Professional Development Opportunities

PhD Students
PhD Students
CECS Ph.D. students attending GSI Teaching Orientation

The College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) Graduate Education Office offers programming and resources to support both academic and professional development.

Opportunities and Resources

CECS Professional Development and Career Preparation Workshops

CECS Workshops and Events

CECS will host several workshops over the academic year.  Topics covered are designed to address graduate students' issues, provide support, and to prepare students for academic and career success.

Social Events

Social events for CECS doctoral students to meet and connect with other graduate students. For the 2020 - 2021 academic year, all social events will be held via Zoom.  Look out for upcoming social events sent to your university email.


Preparing for a Career in Industry
  • TBD 2021
  • 2:00 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.
  • Online via Zoom 

This workshop focuses on effective strategies for Ph.D. graduates in engineering and computer science seeking careers in industry, government agencies, and non-profits. Alumni from CECS Ph.D. programs will provide insights into the career pathways within industry and how to begin navigating each pathway. 

The Faculty CV Series

This is a four-part hands-on workshop series focused on preparing your CV. Participants will receive effective strategies for developing the CV and three common statements required for most faculty positions.  All four sessions are led by multiple faculty and staff.

  • Developing the Research Statement
  • Developing the Teaching Statement
  • Developing the Diversity Statement
  • Putting it All Together - formatting the CV

Participants will walk away with a CV draft.

  • March 2021
  • 2:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.
  • Online via Zoom 

Future Workshop Topics

  • Potential to Performance: Know your Strengths (CliftonStrengths) 
  • Transferrable Skills for Ph.D. Students
  • Collaboration and Team-work
  • Professional Presentations and Communication
  • Entrepreneurship and Paten Law
  • DEI: Working in Diverse Environments


Rackham Professional Development Opportunities

Rackham offers a variety of resources and programming to contribute to your professional and academic development of students in our Ph.D. programs

CECS Instructional Opportunities and Resources

Graduate Student Instructor (GSI)

A Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) is employed to teach courses, or coordinate, lead, or assist in the instructional process in direct interaction with students in assigned classes, labs, quizzes, problem sessions, or during office hours. GSIs have a critical role in teaching undergraduate students at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.  Students who receive an appointment are in good standing in their CECS graduate degree program.

Instructional Training

Doctoral students appointed as GSIs attend GSI Teaching Orientation provided by CECS before teaching courses.  Also, students also participate in ongoing professional development training while holding the appointment.  

Depending on needs, a select few master's level students receive an appointment as GSIs.  


Center for Research on Learning and Teaching in Engineering Ann Arbor 

The Center for Research on Learning and Teaching in Engineering (CRLT-Engin) on the Ann Arbor campus offers workshops that are open to all interested individuals.  Each fall, the CRLT-Engin provides required training for GSI teaching in the CECS.  A list of other upcoming workshops that may be of interest to GSIs and all students.

Office of Graduate Studies Professional Development Workshops

Graduate Student Professional Development Workshop Series Sponsored by the Office of Graduate Studies, these events provide an opportunity to network with faculty, staff, and other graduate students, while growing your personal and professional skills.

Questions? Contact

CECS Research Opportunities

Graduate Student Research Assistant

A Graduate Student Research Assistantship (GSRA) program is a vehicle to provide financial support for the academically-related research activities of active University of Michigan graduate students.  Students who receive appointment are in good standing in a University of Michigan CECS graduate degree program and may perform personal research (including thesis or dissertation preparation) or assists faculty performing research that is relevant to his or her academic goals.

There are many opportunities at UM-Dearborn for graduate students to get involved in the cutting-edge research conducted on campus by our faculty members. 

Research Labs

Each Fall, during Open Lab Day, students have the opportunity to meet with faculty conducting research in an area of interest and faculty have the opportunity to meet with students who show interest in being a research assistant.  Visit the Open Lab Day site for more information.

Computer and Information Science Labs

Electrical and Computer Engineering Labs

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Labs

Mechanical Engineering Labs

CECS Conference Travel Grant - Ph.D. Students

CECS is pleased to announce the CECS Doctoral Conference Travel Grant for Ph.D. students.  Through the grant, we intend to provide opportunities for Ph.D. students to present their research, become familiar with, participate in, and build a network in their academic profession. As part of its commitment to advancing excellence in doctoral education, CECS may provide up to 50% matching funds for each conference travel application. The remainder of the funding would be provided by the department or student's faculty advisor (or a combination of the two).

Questions regarding this grant can be sent to the CECS Graduate Programs Manager.

Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the fiscal year (July 1-June 30) as long as funds are available. Only applications submitted a minimum of two weeks before the conference will be considered. Requests for retroactive funding are not considered.


  • The student is in good academic standing in a Ph.D. degree program.
  • The student has responded to a formal call for papers.
  • The student is presenting a poster or paper at a national or international professional conference.

Application Procedure:

  • Application Materials:
    •  Title of Paper, Poster, or Presentation
    • Name of Conference (including URL)
    • Date of Conference
    •  Name of Faculty Advisor
    • Student Statement and Travel Budget
    • Verification of Conference Acceptance (i.e., notification letter or email)
    •  Funds provided by the faculty advisor (if any, to be confirmed during approval routing)
    • Funds provided by the department (if any, to be approved during approval routing)
    •  Requested amount of travel grant from CECS
  • A complete application must be submitted electronically via InfoReady. Students may access the form here.
    • Only completed applications submitted via InfoReady will be considered.
    • Each completed application will be routed for approval (as required) via InfoReady to the faculty advisor, department chair, and Dean’s office. 

In addition to the CECS Doctoral Conference Travel Grant, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for the Student Conference Presentation travel grant provided by the Office of Research, which provides up to $300 for travel-related expenses and or $40 for presentation materials.

CECS Experiential Learning & Career Development

CECS Experiential Learning 

The CECS Experiential Learning Program collaborates with industry to provide graduate students with career exploration through internship opportunities.  Students receive real-world experience and the tools to succeed in their chosen career. 

CECS Career Development Resources

The office offers many services from job search techniques and mock interviews to networking strategies.  Students can stop by the office for assistance.

Career Services

The Office of Career Services provides a variety of services that support students in all areas of career development and job search. Career Services offers career counseling in addition to career-related workshops and resources to all students.

National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity

The NCFDD is a nationally recognized, independent organization that provides online career development and mentoring resources for faculty, post-docs, and graduate students. The institutional membership was funded by a partnership between CECS and the Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at UM-Ann Arbor, and makes these resources available to all UM-Dearborn faculty.

CECS Graduate Education Office

Professional Education Center [PEC]
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