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.

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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.  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 (PDF).  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) to declare their intention to participate.

Team and Student Registration

Each student on a team planning to participate in the competition must register on the IEEE Region 5 Conference website. When you register, you will be asked whether you are a member of a team competing In a Student Competition; if so, which competition, and which team. Please use the Team Name that was submitted on the Intent to Compete form.

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.

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

IEEE Ethics Competition Submission