Category Archives: Award Opportunities

NSF Workshop for Postdocs & Senior Graduate Students in Engineering

I am a co-PI on a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded project to provide Professional Preparation of Underrepresented Minority PhD’s and Post-Docs for a Career in Engineering Academia. The first group of fellows participated in the summer workshop in 2017 at The University of Akron. We are currently recruiting for a second group of fellows to participation in 2018, with the summer workshop at The University of Houston. I am hoping that you may know some students or postdocs at your institutions who are interested in participating, and that you would forward them the information and encourage them to apply.

The attached flier contains more information about the benefits for participating, the activities, and logistics.  If interested, please fill out an interest survey(http://www.uakron.edu/interest-survey/) by January 1 2018.  Additional details will follow.

Key information:

Interest survey due: January 1, 2018

Tentative dates of summer workshop: June 4-June 14, meals and on-campus housing provided

Stipends: $937 for PhD students,  ½ awarded after June 14, and ½ at the end of spring.

Eligibility: Participants must be PhD student or post-doc in engineering. NSF defines underrepresented groups in engineering as women, ethnic minorities and persons with disabilities.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Best,

Becky

2018Workshop_Flyer


Rebecca Kuntz Willits, Ph.D.
Margaret F. Donovan Endowed Chair for Women in Engineering
Associate Chair for Graduate Studies in Biomedical Engineering
Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering
The University of Akron
Akron, OH -0302

http://uakron.edu/u/mte


2018 Curtis W. McGraw Research Award due Dec. 1

The Engineering Research Council (ERC) Awards Committee continue accepting nominations for the 2018 Curtis W. McGraw Research Award.  The Curtis W. McGraw Research Award was established in 1957 to recognize outstanding early achievements by young engineering faculty and to encourage the continuance of such productivity.  The award consists of a $1,500 honorarium and a certificate, as well as reasonable travel costs, up to $750, to attend the Engineering Research Council (ERC) Annual Conference where the award is presented. We are accepting nominations for candidates under the age of 40 years on June 30, 2018.  While we will accept multiple nominations from a single institution, our preference is one nomination per institution.

Nominations will be accepted through December 1, 2017. The McGraw Research Award offers an excellent opportunity for those exceptional young faculty in your colleges and schools to begin to shape professional and societal recognition sections of their CVs.

Nomination guidelines for the award can be found at: https://www.asee.org/member-resources/awards/full-list-of-awards/council-awards#ERC_Curtis_W_McGraw_Research_Award

Best regards,

Jean VanderGheynst

Chair, ASEE Engineering Research Council Awards Committee

Jean VanderGheynst

Professor and Executive Associate Dean

College of Engineering, University of California, Davis

http://engineering.ucdavis.edu

mailto: jsvander@ucdavis.edu


AAAS’s Golden Goose Award: Nominations due by Dec. 31st

NOMINATION CRITERIA AND INSTRUCTIONS

For consideration for the 2018 Award, please submit by December 31, 2017.

THE AWARD PURPOSE

The purpose of the Golden Goose Award is to demonstrate the human and/or economic benefits of federally funded scientific research. It is also intended to demonstrate that scientific outcomes build upon each other and that the technological advances that flow from them cannot easily be predicted at the outset of a particular scientific research project. The award highlights and honors examples of scientific studies or research that may have seemed obscure, sounded “funny,” or for which the results were totally unforeseen at the outset, but which ultimately led, often serendipitously, to major breakthroughs that have had significant societal impact.

NOMINATION CRITERIA

  • Projects that resulted in transformational scientific or technological changes and societal impacts that were unforeseen at the time the original research was conducted;
  • Projects that may have appeared unusual, obscure or which sounded “funny” or whose value could have been questioned at the time the research was originally conducted; and/or
  • Research discoveries that were serendipitous in nature – where the discovery resulted from observations or research that initially focused in an entirely different direction at the time it was initiated and funded.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • The nominee’s research must already have led to demonstrable, significant social or economic benefits (the Golden Goose Award is not intended to honor current research that might lead to breakthroughs in the future).
  • Nominees must have received federally funded research support in the form of grants or other funding mechanisms that contributed to the discovery or breakthrough that is being nominated. (Granting agencies include, but are not limited to, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, NASA, and the Departments of Defense, Agriculture, and Energy.)
  • Individuals or research teams may be nominated for their work.
  • Individuals may be nominated for their work posthumously, but only if an individual or organizational representative is available to accept the award on their behalf.

ADDITIONAL NOMINATION INFORMATION

  • Organizations or individuals are not limited in the number of nominations they may submit.
  • Self-nominations are not permitted.
  • Prior nomination does not exclude a candidate from consideration in subsequent years.
  • All nominations will be reviewed for completeness and for meeting the basic nomination criteria and eligibility requirements by the Golden Goose Steering Committee.
  • Outstanding nominations that fully meet nomination criteria and eligibility requirements and that are deemed to best exemplify the purpose of the Golden Goose Award will undergo review by the Selection Committee which comprises distinguished scientists and engineers across a range of disciplines.
  • During the Award year, the Golden Goose Steering Committee will ask winners to participate in an Award Ceremony to be held on Capitol Hill, and possibly other outreach and promotional activities related to the Award.

NOMINATION PROCEDURES

Nominators should provide:

  • Their name, position, affiliated institution and/or organization, and professional address and phone number.
  • The name and title of the individual candidate or research team being nominated for the Golden Goose Award.  Additional contact information such as phone number, professional address and e-mail of the nominee(s) should be provided if available
  • A statement, not to exceed 1000 words, summarizes why/how this nomination exemplifies the purpose of the Golden Goose Award. The statement should:
    • Describe the specific nature of the research conducted by the nominated individual(s), including the specific federal agencies that supported their work.
    • Explain how the research appeared unusual, obscure,  sounded “funny” and/or could have been viewed as having questionable value at the time it was originally funded;
    • Explain how the results from the particular research were unexpected, unforeseen and/or serendipitous in nature;
    • Describe the economic, societal and/or transformations scientific impact of the research.
  • The inclusion of additional references and web links to articles, videos and other materials that help to describe the ‘story’ behind the research of the nominated individual(s) is encouraged.

