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MIT CEE Rising Stars Workshop October 15-16, 2015

Markus J. Buehler's picture

MIT invites top early career women in Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) and related domains (e.g. mechanics, materials, environmental and earth science) who are interested in careers in academia to apply to attend this new innovative workshop to be held on the MIT campus.

The event will bring together the next generation of female CEE leaders from across the country for two days of scientific interactions and career-oriented discussions. It will feature research presentations from the participants, faculty talks, panels on issues relevant to academic careers, and opportunities for informal networking with other MIT faculty. Space is limited, so apply now. A group of 20 outstanding candidates will be selected from all submissions.

Applicants must be female and be within approximately one year of graduating with their PhD or have obtained their PhD no earlier than 2010.

Application Process
Applicants should apply by visiting the CEE Rising Stars web site ( In addition, applicants must submit a nomination letter from a faculty member, a CV, and a one page research statement. Visit the web site for complete submission instructions.

Travel and Accommodations
MIT will cover meals and shared accommodation for two nights, and reimburse up to $600 in travel (air, rail).

Application deadline is August 31, 2015.

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Seems to me as a discrimination of men !!!!

I have never seen workshop just for men!!!

Dibakar Datta's picture

I think it's a great initiative by Prof. Buehler. Number of women in fields like CEE/Mechanical Sciences is much less as compared to men. Fields like Medical Sciences/Fashion Design attract more female. Number of male members in iMechanica is far more than female members.

 With this kind of workshop, female scientists will get more encouragement to enter in these fields. I want to thank Prof. M Buehler and his team for taking this pioneering step.



I answer just be definition of discrimination from Cambridge English Dictionary

 treating a person or particular group of people differently, because of their skin colour, sex, sexuality, etc.

So clearly, this initiative is discrimination, even if you think it is a  great initiative. You are right that the field does not attract women, but attracting them by discriminating other group is not the right way.

Francisco Lopez Jimenez's picture

For a more complete discusion, you might also want to include (from the same dictionary) the definition of positive or reverse discrimination: the act of giving advantage to those groups in society that are often treated unfairly, usually because of their race, sex, or sexuality.

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