About the competition

IEEE Student Ethics Competitions (SECs) are sponsored by the IEEE Ethics and Member Conduct Committee (EMCC). Competition Guidelines were developed for use at IEEE student events to encourage the study and awareness of professional ethics by IEEE Student and Graduate Student members. Competitions include a presentation and defense of a case analysis by teams of students. Specific objectives of the competition program are:

  1. To foster familiarity with the IEEE Code of Ethics and ethical concepts,
  2. To promote a model for discussing and analyzing ethical questions, and
  3. To provide experience in applying ethical concepts to professional situations.

The use of the competition as part of curriculum assignments or extra credit activities is encouraged.


Apply for EMCC support of a competition

Requests for EMCC support of Student Ethics Competitions must be completed online by clicking here.  Such applications must be received at least 60 days before the scheduled competition.

Applications must include the following information:

  • Competition Organizer’s name, IEEE member number, and contact information
  • Proposed date
  • Proposed location (if live)
  • Proposed platform (if virtual)
  • Type of event at which the competition will be held (e.g., Student Branch Congress, Student Activities Committee meeting, etc.)
  • Approximate number of attendees at the event
  • Participants’ names, IEEE member numbers, and their respective student branches
  • List of judges
  • Either a request for a competition case study to be sent by EMCC; or a copy of a competition case study composed by the Competition Organizer, submitted for EMCC approval
  • Letter of Support from the competition organizer’s Section Chair