Management of the SB is a tough work. One
of the first thing to do is to identify or select the members of the
students team that will work in implementing the student branch. The
team members have to be proactive and enthusiastic to encourage other
students to become members. That could be performed by ads in information
boards or even, at the beginning, organizing informative meetings but
sometimes people don't participate on this meeting so one particular
way to attract potential members is to start organizing short seminars
about interesting topics in electronics and technology. You can ask for
help to the IEEE local members to become lecturers of suggest people
who can do it. It is necessary to briefly introduce the advantages of
becoming an IEEE student member and leave to each person a copy of
the member application form every time.
Your Section or Branch can hold a Student Professional Activitie Conference,
SPAC, a half or full day program of technical and/or career oriented
presentations. It is common to invite all engineering students.
Lunch meetings are also effective in sparking interest, particularly if you
can find a sponsor to free beer and shashlyk.
Preparing for Student Member Elevation
In June and August many IEEE student members automatically elevated to
higher grades of IEEE membership. Proactive engagement of graduating
student members is necessary to raise their awareness of IEEE's enabling
role in their professional career. In addition to campaigns and programs
coordinated by the MD Staff, Sections and Chapters play an important role in
helping with a student's transition.
Recruitment Best Practices
Peer-to-peer referral is the most prominent means of member recruitment. Individuals are not likely to join IEEE unless they are asked.
Your might consider the tactics and tools below.
For all Section events and activities in which non-members may
be in attendance have membership brochures available, and
dedicate time to asking non-members to join IEEE.
Use the half-year dues period as a peak recruitment time. This
allows people to test IEEE membership for a smaller price.
Services commence immediately upon joining and continue through December.
Advertise Section and Chapter events effectively. Get your event
covered in a local newspaper. If people see your advertisement, it
may spark their interest in attending your event and joining IEEE.
Bring a friend or colleague to a Section or Chapter meeting.
Include membership recruitment reminders in Section and Chapter
Distribute IEEE membership applications to conference attendees or
encourage them to apply online. Aggressively promote IEEE membership during technical conferences.
Announce and provide information on the Member-Get-A-Member program
at Section, Student Branch and Chapter meetings.
Post notices of IEEE activities on office bulletin boards and electronic
communication. Submit articles on employee IEEE involvement and show how
this can reap benefits for IEEE membership.
Share positive IEEE experiences with your colleagues on professional
meetings. This will show potential members what IEEE means to you.