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ECE Next

(formerly known as ECE Forward)

This yearlong series of workshops and mentoring activities for juniors and seniors is aimed at increasing and maintaining the number of women, Black, and Hispanic (WBH) students in ECE. Attendees include Texas ECE and non-UT undergraduate students, in particular undergrads from HBCUs and HSIs from partner institutions in Texas. The workshops for junior and senior students will provide the support and self-efficacy tools that WBH students may find useful to move forward from undergrad to grad school, while getting involved in summer undergraduate research in the process. The program will help ensure that more WBH students are represented in next generation graduate researchers on their path to becoming leaders and role models in ECE.

The Juniors Next Workshop application & Summer REU application deadline is October 15, 2021. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis after the deadline.

Visit the following for application details:

Please note students will be required to submit the following as part of the application process: 

  • Statement of Purpose (One typed paged describing the student's interest in the REU program)
  • Your resume, including the name and contact details of one faculty reference
  • Unofficial transcripts are optional
  • Stipend, Housing/Dining Included

ECE Next Program Information Session

Thursday, September 30th at noon

Zoom weblink:

Juniors Next Workshop

Current undergraduate Juniors studying ECE or related disciplines, especially students from groups historically under-represented in the discipline, are invited to a workshop where participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn an overview of Texas ECE graduate programs
  • Identify paths forward from an undergraduate ECE degree
  • Find out more about research (what it is, how it's done, and what opportunities are available)
  • Connect with current ECE graduate students, faculty researchers, and labs
  • Identify an ECE research direction or topic of interest

Seniors Next Workshop

Undergraduate Seniors studying ECE or related disciplines, especially students from groups historically under-represented in the discipline, are invited to a 2-day workshop where participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Deepen understanding of the possibilities of graduate school for their career path
  • Demystify the graduate application process, including funding options
  • Identify the grad school/research labs or groups of their choice
  • Work on their grad school application materials
  • Leave the workshop with a guide on navigating the admission process and deciding among multiple offers

Summer Research Experience

Over the course of the program participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Work in research labs/groups with faculty, graduate or postdoctoral, and industry researchers
  • Work in a team on a research problem
  • Present a talk/poster


Contact Seth Bank, Deji Akinwande, or Sanjay Shakkottai for more details about ECE Next and associated events.



If you are interested in becoming a partner, find more information here.