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ME-UYR Initiative: Calls for Student Participation and Mentor and Registration for Student-Mentor Event

Mentoring Experiences for Underrepresented Young Researchers (ME-UYR)

The ME-UYR initiative has started!

We are currently looking for students and mentors who are interested in participating in this mentoring event. Please find more information in the Call for Student participants and the Call for Mentors.

There will be an online event where prospective students and mentors can meet. Students are also allowed to find their own mentors (who need to be members of IEEE SPS).

Sign up to attend this event by emailing to,, prior to 20 October 2021!

Please include your first and last name, email address, affiliation/university, and request to sign up for the event.

Deadline for One-Page Proposal: 1 December 2021

Event Date: October 28, 2021
Time: 11:00 AM EDT (New York Time) 
Duration: Approximately 1.5 hours

Attend: Join the Meeting via Zoom

To learn more about the program, visit the ME-UYR page on the SPS website

Call for Mentors

The IEEE SPS ME-UYR (Mentoring Experiences for Underrepresented Young Researchers) Steering Committee is proposing a new mentoring program for young IEEE SPS researchers and would like to invite you to join as potential student mentors. The program has been started this year to address a critical diversity issue in IEEE as well as other spoken language processing and signal processing organizations: the low percentage of women and underrepresented minorities. The number of female researchers in spoken language processing and signal processing within the IEEE community is about 10%. The numbers for other underrepresented minorities in other technical areas within signal processing are similar or even worse.  
To address this imbalance, this new program will connect young researchers from underrepresented groups with established researchers in signal processing to support a student research project coordinated with the mentor which is of significant interest to both.  Each project will last for 9 months. The young researchers will also be supported with travel funds to attend one conference or workshop after the project.  An event in conjunction with the annual ICASSP conference will also be supported for the students to bring students and mentors together to share their experiences.

In this message, the ME-UYR committee is first recruiting potential mentors interested in increasing diversity within IEEE SPS and identifying their areas of research interest.  We will send out a call to potential student participants asking them to sign up for an online “students meet mentors” event which we will also invite you to.  This online event will be designed to match students with mentors in their field. 

Once you have accepted one of the students as your mentee the two of you will write a one-page proposal together describing a research plan of interest to you both and submit it to our evaluation committee for review (the deadline is December 1, 2021). This event will be held on 28 October 2021 at 11:00 AM Eastern Time (New York Time).

Please send an email to to register for the event!
Once mentors and students have been connected, the 9-month research mentoring projects will begin. We expect the first ME-UYR program to support about 12 projects in IEEE SPS. A more detailed description of the program can be found on the ME-UYR page on the SPS website .
As a highly respected researcher in IEEE SPS's organization, we would very much like you to participate with us in this program. The lasting benefits to young diversity students themselves as well as to IEEE itself and the Signal Processing Society are extremely significant, so we would really appreciate your assistance! 

Please respond by 20 October 2021, if you can join!

IEEE SPS ME-UYR Steering Committee

  • Irene Amerini
  • Oliver Cossairt
  • Mark Hasegawa-Johnson
  • Julia Hirschberg
  • Ina Kodrasi
  • Arvind Rao
  • Tira Routtenberg
  • Odette Scharenborg

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