Region 5 Student Poster Competition Rules

Quick Guide


A. General

Purpose: To improve technical presentation skills of undergraduate IEEE student members.

Levels: Competitions occur at the Local Contest which feeds into Area Contest. Each of the 4 IEEE R5 Areas will select 3 posters to feed into IEEE Region 5 Contest making a total of 12 posters submitted for judging in the Region 5 Poster Competition. 

Local Contests involve posters that are evaluated and graded by undergraduate engineering faculty of local colleges and universities or by judges appointed by the local colleges or universities. Local IEEE Student Branch or IEEE – Eta Kappa Nu Chapters will nominate (each can nominate one) a top-ranked poster. The poster must have received the highest grade or evaluation in an undergraduate engineering course or in an undergraduate poster competition in the local school that the IEEE Student Section belongs to. 

Area & Regional Contest levels require oral presentations. At the Region Contest level, oral presentations will be conducted in person at the Region 5 Conference. 

Winners may revise their posters and presentation slides before submission to the next level. Authors of the nominated poster may submit the content of their poster for publications such as the IEEE Potentials magazine, etc.

Eligibility: The entrant must be an undergraduate and an IEEE student member (or pending). Graduation before the Area Contest or Regional Contest does not affect eligibility. There can be more than one undergraduate student on the same nominated poster but only one of the students must be specified as the presenter or entrant by the local Student Branch or HKN Chapter. All the authors of the nominated poster must be undergraduate students.

Subject: Posters must cover technical areas within the IEEE.  A nominated poster may address a course project, a senior design group project to which the entrant belongs, or an undergraduate research project to which the entrant belongs, in the fall semester of an academic year or in the spring/summer semester of the last academic year.

Contact Information: Contact your IEEE Student Branch or IEEE – Eta Kappa Nu Chapter; the Student Poster Competition Chair, Dr. Sarhan Musa; or the IEEE Region 5 Conference Student Competitions Chair, Michelle Patrick Krueger, for assistance in participating in this Competition.


B. Regional Contest

Venue: The Regional Contest is part of the annual Region 5 Conference in Houston, Texas.

Entry: Only the top three winners of each Area Contest may enter.

Date: The top three winners of each Area Contest need to mail or carry their posters and email presentation slides in PDF or PowerPoint format to the Region Contest Chair by the deadline date of March 1st, 2022.

Prizes: Region 5 and the Institute Life Member Fund provide $1500 prize money, allocated thusly (per poster, not per entrant): First Place, $800; Second Place $500, Third Place $200; plus certificates (entrants) and inscribed plaques (entrants’ schools). The Region Contest Chair may offer additional prizes.

Expenses: The Region 5 Treasurer is to reimburse authorized conference expenses after receiving an entrant’s completed IEEE Regional Expense through IEEE Concur by the deadline of 15 days following the competition date.

Registration: Each team which has won in an Area Competition that wishes to compete in the 2022 Region 5 Competition MUST Register for the Region 5 Conference. Only one registration is needed per team. Please register under the name of one of the team members and include on the form the team name that was submitted on the Intent to Compete form. A deposit of $25 per entrant is required with the registration. This deposit will be refunded after the competition to those who participate.

Registration will be open until 12:00 am CST (Houston time), March 15, 2022.


C. Area Contest

Date: After approval, the IEEE Section Chair mails or carries the posters and emails the presentation slides received from its IEEE student branches and IEEE – Eta Kappa Nu chapters in PDF or PowerPoint format to the Area Contest Chair by the deadline date of January 15th, 2022. The Region Student Activity Chair oversees the area contests to ensure they are concluded by February 15th, 2022.

Entry:  The nominated posters passed to the IEEE Section Chair from the local Student Branches or Eta Kappa Nu Chapters need to be those already evaluated and graded to be top-ranked posters in an undergraduate engineering course or in an undergraduate competition.

Prizes: First, second, and third place winners receive $125, $100, and $75, respectively — plus certificates and competition in the RC. The AC Chair may award additional prizes.

Area locations:

  • North Area: KS, MO, OK, and Southern IL.
  • West Area: CO, South WY, Southwest ND, West NB, West TX, and Southeast NM.
  • East Area: AR, LA and East TX.
  • South Area: TX (except East & West TX).


D. Local Contest

Venue: The local Student Branch or Eta Kappa Nu Chapter selects and nominates one top-ranked Local Contest poster by sending the entrant or presenter’s name and the presentation slides in PDF or PowerPoint format via email, and mailing or carrying the top-ranked poster to its IEEE Section Chair by December 15th, 2021. After examination and approval by the IEEE Section, the IEEE Section Chair mails or carries the top ranked Local Contest posters (entrants or presenters’ names, posters, and presentation slides in PDF or PowerPoint format) that are received from the student branches or Eta Kappa Nu chapters under that IEEE section to the Area Contest Chair by the deadline of January 15th, 2021.

