Early-Career Faculty Symposium


The Priority Deadline - to be considered for a travel grant - is Friday, August 14, 2020


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.

Early-Career Faculty Symposium

The Early-Career Faculty Symposium delivers  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 have the opportunity to engage with the larger GMiS Conference audience.  In addition, participants are asked to serve as judges for the Research Posters Competition.  

2019 Location and Dates

The 2019 Early-Career Faculty Symposium will be held as part of the 2019 GMiS Conference, at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort, in Lake Buena Vista, FL.  The Symposium begins on Thursday afternoon (September 26) and concludes on Saturday, September 28, 2019. 


Click Here to Access the 2018 Early-Faculty Career Symposium Agenda.  The 2019 agenda is forthcoming.

ASSIST Travel Grants

Up to 40 Hispanic early-career faculty, post docs and graduate students, in engineering, at accredited 2-year and 4-year institutions in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, will be provided a travel grant up to $2,000 to attend the 2019 Early-Career Faculty Symposium, Travel grants are made possible through support received from the National Science Foundation (#1548322).

Travel awards will cover expenses incurred traveling to and attending the Symposium. Lodging will be provided. The Symposium will begin late afternoon Thursday, September 26.


Priority Deadline August 16, 2019 For travel grant consideration.
Regular Deadline
September 13, 2019
Application considered for participation only.  No Travel or Hotel Available.

Travel Grant Eligibility

Applicants for ASSIST Travel Grants must meet the following criteria:
  • Early-career faculty members, post-doctoral professionals, doctoral candidates or doctoral students
  • 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 ASSIST Travel Grant 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.

Contact Information

Please contact Dr. Gary Cruz,Director of Academic Affairs and University Relations, by email to gcruz@greatmindsinstem.org or phone at (323) 262-0997.