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What is the purpose and objective of the EPICS in IEEE program?

The purpose of the EPICS in IEEE program is to strengthen its position as a leader in pre-university student education while performing a public service to community-based non-profit organizations. The objective is to empower student branches and IEEE GOLD groups to work with high school students on engineering projects with the focus on development of devices and systems in IEEE’s fields of interest that address projects involving access and abilities; environment; education and outreach; or human services.

 
 

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Where would I read more on the history of EPICS?

The Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) was founded at Purdue University in 1995. View the Purdue University EPICS site for more information.
 
You may also learn more about the history of the EPICS program with the comprehensive bibliography on Service-Learning and EPICS.

 

 
 

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Where can I learn about sample projects?

While there are many types of EPICS projects, EPICS in IEEE focuses on projects that are within IEEE's fields of interest and address one or more areas of interest such as education, access and abilities, human services or the environment. The projects must include engineering or computing design work.

Read descriptions about example projects at the Purdue EPICS website. You can find further information about specific IEEE projects by viewing the EPICS Student Branch projects page.
 
 
 

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What is the role of the partners?

EPICS in IEEE calls for the partnership of community partners and secondary schools to complete service-learning projects. Student branches should work with committed partners to identify projects that provide tangible solutions to the clients of the community partners and the local community. The partners along with the student branch members will work together to support the education of the students All EPICS partners are not-for-profit community organizations, educational or governmental agencies who are committed to working with university and pre-university students and agreed to support the project as needed.

 
 

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Can projects span multiple years?

Approved multi-year projects will be funded on an annual basis and will be reviewed for the following year if sufficient reporting is provided as required in the application.

 
 

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What is the review process?

The EPICS in IEEE initiative team will review your submission and will contact you within 30 days of receipt for either more information or with an acceptance or rejection notice.

 
 

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What are the submission due dates?

Applications are accepted anytime. There are no deadlines.

 
 

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What is the typical amount of funding for a project?

All proposed budgets will be reviewed for appropriateness according to the needs of the project. As a rough guide, a typical request of a few thousand dollars (USD) would be expected.

 
 

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How is funding provided?

If the project proposal and budget is accepted, the approach for remuneration will be handled on a section by section basis.

 
 

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How often do we need to report and what data do we need to provide?

The Project Leader must submit a mid-term status report six months after initial funding approved. A final report detailing the completion of milestones and the expenditure of funds must be submitted by the project leader within one month of the completion of the project.

 
 

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Is academic credit awarded for EPICS projects?

There is no requirement from the EPICS in IEEE initiative to offer academic credit to students participating in the EPICS project.

 
 

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Further information

To learn more about EPICS in IEEE, send an email to epics-high@ieee.org.
 
You may also contact Dr. Saurabh Sinha (Co-Principal Investigator, IEEE EPICS-High, IEEE South Africa Section) or Dr. Kapil R. Dandekar (Principal Investigator, IEEE EPICS-High, IEEE Philadelphia Section).

 
 

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