Rising Stars Workshop, October 28-30, 2018 at MIT
“The Rising Stars workshop was an amazing
opportunity to chat with top professors about
my research, to learn from insiders about how to thrive
in an academic career, and to meet the next wave
of world-class researchers in EECS.”

Tamara Broderick, ITT Career Development Assistant Professor of EECS
“We hope that the participants will get to know
each other and form connections that will
persist through their careers.”

Anantha Chandrakasan, Dean, School of Engineering, MIT

A career-building workshop
for women in EECS

We are Rising Stars
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Welcome to Rising Stars

An Academic Career Workshop for Women

Rising Stars is an intensive workshop for women graduate students and postdocs who are interested in pursuing academic careers. Launched at MIT in 2012, the annual event has since been hosted at UC Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, and Stanford.

This year’s event, to be held at MIT Oct. 28-30, 2018, will bring together more than 60 top women in EECS for two days of research presentations, poster sessions, and candid discussions about academic careers. 

Applicants must be women graduate students within about 1-3 years of graduating with a Ph.D. at the time of the workshop, or they must have obtained a Ph.D. no earlier than 2015 and not currently hold a faculty position. All applications must be submitted by May 15, 2018.

Selection criteria:
A group of 60+ candidates will be selected from the submitted applications.

Application Materials:
(Note that applications are now closed.)
1) Research statement (maximum 1 page excluding references, pdf)
2) CV (no page limit, pdf)
3) List of your publications (fill out the textfield in the online system)
4) One or two recommendation letters (second letter is optional)

Accommodations and travel:
MIT EECS will cover meals and shared accommodations for two nights, and reimburse reasonable travel expenses (e.g., air, rail).

Application Deadline: May 15, 2018 (11:59 PM EDT, but we will honor submissions until 11:59 PM PDT)
Notification: June 11, 2018
Rising Stars workshop 2018: October 28-30, 2018

From the Workshop Chairs

Welcome to the 2018 Rising Stars in EECS Workshop at MIT. We launched Rising Stars in 2012 to identify and mentor outstanding women electrical engineers and computer scientists interested in exploring careers in academia. We are pleased that the program has grown substantially since its beginning. This year’s workshop will bring together more than 60 of the world’s brightest women in EECS for two days of scientific interactions and discussions about navigating the early stages of careers in academia.

This year’s program focuses on the academic job search process and how to succeed as a junior faculty member. Our program includes invited presentations on targeting the academic search process, giving effective job talks, and developing and refining research and teaching statements. Panel discussions will focus on the first years of an academic career, covering topics such as forming and ramping up a research group, leadership, maintaining work-life balance, fundraising, and the going through the promotion process.

Workshop participants will also give presentations covering a wide range of specialties representative of the breadth of EECS research. These presentations will range from materials, devices, and circuits, to signal processing, communications, computer science theory, artificial intelligence, and systems.

Past Rising Stars attendees have gone on to secure faculty positions at top universities or research positions in leading industry labs. Toward this end, we are pleased to highlight and feature workshop participants by circulating information to EECS leadership at top universities and selected research directors in industry.

In addition, we hope that Rising Stars will give participants a chance to network with their peers, opening the door for ongoing collaboration and professional support for years to come.

We are grateful to supervisors who have supported past participants in Rising Stars. We also thank MIT’s School of Engineering, the EECS-affiliated research labs (CSAIL, LIDS, MTL, and RLE), and the Rising Stars administrative team for their support.

We look forward to meeting and interacting with you all.

2018 Workshop Chairs

Anantha Chandrakasan, Workshop Advisor
Vannevar Bush Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Dean, School of Engineering, MIT

Asu Ozdaglar, Workshop Chair
Joseph F. and Nancy P. Keithley Professor of Electrical Engineering
Department Head, MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Stefanie Mueller, Workshop Technical Co-Chair
X-Consortium Career Development Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT

Farnaz Niroui, Workshop Technical Co-Chair
Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT (Fall 2018)

Vivienne Sze, Workshop Technical Co-Chair
Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT

Virginia Williams, Workshop Technical Co-Chair
Steven and Renee Finn Career Development Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT