Graduate Student Challenge 2015

The Graduate Student Challenge (GSC) has become a traditional event organized by the MTT Society for student participants at the International Microwave Symposium. The GSC will be organized for the fifth time the during the 2015 IMS in Phoenix, Arizona. This event is open to all MS and PhD students who are registered at IMS. As opposed to other IMS student competitions and activities, all the activities related to the Graduate Student Challenge competition will take place only during the week of IMS2015.

The aim is to encourage graduate student members who attend the IMS conference to form teams, conduct brain storming meetings, develop new ideas and propose applications based on two papers presented at the IMS and on themes indicated by the jury.

During the IMS2015, each team will prepare a poster to summarize its results and major achievements. On the last day of the IMS on Thursday morning, student teams will compete by presenting their posters and detailing their ideas in a special Poster Session, in front of judges from industry and academia.

The winning team for the Graduate Student Challenge will be announced on Thursday at noon during the IMS Student Luncheon. The winning team will be presented a $2000.00 cash award.

Schedule of the Graduate Student Challenge

  1. Monday 4:00 PM: Students who are interested in participating in this competition are asked to attend a meet and greet event on Monday afternoon at 4:00 PM during the week of IMS (before the IMS plenary session and welcome reception). During this meeting, the participants will form teams consisting of maximum three members. The student team members must not be from the same university. Transnational teaming is strongly encouraged. During the meeting on Monday, several themes will be presented that should serve as the basis for the Graduate Student Challenge.
  2. Monday-Wednesday: Each team is to develop new ideas and propose novel applications consistent with one of the themes that they have chosen. The ideas should be based on at least two papers presented at IMS. The selected papers must not be authored/co-authored by the team members or be from their universities. This is to assure a level playing field for the competition.
  3. Wednesday 5:00 PM: A poster will be delivered by each group on Wednesday at 5:00 PM.
  4. Thursday morning: Teams are required to present their posters to the judges, during a poster session on Thursday morning at IMS. The selection criteria will be based on the originality, content, practicality and clarity of the presentations.
  5. Thursday at noon: The winning team for the Graduate Student Challenge will be announced on Thursday at noon during the IMS Student Luncheon.