Early-Career Faculty Symposium

Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Early-Career Faculty Symposium has been postponed to July 2021.  The Symposium will be held virtually and concurrently with the virtual GMiS Summit.  Please stay tuned for additional information on the agenda, registration and sponsorship to support registration costs.


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.  

2020 Location and Dates

Postponed until July 2021 in a virtual platform. 


You may view the 2019 Early-Faculty Career Symposium Agenda to gain a sense of the symposium content.  The 2021 agenda is forthcoming.

ASSIST Travel Grants

Information regarding support to attend the virtual 2021 Early-Career Faculty Symposium will be forthcoming.   Travel grants were the in-person events were made possible through support received from the National Science Foundation (#1548322).


Priority Deadline TBD For registration support consideration.
Regular Deadline
TBD Application considered for participation only.  No Registration Support.

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.