The Consortium to Promote Reflection in Engineering Education (CPREE) and the Center for Engineering Learning and Teaching (CELT) are hosting a workshop on the use of reflection in engineering education. The workshop will take place in Seattle, September 14-15, 2017.

Space in this workshop is limited, so we are asking interested participants to submit a one-page statement of interest including the following information:

  1.  Your name and affiliation
  2.  Your experience with engineering education
  3.  One or more questions you have about reflection
  4.  What knowledge, experience, or insights you can bring to the workshop and share with the community
  5.  What you hope to get out of the workshop

If you are selected to participate in the workshop, you will be asked to submit an abstract by August 15, and bring a poster or handout to that meeting that describes either 1) work you have already done; OR 2) your ideas, questions, etc. about reflection, with the goal of sparking conversations.

Please submit applications Lesley Pfeifer at by 5pm on March 15, 2017.  Acceptance notifications will be sent out on March 31, 2017.

This application information, as well as further information about CPREE, can be found at

DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program – Due May 16, 2017

The Department of Energy’s Office of Science is now accepting applications for the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program (2017 Solicitation 1). Applications are due 5:00pm Eastern Time on Tuesday May 16, 2017. 

The SCGSR program provides doctoral dissertation/thesis research opportunities for graduate students at DOE national laboratories. Details about the program and online application can be found at

Starting from 2015 Solicitation 2, the SCGSR program is open to graduate students with Permanent Resident status, in addition to U.S. Citizens, who meet all other eligibility requirements. Detailed information about the program, including eligibility requirements and access to the online application system, can be found at:

The SCGSR program supports supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE national laboratory in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist for a period of 3 to 12 consecutive months—with the goal of preparing graduate students for scientific and technical careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission.

The SCGSR program is open to current Ph.D. students in qualified graduate programs at accredited U.S. academic institutions, who are conducting their graduate thesis research in targeted areas of importance to the DOE Office of Science. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students’ overall doctoral thesis/dissertation while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the DOE laboratories. The supplemental award provides for additional, incremental costs for living and travel expenses directly associated with conducting the SCGSR research project at the DOE host laboratory during the award period.

The Office of Science expects to make approximately 50 awards in 2017 Solicitation 1, for project periods beginning anytime between October 30, 2017 and February 28, 2018.

Since its inception in 2014, the SCGSR program has provided support to over 200 graduate awardees from about 90 different universities to conduct thesis research at DOE national laboratories across the nation.

The SCGSR program is sponsored and managed by the DOE Office of Science’s Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS), in collaboration with the six Office of Science research programs offices and the DOE national laboratories, and the Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education (ORISE).

For any questions, please contact the SCGSR Program Manager, Dr. Ping Ge, at

U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science

NOAA Aquaculture Funding Opportunity

Aquaculture Funding Opportunity Announced by Sea Grant – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is seeking research grant funding applications for its national initiative “… designed to foster the expansion of sustainable U.S. marine, coastal, and Great Lakes aquaculture. Successful applications must outline integrated projects that clearly address major constraints, barriers, or hurdles limiting United States aquaculture production …” – Eligible applicants include “… any individual; any public or private corporation, partnership, or other association or entity (including any Sea Grant College, Sea Grant Institute or other institution); or any State, political subdivision of a State, Tribal government or agency or officer …” – NOAA anticipates having approximately $12,000,000 in total available grant funds for the program with an award ceiling of $1,000,000.  Download a copy of the solicitation here.

Information extracted from Federal Science Partners newsletter.

SBDC Michigan Resources

How To Define and Reach Your Target Market 
Tuesday, March 7th, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Are you struggling to reach your audience? Learn how to define exactly who you are trying to reach and how to put yourself in front of those target markets effectively, efficiently and within budget. This webinar is designed for people who are looking to build their audience and customer-base for more sales.
Time Management: Maximize Profitability, Achieve More
by Doing Less
Thursday, March 9th, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
With the many interruptions in our schedule on a daily basis we lose 28% productivity, which equates to almost one full day a week!
This webinar helps busy professionals with organization, prioritization and narrowing their focus to achieve more and take back their time.
Entrepreneurial Operating System- Back by popular demand!
Click here to view this year’s lineup of EOS webinars!

