The Meritorious Achievement Award in Outreach and Informal Education was established in 2006 by the IEEE Educational Activities Board (EAB) to recognize members, who volunteer time and effort for the informal education community, and highlight the benefit that their work provides to pre-university and university teachers, students, parents of students, and the public. These volunteers will have served in advisory, educational, or fiduciary positions and used their professional background to enhance understanding and involvement in IEEE’s fields of interest by users of the informal education system. Nomination deadline is Monday, 3 May 2021.

Nominate someone for an EAB Award

Nominee eligibility

Candidate must be a current IEEE member.

Typical recipients will be those who assist museums, libraries, parks, zoos, aquariums, and gardens to accomplish their educational mission in areas that fall within the IEEE fields of interest. Most of the recipients are expected to be content experts who help science and technology museums offer public programs in fields where new discoveries, technologies, and applications advance rapidly. Activities to be recognized include service as volunteer librarian, docent, tour guide, or curator; technical advisor; and board or committee member in an informal education institution.

Self-nominations are not accepted for any EAB Award. However, for the scholarships listed above, self-nominations/applications are acceptable. An individual can only serve as a nominator or reference for one award per category. For most EAB Awards, the nominator does not need to be an IEEE member.


Team awards

In the event of an award going to a team, when recipients are required to be IEEE members, i.e., Accreditation, Continuing Education, Educational Innovation, all members of the team are required to be IEEE members. Travel will be provided for one recipient only. Honorarium is to be split equally among the team members. Only one honorarium for any one award will be given.

Please see the individual award pages for any exceptions.


The award consists of a plaque and US$1,000. 

Nominator requirements

Non-members of IEEE are eligible to serve as a nominator of this award.

Current members of the IEEE EAB, IEEE-HKN-BOG, or members of the IEEE professional staff, may not be nominators, recipients, or endorsers of EAB or IEEE-HKN Awards, unless otherwise specified. Current members of the IEEE EAB Awards and Recognition Committee (ARC), IEEE Life Members Committee (LMC), trustees and officers of the Charles LeGeyt Fortescue Graduate Fund or the IEEE-HKN Awards & Recognition Committee may not be nominators, recipients, or endorsers of awards associated with their respective committees, unless otherwise specified.

As specified in IEEE Policy 4.4.H, Eligibility and Process Limitations, individuals serving on any board or committee involved at any stage of the recipient selection or approval process for an award shall be ineligible to receive, or act as a nominator or reference for that award. This conflict of interest limitation shall apply to all awards given by the IEEE or any of its organizational units.

Self-nominations will not be accepted, unless otherwise noted.

Submit an EAB award nomination

Reference requirements

The nominator is responsible for providing a minimum of three, and a maximum of five, people to serve as references for this award. At least two references must be IEEE members.