Welcome to Rising Stars 2019

Rising Stars is an intensive workshop for women graduate students and postdocs who are interested in pursuing academic careers in computer science, computer engineering and electrical engineering. Launched at MIT in 2012, the annual event has since been hosted at the University of California at Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon University, MIT and Stanford University. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is delighted to host the 2019 workshop.


“The Rising Stars workshop was an incredible opportunity to learn from the best of the best in academia, interact with phenomenal mentors, and connect with outstanding peers.”

– Illinois CS Assistant Professor Dakshita Khurana


Applicants must be women graduate students within about 1-2 years of graduating with a PhD at the time of the workshop, or they must have obtained a PhD no earlier than 2016 and not currently hold a faculty position. All applications must be submitted by June 17, 2019.

Application Materials

Required Materials:
1) Research Statement (maximum 2 pages, excluding references, PDF)
2) CV (no page limit, PDF)
3) Contact & Personal Information, Education History, and Research Interests (please complete the online form)
4) At least one reference who can provide a letter of recommendation. (A recommendation request will be sent when you add your reference to the application system.)

Optional Materials:

1) Teaching Statement (maximum 2 pages, excluding references, PDF)
2) Diversity Statement (maximum 2 pages, excluding references, PDF)

Application Deadline: June 17, 2019 (11:59 PM CDT)
Notification: July 26, 2019.  Everyone who applied has been sent an email with results!
Rising Stars 2019 Workshop: October 29 – November 1

Accommodations and Travel

The Department of Computer Science and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will cover meals and shared accommodations for three nights, and will cover reasonable travel expenses (e.g., air, rail).

Conference Hotel:
The Hyatt Place Champaign/Urbana

217 N. Neil Street
Champaign, Illinois
United States, 61820

Contact Us

Email inquiries can be directed to: risingstars2019@illinois.edu

2019 Workshop Co-Chairs

Nancy Amato

Nancy M. Amato
Abel Bliss Professor and Head
Department of Computer Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2232 Siebel Center
201 N. Goodwin Ave., Urbana IL 61801

Wen-mei Hwu

Wen-mei Hwu
AMD Jerry Sanders Chair and Acting Head
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2090 ECE Building
306 N. Wright St., Urbana, IL 61801

Organizing Committee