IEEE Computer Society Student Scholarships and Awards

POSTED BY on 09.25.2017

Deadlines rapidly approaching for the Richard E. Merwin Student Scholarship, Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE) Honor Society Award, and the Lance Stafford Larson Paper Contest.


Through these scholarships and awards, IEEE Computer Society provides US$40,000 to students annually.

The Richard E. Merwin Student Scholarship was established to honor past President Richard E. Merwin, a pioneer in the field of computer engineering. It is open to graduate and undergraduate students in their final two years in electrical or computer engineering, computer science, or a well-defined computer-related field of engineering who is an active member of an IEEE Student Branch or Student Branch.

The scholarship is awarded in two cycles, each with roughly 18 winners. Applications are evaluated based on IEEE and extracurricular activities, academic achievement, letters of recommendation, and the student’s IEEE Computer Society Vision Statement.

In addition to the monetary award, winners receive mentoring and guidance, and they serve as IEEE Computer Society student ambassadors, who help their student branch chapter, section and regions, become more active in the society through the development of new initiatives, such as encouraging participation in activities like IEEEXtreme, IEEE MadC,  creating new student branch chapters, and creating regional/national or local newsletters.

Read the INTERFACE article on Ramesh Nair, Vice Chair for IEEE Young Professionals and 2012 Merwin Scholarship winner, on how he benefited from receiving the scholarship.

Richard E. Merwin Student Scholarship Deadline: September 30

Upsilon Pi Epsilon is an honor society dedicated to excellence in the computer and information disciplines. The UPE award supports the honor society’s efforts by rewarding academic achievement among future computing professionals.  Each year, UPE awards $1000 to four students. Both undergraduate and graduate students who are IEEE Computer Society members are eligible to apply. In addition to the monetary award, winners also receive a periodical subscription and a certificate of commendation. Criteria for the award include academic achievement, computing-related extracurricular activities, and three letters of recommendation.

Upsilon Pi Epsilon Honor Society Award Deadline: October 31

For students with the gift of writing, the Lance Stafford Larson Paper Contest may be just the crowning achievement you have been looking for to fill out your resume. The award, established by the Larson family in memoriam to their son who died in an electrical accident while an undergraduate at the University of Maryland, helps students develop excellence in their communication skills and motivates students in their achievement in computer science.

This year the Computer Society will award two Larson awards of $500 each, one to an undergraduate student and one to a graduate. Runners-up will receive a certificate of commendation. The award is open to all IEEE student members and now accepts coauthored papers.

Applicants should provide a pdf of their papers, a description of why it is worthy of the award, information about where the paper was presented, a cover letter, and in the case of coauthored papers information about the contributors.

Lance Stafford Larson Paper Contest Deadline: October 31

We look forward to receiving your applications.

Check out the webinar hosted by Peter Mager, Vice Chair of the IEEE Computer Society Membership and Geographic Activities Board, where students learned tips and guidelines for submitting applications for the scholarships and awards.

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