1 IEEE Power & Energy Society Scholarship Plus Initiative Application Overview February /10/2016
2 Agenda Program Overview Application Overview Frequently Asked Questions Renewal FAQs Supplemental Information
3 Program Overview 3 2/10/2016
4 Why Power & Energy Engineering? Want to tackle challenges, solve problems and make a difference? Join thousands of power and energy engineers who are developing solutions to our biggest energy challenges green energy, energy efficiency, electric vehicles, the Smart Grid Power and energy engineers work with some of today's most exciting technologies, developing solutions to problems that affect our lives and lifestyles
5 The Need A highly skilled workforce that is: Excited about solving problems and improving our energy infrastructure Looking for a challenging and rewarding career in the power and energy field Ready to meet the growing demand for our power and energy needs Prepared with a practical, hands-on career experience
6 The Need: Skills Basic electrical and electric power engineering Electric circuits, power system analysis, energy conversion Communications Physical media, protocols, info models, networks, traffic analysis Distributed Computing / Intelligence / Complex Systems Software, agent based computing, local automation, stochastic processes Security Physical and cyber
7 The Need: Skills (Continued) Systems of Systems Engineering Integration, control theory, reliability, stability, security Enterprise Architecture Databases, Service Oriented Architecture Business, Economics, and Regulation Understanding the business, cost/benefit, business case People Skills Internal to break down silos, external to understand customer needs
8 The Solution Provide students: Financial assistance Hands-on career experience Help industry recruit top candidates from the finest engineering programs in the U.S.A, Canada, Puerto Rico. Give young engineers the tools to connect with potential employers ( Provide mentoring opportunities from current experts Designed to complement and not compete with existing programs
9 PES Scholarship Plus Initiative Receive up to US$7,000 in financial support before graduation: US$2,000 1st year & 2nd year US$3,000 3rd year Assistance in getting up to 2 years of power engineering career experience before graduation One free year of membership in the world s largest and oldest technical association IEEE and its Power and Energy Society Can participate in a mentoring program which connects students to experts
10 PES Scholarship Plus Initiative Requirements Applicants must be: 1. Citizen or permanent resident of the USA, Canada, Puerto Rico 2. Currently enrolled at an accredited university or community college 3. A full-time undergrad student in the coming academic year 4. Working on (or planning to work on) an accredited electrical engineering undergraduate bachelor s degree 5. Considering a career in power and energy engineering 6. Willing to participate in a career experience (internship, coop, summer research) 7. Attending a university/college that offers undergrad courses in power engineering 8. Planning to take at least three of these power engineering courses (total of nine+ credits) 9. Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (B) at current college or university
11 Basic Commitment for a student Willingness to explore power and energy engineering as a career Obtain relevant career experiences Take course work on power and energy engineering subjects Look for opportunities to learn about the industry (such as through industry presentations and mentoring) No penalties if the student decides not to pursue a power and energy engineering career
12 Selection Criteria Academic performance (Must have at least 3.0 out of 4.0 GPA) Alignment of technical and personal interests with the power engineering field Personal strengths, such as: Volunteer activities Work experience Endorsement letter Strength of academic program (based on the institution s overall power engineering courses and the courses you may take)
13 Selection Process Eligibility criteria will be reviewed prior to submission by Regional Committees consisting of industry & academic professionals Applicants who do not meet criteria will be denied. Regional Committees make the decision regarding the awarding of the scholarships (new & renewal) The number of scholarships distributed is based on available funding
14 Where & When to Apply Deadline for new applications and renewal applications is 30 June 2016 Awardees will be notified via by 1 Oct 2016 Application period is open March through June
15 Scholarship Application 15 2/10/2016
16 PES Scholarship Plus Application 8 Sections Personal Information - Mailing Address Your School - Your Academics Your Interest - Your Activities Recommendation Letter (s) - Your Agreement Remember to click on submit application button once all of the sections are 100% complete
17 Personal Information Must provide respond to the following items: Application Type (Renewal/New) Name, , Contact Phone Number Citizenship Status & Gender Voluntary Self-Identification Information Ethnicity, Race, Veteran Status, FAFSA status Individuals who are veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces are automatically considered for the IEEE PES G. Ray Ekenstam Memorial Scholarship Providing this information will not affect the decision regarding your application. This information will be kept confidential.
18 Mailing Address Permanent Address is required Individuals may only reside in the USA, Canada or Puerto Rico School Address information is not required Leave your school address blank if you do not have a current school address.