Prizes: An IEEE Section funds its Local Contest prizes for all or some of the nominated top-ranked posters as deemed appropriate by that section. If the IEEE Section has its own established student competition, that competition can continue independent of the Region 5 student poster competition.


E. Contest Chairs

  1. Appointments:
  • Area Chair serves as or appoints the Area Contest Chair by the deadline date of January 3rd, 2022. The Area Contest Chair appoints judges by the deadline date of January 15th, 2022.
  • Region 5 Conference Chair serves as or appoints the Region Contest Chair in consultation with Region Student Activities Chair by the deadline date of September 1st, 2021. The Region Contest Chair appoints judges who will be attending the Region 5 Conference by the deadline date of March 1st, 2022.
  1. Specific duties of Area and Region Contest Chairs:
  • Solicit and appoint judges (see section G).
  • Explain rules, judging procedure, and score sheet to judges (see section G).
  • Manage distribution of posters and presentation slides among judges.
  • Manage communication with the judges so that all questions, disqualification votes, etc., are handled through the Area/Region Competition Chair.
  • Enforce the rules.
  • Manage presentation or delivery of prizes, plaques, and certificates.
  • Promptly notify the entity Chair (Area Competition Chair notifies the Area Chair and Regional Competition Chair notifies the Region Conference Chair) and Region Student Activities Chair of contest outcome.
  • Area Competition Chair Only – Sets up and moderates presentations by entrants preferably on a Saturday between December 20th, 2021 and January 15th, 2022.  Notifies the presenters of the results and the winners of their eligibility for the region contest.
  1. Oral Presentations: The Area or Region Contest Chair
  • Briefly explain the rules at the start of the contest.
  • Introduce entrants before their respective presentations.
  • Fairly enforce the presentation rules.
  • Give judges 5 minutes time for Q/A and 5 minutes time after Q/A to complete their assessments.
  • Time presentations, Q/A, and assessments and terminate if going over the allocated time (allocated presentation time at Area Contest level is 10 minutes and allocated presentation time at Region Contest level is 15 minutes)
  • The Area Contest Chair Only – Sets up and moderates online meeting (e.g., WebEx, Zoom, or Teams) if necessary for presentations to be conducted by screen sharing to the judges.


F. Presentation Rules

  • Presentation slides not in PDF or PowerPoint format will be disqualified. Presentations without a title/author/affiliation slide and an originality/acknowledgements slide will be disqualified. The originality/acknowledgements slide should state the originality of the work, listing specific contributions of each author, and naming faculty advisor or mentor if any.
  • It is highly advised that the following key information are included in the presentations: introduction consisting of problem statement/objective/motivation, stating difference between work done and previous works, solution developed, results obtained, conclusion and references. Also, limiting text of slides to only a few words per line and no more than 5 bulleted items per slide and using graphics/pictures liberally will enhance the effectiveness of presentation slides.
  • It is the responsibility of presenters to match their number of slides with the allocated presentation time. Presentations will be terminated by the Area/Region Contest Chair when going over the allocated time even though the slides are not finished and a 15-point penalty will be deducted from the score.
  • Only judges may ask questions and in the interest of fairness, judges will ask questions in the same category to all presenters with minimal deviation.


G. Guidelines and Criteria for Judges and Judging

The Area/Region Contest Chair identifies and appoints 3 to 5 judges who are either IEEE Senior Members or IEEE Fellows.

Judging Criteria: The criteria are listed on the score sheet provided by the Area/Region Contest Chair.

Winner selection: Based on the score sheet, each judge will give a score (100 points max) to a poster/presentation according to the criteria listed. The judges’ scores will be tallied and the winners are determined by these tallies. Judges vote to break a tie.

Disqualifications: Only the Area/Region Contest Chair or the judges may report a disqualification issue (for only explicit reasons given in the rules). A majority vote of the judges will decide if a disqualification is warranted and the Area/Region Contest Chair will break any tie vote on disqualification among the judges.

Judge Guidelines: Score each criterion on a 1 to 10 scale; scores of 2-4 weak, 5-7 normal, and 8-10 superior.

At oral presentations, judges should ask probing questions. Judges should add comments and constructive criticisms to score sheets to help presenters improve technical presentation skills. The judges’ scoring sheets should be provided to presenters once the contest is concluded.

H. Disputed Decisions

Presenters may dispute contest results for technical errors only (e.g., score sheet arithmetic or a time limit breach not reflected in scores). Absent any technical errors, the decision of the judges is final. Presenters may appeal (the judges’ response to a disputed decision) to the Area/Region Contest Chair. The decision of the Area/Region Contest Chair is final.

I. Judging Criteria

Each criterion listed on the score sheet is to be scored on a 1 to 10 scale; scores of 2-4 weak, 5-7 normal, and 8-10 superior.