MGA Young Professionals Achievement Award

This award is to recognize those substantive projects or achievements of a relatively short nature (one to three years), but which have left an undeniable imprint on the fabric of IEEE Young Professionals operations.

Note: Before 2014, this award was called the MGA GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) Achievement Award.

The award will be based on a selection that recognizes individuals or teams involved with Young Professionals activities who are recognized for singular achievement in the development and completion of a project(s) or activity(ies) which are directed to the fulfillment of one or more of the Young Professionals goals and/or objectives.

The accomplishments of the candidate should be of "significant performance" and should have made a distinguishing contribution to Young Professionals. The focus should be on volunteering for IEEE, MGA, or its organizational units, not on professional achievement.

Review the nominator guidelines

2022 nominations deadline to be announced

Examples of previous MGA Award recipient contributions

A few examples of the contributions for which past MGA Young Professionals Achievement Award recipients have been recognized include:
  •     For increasing member retention and transition through organizing IEEE STEP programs and collaborative GOLD events; mentored many Student Branch Counselors and officers, guiding them with effective Student Branch Administration; created awareness among students regarding various IEEE member benefits; contributed to the Section Newsletter about Student activities, creating visibility to the Section volunteers and Student Branches.
  •     For substantial contributions to Section GOLD Affinity Group and Region GOLD activities; identified the need and took the initiative to petition for a GOLD Affinity Group in the Section; successfully recruited volunteers; led the planning and execution of STEP, PACE, and networking events; vision and creativity have provided a collaborative community for recent graduates and young professionals in the Section and Region.
  •     For outstanding contributions to IEEE GOLD in the Section and Region; led the development of an extensive GOLD program for Student/GOLD/WIE Congress, including sessions on career and professional development, creating more awareness about GOLD, sharing of ideas across the Region, and improving relationships between GOLD leaders; organized the GOLD breakout sessions, liaising with the organizing committee; initiated the STEP event and provided and organized external guest speakers.
  •     For efforts in educating the Society GOLD and student members by organizing, hosting, and participating as a speaker at professional and career development sessions and workshops at local meetings and international conferences; publishing editorials in the Society magazine on topics including career planning, seeking good mentors, and receiving good quality mentorship, as well as tips on effective presentation and manuscript preparation, and how to facilitate the collaborations between engineers and clinicians.
  •     For providing an interactive and engaging experience for GOLD volunteers from around the world as GOLD Summit Program Chair; arranged the program and sessions, speakers, and overall content; focused on interactive sessions, humanitarian activities and projects, as well as networking; motivated and led a team of highly engaged volunteers; instrumental in creating the STEP event and GOLD multicultural evening held in conjunction with the Summit.
  •     For exemplary contributions to IEEE GOLD in the Section and Region and bridging generations through GOLD activities; initiated and chaired a large Teacher In Service Program (TISP) workshop; initiated and implemented two Continuing Education Congresses to enhance the technical skills of young professionals; initiated and established an Entrepreneurship Working Group in the Section to guide young professionals to become successful entrepreneurs; organized STEP workshops and IEEE awareness and membership benefit talks; promoted GOLD activities in the Section by developing a website and effectively using social media.

View all previous MGA Award recipients with citations by year


  •     Must be an IEEE member in good standing.
  •     Must be an IEEE Young Professional at the time of nomination.
  •     Cannot be a member of the MGA Board or MGA Awards and Recognition Committee.
  •     Must not be a past recipient of the MGA Young Professionals (previously GOLD) Achievement Award.

Selection and award instrument

  •     Up to six MGA Young Professionals Achievement Awards will be presented annually.
  •     Recipients will be selected by the MGA Awards and Recognition Committee and approved by the MGA Board at the November MGA Board Meeting.
  •     Nominators and recipients will be notified in December.
  •     Recipients will receive a plaque suitably inscribed, attesting to the accomplishment(s) made by the individual(s), and a US$250 cash prize.

More information

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