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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

Participation as an ECE Next Scholar comes with $100 honorarium.

Virtual Juniors Next Workshop

Dec 03, 2021

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM | Welcome
Diana Marculescu, Texas ECE Department Chair

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM | What’s Next after BS?
Panel with ECE faculty, Researchers, Industry Members Moderator: Mark McDermott, Texas ECE Professor

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM | Break

10:45 AM – 11:30 AM | What is Research?
Panel with current Texas ECE graduate students and postdoctoral researchers Moderator: Dan Wasserman, Texas ECE Professor

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM | Social Event
Participants will rotate through breakouts for a chance to chat informally and ask questions in smaller groups. Participants will spend ten minutes with each group: (1) Industry reps; (2) Current Texas ECE graduate students; (3) Texas ECE faculty

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM | Lunch Break

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM | Mentoring and Support at UT
A facilitated discussion of UT graduate student organizations and mentorship programs Moderator: Deji Akinwande, Texas ECE Professor

1:30 PM – 2:45 PM | Undergraduate Research Projects
Next steps in finding an undergraduate research project that is right for you Moderator: Sanjay Shakkottai, Texas ECE Professor

2:45 PM – 3:00 PM | Break

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM | “My Journey and the Role of Graduate School” Keynote Talk
Archie Holmes, Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, UT System & Professor, Texas ECE

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM | Closing Remarks
Deji Akinwande, Texas ECE Professor/ECE Next Program Director

Informal Q&A & Social Event
Participants will rotate through breakouts for a chance to chat informally and ask questions in smaller groups. Participants will spend ten minutes with each group: (1) Mentoring & Support (Summer 2021 REU Participants) (2) Texas ECE Students; (3) Texas ECE Faculty