Ethics Competition in 2018

IEEE Ethics Competition Submission