“The goal of the program is to help our students become more competitive for faculty positions. Fellows will receive support in preparing all elements of the faculty application and interview,” said Anjli Kumar, administrative research manager for the engineering school.
Tracy Volz, director of the school’s Engineering Communications Program, will aid fellows in preparing their written statements, curriculum vitae and faculty interview presentation. The dean of engineering
and chair of the fellow’s department will conduct mock faculty interviews and provide feedback to strengthen interview skills.
Fellows will attend workshops designed to support them as they prepare for faculty interviews. To enhance teaching skills, fellows will complete a practicum in which they teach or co-teach a course within their discipline. The Center for Teaching and Excellence
will provide training and observation evaluations. A monetary award of $4,000 will support each fellow for speaking at conferences and university seminars.
Rice Engineering has named its first 11 fellows including Jason Guo, who is a fifth-year Ph.D. student in bioengineering and works on injectable hydrogels for bone and cartilage repair in the lab of Antonios Mikos, the Louis Calder Professor of Bioengineering, and of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.
Guo intends to pursue a postdoctoral fellowship, followed by a faculty position where he can lead research in precision medicine and the development of stimuli-responsive materials for tissue repair. He earned his B.S. in biomedical engineering from Northwestern University.