Early-Career Faculty Symposium

The 2021 GMiS Early-Career Faculty Symposium was held virtually from July 12 - 14, 2021. 

GMiS invited engineering assistant professors, postdocs in an engineering discipline, and doctoral students/candidates who are interested in an engineering faculty position to participate in the Symposium.  Faculty from traditionally underrepresented racial/ethnic groups (i.e. Hispanic, Native American and African American) and women were strongly encouraged to participate.

The Early-Career Faculty Symposium delivered faculty development workshops on a variety of topics including the tenure process, NSF proposal and reviewer opportunities, effective mentorship, inclusive pedagogy, innovating practice from research and teaching, and best practices for engaging Hispanic engineering students. 

Participants, who were selected to present their research at the 2021 Symposium and participate in the various webinars had the opportunity to earn a $500 stipend.

To view video recordings of some of the sessions, please visit www.leveragefaculty.org.


The seven largest national diversity-serving professional organizations came together to form a collaborative research partnership – ASSIST: Strengthening Engineering Faculty through Diversity Serving Professional Organization Engagement (NSF #1548322) - to proactively address the lack of diversity in engineering education. These partners, in alphabetic order, include the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), Great Minds in STEM (GMiS), Latinos in Science and Engineering (MAES), National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Advancing Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), and Society of Women Engineers (SWE).  This is a historical undertaking as it is the first time that these seven professional organizations have joined forces to positively impact the nation’s welfare by increasing the diversity of faculty, post-docs, and graduate students by supporting their professional development.

Assembling a critical mass of diverse engineering early-career faculty, post-docs, and graduate students will also serve as a recruiting mechanism and support network to encourage undergraduate students to consider this career path. ASSIST seeks to engage (or reengage) early-career faculty, post-docs, and graduate students with their diversity-serving professional organization in order to increase the diversity of their informal professional networks.  To that effect, each partner organization will utilize travel grants to increase the number of engineering early career faculty, post-docs, and graduate students with a faculty interest, to participate in the respective national conferences.

2021 Location and Date

July 12 - 14, 2021 - Virtual 

2021 Agenda

Click Here for the latest agenda.

2021 ECFS Research Exhibit Hall

Click Here to view information on the participants' research.


In lieu of travel grants, GMiS provided $500 stipends to eligible participants, who were accepted to present a 2- to 3-minute presentation on their research, showcase their research in the Research Exhibit Hall and participate in the various Symposium sessions.

Travel grants for the in-person events were made possible through support received from the National Science Foundation (#1548322).


Priority Deadline July 2
Regular Deadline
July 7  .

Stipend Eligibility

Applicants must meet the following criteria:
  • Early-career faculty members, post-doctoral professionals, doctoral candidates or doctoral students in engineering disciplines
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Faculty applicants must have held their appointment for five years or less.
  • Faculty and post-doctoral applicants must hold engineering appointments in an ABET accredited institution; and faculty from two-year colleges must teach STEM-related courses.
  • Post-doctoral applicants must have completed a Ph.D. in engineering within 48 months prior to their application.
  • Doctoral candidates/students must be pursuing an engineering degree, be in good academic standing, enrolled full or part time, and demonstrate a compelling interest in a faculty career.

A complete application includes:
  • Responses to a short set of eligibility questions.
  • Statement of Interest - describe what you hope to gain by participating in the event and how the experience will benefit you and your career.
  • Statement of Diversity Contribution - describe your contributions to engineering diversity as well as your future diversity-related goals.
  • NSF Bio – A biographical sketch that adheres to NSF guidelines.
  • PPT Presentation - Two to three slides on your current research or research interest

Contact Information

Please contact Dr. Gary Cruz, Director of Academic Affairs and University Relations, by email to gcruz@greatmindsinstem.org.