IEEE Africa Area Online Student Paper Contest 2017


The main of objective of this online paper contest is to increase scientific, academic and technical activities of student branches in IEEE Africa Area. The competition mode is online in view of the Africa region diversity and economic difficulties involved in travelling.

Conversely, IEEE students in institutions yet to form Student Branches can also apply online for the competition.


Instructions for Participation

IEEE Africa Area Online Student Paper Contest is for IEEE student members or graduate student members who are in educational institutions in Africa and who have not yet started their PhD. Each student author must be a member of an IEEE Student Branch at the time of the original submission of the paper, unless there is no student branch in that institution or country at the time of submission. Joint authorship is allowed but it is limited to two students who are working on the same project.

A doctoral thesis is not considered. Published work is excluded from the Contest.


Document Layout

Besides the cover page with the student’s name, IEEE number, institution and Head of department’s name, the paper must not be more than 8 pages. The author’s name should not appear on the title page, nor should any other name of persons or schools. The paper must be typewritten on A4 size paper (210 mm × 297 mm), with the text width equal to 183 mm and the text height equal to 243.5 mm; a font size of 10pt or larger should be used. The two-column IEEE Transactions style (with the space between columns equal to 4.1 mm) is required.


Mode of Submission

The contestants will submit their papers to the email provided (  Papers will be reviewed and be graded by jury. Finalist will be selected from paper submitted and they may have the opportunity to present paper at the ASYP Congress 2017. The paper MUST be accompanied by the Student Paper Cover Sheet (separate scanned file), certified by SB Counselor, Head of Department or email endorsement of the student by the Section Chair. For a lone entry where there is no SB, the cover page should just be certified by Head of Department.


Scope of the Paper Competition

The scope for the paper competition: Improving Energy Access in Africa or Improving Internet Access in Africa. Papers should therefore cover technical and engineering aspects of chosen subject area. The work need not be original in engineering or scientific content, but should be original in treatment and concise in coverage of the author’s contribution to the subject.


Deadline and Additional Information

The deadline to send full papers to IEEE African Sub-Region Online Student Paper Contest 2017 is August 30, 2017. Send papers by email to Papers submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.


Paper Review and Prizes

A first evaluation phase will be a blind review by a Technical Review Committee so that the identity of the authors and of their school will not be known to the reviewers. Best Three (3) papers will be announced at ASYP Congress 2017.



The paper should be organized as follows:


Cover Page: This should contain the title of the paper, student’s name, IEEE number, institution and Head of department and Counselors’ names.


Title page: This is the first page of the paper; it contains the title, keywords, abstracts, introduction, etc. The title should consist of the minimum number of key words necessary to portray accurately the content of the paper. The author’s name should not appear on the title page, nor should any other name of persons or schools.


Abstract: The abstract should give briefly the essential facts of its content, for example, a brief statement of the problem or objective and a concise summary of results or conclusions, touching upon methods or other details only if they are of some particular significance. The abstract should not be longer than 100 words.


Introduction: The introduction should lead to the development of the subject so that the reader may obtain a clear understanding of the significance of the paper. This often can be done by giving briefly the state of the art as background. Then bring out the added advantages of the method of approach and emphasize the importance of the results or conclusions.


Body: The main argument of the development of the subject is carried out in the body of the paper, complete with supporting data. The argument should proceed in a logical sequence. Supporting data and results can be presented most effectively as curves, charts or tables. Well-known abbreviations may be used in the text but should be defined where used the first time, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses.


Conclusion: The conclusions are often considered the most important part of a paper. They should be stated concisely in a separate section at the end of the paper.


Tables: Tables should be numbered consecutively using Roman numerals. Small tabulations or listings may be made in the text where necessary for continuity. Each table should be titled by giving a brief description as a heading following the table number at the top.


Diagrams: Three types of diagrams may be used: photographs, oscillograms, line drawings. These should be clearly labeled according to IEEE Style.


Appendices: Detailed mathematical proofs, development of equations, and examples which are subordinate to the main argument in the body of a paper, but not essential to following the argument, should be treated in appendices. References are made in the text to details in the appendices. Main equations as they are developed should be numbered consecutively, with the number in parentheses opposite the equation in the right hand margin.


References: Any information or development taken from books, periodicals or courses, i.e. from any external source, should be clearly referenced in the text and a suitable reference list should be appended to enable the reader to consult those sources. References should be numbered consecutively and should follow IEEE referencing style.

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