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ECE Next

ECE Next Poster Session

This yearlong series of workshops and mentoring activities for sophomores, juniors and seniors is aimed at providing mentoring and support for undergraduates interested in graduate education. Attendees include Texas ECE and non-UT undergraduate students from across the state of Texas. The professional development workshops will provide the support and self-efficacy tools that students may find useful to move forward from undergraduate to graduate school, while involved in summer undergraduate research in the process. 

Research Topics 

ECE Next offers a wide range of research projects that coincide with our 8 research tracks. Please click here to see our current research offerings.

Summer Research Prep Workshop

Current undergraduate Juniors studying ECE or related disciplines are invited to participate in this workshop. Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Identify paths forward from an undergraduate ECE degree
  • Find out more about research (what it is, how it's done, and what opportunities are available)
  • Connect with current ECE graduate students, faculty researchers, and labs
  • Identify an ECE research direction or topic of interest

Seniors Next Grad School Prep Workshop

Current undergraduate students studying ECE or related disciplines are invited to participate in this workshop. Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Deepen understanding of the possibilities of graduate school for their career path
  • Demystify the graduate application process, including funding options
  • Work on their grad school application materials
  • Leave the workshop with a guide on navigating the admission process and deciding among multiple offers

Summer Research Experience

Over the course of the program participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Work with ECE faculty on a graduate level research project
  • Participate in professional development workshops and lunch & learns
  • Present research project at summer poster session
  • Interact with industry sponsors
  • Program inclusive of a stipend, on-campus housing, and dining card

Program Information

Program Timeline

  • February 15: Application Deadline
  • March: Summer Research Prep Workshop & Research Project Match (Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates)
  • May 28 – July 26: Summer Research Experience & Project Mentoring
  • September: Seniors Next Grad School Prep Workshop & Info Session for new applicants

Program Advising Sessions and Info Session

  • Zoom advising sessions per appointment

Eligibility and Requirements to Apply

  • No minimum GPA requirement, rather a wholistic review of the applicants
  • For the Summer Research Experience you must be available for entire 5-week period
  • Statement of Purpose (One typed paged describing the student's interest in the research experience for undergraduate program)
  • Resume, including the name and contact details of one faculty reference
  • Unofficial transcripts

How to Apply

Have questions? Check out our FAQ page.

Application deadline for the new academic year cohort is February 15. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis after the deadline.


ECE Next Program Directors

Prof. Jean Anne Incorvia


Prof. Hao Zhu


Contact Us

For more information, contact Tom Atchity, our Graduate Administrator. 


For more information about becoming involved as an ECE Next corporate partner, please visit Corporate Partners webpage.