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The Darrel Chong Student Activity Award

The purpose of this recognition system serves to change the mindset of our student groups, from being number-driven, to becoming value-driven and to acknowledge exemplary student activities around the world. The goal is to improve the quality of activities, and to foster knowledge sharing among students. Ultimately, the initiative is targeted at improving student-membership growth. This will encourage and motivate students to continue to innovate and implement meaningful ideas.

Eligibility criteria

  • This award requires interested student groups to submit a description of an organized activity.
  • There can be several winners each year, depending on the number of nominations and quality of submission. It allows the same submitted activity to be elevated to the next highest medal based on future improvements made in subsequent years. Note: The activities that have been organized more than once will be given more consideration. The intent is to encourage consistency, spurring Student Branches to discover their niche, and continually improve on it.
  • All IEEE Student Branches, Student Branch Chapters, and Student Branch Affinity Groups of Women in Engineering (WIE) are eligible for this award program.
  • Activities organized by multiple Student Branches and/or Student Branch Chapters are also eligible.
  • Submitting more than one nomination for the same activity will result in disqualification.

Nomination process

  • Fill in the nomination form and complete each section in a concise manner, explaining how the activity qualifies for receiving the award.
  • Attach a supporting document (maximum five (5) pages/pdf format/no zip files) with photos, promotional material, etc. Additional documentation may be attached if you need to highlight a key point, but the decision to review this is at the sole discretion of the judges. It is mandatory that the first attachment is limited to a maximum of five (5) pages and that it is in pdf format. Failure to comply with this requirement could result in disqualification.
  • Attach an endorsement letter acknowledging and recommending activities in the nomination from the SB Counselor (or Dept. Head or Section SAC or Section Chair).
  • The nominator(s) shall complete a nomination form via My Review Room.
  • If you require additional information on this process, you may contact IEEE Student Services at


31st March 2020

Submissions for 2020 Student Awards are opening soon. Stay tuned!

Evaluation criteria

  • Each entry will be categorized in the classifications: unranked, bronze, silver, gold, platinum (in the order of increasing value)
  • The judging is carried out primarily on the below criteria:
    • The Concept (0-15)
      • Problem recognition/reason for activity (0-5)
      • Relevance/value created (0-5)
      • Creativity/uniqueness (0-5)
    • Implementation (0-20)
      • Implementation/organization (0-15)
      • Collaboration (0-5)
    • Repeatability (0-15)
      • Sustainability (0-8)
      • Portability (0-7)
    • Results and outcomes (0-30)
      • Participation (0-5)
      • Positive impact (0-25)

Find more detailed information on what each criterion means


The student branch will be presented with a digital certificate.  Platinum winners will receive a plaque. A hard copy of the certificate will be provided upon request.

2017 recipients

Student Branch Section Region
Koç University Turkey 8
Curtin University – Sarawak Malaysia 10
Student Branch Section Region
Arab Academy for Science & Technology Egypt 8
Helwan University (RAS Branch Chapter) Egypt 8
Osmangazi Univ Turkey 8
Bogazici University Turkey 8
Izmir Institute of Technology Turkey 8
Koç University Turkey 8
Yildiz Technical University Turkey 8
Federal University of Campina Grande Bahia 9
G H Patel College of Engineering & Tech Gujarat Section 10
MVSR Engineering College Hyderabad 10
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham Kerala 10
Indian Institute of Technology – Kharagpur Kharagpur 10
University of Moratuwa Sri Lanka 10
Student Branch Section Region
University of California – Los Angeles Coastal Los Angeles 6
Univ of Zagreb Croatia 8
Alexandria University Egypt 8
Istanbul Technical Univ Turkey 8
Middle East Technical Univ Turkey 8
Univ Distrital Francisco Jose De Caldas Colombia 9
Tucuman Nacional Univ De Argentina 9
China Univ of Electronic Science And Tech Chengdu 10
Taxila Univ of Engineering and Tech Islamabad 10
Universiti Sains Malaysia Malaysia 10
Bahria University –  Islambad Islamabad 10
Student Branch Section Region
University of Bahrain Bahrain 8
Bahçeşehir University Turkey 8
Bahçeşehir University (EMBS Bchapter) Turkey 8
Dokuz Eylul Univ Turkey 8
Istanbul Kultur Universitesi Turkey 8
Istanbul Technical Univ Turkey 8
Istanbul Technical Univ Turkey 8
University of Turkish Aeronautical Association Turkey 8
Yildiz Technical Univ Turkey 8
Yildiz Technical Univ Turkey 8
Univ Salvador Bahia 9
Univ Salvador Bahia 9
Univ Distrital Francisco Jose De Caldas Colombia 9
Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University Delhi 10
Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology Information Technology Sri Lanka 10

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