The SCOOP
Vicki Waldman, Editor
Tracy Hawkins, Manager S/CS
www.ieee.org/ra


Contents:

ANNUAL REPORTING / REBATE NEWS
IEEE STUDENT CONCOURSE - LIVE
IEEE GRANT OPTIONS
SOCIETY MEMBERSHIP COUNTS (new web site)
A COOL COMPUTER COMPETITION
ATTENTION SUBSECTION, CHAPTER, AND AFFINITY GROUP CHAIRS
SUCCESSFUL CHAPTER MEETINGS (how-to web page)
JOE.VOLUNTEER@IEEE.ORG (email alias reminder)
 
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ANNUAL REPORTING / REBATE NEWS
The annual reports of officer, meeting, and financial activity are the
basis for Section and Chapter funding in the form of Section Rebates.
Within the next few weeks, the Section/Chapter Support group in the IEEE
Regional Activities Department will be mailing out packages containing the
forms and instructions for completing these required reports. There are
some notable changes this year!
In June 1999, the IEEE Regional Activities Board approved an increase to
the 2000 Rebate. Starting in 2000, all Sections with approved reporting
will receive a basic allowance of $1800, a $300 increase over 1999's $1500
allowance. In addition, Sections will receive $180, previously $150, for
each reporting Chapter. The Membership allowance will remain the same at
$3 per member and the Affinity Group rebate will be $150. And don't forget
the bonus of 10% of the total rebate for reports received by the reporting
deadline of 22 February 2000.
Another change this year is the look of the financial report form (L50).
Quite different in appearance from last year's form, it contains a "Seven
Easy Steps" guide and convenient line by line instructions. Also included,
to facilitate and simplify completion of the report, is a separate
instruction manual with a completed "Beta" Section sample L50.
Report forms, instructions and information will be updated and available
on the Section/Chapter Support web site by 10 December 1999. The URL is
www.ieee.org/ra/scs, then select the link for Required Reporting.
 
Section/Chapter Support
+1 732 562 5564 (voice)
sec-rebate@ieee.org
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IEEE STUDENT CONCOURSE - LIVE
New for 1999, the IEEE Student Concourse is the one-stop resource for
students! Visit www.ieee.org/students/ to explore the web site for
information on
IEEE Student membership, how to join and renew, the benefits of membership,
publications, career resources, scholarships and awards.
The site is intended to give both existing and prospective IEEE Student
members, a unique view of IEEE programs, products and services. During the
next month, the "on campus" section will be updated with a list of all
1,000 IEEE Student Branches established at universities and colleges
throughout the world.
 
IEEE Student Activities
Laura Durrett, Manager
+1 732 562 5523 (voice)
student-services@ieee.org
 
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IEEE GRANT OPTIONS
Could it be that your IEEE entity is missing an opportunity to obtain
external funding? What are some basic guidelines for obtaining a grant?
Grants are normally given in response to a proposal outlining a specific
project or event. The project cannot be "self" serving but should benefit
IEEE members and should have an external impact. The entity should contact
the prospective granter prior to submitting the proposal to increase the
likelihood of funding.
The majority of the grants the IEEE receives are in support of an aspect
of an IEEE sponsored conference, such as a student travel grant program,
funds for printing and publications, special sessions, etc.
Grant Administration has a web site at
www.ieee.org/services/financial/grants/index.html. The site provides basic
facts along with links to various funding sources. Grant Administration
contact is Karen Galuchie, phone +1 732 562 3860; email k.galuchie@ieee.org.
 
