Four ECE ILLINOIS women invited to the Rising Stars of EECS workshop

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Rebecca Nash, ECE ILLINOIS
10/31/2016 4:31:20 PM

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Six of Illinois' brightest female graduate students—Qiaomin Xie, Minji Kim, Weina Wang, and Chuchu Fan of ECE as well as Motahhare Eslami and Wenxuan Zhou of CS—will join 50 others at this year’s Rising Stars of EECS workshop. This year's event will be hosted by Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, October 30 - November 1. 

Chuchu Fan, ECE ILLINOIS PhD student and research assistant
Chuchu Fan, ECE ILLINOIS PhD student and research assistant
Rising Stars is a career building workshop for female graduate students in the fields of electrical engineering and computer science. The workshop brings some of the brightest students together to discuss research interests and differing ways to pursue a career in academia. Participants have the opportunity to interact with over a dozen faculty members from renowned institutions and receive their advice about becoming a successful faculty member.

Each student invited to the workshop will give a presentation about her own graduate research and have the opportunity to collaborate with other students and faculty in the field. 

“I am looking forward to meeting female researchers from different places and learning about their inspiring research achievements,” said ECE ILLINOIS PhD student Chuchu Fan, who will discuss her exploration of the verification of cyber-physical systems like autonomous vehicles and medical devices.

Minji Kim, ECE ILLINOIS PhD student
Minji Kim, ECE ILLINOIS PhD student
“The workshop will cover various aspects of an academic career, from application, interviews, job offers, and life as a junior faculty. Most of the information can be found online, but the experience cannot be replaced,” said ECE ILLINOIS PhD student Minji Kim, who hopes to continue a research career in genomics. “I am looking forward to interacting with faculties to hear their own perspectives.”

Perhaps the most important aspect of Rising Stars is the lasting impact that it will have on its participants, who leave the conference with a new network of 50+ individuals they can reach out to for the remainder of their professional career. “I feel very honored and excited to be selected by the prestigious Rising Stars program,” Kim stated. “I was not expecting to be one of the participants. This precious opportunity helps me gain confidence in my research and encourages me to keep pursuing my academic dream.”

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