IEEE Launches Webinars for Students

Series covers leadership, member benefits, and more

7 October 2013

IEEE recently launched a series of monthly webinars to help its student members benefit from the many activities available to them. With webinars on leadership, volunteering, and student branch development, the series helps students expand their reach within their branch, as well as after they graduate. 

Coming this month are webinars on IEEE student benefits and Women in Engineering. Previous webinars include “Student Branch Section Collaboration” and “Why Volunteer?

IEEE student branch development specialist Shareyna Scott says, “Because we have so many student branches—2354 around the world—we need to tap into their diverse needs.”

Several webinars have already been posted. “Student Branch Development” covers ways to attract and engage more members by, for example, organizing a technology competition, participating in activities like the IEEE Humanitarian Technology Challenge, offering tips on submitting a technical paper to a publication, and helping students find jobs.

Leadership, and Where Are IEEE Students Now” explains what it takes to be a strong leader. It covers different leadership styles, from the laissez-faire types who adopt a hands-off approach to managing people to those who rely on high levels of communication. This webinar also introduces former IEEE student members such as Elie Rosen, who served as chair of the IEEE student branch at Rutgers University, in New Brunswick, N.J. Now a graduate student and teaching assistant at the school, Rosen shares how his involvement with IEEE has helped him get involved in activities within his field of robotics.

When students participate during the live webinars, they can ask questions and share their thoughts with student members from all parts of the globe, notes Scott. And afterward, webinars can be downloaded and viewed during branch meetings.

Scott says plans are also in the works for webinars to feature representatives from a student branch or two who discuss their successful branch activities.

To register for an upcoming webinar, or to download a previous one, visit IEEE’s Student Webinars.

To request a webinar on a specific topic, e-mail student-services@ieee.org or leave your comment below.

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