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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!

Important Info:

  • Schedule

    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
    Faculty Panel

    • How to choose the right graduate program
    • How to choose an advisor
    • Career opportunities

    2:45PM – 3:45PM 
    Individual Feedback Session

    3:45-4:15 PM
    PhD Program overview from Ph.D., Program Coordinators

    • Doctoral program overview and steps (Qualifier, Proposal, Defense etc.)
    • Application Process and Deadlines

    4:15-4:45 PM 
    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

    10:00AM– 11:00AM 
    Panel with Current PhD Students

    11:00AM – 12:00PM 
    Lab Tours

    12:00PM – 1:00PM 

    1:00PM – 1:15PM 
    Closing Remarks

    1:15PM- 2:00PM 
    Campus Tour

    2:00PM – 2:30PM 
    Roundtable Availability with ECE Associate Chair of Grad Affairs and ECE Staff

    Organize departures

  • Travel


    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.

  • Lodging

    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.


All inquires may be directed to John Feldkamp.