Category Archives: Students/Postdocs

Apply today! The Lighting the Pathway Cohort Deadline is July 24

This full circle of support will help guide students to successful degree completion and advancement to the next stage on the academic career path. In addition to full circle mentorship, the program strives to provide students with valuable academic and professional support, travel funding, and educational, research, fellowship, and internship opportunities.

Apply for the 4th “Lighting the Pathway to Faculty Careers for Natives in STEM” cohort!

LEVERAGE Workshops for Engineering Early-Career Faculty, Post-Docs, and PhD Candidates

ASSIST Travel Grants provide funding to attend LEVERAGE Workshops for diverse engineering Early-Career Faculty, Post-Docs, and Ph.D. Candidates to support their success in academic careers.  Host organizations include:

  • American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES),
  • Gread Minds in STEM (GMiS),
  • MAES, Latinos in Science and Engineering (MAES),
  • National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE),
  • Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS),
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), and
  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE).

Applications are now being accepted for the 2017-2018 Workshops held in conjunction with their conferences.  The locations, dates, and application deadlines for the workshops are:

Organization Location Dates Application Deadline
AISES Denver, CO September 20-23, 2017     August 23, 2017
GMiS Pasadena, CA October 19-21, 2017 September 1, 2017
SACNAS Salt Lake City, UT October 19-21, 2017 August 14, 2017
SWE Austin, TX October 26-28, 2017 August 1, 2017
SHPE Kansas City, MO November 2, 2017 September 22, 2017
NSBE Pittsburgh, PA March 21-25, 2018 December 31, 2017
ASSIST Travel Grants provide up to $2,000 to cover travel expenses including airfare or mileage, lodging, meals, and registration.  You can access the information about each conference and apply for a travel award by clicking the links in the table above.  Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible in order to allow ample time for applications to be reviewed by the Selection Committees. Review of applications will be begin by the deadline, and will continue until workshop capacity is reached.

ASSIST Travel Grants are funded by the National Science Foundation (EEC #1548322, EEC #1548214, EEC #1548200, EEC #1548197, and EEC #1548319). LEVERAGE will provide year-round virtual professional development activities for early-career faculty beginning in the fall of 2017, and is also funded by an NSF INCLUDES award (EEC #1649384).

Visiting Women and Minority Lecturer/Scholar Series grants

As you know, one of Michigan Tech’s goals is to increase the diversity of its faculty, as well as student body and staff. Accomplishing this goal requires a long-term, sustained effort. The Visiting Women and Minority Lecturer/Scholar Series provides an opportunity to develop and nurture relationships with potential faculty applicants and/or research collaborators.

I encourage you to be creative in determining how the Visiting Women and Minority Lecturer/Scholar Series grants might help you host underrepresented minorities or females on our campus as classroom lecturers, seminar presenters, special guest speakers, research mentors, summer session faculty or in other roles. Also, I highly suggest that the speakers who come to Michigan Tech interact with other King-Chavez-Parks (KCP) program participants, such as GEARUP (Liz Fujita and the Future Faculty Program (Deb Charlesworth

The Visiting Women and Minority Lecturer/Scholar Series’ funds must supplement other departmental or University support.

Please find the program information and application at

Feel free to contact me ( if you have any questions.



Susan Sullivan
Institutional Equity and Inclusion

The Visiting Women and Minority Lecturer/Scholar Series is sponsored by Institutional Equity and Inclusion with funding from the State of Michigan King-Chavez-Parks (KCP) Initiative

Academic Research Colloquium for PhD students October 10-12

The University of Dayton School of Engineering is hosting its second Academic Research Colloquium October 10-12 on our campus. This year’s theme is “Research for the Common Good” and I am asking for your assistance to get the word out to a diverse group of Ph.D candidates who may be interested in this opportunity. The Submission deadline is July 15 the attached materials can be shared widely.

AutoDrive Autonomous Vehicle Competition Community Forum Today

The Electrical, Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Mechanics Departments will hold a community forum at 5 p.m. today (June 29) in EERC 100 concerning the AutoDrive Autonomous Vehicle competition.

Michigan Tech is one of eight schools selected to participate in this three year competition. In this forum, we will discuss the high level details concerning the first year of the competition and ways the greater campus community can get involved.

The competition team is also currently looking for motivated students with engineering and software design experience to assist the team on critical design activities during the month of July. Several paid positions are available to exceptionally well-qualified students.

VentureWell June Events & Opportunities

Welcome to the June events and opportunities newsletter! Enjoy!

Open 2018 Conference– Have you attended our Open annual conference? We invite you to submit a proposal. Save the date, call for proposals will open in July.

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. Applications are due October 4th. Informational webinars are August 17th and September 6th

Other Community Events and Funding Opportunities

Center for Device Innovation QuickFire ChallengeThe CDI @ TMC QuickFire Challenge is a device-focused challenge aimed at game-changing early-stage medical device innovations across strategic areas of interest for Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices, with an emphasis on Surgical Oncology and/or Obesity. Application deadline is June 28th.

Verge Accelerate– A fast pitch competition for early stage entrepreneurs developing innovative tech in energy, transportation, buildings, infrastructure, urban resilience or the circular economy. Application deadline is July 7, 2017.

Success Factors for University Partnerships Seminar– Successful collaboration between universities and companies is essential for innovation. In this MIT Lab for Innovation Science and Policy Impact Seminar, learn the five success factors for university partnerships based on a multi-year research project and forthcoming book where 10 leading companies share how they strive for excellence in university/industry collaboration. The event takes places on June 29, 2017.