19 Your School Required information School that you will be attending in the September 2016 Should be listed on drop down menu if not listed type in space provided School Website Your IEEE Region Name of the school that you currently attend
20 Your Academics Required information Student Classification Next Fall Sophomore, Junior, Pre-Junior or Senior Expected Degree & Major Electrical Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Electrical & Mechanical Engineering, Other Upload a copy of your transcript & current GPA PDF format preferred for transcript Expected Graduation Date (Month/Date) List of power courses you expect (or hope) to take Actual course titles may differ from the drop-down menu options, so choose the main subject of the course from the drop-down list
21 Electrical Engineering Courses Application includes the following options: Electric Machinery Energy Conversion Energy Development and Power Generation Energy Management Systems Energy System Design High Voltage AC/DC, FACTS Industrial and Commercial Power Systems Motor Drives and Controls Power Electronics Power Quality Power Systems Analysis Power System Economics, Markets and Regulation Power Systems Communications Power System Relaying and Protection Power System Stability and Control Power System Transients Power Systems Instrumentation and Measurement Power Systems Operations, Planning and Reliability Photovoltaics, Wind, Renewables Smart Grids Substation Design Transmission and Distribution Engineering
22 Your Interests 2 Questions First is optional and second is required 500 word maximum for each question Personal Statement (Optional & only if necessary) Explain any unusual circumstances or considerations. Describe your interest in engineering along with your personal interests and career goals, and how they relate. (This is required)
23 Your Activities List any personal achievements, rewards you have received, and volunteer or employment experience. Required for all candidates Please describe any career experience you are already committed to for next year, if any. Not required but providing this information would strengthen the application Renewal Applicants must provide a detailed description of career experience work done (or doing in the case of a summer internship) in the power and energy engineering field over the last year. If possible, provide the name, address & contact at the organization you had the career experience
24 Your Activities If applicable, please describe the opportunities taken to learn more about power engineering careers. (i.e attended conferences, tours, participated in IEEE Chapter events). All applicants are strongly encouraged to complete this question
25 Recommendation Letter Each applicant for the PES Scholarship Plus Program Scholarship is required to submit a letter of recommendation. Endorsement is typically from someone who thinks the candidate would be a worthy recipient of a scholarship for exploring a career in power and energy engineering. Renewal applicants have the option of including a 2nd letter of recommendation. This letter is typically from somebody who is familiar with their work as part of their internship/career experience.
26 Recommendation Letter Cont. 3 ways to submit a nomination letter with application Applicant upload the letter (PDF format) Applicant can request that the endorser submit the letter directly to the PES Scholarship Plus Review Committee via nominate section. Have the endorser submit the recommendation via to
27 Nominate Section Nominate Section The applicant can request that the endorser submit the letter directly to the PES Scholarship Plus Review Committee. From the main menu, select the button "Nominate Section". Applicant will be asked to provide the name and address of the person who they would like to submit the recommendation. This individual will receive instructions on how to submit the letter and it will be automatically attached to the application.
28 Your Agreement All applicants are requested to agree to the following statements: I am willing to consider a career in electric power and energy engineering. If I am chosen to receive the scholarship, then I understand that to be eligible to receive it in subsequent years, I will need to continue to meet the eligibility criteria for the scholarship. I understand that a minimum of a B overall grade average across all courses taken is required for scholarship renewal. I will demonstrate academic progress toward an electric power and energy engineering career by taking courses in power and energy engineering at the appropriate time in my academic schedule. I will be expected to obtain career experiences annually, such as through a power and energy engineering internship or cooperative. I will demonstrate an interest in learning about power and energy engineering careers such as by having a mentor, taking field trips, attending informational seminars, participating in undergraduate research opportunities in power and energy engineering, taking short courses on power related topics, participating in an IEEE PES student chapter if one is available, etc. I will submit a renewal application by June 30 next year, provided that I continue to meet the eligibility requirements. I will renew my student membership in the IEEE and the Power & Energy Society after being provided with free membership in the first year of the Scholarship.
29 Frequently Asked Questions 29 2/10/2016
30 Frequently Asked Questions I am in High School and will be attending a college in the fall of 2016 am I eligible for the scholarship? No individuals must be currently enrolled full-time at a university/college or community college. I am not a US or Canadian Citizen or permanent resident of either country am I eligible for the scholarship? Scholarship Plus Initiative is currently only open to students in Canada, United States and Puerto Rico. The PES society is having discussions on expanding the program to other parts of the world.
31 FAQ s (continued) I attended a community college and transferred to a new school as a junior should I include transcripts from only my current school? Please provide transcripts from all post-secondary schools you have attended. Is the GPA requirement of at least 3.0 (out of 4.0) just the current semester/trimester or cumulative? The GPA requirement is cumulative. Can I edit the application after I hit submit? No - if you have any questions regarding the application, please contact
32 Renewal FAQs 32 2/10/2016
33 Renewal Requirements The renewal requirements for obtaining another year of the scholarship are given on the Scholarship Plus web site. An individual who is graduating in December 2016 & beyond is eligible to apply for scholarship renewal. Provided they met renewal requirements
34 Scholarship Renewal Regional Committees make the decision on Scholarship Renewal. Decision is based on how the applicants describes the career experience in the renewal application (due by June 30). In your description, emphasize the work you are doing, and the skills and knowledge that you are gaining, to electric power and energy engineering.
35 Scholarship Renewal The Regional Committees cannot give prior approval of a particular career experience. Need to receive your complete renewal application They will be looking at more than just the career experience so the applicant will want to clearly communicate how you have advanced your knowledge of the power and energy engineering career field since you received this year s scholarship.
36 Supplemental Information 36 2/10/2016
37 If selected as PES Scholar New Recipients will be required to provide the following items: Register on PES Careers Site ( Upload a copy of resume & post on PES Careers site (pdf format) Upload proof of your U.S. or Canadian citizenship or permanent residency. For example, a copy of your birth certificate, photo page of your passport or your green card. Provide a copy of our most recent transcript
38 Final Comments Application is due 30 June 11:59pm (PDT) Remember to give references time to respond to your request & provide the recommendation letter don t wait until the last week to request the letter. Remember to click on the submit application button Remember to sell your story on the application Any questions