Nexus FAQ

Frequently asked questions

NextProf Nexus 2024, sponsored by the University of Michigan, UC Berkeley, and Georgia Tech, will be held August 26th – 29th in Ann Arbor, MI.

Applications for the 2024 workshop are open!

I am considering applying for this program – can you share the agenda?

We do not have the entire agenda at this time. However, sessions from past years included topics such as: faculty search process overview; preparing for the interview; crafting your research, teaching, and diversity statements; strategies for success; and impact through varying career paths.

What can you tell me about the selection process/ criteria?

You must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident to participate. DACA-eligible individuals should email the organizing committee for further information. The selection process is driven by the departments with the goal of increasing diversity in the professoriate. We use a combination of your credentials and diversity statement to build a diverse community for our workshop. You must also be a 4th+ year PhD student, postdoc, or recent engineering graduate.

If I am recommended, am I automatically admitted?

No. If you have been recommended, you still need to submit an application.

When will I learn if I have been accepted?

Applicants will be notified of decisions the week of June 19, 2023. If invited to attend, you must accept your invitation by July 7, 2023 in order to participate in the conference.

I am in the process of becoming a permanent resident. Can I still apply?

The workshop is restricted to US Citizens and Permanent Residents, so we are unable to be flexible with this requirement. You may be interested in learning more about these workshops:

Do I need to attend the entire conference?

Yes, it is mandatory for participants to attend the entire conference.

What if I am confirmed to participate but have to change plans – do I get preference next year?

Due to the high number of applicants, you are not automatically admitted to the workshop. However, your application will receive extra consideration. Please be reminded that attendance at all sessions of the conference is required. If 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.

Does NextProf Nexus cover all of my travel expenses?

NextProf Nexus will cover your hotel and airfare. Luggage fees are not covered. Meals will be provided, so please be sure to note any dietary restrictions on your acceptance form). Incidentals and any meals or transportation outside the conference will be at the participants’ own expense, e.g., a late evening out.

What if I want to arrive a day early or leave a day later?

Please make this decision before your flight is booked. Should you wish to extend your stay in Ann Arbor, your airfare, in large part, will still be covered. You may need to cover part of the ticket price if the flight is more expensive than the original arrival and departure dates or any change fees incurred if the flight originally booked is later changed to accommodate such a request. You are responsible for your own lodging arrangements and other travel-related costs outside of the dates of the conference.

Will I have a roommate?

No, participants will have their own hotel rooms.

How far is the conference venue from the hotel?

The hotel is the Kensington Hotel in Ann Arbor. Participants should not book their own hotel room; all lodging will be handled by NextProf Nexus staff. The Kensington is not within walking distance from the conference venue, but busses will be arranged.

Where can I park?

NextProf Nexus staff anticipate few participants will need to drive or utilize parking; however, participants can contact NextProf Nexus staff for information on parking options, including hotel parking and on-campus parking.

What accommodations or access needs can you help facilitate?

The NextProf Nexus workshop is committed to making all events as enjoyable as possible for all participants. Please let us know how we can ensure that this event is inclusive to you.

What should I wear to the conference?

The dress code for the workshop is business casual attire, except for the keynote dinner, which is business attire. Late August weather in Ann Arbor is pleasant with temperatures historically ranging from the high 50s°F to low 80s°F, though higher temperatures do occur. Consider dressing in layers, and wearing footwear to allow for comfortable walking.