MIT EECS Rising Stars Instructions

Letters of Recommendation

Rising Stars
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Applications to this workshop are now closed.

This workshop brings together graduate students and postdocs with historically marginalized or underrepresented gender identities who are interested in careers in academia, 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 going through the promotion process. Rising Stars is open to graduate students and postdocs of underrepresented genders, including cisgender women, trans people of any gender, non-binary people, and all people with historically marginalized or underrepresented gender identities. Applicants should be within about 1-3 years of graduating with a PhD at the time of the workshop, or have obtained a PhD no earlier than 2018 and do not currently hold a faculty position. Applications, including one letter of reference, are due Friday, June 18th, 2021. Priority will be given to those applications received on time.

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Submitting Letters of Recommendation

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