MD5 Hacking Emergency Response– Developers. Designers. Engineers. Come to a three-day hackathon to build product prototypes that incorporate functional fabrics as part of a system that addresses emergency response in challenging environments. Winning teams will be awarded up to $15,000 to further develop their ideas. Free and open to the public. The event takes place July 28-30, 2017.

ISAM 2017– The International Symposium on Academic Makerspaces joins the people, knowledge, and inspiration that fuse to catalyze higher education makerspaces and maximize their impact on student learning experiences and alumni success. ISAM fosters community, networking, interaction and learning between people who are passionate about making. Register before June 30th to receive the early bird rate. The event takes place September 24-27, 2017.

Other News 

Sintact Medical Systems, was awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase 2 grant worth approximately $750,000.

AgroSpheres, won the Kirchner Food Fellows Award for the most investable company and the Overall Runner Up Award at the Thought For Food Global Summit.

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SBDCs Business Workshops for Busy Entrepreneurs

Writing a Business Plan Webinar
Tuesday, June 27th 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
A well-developed business plan is the foundation of an entrepreneur’s success. This webinar covers business planning in detail and is designed for individuals who want to launch or grow their business.
Marketing Tactics: Referral Building, Partnership Marketing, and Social Media
Thursday, June 29th 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Learn how to make the most of referral building, partnership marketing, and social media in your small business’s marketing strategy. This webinar will take a tactical approach to these marketing methods so that you can be intentional about leveraging word-of-mouth and social media marketing.
Launch Your Business
with the Michigan SBDC!
No matter where you’re located, an SBDC consultant is available to help you start your business!

WPI’s STEM Faculty Launch: deadline Aug. 11


WPI’s STEM Faculty Launch is a premier workshop for graduate students and post-doctoral researchers seeking tenure-track positions in the STEM fields.

Now in its third year, STEM Faculty Launch is open to candidates nationwide. Women and traditionally underrepresented minority candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Worcester, Massachusetts

September 21-22, 2017

Application Deadline:
August 11, 2017
*Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible in order to allow ample time for review by the Selection Committee.*

Participants will spend two days on the campus of WPI where they will attend a variety of interactive sessions, receive career advice and feedback from expert faculty, and gain exposure to project-based learning, a hallmark of WPI education.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Negotiating for a tenure-track position or other faculty position.
  • Preparing your teaching statement with evidence-based teaching practice.
  • Designing an effective research statement.
  • Preparing for the on-campus interview.
  • Developing an Individual Development Plan (IDP) for your professional goals.
  • Telling your story through public speaking and social media.

All invited participants receive funding to cover travel expenses to and from WPI as well as lodging and meals during the workshop. For more information or to apply, visit

Worcester Polytechnic Institute
100 Institute Road
Worcester, MA 0160



CORNELL UNIVERSITY PRESIDENTIAL POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS are high-profile postdoctoral research positions with significant independence and resources to attract some of the world’s best young scholars to interact deeply with faculty and students on Cornell’s Ithaca-based campuses.  Candidates from all areas of research and inquiry, who will be no more than two years past the award date of their doctoral degree at the time of the appointment, are eligible for this program. Successful candidates will have access to the full range of talent and considerable resources available at Cornell, and will be encouraged to interact broadly with the Cornell intellectual community, in addition to their postdoctoral research with a tenured faculty member (sponsor) and their research group. Cornell Presidential Postdoctoral Fellows will also receive lifetime membership in the Society of Cornell Fellows along with the participants in other named prestigious and competitively awarded Cornell postdoctoral fellowships. Six Presidential Fellowships will be awarded each year beginning in the 2017-2018 academic year. Appointments will be for up to three years, dependent on positive annual evaluations and may include a teaching component where appropriate of no more than 25% averaged over the length of the appointment.  The stipend for appointments in the 2017-2018 academic year will be $68,000 plus full Cornell University employee fringe benefits. Each Fellow also will be provided $5,000 annually for discretionary research expenses including travel. Interested individuals can contact any tenured Cornell faculty member(s), i.e. associate or full professor, who, if agreeable to serve as the lead sponsor(s), will endorse and submit the candidate’s application. A tenure track assistant professor may serve as a secondary sponsor. Applications will be judged on the qualifications of the candidate, and the quality and originality of the proposed research and its potential impact.


Interested individuals can contact any tenured Cornell faculty member(s) who, if agreeable to serve as the sponsor(s), will endorse and submit the candidate’s application.  


  1. Candidate CV, including publication list.
  2. One-two page description of proposed research that should include a clear statement of objectives and of the significance and expected impact of the proposed research if successful.
  3. Two Letters of Recommendation, including one from the candidate’s PhD thesis advisor, to be sent directly to the lead faculty sponsor that provide detailed assessments of the candidate’s qualifications and potential for innovative, ground-breaking independent research.
  4. Additional letter(s) of support from Cornell lead (and secondary if applicable) faculty sponsor(s) including a brief statement of any financial and logistical support of the proposed research that will be provided by the sponsor(s).

The lead faculty sponsor(s) should forward all materials as a single file (pdf format required) to: 

Deadline for all materials:  October 1, 2017

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage.  We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities.

If you have questions about this program, please contact:

Office of the Vice Provost for Research

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY 14853