Frequently Asked Questions

What is NextProf – Michigan Engineering Workshop?

The NextProf – Michigan Engineering Workshop is aimed at introducing engineering Ph.D. students and postdoctoral scholars to the rigors of an academic career.  For students in their early stages, this day-and-a-half workshop provides best practices and considerations for charting your path to academia as well as provide first-hand accounts of the academic rigor and expectations of engineering faculty. For the more senior-level Ph.D. students and postdocs, it  provides  a glimpse of  best practices for preparing a faculty application package, acclimating to the junior faculty position, and successfully starting a research lab.  All participants walk away with an understanding of a day-in-the-life of an engineering professor.


When and where will the NextProf Workshop take place?

NextProf – Michigan Engineering Workshop, sponsored by the University of Michigan College of Engineering, will be held May 23, 2018 on North Campus.  Participants are required to attend all sessions.


Who may apply?

NextProf – Michigan Engineering Workshop is open to current University of Michigan Ph.D. students, postdoctoral researchers and early-career scientists within the College of Engineering who are interested in exploring an academic career in engineering at an exceptional research or teaching institution.


I am a current UM (4th-year or greater) Ph.D. candidate or postdoc; may I apply to the Spring session?

Yes; however University of Michigan College of Engineering senior-level Ph.D. candidates and postdoctoral researchers are also encouraged to apply to the Fall session of the NextProf workshops. 


Will accommodations for travel and lodging be provided?

NextProf – Michigan Engineering Workshop is geared to current University of Michigan applicants; with all sessions held on North Campus.  As such, there will be no additional accommodations for travel or lodging.


How do I register?

Participants may register via the online registration tool.  Capacity is limited so register soon.  Registrations received after capacity is reached will be wait-listed.   


What should I wear?

The dress code for the conference is business casual attire. 


What should I do if I’m selected but then need to cancel?

Please be reminded that attendance at all sessions of the conference is required.  If, for any reason, you are aware that you are unable to fully participate in the conference schedule, please contact us as soon as possible so that another applicant may have the opportunity to participate.


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