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NextProf: Preparing the Next Generation of Scientific and Technological Leaders

Developed by expert faculty, Michigan Engineering’s annual NextProf workshops have established a reputation as preeminent events in a nationwide effort to strengthen and diversify the next generation of academic leaders.

NextProf’s innovative model gives participants a candid view of academic life, along with the tools and network to support their success.

Each workshop brings together a select cohort of diverse engineering Ph.D. students, recent doctoral graduates and top faculty and deans from around the US. All costs are covered for accepted applicants.

Attendees will leave NextProf with a clear understanding of the profession.

  • Meet mentors & future collaborators – expanding personal networks
  • Attend panel discussions with successful faculty
  • Learn about the faculty search process
  • Prepare for the academic job market
  • Plan for the rigors of first faculty positions
  • Understand how to build a successful research program

There are three NextProf workshops. We encourage you to apply for the one that is right for you!

Workshop Name 2020 Dates Eligibility
NextProf Nexus September 8-11 3rd – 5th year PhD Students & Recent Doctoral Graduates
NextProf Pathfinder September 13-15 Master’s Students & 1st – 2nd Year PhD Students
NextProf Engineering TBD (May 2020) University of Michigan Engineering Graduate Students & Postdoctoral Researchers

Why NextProf?

“NextProf prepared me well in advance for what an academic job was. How you find an academic job. Who are the people that I need to be talking to. How does this all work.” – Jeremy D. Brown, Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering

“From a research and creativity view, diversity is important because different people bring different ideas. Second, we need faculty that reflect our student population so that we have role models for the students.”  – Jack Hu, J. Reid and Polly Anderson Professor of Manufacturing Technology and Vice President for Research, University of Michigan.