About NextProf

What is NextProf Science?
NextProf Science is a workshop aimed at future faculty—talented people who are currently advanced doctoral students and postdoctoral trainees. We aim to bring people with a demonstrated commitment to diversity to the University of Michigan campus to show them the benefits and rewards of an academic career, to make connections with U-M faculty and academic leaders, and to network with other participants. The workshop is sponsored by the science and mathematics departments in the U-M College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.

When and where is the NextProf Science workshop held?
The 2017 workshop will be held over four days, May 2-5, 2017. It will offer panels on topics such as life in academia, the faculty search process, developing a teaching philosophy and writing a research statement, as well as presentations by higher education experts. There is also time for visits to the host departments and laboratories. [Previous year’s Schedule will give you an idea of what is in store for you.]

Most sessions take place at the Rackham Building on central campus.  The workshop will start with an evening reception on Tuesday, May 2 and end after lunch on Friday, May 5, 2017.  All selected participants are required to attend all sessions of the Workshop and to arrive no later than 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 2, to attend the Welcome reception at 5:00 p.m.

What does it cost to participate?
The NextProf Science workshop is free to participants selected to attend through the application process. Travel (within the United States), lodging and meals will be provided for attendees. Participants will be responsible for any incidentals they incur. Participants will be contacted with instructions on how to arrange their travel through the University of Michigan.

Who should plan to attend? What are the eligibility requirements?
Participants should be advanced doctoral students or postdoctoral fellows who meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Participants must be interested in an academic career in science or mathematics at an exceptional research and teaching institution.
  • Participants must have demonstrated a commitment to diversity. The program seeks applicants with the potential to bring to their academic and research careers the perspective that comes from their non-traditional educational background or understanding of the experiences of members of groups historically under-represented in higher education.

What is a “demonstrated commitment to diversity?”
The commitment to diversity could include:

  1. experience with programmatic efforts to reduce social, educational or economic disparities based on race, ethnicity, or gender, especially in STEM fields
  2. service aimed at increasing equitable access for historically underrepresented groups in these fields

How do I apply?
You may nominate yourself or have a faculty mentor nominate you.
See “How to apply” for details about the application and to access the application link.
Deadline to receive all applications and supporting materials is: TBA

When will I hear whether I am selected?
Applications will be reviewed by the sponsoring departments. We expect to have 48 participants. Applicants selected to attend will receive formal invitations by late March.

What should I wear?
May weather in Ann Arbor is pleasant with temperatures, usually in the 60s-70s during the day and dropping to the 50s in the evenings.

What do I do if I am selected but then need to cancel?
Please contact us as soon as possible if you know you are unable to attend so that another can have the opportunity to participate.

Are there other such workshops?
The U-M College of Engineering pioneered these workshops, beginning in 2012.   [See the NextProf Engineering Workshop site http://nextprof.engin.umich.edu/]

Read what the 2015 participants had to say about the workshop.

Who is sponsoring this event?
The departments in the natural science division of the U-M College of Literature, Science and the Arts, with the support and assistance of  the U-M ADVANCE program, and the Horace Rackham School of Graduate Studies. The departments are: Astronomy; Biophysics; the Biopsychology area in Psychology; Chemistry; Earth & Environmental Sciences; Ecology & Evolutionary Biology; Mathematics; Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology; Physics; and Statistics.

We are excited to share our enthusiasm for academic careers with a more broadly representative group of talented people than have traditionally pursued these fields.

Other questions?
Contact: um-nextprof-science@umich.edu