All materials become the property of the Golden Goose Steering Committee.


Nominations Open for 2018 MAGS Excellence in Teaching Awards

Nominations are now open for the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) Excellence in Teaching Awards. Michigan Tech may nominate one student at the MS and PhD level. Nominations are due to the Graduate School no later than 4 p.m. Jan 10.

Eligible students:

  • will have been enrolled at Michigan Tech during the 2017 calendar year and have a teaching appointment
  • will have earned the Michigan Tech Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award
  • will have an excellent teaching portfolio and student evaluations

Graduate program assistants and directors have been provided a list of eligible students.

See the application page for complete details on what is required for a nomination.


NAE Awards: Nominations open Jan 1, 2018

Nominations for the 2018 Simon Ramo Founders Award, the 2018 Arthur M. Bueche Award, the 2019 Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Prize, and the 2019 Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education will be accepted beginning January 1, 2018.


Nominations open for 2018 MAGS Excellence in Teaching Awards

Nominations are now open for the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) Excellence in Teaching Awards.  Michigan Tech may nominate one student at the MS and PhD level. Each graduate program may nominate one student at the MS and PhD level. Nominations are due to the Graduate School no later than 4pm, January 10, 2018.

Eligible students

  • will have been enrolled at Michigan Tech during the 2017 calendar year and have a teaching appointment
  • will have earned the Michigan Tech Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award
  • will have an excellent teaching portfolio and student evaluations

See the application page for complete details on what is required for a nomination.

Michigan Tech Graduate School
gradschool@mtu.edu

906-487-2327 (voice)

906-487-2284 (fax)

Resources for current students:
http://www.mtu.edu/gradschool/resources-for/students/

 


Faculty: Opportunity for Funding for Minority Students Conducting Undergraduate Research

Faculty Mentors, I am writing to make you aware of an opportunity for undergraduate student funding for research through the Michigan Space Grant Consortium.  Michigan Space Grant offers funding specifically for Under-Represented Minority Students engaged in research that relates to NASA’s very broadly defined interests.  This can include research related to health, earth science, and space and planetary science and exploration, as well as science education.

Details can be found at this site.  Applications are due for our campus on November 17th.
Here is an overview:

MSGC Undergraduate-Under-Represented Minority Fellowship Program

The Consortium offers up to $14,000 in support in the form of undergraduate fellowships of $2,500 to under-represented minority students.   This program is similar to the MSGC Undergraduate and Graduate Fellowship Program, with the following differences:

  • Applicants must be under-represented minority (African-American, Hispanic, Latino, Native Americans, and Pacific Islanders) undergraduates who are U.S. citizens and currently enrolled at MSGC Affiliate Institutions.
  • Under-represented minority students who are U.S. Citizens and have a GPA below 3.0, but have strong mentorship, do qualify for an award.
  • Mentors qualify for $1,000 per student.  A mentor may have up to two under-represented minority students on his/her team.  MSGC funds cannot be used to pay salaries or travel to persons that are not U.S. Citizens.  MSGC funds can be used to purchase supplies and services for the project.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.
Best wishes!
Lorelle Meadows

Lorelle Meadows, Ph.D.

Dean, Pavlis Honors College
Michigan Technological University
lameadows@mtu.edu
906-487-2827

Call for Nominations for the Curtis W. McGraw Research Award

The Engineering Research Council of ASEE is pleased to announce the 2018 call for nominations for the Curtis W. McGraw Research Award.  The Curtis W. McGraw Research Award was established in 1957 to recognize outstanding early achievements by young engineering faculty and to encourage the continuance of such productivity.  The award consists of a $1,500 honorarium and a certificate, as well as reasonable travel costs, up to $750, to attend the Engineering Research Council (ERC) Annual Conference where the award is presented. We are accepting nominations for candidates under the age of 40 years on June 30, 2018.  While we will accept multiple nominations from a single institution, our preference is one nomination per institution.

 

Nominations will be accepted through December 1, 2017. The McGraw Research Award offers an excellent opportunity for those exceptional young faculty in your colleges and schools to begin to shape professional and societal recognition sections of their CVs.

Nomination guidelines for the award can be found at: https://www.asee.org/member-resources/awards/full-list-of-awards/council-awards#ERC_Curtis_W_McGraw_Research_Award

Best regards,

Jean VanderGheynst

Chair, ASEE Engineering Research Council Awards Committee

 

Professor and Executive Associate Dean

College of Engineering, University of California, Davis

http://engineering.ucdavis.edu

mailto: jsvander@ucdavis.edu



2018 Blavatnik National Awards

We are now accepting nominations for the 2018 Blavatnik National Awards. Please see the solicitation announcement below.

The nominee must:

  • Have been born in or after 1976.
  • Hold a doctorate degree (PhD, DPhil, MD, DDS, DVM, etc.).
  • Currently hold a faculty position at an invited institution in the United States.
  • Currently conduct research as a principal investigator in one of the disciplinary categories in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, or Chemistry.

This is a limited submission opportunity. A university can only nominate one person from each of the following disciplines:

  • Life Sciences
  • Physical Sciences & Engineering
  • Chemistry

Since this is a limited submission opportunity, nominations will have to follow the limited submission guidelines. The internal deadline is six weeks prior to the sponsor deadline, so nominations will be due October 4th by 4:00 p.m.