2018 Undergraduate Research Symposium

The Pavlis Honors College invites students, faculty and staff to the Sixth Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium from 1-5 p.m. Friday, March 23 in the lobby of the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts.

Save the date. The Symposium will highlight the cutting-edge research conducted on Michigan Tech’s campus by some of our best and brightest undergraduate students. The students presenting represent a wide array of scientific and engineering disciplines from across campus and highlight the diversity of research areas being explored.

Share this opportunity with interested faculty and students. Visit the Undergraduate Research Symposium website for more information regarding abstract submission and judging opportunities.

This symposium coincides with Tech’s Preview Day and is therefore a great way to share the exciting research projects ongoing across campus with high school students considering attending Michigan Tech. We encourage all faculty, staff and students to attend and support our excellent undergraduate researchers.

SPARK session by Alaina Levine: Jan. 24, 9-6 MUB Ballroom B

I am delighted to invite you all to the event (Spark). Please attend the sessions if you can, and do encourage your students to attend as well. They can register for the sessions via  https://goo.gl/forms/4zqsGCHrVQ2Zqr8L2.
You can find more details about the schedule and sessions here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/404449663338724/  (This too has a registration link.  )




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Now Accepting Nominations: 2018 Governor’s Energy Excellence Awards

Nominations deadline March 31, 2018
LANSING – Nominations are now being accepted for the Governor’s Energy Excellence Awards to honor Michigan organizations and individuals for their commitment to responsible energy production and consumption.
The Governor’s Energy Excellence Awards celebrate outstanding achievements by recognizing people and organizations that have taken firm, meaningful actions to stop energy waste. Last year, energy solutions honored at the awards ranged from installing energy-efficient, state-of-the-art heating, cooling and lighting systems to common-sense, lower-cost steps like caulking windows and adding insulation.
“We agree with Gov. Rick Snyder that energy efficiency doesn’t mean doing less; it means doing as much or more, but using less energy to get it done,” said Mary Templeton, president and CEO of Michigan Saves and chair of the event’s steering committee. “We also agree that energy efficiency is the best example of a no-regrets policy Michigan can have.”
Nominations can be submitted online at www.mienergyexcellence.org through March 31 with winners to be announced at a celebration in the fall.
“The awards are a forum for sharing best practices and inspiring others to follow the winners’ lead, which is why we want to find the best examples of energy-efficiency projects — whether they are the work of students, farmers, public sector employees, nonprofit organizations, small-business owners or major corporations,” Templeton added.
Nominations can be made in the following eight categories:
  • Innovator of the Year – Presented to an individual driving innovation in Michigan’s energy-efficiency industry
  • Best Program – Presented to an organization committed to communicating the benefits of energy efficiency
  • Contractor of the Year – Presented to an energy-efficiency contractor
  • Best Projects: Residential – Presented to a homeowner
  • Best Projects: Agriculture – Presented to an agricultural operation
  • Best Projects: Industrial/Manufacturing – Presented to a manufacturing operation
  • Best Projects: Commercial – Presented to owners or operators of commercial buildings
  • Best Projects: Public – Presented to a public sector entity
Energy-efficient project work must have been completed between January 1 and December 31, 2017. For a complete list of award rules and nomination criteria, visit: www.mienergyexcellence.org.
The Governor’s Energy Excellence Awards recognize Michigan organizations and individuals for their commitment to responsible energy consumption. For more information, please visit www.mienergyexcellence.org.

Amgen Scholars Summer Program

Every year, the Amgen Scholars Program provides 240 selected undergraduate students with the opportunity to engage in a hands-on research experience at many of Europe, USA, and Asia’s premier educational institutions – posted on Trialect . Eligible students enrolled at colleges and universities throughout the world may apply. Stipend, Housing and round-trip travel costs are covered and the amount depends on the host University. Depending up on where you live, you can apply to the following programs:

Amgen Scholars Europe
Amgen Scholars USA
Amgen Scholars Worldwide

We appreciate if you can refer medical students and undergraduate students in life sciences to these programs.

