IEEE UP Section – How to Form IEEE Student Branch
Student Branches are the backbone of the IEEE student program. IEEE has created a variety of resources to ensure that students are successful in their work.
How to Form IEEE SB / SB-Chapter / SB-Affinity Group
IEEE Students Branch
A Student Branch shall be an operating organizational unit of IEEE constituted by a minimum of twelve (12) IEEE Student Members or Graduate Student Members at a particular college, university, technical institute, or, in unusual circumstances attached to a Section, and established with approval of the IEEE Member and Geographic Activities Board by petition to the Region concerned to fulfill the mission of IEEE. (IEEE Bylaw I-402.7) Each Branch shall conduct its activities within the Constitution, IEEE Bylaws, and other rules externally imposed, which by law affect the membership and activities of IEEE.
IEEE Student Branch Chapters
A Student Branch Chapter is a technical sub-unit of a Student Branch constituted by a minimum of six (6) Student Members or Graduate Student Members of a Society or group of Societies (in the case of a Technical Council Chapter, a minimum of any six (6) Student Members or Graduate Student Members of Council Member Societies) and established by petition to the parent Student Branch and Society/Technical Council concerned to fulfill the mission of IEEE. (IEEE Bylaw I-402.8)
IEEE Student Branch Affinity Groups
A Student Branch Affinity Group shall be a non-technical subunit of a Student Branch constituted by a minimum of six (6) Student Members or Graduate Student Members established by petition to the parent Student Branch and organizational unit or standing committee concerned to fulfill the mission of IEEE. The Regional Director, the Affinity Group Chair, the Regional Student Activities Chair and the Regional Student Representative shall be informed of the Student Branch Affinity Group approval. Each Student Branch Affinity Group shall have an advisor who shall be: a faculty member of IEEE grade higher than the Student, not necessarily an Affinity Group member, but with a strong commitment for its goals; or an Affinity Group member of the Section.
NOTE: Please read the notification regarding the recent changes in the geographic unit formation process (DOC, 55 KB) for Sections, Subsections, Technical Chapters and Affinity Groups, as approved by the MGA Board on 19 November 2011. These changes are in effect as of 1 January 2012. These changes do not apply to Student Branches, Student Branch Chapters, or Student Branch Affinity Groups. Please see the appropriate petition form for more information: