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2019 AAAS Awards and Prizes

2019 AAAS Awards & Prizes
AAAS Awards and Prizes recognize significant contributions to science and the public’s understanding of science in public engagement, journalism, diplomacy, research, public service and more. Learn more about the range of categories and submit your nomination today.
  AAAS Award for Public Engagement with Science recognizes scientists and engineers who have made outstanding contributions to the “popularization of science.”

AAAS Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science recognizes early-career scientists and engineers who have demonstrated excellence in their contributions to public engagement with science activities.

AAAS Award for Science Diplomacy recognizes an individual, or team of individuals, in the scientific and engineering or foreign affairs communities making an outstanding contribution to furthering science diplomacy.

AAAS Award for Scientific Freedom and Responsibility honors scientists, engineers, and their organizations whose exemplary actions have served to foster scientific freedom and responsibility.

AAAS Mentor Award honors scientists and engineers who have mentored significant numbers of students from underrepresented groups to the completion of doctoral studies or who have impacted the climate of a department, college, or institution to significantly increase the diversity of students pursuing and completing doctoral studies. The award is intended for early- to mid-career individuals.

AAAS Mentor Award for Lifetime Achievement honors scientists and engineers who, over a period of 25 years or more, have mentored significant numbers of students from underrepresented groups to the completion of doctoral studies or who have impacted the climate of a department, college, or institution to significantly increase the diversity of students pursuing and completing doctoral studies.

AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize is awarded to the author or authors of an outstanding paper published in the Research Articles or Reports sections of Science that includes original research data, theory, or synthesis; is a fundamental contribution to basic knowledge or is a technical achievement of far-reaching consequence; and is a first-time publication of the author’s own work.

AAAS Philip Hauge Abelson Prize recognizes an individual who has made exceptional contributions to the advancement of science as a public servant, or a scientist who has been distinguished for both scientific achievement and other notable services to the scientific community.

AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prizes for Excellence in Science Books recognize outstanding science writing and illustration in books for children and young adults.

Science Magazine Awards recognize achievements by scientists at all stages of their careers and is sponsored or cosponsored by Science and its publisher, the American Association for the Advancement of Science.




Eduroam Now Available

Michigan Tech is now a member of eduroam, a wireless network that lets faculty, staff and students securely connect to the internet when they travel to other eduroam campuses. Eduroam shows up on your computers and devices as the wireless SSID “eduroam.”

Your Michigan Tech ISO username and password are used to connect to the network. Likewise, visitors from participating schools can log on to the eduroam network at Michigan Tech with their school username and password. Eduroam doesn’t replace the MichiganTechGuest wireless network, but it provides another convenient option for traveling faculty, staff, students and visitors.

Have questions or want to set up your laptop or mobile device to use eduroam on campus or on an upcoming trip?

You can check out our eduroam knowledge base article, give us a call at 7-1111, or email us.

Lunch & Learn: Incorporating Media in your proposal to get the grant and broaden impact

Thanks to those of you who were able to attend yesterday’s session on incorperating media, and specifically the CinOptic Enterprise, into your research projects. Attached are the slides from the session. Please feel free to share with your campus colleagues. Contact any of the presenters to ask further questions.

Direct link:
This can also be found on the RD Toolkit under Past Events:

VentureWell Competitions

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. Deadline is April 4. Apply now!

E-Team Grant Program:
Receive an E-Team grant and get training through our early-stage innovator training program. The training provides peer networking, expert coaching, national recognition, and hands-on workshops to move your innovation forward.

Attend an informational webinar to learn more about the program, webinar dates are March 9 and March 28. Program applications are due May 2. Apply now!

Other Opportunities:
Mass Challenge:
The MassChallenge program helps entrepreneurs solve the world’s biggest challenges. They accelerate the highest-impact, highest-potential startups through a selective, zero-equity program that connects participants to up to $2M in cash prizes, an established international community of startups, world-class mentoring from industry experts, tailored programming, and unrivaled access to corporate partners. The deadline to register is March 28, 2018.

AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassadors Program:
The AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassadors Program is now accepting applications and nominations for the 2018-2019 Class of Invention Ambassadors. The program strives to inspire a diverse generation of inventors dedicated to solving global challenges, inform on the components needed to create inventions that solve global problems, and influence policy makers, thought leaders, and the public. Ambassadorships are 12 months long. Applications and nominations are due by 11:59 PM EST on March 30, 2018.

The nomination period is now open for the Mara H. Wasburn Early Engineering Educator Grant (EEEG) for the 2018 conference!

Nomination packets are due by March 2, 2018

The Women in Engineering Division (WIED) of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) will award up to two grants to travel to the 2018 ASEE Annual Conference as part of its Mara H. Wasburn Early Engineering Educator Grant program. Each grant consists of reimbursement of receipted registration, travel, food, and accommodation expenses up to a maximum of $2,000. Grant recipients are expected to attend the full duration of the conference, including the WIED Business Lunch and Reception, and one WIED-sponsored workshop.

In 2010, the Women in Engineering Division (WIED) of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) initiated the Apprentice Educator Grant (AEG) program to provide a $2,000 travel grant to the ASEE Annual Conference. In 2011, the award was renamed the Mara H. Wasburn Early Educator Grant (EEEG) in honor of Dr. Wasburn, whose passion for encouraging young female engineering educators was renowned.

Dr. Mara H. Wasburn (22 February 1941 – 27 March 2011) was a professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership and Supervision at Purdue University and her work on mentoring is recognized worldwide. Her mentoring model, Strategic Collaboration, was copyrighted and has been applied to both business and academic environments internationally. She was very active in ASEE, particularly WIED; and in return, we honor her commitment to mentoring and the academic advancement of women in technology and engineering.

The Mara H. Wasburn EEEG is awarded to a woman planning to pursue a career in engineering education, who has a demonstrated commitment to innovation in teaching and/or potential for substantial contributions to the field. Eligible women include:  graduate students, post-docs, lecturers, research associates, and also non-tenure track faculty. Tenure-track women faculty who were not more than three years into their first faculty position are also eligible.

Learn more about past EEEG winners here.

What are the goals of the program?

  • To recognize and support women at the entry/launch point of their engineering education career who have the potential to contribute to the engineering education community and support the mission of WIED.

Who is eligible?

  • Women planning to pursue a career in engineering education, who have a demonstrated commitment to innovation in teaching; and/or potential for substantial contributions to the field; and a demonstrated interest in advancing women in engineering. The nominee does not need to be a member of ASEE.
  • Eligible women are graduate students, post-docs, lecturers, and research associates.  Tenure-track and non-tenure track women faculty who are not more than three years into their first faculty position are also eligible.

How do you apply?

  • Candidates can either be self-nominated or nominated by an advisor, mentor, supervisor, or colleague.
  • Nominees should complete a nomination packet as described below and submit to the WIED Director of Awards, Lily Gossage Please use the subject line “EEEG Nomination.” Submission of pdf files is preferred, but Word files will also be accepted.

What Does the Nomination Packet Include?

  1. Nomination Materials (up to 2 pages)
    • Nominee information – name/address/phone/e-mail address
    • Nominator information – name/address/phone/ e-mail address
    • Nominee Education – degree(s), institution(s), major(s), date(s) and thesis/dissertation title(s), if applicable
    • Description of activities related to advancing women and girls in engineering (K-workforce)
    • Awards and honors
    • Teaching and course development activities
    • Other instructional innovations or educational research
    • Research activities/presentations
    • List of refereed publications
    • Signatures of nominee and nominator with dates (signatures may be electronic)
  2. Statement of the nominee’s teaching philosophy including how they have applied current engineering education research to their teaching (1 page)
  3. Statement of the nominee’s career goals, and interest related to increasing access, retention and advancement of women in engineering (up to 2 pages)
  4. One letter of recommendation from a teaching mentor (up to 2 pages)
    *Please note that page limits are strictly enforced

How Are Nominations Evaluated?

  • Nominees are evaluated on:  a) record of achievement, b) current contributions and potential for future contributions to engineering education, and c) demonstrated commitment increasing access, retention and/or advancement of women in engineering.

Suggestions for EEEG Nominations
Successful nominations will:

  • Focus on evidence of commitment to and potential for future contributions to the profession of engineering education in both the nominee’s statements and letters of recommendation.
  • Give details and examples throughout their teaching philosophy, statement of career goals and letters of recommendation, such as:
    • Descriptions of experiences in engineering education that demonstrate the potential for the nominee’s future contributions to the profession. Include specifics that demonstrate interest in advancing women in engineering.
    • Specific teaching strategies, primary objectives, and evidence that teaching development is important (for instance, attending engineering education conferences or trying innovative teaching techniques).
  • Provide a letter of recommendation that focuses on the nominee’s potential contributions to the engineering education profession and to women in engineering. Letters that characterize qualities of the nominee that directly relate to the grant objectives are particularly useful.

When Is the Deadline?

  • Nomination packets are due March 2, 2018 to the ASEE WIED Director of Awards. All nominations are acknowledged via email. Winners of the Mara H. Wasburn Early Engineering Educator Grant awards are expected to be determined in mid-March prior to the annual conference and each applicant will be notified by email of their status at that time.


Join a consortium bid for USAID

Michigan Tech is responding to an opportunity to join a consortium in a bid to become a Research Technical Assistance Center for the USAID. This is a non-exclusive opportunity, with no funding at this time. Essentially, DAI Global (referenced in the email with more information below) is building a team and associated expertise for an initial bid to USAID. Should this bid be selected by USAID, it may lead to future opportunities that would require technical/research expertise from among the pool of expertise highlighted by the partners in the DAI team. In other words, there is no funding now but this could lead to funding in the future.
Michigan Tech is providing a letter of support/interest. Here is where your help is needed: DAI also needs individual statements of commitment from relevant faculty, postdocs, grad students, research scientists.  These must be received by February 28. The form is available by emailing Pete I have filled in some of the boilerplate information, the remaining items should only take a couple of minutes for each individual to complete. If you have interest in USAID work in developing countries, please consider taking a moment to fill in the attached form.
Forms can be emailed directly to DAI’s point of contact Anand Varghese at: or they can be forwarded to me and I will compile and send. Forms are needed by February 28, so this is a short timeline. I’ve included leaders of relevant areas on campus – please forward to others who may have interest. 
Our point of contact at DAI has offered to discuss and answer any questions that should arise. Let me know if you have any questions and I will work with Anand to address.
One final point: participation is non-exclusive and non-binding. Any interested individuals will have an opportunity to opt in or out of projects (should they arise) at a later date.
Pete (

Call for Nominations:  Faculty Distinguished Service Award

Nominations for the 2018 Faculty Distinguished Service Award will be accepted through Monday, March 26. The award recognizes faculty whose service to the university community has significantly improved the quality of some aspect of campus or community life.  The work could have resulted, in part, from compensated efforts, but it must distinguish itself from the normal execution of those tasks.  The award is open to all full-time faculty, including lecturers and research faculty.  Those who hold restricted appointments (e.g. adjunct, visiting, temporary or part-time faculty) are not eligible.  Faculty who hold positions with a significant administrative component (e.g. deans, associate deans, department chairs, etc.) are not eligible.  A cash prize of $2,500 accompanies the award.

Anyone—faculty, staff or students—can nominate a faculty member for this honor.  Please consider recognizing the efforts of a faculty member who you know is making Michigan Tech a better place for all of us.

Nomination forms are available online at

Submissions may be made electronically (as PDF) or by mail to Charles Wallace, Department of Computer Science,

Incentives for graduate student recruitment, GAEA and GRTA programs

This is to update you on two ongoing programs from the Graduate School:
Graduate School Academic Excellence Award (GAEA) will be extended to new students starting Summer or Fall 2018.  This initiative is to recruit top undergrad students to our accelerated Master’s programs.
Graduate Recruitment Tuition Award (GRTA) will be extended to new students starting Summer or Fall 2018.  This initiative is to recruit bright talented students to our PhD and MS programs.
Attached are two memos with guidelines about the programs.   Please share this information with all faculty.
If you have any questions, please reach out to Heather, Jacque or me.  Thank you for your help in support of graduate students and graduate programs.
Best regards,
Pushpalatha Murthy
Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate School
Michigan Technological University
Houghton, MI-49931
Ph: 906-487-2326

Spring 2018 Undergraduate Research Symposium – Call for Abstracts due Monday, February 26th.

If you have undergraduate students engaged in research or scholarship that is ready for a poster-style presentation of results or work in progress, please encourage them to submit an abstract to the 2018 Michigan Tech Undergraduate Research Symposium. This symposium is open to undergraduate students from across campus, providing them the opportunity to present posters describing completed or ongoing research and receive feedback from faculty judges.

The Symposium is Friday, March 23rd from 1-5 pm in the Rosza Center, coincident with Spring Preview Weekend registration.  

The attached flier shares details of the application process. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at

URS Call for Abstracts 2018 Flyer (detailed for email) (1)

Inviting Faculty to host a 5-day STEM Internship for URM students in July 2018

Dear Department Chairs & Faculty:

Looking for 10 MTU Faculty/Research Associates to Host 5-Day HS STEM Internships

Greetings MTU Faculty & Research Associates:   (please forward to department faculty)

This summer we will kick off a NEW STEM Internship Program at Michigan Tech for high school students from downstate urban areas and across the UP who will be first generation college students. We will first target students who have visited MTU previously to continue to promote their interest in Michigan Tech. Research shows that getting students on campus is the #1 way to get them to apply to Michigan Tech… and also to be friendly & welcoming, encouraging, and passionate about our work—it’s contagious!!

We will be collaborating with Youth Programs and using their downstate buses for transportation and their dorm staff for supervision.

Last summer, Amy Marcarelli (Biological Sciences), Nina Mahmoudian (ME), and Brad King (ME) piloted the internship with a HS student and all had good reports.

COST:  $500  (includes 6 days of meals & 5 nights lodging in Wadsworth Residence Hall, which includes student supervision from 4 pm to 8 am; roundtrip bus transportation from downstate; student recruitment, placement and program coordination). We will be asking the host department to pay $500/intern.

* Two $250 scholarships for a Native American student from the UP to participate in an environmentally-related research project has been funded by the Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition.

**$250 will be covered by an anonymous donor for all internships.

If you or your Department would be willing to host a student, please follow the link to provide information about the internship. We are looking for 10 faculty hosts for this summer.
 STEM Internship Form


Wednesday, Feb 8              Complete recruitment flyer. See attached flyer.

Friday, Feb 9          Solicit interest from faculty/departments in hosting a high school URM 5-day STEM intern in July 2018

Friday, Feb. 26           Internship descriptions due to

Wed,, March 21          Deadline for student applications (Host faculty reviews)

Thursday, April 5       HS student recipients announced for internship positions

Thursday, April 19     Students need to confirm their acceptance of the internship, or it will be offered to another student.


Student internship offerings will be promoted in Detroit, Flint, Saginaw, Grand Rapids, Baraga, L’Anse, Hannahville, Watersmeet, and Brimley
Thanks so much for your consideration. Let me know if you have questions.