IEEE SIGHTIEEE SIGHT Awards

The IEEE SIGHT Steering Committee (SSC) has established two awards to recognize individuals and SIGHT groups that have made outstanding contributions to IEEE SIGHT and their local underserved community.

IEEE SIGHT Volunteer of the Year Award

Description:

The purpose of this award is to recognize a professional or student member of IEEE who has made an outstanding contribution to IEEE SIGHT and a local underserved community by leveraging technology to accomplish a sustainable solution. This individual has made a long­-term positive impact in the partner community and her or his SIGHT group, exhibiting constant dedication and commitment to furthering the IEEE SIGHT mission. The recipient of this award will receive a certificate of appreciation, and official recognition on the IEEE SIGHT website, social media platforms, and in its monthly newsletter.

Please carefully review the Award Criteria before completing the nomination form:

  • Active IEEE member
  • Two or more years of being an individual SIGHT member
  • Active participant in a SIGHT group or on a SIGHT Subcommittee

Self-nomination is allowed. Two letters of endorsement are required.

Candidates will be evaluated based on their IEEE SIGHT volunteer participation and local community involvement, not on professional achievement. The award recipient will be recommended by the SIGHT Steering Committee, and approved by the Humanitarian Activities Committee (HAC).

Conflict of interest limitation – Please note that members of the same household may not nominate each other for this award. Members of the SIGHT Steering Committee shall be ineligible to receive, or act as a nominator or reference for the IEEE SIGHT Volunteer of the Year Award, per IEEE Policies. Additionally, no member of the IEEE staff shall act as nominator or reference or be a candidate for any award covered by IEEE Policies 4.8 and 4.9.

This award was established by the IEEE SIGHT Steering Committee in 2019.

Volunteer of the Year nominations for 2021 are not yet being accepted.

Past recipients of the IEEE SIGHT Volunteer of the Year Award.

IEEE SIGHT Group of the Year Award

Description:

This award will recognize an IEEE SIGHT Group committed to impacting their local underserved community through the development or deployment of technology. The group selected has contributed to the SIGHT program by strengthening the SIGHT network, finding sustainable (economic, environmental, social) solutions, involving the beneficiary population in the planning and implementation of a project, and completing all reporting and assessment requirements. They consistently, actively strive to further the IEEE SIGHT mission. The recipient of this award will receive a certificate of appreciation, and official recognition on the IEEE SIGHT website, social media platforms, and in its monthly newsletter.

Criteria:

  • Both Student and Professional Groups will be considered
  • Submitted the annual SIGHT group report (survey)
  • Implemented a project funded by HAC or SIGHT in the last two years 
  • Submitted a funded project report for their project
  • Composed of at least 6 active IEEE members
  • SIGHT Group Chair must be an active IEEE member
  • Conducted at least one meeting a month with their SIGHT group over the course of the year
  • Group who have been formed for at least one year

Eligible groups will be evaluated based on their IEEE SIGHT volunteer participation and local community involvement, not on professional achievement. The award recipient will be recommended by the SIGHT Steering Committee, and approved by the Humanitarian Activities Committee (HAC).

Conflict of interest limitation – Please note that if members of the SIGHT Steering Committee belong to an active SIGHT Group, that group shall be ineligible to receive the IEEE SIGHT Group of the Year Award, per IEEE Policies. Additionally, no member of the IEEE staff shall act as nominator or reference or be a candidate for any award covered by IEEE Policies 4.8 and 4.9

This award was established by the IEEE SIGHT Steering Committee in 2019.

The recipient of the SIGHT Group of the Year Award is selected based upon the information provided in the SIGHT Group survey that is completed by SIGHT Group Chairs at the end of each year.

Past recipients of the IEEE SIGHT Group of the Year Award.

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