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ECE Next

(formerly known as ECE Forward)

This eighteen-month 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.

Juniors Forward 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

When: December 4, 2020
Where: The University of Texas at Austin, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (Virtual)

 


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

 


Seniors Forward 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

 


Contact

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

 


Partners

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