Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Who should apply?

    Early career female Ph.D. engineers. Early career includes postdoctoral researchers, assistant professors, assistant research professors, and other pre-tenure level science positions. The first LATTICE symposium in 2017 targets women in electrical engineering and computer science fields. The second LATTICE symposium in 2019 targets women in all fields of engineering who are also members of racial or ethnic minorities or persons with disabilities.

  • Do I have to have already completed my Ph.D. before applying?

    Given that LATTICE focus on addressing the critical transition period from graduate studies and post-doctoral positions to permanent research and teaching positions, priority will be given to individuals who have earned their doctoral degrees within the past two to twelve years and who do not have tenure.

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Symposium Logistics

  • How many symposia will you hold?

    The first LATTICE symposium was held in May 2017; the second will be held in 2019.

  • Do I need to stay for the entirety of the symposium? Can I attend for just a single day?

    Given the community we hope to establish through the LATTICE symposium, all participants, panelists, and facilitators are required to stay for the duration of the event. The LATTICE symposium model provides for deeper continuity, discussions, networking, and relationship building.

  • What topics will be addressed at the symposium?

    Visit the Symposium page for sample session topics. Please note that this symposium is not designed to address issues related to applying and interviewing for jobs, although some of the symposium panels and discussion might indirectly touch on these subjects.

  • How will housing be arranged at the symposium?

    Symposium participants will be assigned a roommate and share a large double room with another LATTICE participant. Accessible rooms will be available as needed.

  • How much does the symposium cost?

    The symposium costs (lodging and meals) will be covered by the NSF grant. No registration fee will be charged. Participants will be responsible for travel expenses.

  • Are travel funds available?

    Some travel funding may be available. Please check back to the website at a later date or contact for more information.

  • Can a family member come with me to the LATTICE symposium? 

    Our experience from the various early-career symposia we have run has made it clear that it would be very difficult for participants to take full advantage of the LATTICE experience if children or other family members attend. Our Symposium program runs from approximately 8 am until 8 pm, with lots of time for networking, conversations, and personal reflection. This program is an opportunity to take time to focus on you and creating the career and life you seek. Thus, participants are not able to bring their family with them. 

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Participant Selection

  • When does the application form open and close?

    The application period for the first LATTICE cohort is now closed.

  • When will participant decisions be made?

    Thirty early-career participants have been selected for the first LATTICE symposium to be held May 18–21, 2017. The selection time frame for participants for the 2019 LATTICE symposium is still to be determined.

  • How will participants be selected?

    LATTICE applications are evaluated using a rubric grounded in our basic criteria and goals. 

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Research Project FAQs

  • What are you studying?

    We are conducting ethnographic research to illuminate the values, relationships, and philosophies of the program organizers, early-career participants, and senior panelists to encourage the consideration of social dynamics and power relations involved in broadening participation interventions. The project also hopes to identify the strategies used to guide program content and structure delivery in order to form and disseminate a replicable “recipe” for success for future leaders and change agents looking to broaden participation in STEM.

  • What is ethnographic research?

    Ethnography is a type of qualitative research that focuses on the study of human society and culture. While “culture” may have many meanings, Merriam (2009) defines culture as it pertains to ethnographic research as the “beliefs, values, and attitudes that structure the behavior patterns of a specific group of people”. Ethnographic researchers tend to collect data by immersing themselves in the culture of study as a participant observer, and by conducting both formal and informal interviews with participants.

  • Why ethnography?

    The greatest benefit of ethnography is obtaining what is referred to as “thick description” or data that illuminates not just behavior, but also context in order to make behavior and social events meaningful for outsiders, and help outsiders to gain perspective into participants’ social realities. For the purposes of this project, ethnographic research will allow researchers to gain insight into, essentially, what makes the program and the program team successful in order to provide replicable guidelines for future programs.

  • For more information about the research project, click here.

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Miscellaneous FAQs

  • How is LATTICE funded? And how long is the funding?

    The LATTICE program is made possible by a grant from the National Science Foundation (Award HRD-1500310). The award period is Fall 2015–Winter 2020.

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