IEEE R10 Student Research Paper Contest

The IEEE Region 10 Student Activities Committee recognizes the importance of research and dissemination of the findings for the The IEEE Region 10 Student Activities Committee recognizes the importance of research and dissemination of the findings for the advancement of science and technology. Researching, writing, and presenting a paper provides students with invaluable early experience in communicating ideas related to their professional fields. The contest offers IEEE Student members an opportunity to exercise and improve both written and verbal communication skills.

The R10 Student Research Paper contest aims to improve the engineering students’ written communication skills and reporting novel and original research results to the science & technology community. The contest will facilitate the recognition of these skills and encourage other student members to develop technical, written and verbal communication skills.

Three best papers will be selected and ranked first, second and third to qualify for the prizes. There will be a special WIE prize for a female author.


Open to all IEEE Student Members with basic degrees in electrical engineering, electronics, computer science or any other fields of interest of an IEEE Society, and are currently enrolled in a postgraduate course at a recognized educational institute.
• The contest is open only to IEEE Student Members in Region 10. The papers may be on any engineering subject in the field of interest of IEEE (within the scope of IEEE transactions).
• The student must be the paper’s first author and principal contributor.
• The number of authors for one paper is limited to 3. All the authors must be students and the first author must be a student member of the IEEE. For the paper to be considered into the WIE category, the paper’s first author must be a female with an active IEEE student membership. Supervisors are not allowed to participate in the contest.
• The combined contribution from all other co-authors should be no more than 50%. First author would be required to give an indication of the estimated contributions of co-authors in terms of percentage.
• Papers submitted to this contest should not have been published in any other publication yet. If already published then the paper will be DISQUALIFIED.
• Along with the paper submission, a duly completed Entry Form should be submitted proving details of all the authors.
• The submission must be endorsed by Section Chair OR Section Student Activities Chair OR Student Branch Counselor OR Head of the Department/School, by signing the endorsement section of the Entry Form.
• The submission should be declared by all the authors of the paper by signing the declaration section of the Entry Form.
• The paper and the duly completed Entry Form should be submitted via the “SUBMIT NOW” link given at the bottom of this page.

Please download the Entry Form from here


Submissions must follow the standard IEEE Conference Proceedings template which is available at:
The papers must be limited to a maximum of 6 pages in length. Papers not in the described format will be rejected.
The paper should, moreover, explain the significance of the presented work, provide a well structured, clear and concise presentation of the subject matter including an abstract, introduction, the main body and the conclusion with supporting tables and figures, with adequate references.
Appendices: Detailed mathematical proofs, development of equations, etc. which are subordinate to the main argument in the body of the paper, should be given in the appendices, with reference in the main text.

Judging Panel

The papers will be judged for the technical content, innovation, practical implementation, references and overall presentation by panel/panels of judges.
The judging panel/panels will represent a cross section of various disciplines within the IEEE, with expertise in the technical fields of the papers. Members of the IEEE R10 Student Activities Committee are ineligible to serve as members of the judging panel.
A member of the judging panel may not evaluate a paper from his/her own Section or educational institute. Judging panel members must declare any possible conflicts of interest when evaluating a paper.
The decision by the judging panel, as accepted by the R10 Director, will be the final decision and no appeal against the decision will be entertained.

Assessment Criteria

Each paper will be reviewed by at least three or more judges for:
• Written presentation (worth 40%) with the following scoring criteria:
• Concise, informative abstract
• The flow of ideas, integration of literature to support purpose, approach and findings
• Adequacy of the conclusion
• Compliance with paper format guidelines (IEEE Format)
• Clarity and direction in exposition
• Grammar, spelling, style, and choice of words
• Subject matter (worth 60%) with the following scoring criteria:
• Originality of ideas, experimental procedures, processes, results or conclusions due mainly to the main author
• Originality in analysis, interpretation, and restatement of inference based upon work of contributing authors
• Quality of technical content
• Factual and technical accuracy


A total of THREE WINNERS will be chosen. The winners will be awarded the following prizes including money and an e-certificate:
1st place: USD 300
2nd place: USD 200
3rd place: USD 100

WIE Best Paper Award: USD 200
If the first or second prize winner is a female student then in that case, the WIE prize will be given to the runner-up in the WIE category. However, a female student can win both third and WIE prizes provided that the total value of combined prizes is no more than the first prize.

In the case of co-authored papers, the prize money shall be divided equally among the student authors who are IEEE members, who will also have his/her name printed in the certificate.

The winners and a selection of good quality papers will be recommended to IEEE R10 flagship conference TENCON for acceptance subject to another review by the conference reviewers. The accepted papers will be invited for presentation at TENCON at their own expense. All papers presented at the conference will be published in the TENCON Proceedings.


The IEEE R10 Students Activities Coordinator will notify the result of winners by email to the R10 Sections, on the R10 Website and R10 Newsletter.
A record of winners is kept in R10 archives.


• Contest open: 01 April 2021
• Submissions Deadline: 01 Jun 2021
• Submissions Extended: 14 Jun 2021
•Winners Notification: 30 August 2021

Region 10 SAC will launch the contest by announcing it on the online media and sending an email notification to all SB, SB Chapters and Affinity Groups. R10 cannot guarantee that the email notification will reach each and every Student Branch in the region. It is therefore, Section Chairs’ responsibility to make it certain that the information about the contest reaches out to all Student Branches and universities within their geographical boundaries.

Information & Enquiries

• Full information package about the contest will be made available through online media such as the R10 SAC’s website and social media.
• Information about the contest will be published in the R10 newsletter if its publication date matches the contest schedule.
• Point of Contacts for further information and enquires:
R10 Student Activities Committee (


First prize:
Author: Charissa Phua Han Ming,
Co-author: Lau Bee Theng
Paper title: Semiconductor Wafer Surface: Automatic Defect Classification with Deep CNN
Section: IEEE Swinburne Sarawak Student Branch, Sarawak Subsection
Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak, Malaysia.
The prize: 300 USD + certificate

Second prize:
Author: Huynh Thanh Son, Huynh Tan Phong, Nguyen Huu Dac
Paper title: An efficient approach for paper submission recommendation
Section: Vietnam Section
University of Science & John von Neumann Institute, Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
The prize: 200 USD + certificate

Third prize:
Author: Bahare Mohamadzade
Paper title: A Conformal Antenna with Broadside and Monopole-like Pattern Reconfigurability on Polymer-Conductive Textile Composite
Section: IEEE Student Branch Macquarie University, New South Wales Section
Macquarie University, Australia