Entrepreneurial Events and Opportunities (Source = VentureWell)

BMEidea– Our national BMEidea competition offers university biomedical entrepreneurs the chance to win up to $10,000 and receive critical early-stage validation of their ideas. Applications are due April 5

E-Team Program– Our E-Team program provides early-stage funding of up to $25,000 and cultivates opportunities for student STEM inventors and innovators to move ideas out of the lab and into the market. Attend our upcoming webinar on March 8 at 12:00pm EST to learn more about the program.
Applications are due May 3 and October 4

Cleantech to Market Selected technologies will receive approximately 1,000 hours of comprehensive market research. The program culminates in December with an in-depth market report, a public symposium showcasing the innovations, and presentation materials to be used for prospective investors or grant applications. Applications due February 28.

FLoW Cleantech University Prize– The FLoW DOE Cleantech UP competition is a clean energy business plan challenge offering teams of students, and/or new graduate entrepreneurs the opportunity to win $100,000+ in prize and grant money, receive expert mentoring, and connect with California’s largest utilities. Deadline March 1.

MassChallenge– MassChallenge is now accepting applications for its 2017 startup accelerator program. Apply now for equity-free access to mentors, office space, an alumni community that has raised $1.8B in funding, a dedicated network of top corporate partners and sponsors, and a chance to compete for a share of over $1.5M in no-equity cash awards! Deadline March 28.

Mass Ventures-The SBIR Targeted Technologies (START) program helps growing Massachusetts-based companies commercialize technologies developed under SBIR and STTR contracts. The START program plays an important role in powering Massachusetts’ Innovation Economy. Deadline April 3.

Deshpande Symposium– The Symposium provides an opportunity for entrepreneurship practitioners and researchers to share experiences, gain exposure to ideas and collaborate on activities that help accelerate innovation and entrepreneurship in colleges and universities from across North America. Award nominations are due April 4.

TechCo. Startup of the Year Competition– This program seeks diverse startups from all over the world, especially from areas that are newly emerging in the tech scene. It provides opportunities for startups to network with established brand leaders, investors and mentors in the tech industry and entrepreneurial ecosystem. Deadline April 20.

New Orbitrap Elite HPLC-MS Equipment: Learn how your samples can be run. Feb, 27 (Monday) 3-4 pm at GLRC 202

This is an introduction to the Orbitrap Elite MS funded by NSF’s MRI program.  The ChARM facility is seeking to attract potential users and enhance proposal writing mechanisms in our community.  Please also encourage your departmental students to attend at this talk too.

The 2D- Liquid Chromatograph and High-Resolution Mass Spectrometer in the Chemical Advanced Resolution Methods (ChARM) Core Facility at Michigan Tech: A Tool for Characterization of a Wide Range of Sample Analytes

Dr. Maryam Khaksari


A Thermo Scientific high-resolution Orbitrap Elite Mass Spectrometer (MS) and a Dionex UltiMate 3000 two-dimensional liquid chromatographic (2-D LC) system were installed in the Chemical Advanced Resolution Methods (ChARM) Core Facility, a part of the Microanalytical Facility (MAF), at Michigan Tech. The Orbitrap Elite MS is a hybrid instrument including a dual pressure linear ion trap MS and a compact high-field Orbitrap MS. The instrument design enables high-quality, fast MSn characterization with ultrahigh resolution (R = 240,000 at m/z 400) mass measurements with less than 1 ppm mass error. The instrument along with a couple of new software tools has qualitative capabilities for molecular formula identifications and structure elucidations. The combination of 2-D LC and Orbitrap Elite MS allows for separation, detection, quantitation and quantification of a wide range of sample analytes from environmental and atmospheric samples to metabolomics and proteomic applications. The facility is now available for project method development and user training. Currently, about 10 research groups at Michigan Tech are benefiting from this facility. Some of the ongoing research projects in the facility include determination of more than 20 different homologs of ethoxylated surfactants in a fresh water sample from Lake Ontario in order to reduce the number of unknown compounds in nontargeted analyses, characterization of dissolved organic matters (DOM) is Suwannee river fulvic acid samples, and identification of dissolved organic phosphorous (DOP) and their transformation products in wastewater samples.

Volunteer to judge for the Undergraduate Research Symposium

I’m very pleased to announce that we have a record number of abstracts submitted for this year’s Undergraduate Research Symposium:  74, almost double last year’s submissions.

We are seeking faculty and staff who are interested in judging student posters. The Symposium is Friday, March 17th from 1-5 pm in the Rosza Center.  Judges may select to judge between 1 and 3 pm or 3 and 5 pm as their schedule allows.
Please encourage your faculty and staff to consider joining us for this great display of the best of Michigan Tech – either as judges or as visitors!
Interested judges can register at this web site.
Thank you!

