Forming a chapter or club is easy and rewarding. This website will guide you through the process, and give you ideas and information about funding.
Any Student Club or Branch Chapter to recruit 10 new members will receive $100. The chapter with the highest number of recruitments will get one free registration and up to $1,000 travel stipend to attend EMB annual conference. Read more here.
On this page:
How to Form a Club
How to Form a Chapter
Student Member Recruiting
Write A Consititution
Other helpful links:
Ideas for Activities
Read how Kansas State University got started!
Create your own club/chapter webpage
Nathalie Gosset's Webpage for Non-Student Chapters*
*Much of the advice here can be used for student clubs and chapters
To form an EMB student club, you need just ONE EMBS member who can be either a student or the faculty advisor. The on-line Petition for the Establishment of an EMBS Student Club must then be completed and submitted electronically. The faculty advisor must send an email, separately, to confirm his or her role as advisor for approval. Once approved, the club's status will be valid for one year.
EMB student clubs must renew their status by November 1st of each year. This can be done by completing and submitting the same on-line Petition for the Establishment of an EMBS Student Club.
NEW - All EMBS student club petitions for establishment and renewal must be done on-line! You cannot submit the PDF form any longer. If you have any questions about submitting on-line, please contact your student representative.
Note for all 2011/2012 Club Renewal Petitions: In order to renew your EMBS Student Club, you must provide a list of your club membership, including all members' names, member numbers and email addresses. Please compile this list and send it via email to Angela Martin at the EMBS Executive office prior to submitting your online petition for club renewal.
To form an EMB student branch chapter, you will need at least SIX (6) IEEE student members who are also EMBS members.
Guidelines for establishing an IEEE Student Branch of a technical societiy as well as the required petition form are available in two formats below:
-Student Branch Formation PDF (PDF, 143KB)
-Student Branch Formation Word Document (DOC, 144KB)
You can read more on about establishing a chapter here on the IEEE site.
To maintain your status as a student chapter, you have to comply with the IEEE requirements of reporting on activities each year, your plan for activities and new officers after elections. The necessary forms to submit can be found here.
Don't forget to keep your list of officers up to date with the IEEE and with your student representative. Download this form and send to the IEEE (information on the form) and cc the Student Representative.
To help recruit and retain IEEE student members, membership development materials are sent to every IEEE Student Branch Chapter in August each year. More materials can be ordered, if needed.
- When more materials are needed, use the online supplies form
Student Branch Counselors and Student Branch Chairs now have access to branch membership information through SAMIEEE.
Access branch membership information in SAMIEEE
Visit the membership section for the latest information on IEEE membership benefits.
Learn about IEEE member benefits
You are required to write a constitution to form a student chapter, and it's a good idea anyway for all clubs and chapters. Your constitution is where you outline the mission of your club/chapter, the organizational structure, your policies on voting and leadership changes and anything else that you think is important to guide your group to its goals. Wondering where to start? Use one of these templates:
- The University of Washington Student Activities Office offers a template for a constitution here.
- Sacramento State's website on developing a constitution, including a PDF example.