What IMS 2019 has in Store for Students

The International Microwave Symposium (IMS) is the leading RF and microwave engineering event. The 2019 IMS Microwave Week will be held from 2-7 June 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. Each year, this event attracts thousands of people from all over the world. Students are the future of the MTT-S and the IMS and each year the Steering Committee creates a program to encourages the professional growth of its future leaders. The IMS organizers and steering committee have created a number of events and competitions specifically for students.

Opportunities for students at IMS 2019 Include:

Student Design Competitions: All eligible students and/or student teams are invited to consider taking part in one or more of the Student Design Competitions (SDCs) during IMS2019. SDCs are some of the most exciting events at IMS2019 and allow students to put theories into real hardware and software designs. Students design and build a circuit, system, or algorithm, in order to meet a set of performance specifications described in each competition. They then bring their designs to IMS where they compete against other student teams. Winning teams are awarded cash prizes and a chance to publish their designs in the IEEE Microwave Magazine.

Date: Tuesday, 4 June 2019
Time: 9:30 – 17:00 EDT
Location: Exhibit Hall, Boston Convention, and Exhibition Center 

Student Paper Competition: The purpose of the Student Paper Competition (SPC) is to recognize outstanding technical contributions from individual students. SPC finalists must present their papers at the assigned IMS2019 session, and also at the SPC Interactive Forum (separate from the regular Interactive Forum sessions) for judging by a specially formed SPC committee of experts.

Date: Tuesday, 4 June 2019
Location: BCEC, Room 253ABC
Time: 10:10 - 11:50 

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition: This competition is designed for eligible students and Young Professionals, who indicate upon submission of a paper their desire to enter the competition and whose paper is accepted for either oral or interactive forum presentation. 

The 3MT® contestants will make a presentation of three minutes or less, supported only by one static slide, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. 

Project Connect: Provides under-represented minority engineering students the opportunity to attend IMS2019 to interact with practicing engineers, to learn about the exciting new technologies being developed today, and to introduce students to the variety of careers in the area of microwave engineering. 

The program is designed to create an opportunity for students to interact with practicing engineers, to learn about the exciting new technologies being developed today, and to introduce students to the variety of careers in the area of microwave engineering. 

Student Career Fair: Participating IMS exhibitors will be on hand to offer students guidance on careers including internships in our industry, for RF, microwave, and millimeter-wave devices, components, and systems design and development. In addition, the presenting companies will discuss future career opportunities within their companies and offer advice for students to successfully navigate from University to industry. There is no charge for students to attend the Career Counseling Fair; however, participants must be registered IMS attendees. 

Date: Wednesday, 5 June 2019
Location: Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC)
Time: 10:00-17:00

STEM: The IMS2019 STEM Experience for Students and Teachers is a one-day event hosted by the IEEE at the 2019 International Microwave Symposium. The goal of this program is to introduce a diverse and highly motivated group of middle and high school students and their teachers to the exciting world of microwave engineering. The event will include inspirational talks by technical speakers, a science fair, tours of IMS sponsor exhibits, and interactive STEM activities focused on microwave technology and engineering.

Date: Thursday, 6 June 2019
Time: BCEC Southeast Pre-Function and Exhibition Hall
Time: 09:00 - 14:00

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