Lorelle Meadows, Ph.D.

Dean, Pavlis Honors College
Michigan Technological University
“Half of the curriculum walks in the room when the students do.” – Emily Style

LSAMP Research Program

The Syracuse University Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Research Program is a paid summer research opportunity that provides undergraduate scholars with the opportunity to work with distinguished faculty and staff as well as network with others in their field of interest. Student scholars have the opportunity to conduct and present research over a ten-week period under the direction of a faculty research mentor at Syracuse University.

Through this program, scholars will gain theoretical knowledge and practical training in academic research and scientific experimentation. The SU LSAMP research program was developed to aid in the retention of traditionally underrepresented groups in the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

What are the benefits?

  • $3400 research stipend
  • Round-trip travel stipend of up to $150*
  • Free double occupancy room on the SU campus
  • State-of-the-art laboratories, libraries, computers, etc.
  • Meals provided during group events

*For students living outside of the Syracuse area

Who is eligible?

  • Students must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident and African American, Latino, American Indian/Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or Native Pacific Islander.
  • Applicants must be in good academic standing with a GPA of 2.80 or better
  • Have completed at least two semesters of college
  • Participants may NOTtake courses during the summer program

Research Areas

Students may apply for research opportunities in any of the following NSF-classified STEM disciplines: Agricultural Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Environmental Science, Geosciences, Life/Biological Sciences, Mathematics, Physics/Astronomy

Application Deadline: March 3, 2017

Notification of acceptance will be March 31st


Danielle Lemon

Syracuse University LSAMP

404 Sims Hall

Syracuse, NY 13244

Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering/Science Program at Georgia Tech.

SURE is a 10-week residential summer research program offered at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA. The program focuses on rising juniors and seniors who are interested in attending graduate school in a STEM field. Students from under-represented minority groups and women are highly encouraged to apply.

  • Housing, meals, and travel expenses are provided, plus a $5,000 stipend
  • Advisement and mentoring by Georgia Tech graduate students and faculty
  • An opportunity to find out more about research and life at Georgia Tech!

Applications Open: November 15, 2016

Deadline for applications: March 1, 2017

For more information, contact us at Or visit

BBC tools for SBIR/STTR funding.

How to Manage Your SBIR/STTR Grant or Contract
Wednesday, March 1
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Leap Technology Innovation Center, E. Lansing
Whether you are anticipating an SBIR/STTR award or have already been funded, understanding the fundamentals necessary to manage your government dollars is key to organizing your business for success. This program provides training and guidance on budget preparation, government audits, indirect rate development, setting up policies and procedures and staying in compliance.  Cost: $50
Commercialization for Early-Stage Companies
Tuesday March 7
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Ann Arbor Spark Central Innovation Center, Ann Arbor
This class provides tips on developing a credible commercialization plan, using market research to direct your efforts, how to build a business model and commercialization planning differences across agencies. Learn how federal funding through the SBIR and STTR programs can be a valuable part of the process. Cost: Complimentary but registration is required.
SBIR/STTR Proposal Preparation for the National Science Foundation
Wednesday, March 8
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Lawrence Technological University, Southfield
This seminar presents essential information for crafting a competitive proposal for the NSF SBIR/STTR program. Training includes information and advice on addressing each section of your proposal, writing to meet reviewers’ expectations, preparing a credible commercialization plan and more. Cost: $75
Think Your Company is Too Big for SBIR Funding? Think Again.
Wednesday, March 8
5:30 – 7 p.m.
Lawrence Technological University, Southfield
It’s generally (mistakenly) believed that the SBIR and STTR programs are only for early-stage companies. But if your company is involved in doing things like…

* High-risk/high-reward projects that do not meet the criteria for internal funding
* Development of a new technology that is in-licensed
* Evolving a new product idea that is being jointly developed with another company

…you may be able to use the SBIR/STTR programs to supplement your internal R&D budget or to partially fund diversification into new business areas. Learn how your innovation and commercialization experience can give you an edge over companies that are still developing their first product or service. Cost: Complimentary but registration is required.

The ABC’s of SBIR/STTR Funding
Thursday, March 9
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Kettering University, Flint

Attend this Lunch & Learn and find out how the SBIR/STTR programs can provide a source of R&D funding between the initial development of your innovative idea and proof that it has potential in the marketplace. The session covers eligibility requirements, selecting the best agency for your technology, the differences between SBIR and STTR and more. Cost: Complimentary admission, but registration is required.