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SOCIETY MEMBERSHIP COUNTS
Membership numbers for each IEEE Technical Society have been posted on the
Chapter Home Page web site at
www.ieee.org/organizations/tab/ciachapop.html. Click on the link for
"Society Listings for Chapter Development Reports" to bring you to the list
of Societies and select the Society of interest to you. The document is in
a PDF format to allow for saving reports directly onto your computer's hard
drive for off-line access, as well as improved readability.
The membership count is divided up by Section within Region. The Sections
with existing Chapters have been highlighted in blue. Where there are no
existing Chapters, membership numbers of 15 or greater have been
highlighted in red as suggested areas to target for Chapter development.
If you would like more information or assistance on pursuing any of the
opportunities presented in these reports, please contact Linda Pellis, IEEE
Technical Activities Department, phone +1 732 562 3846; email
l.pellis@ieee.org
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COOL COMPUTER COMPETITION
The IEEE Computer Society announces the first annual Computer Society
International Design Competition (CSIDC). CSIDC 2000 will challenge
undergraduate student teams worldwide to design a special-purpose computer
device. The primary goal of the contest is to advance excellence in
computer design education. The CSIDC's goals have convinced major
industry firms and the US National Science Foundation to provide financial
and technical support for the competition.
More than 100 team applications are expected, but only fifty teams will be
selected to compete in this year's inaugural competition. Every team will
get the same kit of resources and a description of an existing problem that
could be improved through technology. The CSIDC project kits will consist
of a high-performance, embedded computer development system, donated
through the generosity of numerous technology sponsors. Teams must then
create a working model of a device to address the challenge. Some example
themes that are being considered are systems to assist those with physical
impairments; small, embedded systems combining smartcard-based
microprocessors and wireless communications technology; agent-based
communication systems exploiting server technology; and new, innovative
mobile computer systems, e.g., wearable computers.
The top ten student teams will be judged by a panel of experts in an
intensive three-day competition at the CSIDC World Finals in Washington DC,
25-27 June 2000. Prizes for CSIDC winners range from a total of $25,000
for first place to $2,000 for fifth place, plus honorable mention awards of
$1,000. The schools with the top three winning teams will each receive a
financial aid component of up to $10,000.
For further information about CSIDC 2000, visit http://computer.org/csidc.
 
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ATTENTION SUBSECTION, CHAPTER, AND AFFINITY GROUP CHAIRS
As mentioned on the first page of this issue of SCOOP, funding is
available for IEEE geographic units in the form of a rebate distributed to
IEEE Sections each year. The following reports are the -minimum required:
-Subsections: current officer report, reports of five (5) meetings and, if
applicable, a financial report.
-Chapters: current officer report, reports of two (2) technical meetings
and, if applicable, a financial report.
-Affinity Groups: current officer report, roster of members, reports of two
(2) meetings and, if applicable, a financial report.
Reports must be submitted in time for the Section to compile all of their
information and submit the completed report to the IEEE Operations Center
by 22 February 2000. Please contact your Section Secretary or Treasurer
should you have any questions regarding the requirements.
The forms, as well as instructions and information can be accessed from
the Section/Chapter Support web site at www.ieee.org/ra/scs. Your timely
cooperation in submitting these reports will be appreciated and will result
in a larger Section rebate.
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SUCCESSFUL CHAPTER MEETINGS
Meetings help to achieve the goals of education and professional
advancement basic to all IEEE Technical Societies and provide a way to
manage Chapter business. For some pointers on the basic components of
holding successful meetings, go to the Section/Chapter Support web page at
www.ieee.org/ra/scs. Select the link for Resources for Officers, then "How
to hold a Successful Chapter Meeting."
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JOE.VOLUNTEER@IEEE.ORG
Please remember when submitting officer contact information to use the
IEEE email alias whenever available. Your attention to this simple detail
will aid IEEE staff, volunteers and members send emails faster and with
less margin for error.
While we are on the subject.if you have an IEEE alias and have recently
changed your email address, please have the alias changed to point to your
new address. This can be done from the web at http://eleccomm.ieee.org/ or
email to: address-changes@ieee.org.
 
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Switchboard: +1 732 981 0060
 
IEEE Regional Activities
+1 732 562 5501 (voice)
+1 732 463 3657 (fax)
regional.activities@ieee.org
 
The SCOOP
+1 732 562 5564 (voice)
+1 732 463 9359 (fax)
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