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The 2014 IEEE International Power Modulator and High Voltage Conference (2014 IPMHVC) is accepting applications from any students. The deadline to submit nomination packages is March 21, 2014.

The awards are the High Voltage Association Student Excellence Award which is open to graduate level research students and the Tom R. Burkes Student Awards which are open to both the graduate and undergraduate level research students.

Students applying for an award must be an author or co-author of a paper that is accepted for inclusion in the conference technical program. To be considered for the graduate level awards, nominees must be current graduate students or recent graduate degree recipients (within 18 months prior to the conference date) and should be members of IEEE at the time of the award presentation.

The nomination package for all student awards includes:

  • A letter of nomination including the studentís accomplishments from the student's research director (advisor) or department head. Letter also should specify the level of Academic degree and the start date to this degree sought by the student. The nomination letter must also specify the award(s) for which the student is being nominated. (Maximum 1 page)
  • A CV (including the student's research contributions, papers, presentations, and educational accomplishments, previous awards and/or recognition, GPA, and other relevant information.. (Maximum 3 pages)
  • Copy(ies) of the submitted/accepted 2014 IEEE IPMHVC abstract(s) where the student is the primary author or a co-author.
  • An extended-version of one accepted abstract. The extended-version should detail the research and can include up to two legible figures, graphs or drawings. If there is more than one accepted abstract, the extended-version should be based on the accepted abstract that is deemed to be primary by the student and/or nominator. (Maximum 2 pages)

The student awards committee will consider all graduate student nominees for either the High Voltage Association Student Excellence Award or the Tom R. Burkes Outstanding Graduate Student Award(s) and all undergraduate student nominees for the Tom R. Burkes Exceptional Undergraduate Student Award. Please submit nomination packages no later than March 21, 2014, to the Student Awards Chair.

High Voltage Association Student Excellence Award

The High Voltage Association Student Excellence Award was established in 2008 to recognize the contributions made by a graduate student in the area of high voltage systems, components, research, and technology. Nominations for this award should emphasize the high voltage technology and design aspects that have been incorporated into the project, in the extended version of the primary abstract.

The High Voltage Association, formed by several companies who have products and research in high voltage systems and components, financially sponsors the award.

Nominees for this award must be current graduate students or recent graduates (up to 18 months prior to the conference date) and should be members of IEEE at the time of the award presentation. He/She will be expected to participate in the conference and included in the authorship of a paper or papers accepted for presentation at the conference. The recipient will receive a partial reimbursement travel expenses to the conference, a waived conference registration fee, a plaque stating the award, and a monetary honorarium of $1,000.

Previous High Voltage Association Student Excellence Award Recipient

    2012 Fahd Banakhr, Loughborough University, UK
    2010 James A. VanGordon, University of Missouri, USA
    2008 James Thomas Camp, Old Dominion University, USA

Tom R. Burkes Student Awards

In 2002, the IEEE International Power Modulator Conference created two Student Awards in honor of Dr. Tom R. Burkes, Professor, Texas Tech University (1937-1998).

The awards are: Outstanding Graduate Student Award: Established to recognize contributions by a graduate student in engineering, science or technology associated with power modulation, power electronics, or repetitive pulsed power. Exceptional Undergraduate Student Award: Established to recognize and encourage an outstanding undergraduate student in his/her early career in engineering, science or technology associated with power modulation, power electronics or repetitive pulsed power.

Nominees for both awards must be current students or recent graduates (up to 18 months prior to the conference date) and should be members of IEEE at the time of the award presentation. They will be expected to be participants in the conference and included in the authorship of a paper or papers accepted for presentation at the conference. Recipients will receive a waived conference registration fee, a plaque stating the award, and a monetary award of $500. In the case there are no nominations for undergraduate level award, two graduate level awards are presented

Previous Tom R. Burkes Student Award Recipients

    2012 Kevin O'Connor, University of Missouri, USA
    2012 George Laity, Texas Tech University, USA

    2010 Dongdong Wang, Fudan University, China
    2010 Titus Chen, (Undergrad. Student Award) Ohio State University, USA

    2008 Kalyan Koppisetty, Auburn University, USA
    2008 Daniel Weida, Helmut Schmidt University, Germany

    2006 John Krile, Texas Tech University, USA
    2006 Michael Wolf, Tel-Aviv University, Israel

    2004 Shu Xiao, Old Dominion University, USA
    2004 Matthew Behrend, (Undergrad. Student Award) Univ. of Southern California, USA

    2002 Kelly D. Hahn, University of New Mexico, USA
    2002 Matthew Behrend, (Undergrad. Student Award) Univ. of Southern California, USA


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