Description: The Mikio Takagi Student Prize (MTStP) is to recognize a student who has presented an outstanding paper at the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS). The Mikio Takagi Student Prize is given to the first one of three top GRSS Student Prize Paper Awards.

Administration: The Prize will be administered by GRSS, delegated to IGARSS, and further delegated to the IGARSS Student Paper Competition Committee (IGARSS SPCC). The name of the winner will be forwarded to the IEEE Foundation to receive the honorarium.

Eligibility: The Prize recipient must:

  • be a student,
  • be under 33 years of age,
  • be a candidate for a graduate degree (PhD students included),
  • be an IEEE member,
  • publish the paper in the IGARSS digest,
  • be registered at IGARSS,
  • personally present the paper at IGARSS, and
  • be present at the IGARSS banquet to receive the award.

Multiple eligible authors are allowed. An ineligible co-author, or an advisor, must verify on university letterhead that the candidate is a student, under 33 years of age, a candidate for a graduate degree, and an IEEE member on the submittal date of the paper.

Eligibility and Selection process shall comply with procedures and regulation established in IEEE and Society governing documents, particularly with IEEE Policy 4.4 on Awards Limitations.

Prize Items: The student presenting an outstanding paper will receive a certificate and an honorarium of US$1000.

Funds: The Prize fund is held by the IEEE Foundation. A fund of US$10,000 from the family and friends of Professor Mikio Takagi was originally deposited with the IEEE Foundation. From this fund yearly US$500 are contributed to the Mikio Takagi Student Prize as long as the fund is active. The additional Prize, presently US$500, and cost are covered through the IEEE GRSS budget. The society’s budget includes the amount for this award AND the Society budget is net positive with the inclusion of the award.

Nominee Solicitation: The availability of the Mikio Takagi Student Prize will be announced each year by the IGARSS Committee.

Award Committee: The IGARSS SPCC will evaluate and judge the papers selected by the Program Committee of IGARSS. The First Place winner of the competition shall be the recipient of the Mikio Takagi Student Prize.

Selection/Basic for Judging: The selection criteria will include:

  • paper content,
  • originality,
  • significance, and
  • quality of presentation.

Award Presentation: The award shall be presented at an awards ceremony during IGARSS. The checks will be mailed after clarifying the tax items.

Publicity: A feature publication will be published in the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON GEOSCIENCE AND REMOTE SENSING and/or in the GRS Magazine.

Schedule: The following schedule shall be the guideline:

Feb.-March The TPC with the support of the Awards Chair will select the papers for presentation and identify those accepted as Student Papers. The authors of these papers shall be informed by the Awards Committee Chair that the paper must be presented personally, and that the winner(s) must be present at the Banquet when announced.
IGARSS These papers will be scheduled by the TPC for oral presentation in regular technical sessions, prior to the IGARSS Banquet. At the option of the author(s) these papers may also be presented in the Interactive (poster) Session.
Publications Awards Cmte chooses an awardee
IGARSS Banquet The Awards Committee Chair with the approval of the President of GRSS shall inform the Award winner(s).
After IGARSS request biographical sketch and photo
August order certificate with citation from IEEE, and send signatures of both GRS-S President and Awards Committee Chair to IEEE Headquarters (allow 2 months)
August Prepare material for GRSS Magazine immediately after IGARSS
August Prepare archival material for TRANSACTIONS
October Mail award to recipient

Last Update: November, 2013