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The Mentoring Experiences for Underrepresented Young Researchers (ME-UYR) is a new program financed by IEEE SPS. ME-UYR provides mentoring experiences in the form of a 9 month collaboration for young researchers from underrepresented groups together with an established researcher in signal processing from a different institute, and typically another country.
Together the young researcher and the established researcher submit a short proposal for a research plan of 9 months on a topic of the student’s choosing but in line with the advisor’s expertise and related to speech or language or signal processing. The proposals will be collected and evaluated by a ME-UYR awards evaluation committee, including representatives from all TCs participating.
If the proposal is successful, the young researcher will receive a grant of max. $4K per student to cover the costs of the student attending one conference/workshop (including travel costs, registration, and hotel costs). Program participants are required to be IEEE Signal Processing Society members. The conference/workshop visit is expected to take place after completion of the proposed mentored research.
The output of this project:
Number of projects per year: 12.
The advisor is an established researcher who acts as the advisor of the young researcher for the duration of the project. The advisor provides the student with guidance as well as access to resources computing resources, datasets, and so on depending on the needs of the project. The advisor supervises the project and links the student to other students/researchers in her/his lab to further increase the student’s network and knowledge increase. The advisor co-authors the paper to be written by the student.
The number of female researchers in speech and language processing within the IEEE community is around 10%. The number of females is higher at the PhD student/graduate level but quickly drops off for higher positions. The numbers for other underrepresented minorities and other technical areas within signal processing are similar or even worse. In order to increase diversity in speech and language technology and other signal processing areas in general, at all levels, steps need to be taken. This program focuses on increasing diversity and retaining young female researchers and researchers from other minority groups for speech and language and other signal processing areas.
The goal of ME-UYR is to increase (gender) diversity in speech and language technology and signal processing in general by attracting and retaining more young female researchers and researchers from other minority groups (at the undergraduate and graduate level) in speech and language and other signal processing areas.
Several events will be organized to increase the impact of the program on the community as a whole, with the goal to:
The proposals, maximum one page, are evaluated by the subcommittee headed by the SLTC.
A call for project proposals will be put out once a year asking for applications within the research domains of the potential advisors.
In order to link students with possible advisors, we will organise a connecting event 2-3 months before the deadline, which is an online event where interested students can learn more about the program and meet potential advisors.
In case of questions, please contact the ME-UYR steering committee using the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.