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Grants Awarded in 2005

Thanks to the generosity of our donors who understand the importance of unrestricted giving, the IEEE Foundation was able to commit support from its General Fund to the following special initiatives in 2005.

AMAZING LIGHT: VISIONS FOR DISCOVERY: An International Symposium, Oct 6 -8, 2005 – US$35,000
University of California, Berkeley
This grant provides a portion of the funds needed for the “Young Scholars Competition” to award prizes to young researchers under age 40 and the publication of the academic volume of selected presentations from the Symposium.  Amazing Light: Visions for Discover, an international symposium honoring Charles Townes (IEEE Life Fellow), took place 6 to 8 October 2005 at the University of California, Berkeley.  The goal of this historic and multi-faceted program was to celebrate today’s heroes of science in order to inspire those of tomorrow and draw attention to the critical need for excellence and diligence in scientific research and discovery.

University of Texas at Austin
This grant provides part of the funding needed to operate the 2006 Edison Lecture Series.  The mission of this annual lecture, which includes both an interactive lecture and a poster competition, is to motivate middle and high school students in Texas to continue their math and science education and pursue technology-oriented careers. The topic of the 2006 Edison Lecture is microprocessors and it will be presented at the University of Texas at Austin on 14 and 15 February 2006.  To learn more, click here…

INTERCON 2006 – US$2,500
IEEE Student Branch at Universidad Nacional del Callao
The goal of this annual congress, to be held 14 to 18 August 2006, is to bring together researchers, professionals, and students from throughout IEEE Region 9 to exchange experiences and knowledge to promote cooperation between countries and build technological solutions for the needs of our world.  Over 600 attendees are expected.

IEEE Tech Minutes - US$22,500
Through the development of a series of tech-themed TV news reports, which will be distributed to all local ABC and NBC news affiliates for integration into local newscasts, this project will inform millions of people around the world about key engineering advances vital to modern life, such as those in information and biomedical technology. Viewers will be directed to the IEEE Virtual Museum for an in-depth exploration of the technologies highlighted.

Electrical Potential: Benjamin Franklin House Science Centre - US$39,254
Benjamin Franklin House, London, United Kingdom
This grant provides part of the funding needed to open a "Discovery Room" at the Benjamin Franklin House where children can experience 18th Century items used by Franklin in the development of his pioneering science along side their 21st Century counterparts. Through hands-on activities that will be offered, children learn the connection between science and creative thinking, cause and effect, as well as observation and measurement.

Pre-College Teacher Grant Program - US$8,500
The goal of this new initiative is to create a place where pre-college teachers from the United States can turn to for funding, as well as assistance from IEEE volunteers, to help them develop and implement a new innovative technology oriented program or activity. To qualify, the activities must be 1) in the field of interest of the IEEE; 2) submitted jointly from a teacher and IEEE member; and 3) innovative.

Road Show IEEE Brazil 2005 - US$3,000
IEEE Rio de Janeiro Section
This grant will provide the resources needed to allow IEEE volunteers to visit universities throughout Brazil that have an EE program, but no IEEE Student Branch. The goal is to spread the word about the value of IEEE and its many benefits.

Student Teacher and Research Engineer/Scientist (STAR) - US$13,500
IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) Kerala, India Chapter
The goal of this project is to provide support for the school science laboratories in the Kerala, India area and inspire students to consider different streams of study and career options.

New Challenges in Electrical Education - US$5,000
IEEE Student Branch at the University of Novi Sad
The goal of this workshop, to be held in May 2005, is to develop a regional network in Southeast Europe to stimulate academic mobility for students, as well as to promote university cooperation and the harmonization of curricula in the field of electrical engineering. Representatives from 25 universities in the Southeast European area are expected to attend.

IEEE Medal of Honor - US$60,000
Established in 1917, the IEEE Medal of Honor is the highest award bestowed by the IEEE. The Medal celebrates and honors an exceptional engineer who has dedicated his/her life to improving the world by recognizing a singular achievement or an extraordinary career in the fields of interest of the IEEE. The award consists of a gold medal, bronze replica, certificate and honorarium.

IEEE Founders Medal - US$15,000
This award recognizes that leadership is as important to professional progress as technical ability. Established in 1952, this Medal is awarded for major contributions in the leadership, planning and administration of affairs of great value to the electrical and electronics engineering profession. The award consists of a gold medal, bronze replica, certificate and honorarium.

IEEE Haraden Pratt Award - US$9,000
Named in honor of Haraden Pratt, an exceptional IEEE volunteer who gave 31 years of dedicated and distinguished service to the IEEE, this Award recognizes outstanding service to the Institute. The award consists of a bronze medal, certificate, and honorarium.

IEEE Undergraduate Teaching Award - US$3,500
Given in recognition for inspirational teaching of undergraduate students in the fields of interest of the IEEE, this award provide due recognition for such contributions as curriculum development, authorship of course materials, involvement with students and faculty in advisory capacities, as well as attracting and preparing students for a career in engineering and the sciences. The award consists of a bronze medal, certificate, and honorarium.