Exploring Electrical and Computer Engineering Graduate School Workshop
September 20-21, 2019
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Building
Ann Arbor, MI
Students from all institutions are welcome to apply and be a part of this hands-on event! At our workshop, students will:
- Learn how a graduate degree can help them with their future career goals
- Gain insight about developing and preparing their application materials
- Network with current Michigan ECE faculty and graduate students
- Tour the Michigan campus, surrounding Ann Arbor area, and facilities and labs
- And more!
Travel awards are available and lodging and on-campus meals are provided.
Please complete an application to be considered for our workshop!
Friday, September 20th
8:45AM – 9:30AM
Registration, Breakfast, and Mixer
9:30PM – 9:40AM
Welcome and Opening from ECE Associate Chair of Graduate Affairs
9:40AM – 9:45AM
Welcome from ECE Chair
9:45AM – 10:30AM
Introduction of Facilitator and Activity One: “How will a Ph.D. in ECE help you with your career goals? What is difference between an MS and a Ph.D.?”
10:30AM – 11:15AM
Activity Two: Statement of Purpose vs. Personal Statement: what is the difference and what to discuss?
11:15AM – 12:00PM
Activity Three: Activity Three: Letters of Recommendations: How to ask, who to ask, and what to be prepared to provide
12:00PM – 1:15PM
Lunch with faculty
1:15PM – 2:45PM
- How to choose the right graduate program
- How to choose an advisor
- Career opportunities
2:45PM – 3:45PM
Individual Feedback Session
PhD Program overview from Ph.D., Program Coordinators
- Doctoral program overview and steps (Qualifier, Proposal, Defense etc.)
- Application Process and Deadlines
Introduction of current PhD Students
4:45PM – 5:30PM
Introduction of alumni
5:30PM – 5:45PM
Overview of evening, transportation, and meeting tomorrow
5:45PM – 9:00PM
Dinner in Downtown Ann Arbor/Central Campus
Saturday, September 21st
9:00AM – 10:00AM
Breakfast in EECS
Panel with Current PhD Students
11:00AM – 12:00PM
12:00PM – 1:00PM
1:00PM – 1:15PM
2:00PM – 2:30PM
Roundtable Availability with ECE Associate Chair of Grad Affairs and ECE Staff
The Exploring ECE Graduate School Workshop will take place at the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Building located on the University of Michigan’s North Campus:
1301 Beal Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
For detailed directions to campus and the ECE offices, as well as information regarding parking and public transit, please refer to this page.
Travel during the workshop
ECE has organized designated pick-up times with Holiday Inn for the hotel shuttle to drive participants to campus from the hotel and back. Participants will be notified of the schedule after admission. In general, ECE will organize local, scheduled travel throughout the area.
There are a block of rooms reserved at the Holiday Inn located at 3600 Plymouth Road. Available nights include the following nights: September 19th and 20th.
Applicants admitted to the workshop will be emailed a booking link with their admission into the workshop.
- How will you be managing the travel awards?
Travel awards will be up to $350. Consideration towards necessary travel will be considered on a case-by-case basis with selected participants when determining awarded amount. Please remember, in addition to potentially receiving a travel award, participants will be provided lodging.
- How many nights are provided in my stay in Ann Arbor?
We will work with selected participants to better understand their travel plans and work with individuals regarding which nights to plan to reserve a hotel room: September 19th and/or 20th.
- Are there meals and/or financial obligations I should expect during my visit?
We will be providing on-campus meals for selected participants. Please refer to the schedule for identified meals. In addition, we will be providing dinner on Friday, September 20th in Ann Arbor, and on-ground transportation to identified locations in the schedule will be arranged too. All other financial matters when visiting will be the responsibility of the participants.
- What type of individual feedback can I expect regarding my materials and/or preparing for graduate school?
We will be leading a series of topics during the workshop, and encourage selected participants to bring draft versions of their application materials, if available. There will be dedicated time for individual feedback.
All inquires may be directed to John Feldkamp.