SURF Workshop Jan. 17, 6 to 7 p.m. in Fisher 130

by Pavlis Honors College

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Workshop will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. tomorrow (Jan. 17) in Fisher 130. The workshop will be led by SURF Coordinator Will Cantrell.

The SURF program offers undergraduate students a $4,000 stipend to work for 10 weeks on research on campus in the summer. Applications are open to all Tech undergraduates who have at least one semester remaining after the summer. In order to be eligible for SURF, students must submit their applications by 4 p.m. Jan. 26.

If you know of students interested in participating in a summer fellowship on campus, encourage them to attend the workshop.

More information on other upcoming undergraduate research workshops is available online.

Public Comments Requested on Draft of IPCC Report

(from Federal Science Partners)

The U.S. Department of State seeks expert comment on the second-order draft of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on “Impacts of Global Warming of 1.5°C Above Pre-Industrial Levels and Related Global Greenhouse Gas Emission Pathways, in the Context of Strengthening the Global Response to the Threat of Climate Change, Sustainable Development, and Efforts to Eradicate Poverty” (aka the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C).  General information such as the Special Report outline and assessment development timeline/procedures can be found on the USGCRP Open Notices page; more detailed information—i.e., an IPCC guidance note, more background, review instructions, supplementary materials, and the draft report itself (including the first draft of its Summary for Policymakers)—can be found on the USGCRP Review and Comment System. You must first register for the review and agree to the terms before being granted access to the site. Consult the Federal Register Notice for a brief summary of the process.  Comments are solicited from the U.S. scientific community and interested stakeholders. All comments must be input via the USGCRP Review and Comment System by 11:59 p.m. ET, Thursday, 8 February 2018, if they are to be considered by the Federal expert panel tasked with preparing the U.S. transmittal to IPCC.

DOD funding opportunity: seminar “ESTCP Funding Opportunities” on January 18, 2018, from 1:30-2:30 p.m. ET

DOD’s Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) Announces Funding Opportunity – ESTCP is the Department of Defense’s (DoD) demonstration and validation program for environmental and installation energy technologies. The ESTCP Office is interested in receiving pre-proposals for innovative technology demonstrations that address DoD environmental and installation energy requirements as candidates for funding.  The topic areas for this solicitation include: Innovative Technology Transfer Approaches; Long Term Management of Contaminated Aquatic Sediments; Management of Contaminated Groundwater; Detection, Classification, and Remediation of Military Munitions in Underwater Environments; Department of Defense (DoD) Installation Infrastructure Risk Exposure and Resilience Decision Support Tools; Demonstration/Validation of Fluorine-Free Aqueous Film Forming Foam; Energy Efficiency Technology Demonstrations Integrated with Utility Energy Services Contracts (UESC); Effective Use of Utility and Facility Data to Improve the Management, Operation and Maintenance of Facilities; and Large Scale Energy Storage and Microgrids. Additional information including submittal instructions can be found here.  The due date for all pre-proposals is March 8, 2018 by 2:00 p.m. ET. More information about the solicitation, including instructions and deadlines, is available on the ESTCP website under Funding Opportunities.  ESTCP Director Dr. Herb Nelson and Deputy Director Dr. Andrea Leeson will conduct an online seminar “ESTCP Funding Opportunities” on January 18, 2018, from 1:30-2:30 p.m. ET. This briefing will offer information for those interested in new ESTCP funding opportunities. During the online seminar, participants may ask questions about the funding process, the current ESTCP solicitation, and the proposal submission process.

Robotic Student Team registration is now open for the 26th Annual Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC) 1-4 June 2018 Oakland University Rochester Michigan

Registration is now open for University and College Teams for the 2018  26th Annual Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC) 1-4 June 2018 Oakland University Rochester Michigan.

Registration forms are available on http://www.igvc.org/registration.htm

Please note registration is limited to no more than 3 teams per University campus or college.  If you have any questions please contact me at gerald.lane50@gmail.com
For more information on IGVC go to www.IGVC.org
Gerald R. Lane
IGVC Co-Chairman & Co-Founder
Great Lakes Systems & Technology LLC (GLS&T)