Fifty one doctorate students from 12 countries will receive sponsorships to attend the IEEE MTT-S 2012 International Microwave Symposium (IMS2012) June 17-22, 2012 in Montréal. The program is part of a new initiative established and sponsored by the IEEE MTT-S Administrative Committee (ADCOM) specifically targeted toward students who have not previously attended IMS to increase their education in RF and microwave engineering.

“Students play a vital role in the future of MTT-S, IMS and the industry as a whole,” said Alaa Abunjaileh, elected MTT-S ADCOM member. “This new program will give these 51 students important opportunities for professional growth, networking and experiential education, which will help shape them into the future leaders of RF and microwave engineering.”

The sponsorships include four nights accommodation in Montréal, public transportation within the city, breakfast, lunch and registration for IMS2012. The awardees will spend one day volunteering with the IMS2012 team and will also participate in either the Graduate Student Challenge or submit an evaluation of one presented paper, one poster paper and a short report about a single product from the exhibition.

The United States led with 17 awardees, including eight students from the University of Colorado at Boulder, followed by Canada, Germany and Italy, which are each sending four students. To be eligible for sponsorship, students were required to be first or second year doctoral students as well as IEEE MTT-S members and submit a personal statement addressing why they would benefit from the sponsorship.

In addition to the Ph.D. student sponsorships, IMS2012 will include a Graduate Student Challenge, student reception, student design competition, student volunteer opportunities and student paper competition. MTT-S is also proud to offer fellowships and scholarships for graduate and undergraduate students pursuing fulltime programs in RF and microwave engineering. The Society offers this support to encourage future leaders and key technical contributors in their pursuit of careers in RF and microwave engineering.

IMS2012, with a theme of “Microwaves without Borders,” will be held June 17-22, 2012 in Palais des Congrès de Montreal as the centerpiece of Microwave Week 2012. In addition to IMS2012, Microwave Week includes the collocated RFIC Symposium and the ARFTG Conference.

Registration Early Bird registration for IMS2012 is available until May 21 for the discounted rate. Online registration continues through the advance registration phase from May 22 until June 15, followed by onsite registration after that date. For more details on IMS2012 registration visit



Posted by Janine E. Mooney, Editor

May 15, 2012