Category Archives: Students/Postdocs

CDI Looking for Faculty Mentors for MICUP/MI-LSAMP Program

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion is looking for faculty to serve as mentors for the 2017 MiCUP/MI-LSAMP Transfer Transition Program which targets low-income, underrepresented, first-generation students to continue their education beyond community college — with a focus on STEM disciplines.
The 2017 MiCUP/MI-LSAMP Transfer Transition Program offers a seven-week summer session that runs from May 8 through June 23 and addresses the opportunities and challenges for students who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree.
The program includes a stipend, academic tutoring and advising, and a scholarship for a university-level course. Participants, who live on campus, must have at least one year at a community college and a 2.8 GPA.
The program provides a smooth transition from a two-year to a four-year program, working with students from three community colleges: Wayne County Community College District, Grand Rapids Community College and Delta College.
Funding for the program is provided by the King-Chavez-Parks Initiative and the Michigan Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation.
More specifically, we are looking for faculty mentors to assist in research projects in business, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, health sciences, computer science and mathematics.
Faculty interested in facilitating undergraduate research experiences for MICUP/MI-LSAMP Program participants should contact: Kellie Raffaelli or call 7-2920.

Present at NAMEPA: Abstracts due March 20

Please share widely. And Save the Date!!

The National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates (NAMEPA) is currently seeking presenters for the 2017 National Conference.

NAMEPA is a platform for identifying best practices among university programs in the diversity space. Through this platform, training opportunities are available for university administrators, K-12 students, teachers and counselors, new and seasoned MEP directors, and industry professionals who are committed to increasing diversity in the STEM fields. NAMEPA is committed to increasing the participation of students from traditionally underrepresented minority populations in engineering higher education and professional pursuits. This year, the NAMEPA National Conference will be held at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA on September 10-13, 2017

Educators as well as engineers and scientists in industry from across the nation are invited to submit abstracts on topics relevant to NAMEPA members such as:

  • Retention
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Outreach and Recruitment
  • First Year Programs – including first year transition programs
  • Program Assessment

The theme for the conference this year is, Blazing a New Path: Diversity in the 21st Century. If you are interested in presenting your topic in the form of a presentation or workshop, please email with your abstract no later than March 20, 2017. Abstracts should be no longer than one (1) page.

Ford College Community Challenge Grant 2017 due April 26, 2017

Please share this opportunity with faculty and staff in your unit as you see relevant.

Ford Motor Company Fund is requesting proposals for an innovative grant-making initiative: The Ford College Community Challenge. This program is designed to empower student-led projects at higher education organizations to catalyze community-building projects that address pressing local needs.

The overarching theme of the Ford College Community Challenge is “Making Lives Better” by:

  • Changing the Way People Move Through Smart Mobility
  • Driving Social Mobility
  • Building Sustainable Communities

“At Ford, we understand that to be a truly sustainable organization, we must play an active role in the larger community, helping address a wide range of vital issues from education to safety to mobility.”

Winning proposals must address, in some creative way, a tangible, unmet community need that addresses the issue of Making Lives Better. Participants are urged to think broadly and explore a variety of potential topics including infrastructure and workforce needs, education pipeline issues, design issues, new approaches to student volunteerism, etc.

Up to 10 winning proposals will be selected to receive $25,000 each from Ford Motor Company Fund to support implementation of the proposed projects. Winning proposals must, at a minimum:

  1. Describe an innovative approach to Making Lives Better
  2. Involve students in a leadership role
  3. Seek to address an urgent and unmet community need in a tangible way
  4. Involve a community-based organization as a partner
  5. Involve the school of business, engineering, or design in some way

Faculty and staff who would like to submit a proposal should contact Pete Cattelino, Office of Industry Relations (, 487-3486), to obtain a full RFP and further information.  Please provide a 1 or 2 sentence overview of you proposal idea.

  • Submission deadline of Wednesday, April 26, 2017.
  • Twenty proposals from the 1st round will be selected in early June 2017 to advance to the 2nd round of the competition. These proposals will be asked to provide an additional “elevator speech” description of their projects, delivered via video.
  • Award winners will be announced and projects implemented in fall 2017.

Pharma/Biotech Student Fellowship: Apply by March 17

We are currently seeking candidates for the Student Fellowship program at the 16th Annual World Preclinical Congress, taking place June 12-16 in Boston, and we would appreciate you sharing this information with your students.

World Preclinical Congress is “where preclinical minds meet discovery technologies.” The event focuses on the latest trends impacting preclinical drug discovery and development, and offers a unique opportunity for chemists, biologists, pharmacologists, and translational scientists to come together to network and collaborate. Over 1,000 delegates from all over the world attended in 2016, and we’re expecting record attendance in 2017.

Student Fellows enjoy the following benefits:

  • Present a research poster onsite in the exhibit hall, allowing them to network with scientists and executives from top pharmaceutical and biotech companies, as well as other students. These companies are always looking for new talent and ideas from academia, and the valuable 1-on-1 networking opportunities available to student fellows could potentially lead to career-changing collaborations.
  • Attend their choice of 13 conference programming tracks featuring talks from distinguished thought leaders in the drug discovery space on topics including Medicinal Chemistry, Preclinical Models and Tools in Oncology, Cancer Immunotherapy and Combinations, Immuno-Oncology Targets, Phenotypic Screening and Chemical Biology, CRISPR for Target Discovery, 3D Cellular Models, Blood-Brain Barrier, Predicting Drug Toxicity, Translational Strategies in CNS, and Next-Generation Genome Editing.*
  • Discounted registration rates as low as $195.**

Student Fellowship Application Deadline: March 17

If you think your students may be interested in this exciting opportunity, please encourage them to apply via the fellowship registration form on our website:

To learn more about the event, please visit If you are personally interested in attending, we also offer discounted registration rates for representatives from academic institutions or hospitals.

We look forward to receiving your students’ proposals, and meeting with them onsite this June in Boston!


Bethany Gray
Director of Product Marketing

A Division of Cambridge Innovation Institute

TiECon Entrepreneurship Conference Scholarship: Application due March 14

Held annually in Silicon Valley, TiECon has become the world’s largest entrepreneurship conference. Of the nearly 5,000 attendees from more than 20 countries, 50 percent hold leadership positions within startup companies, investment firms and established large company strategic partners.

The Conference is an excellent place to learn from successful leaders of small and large entrepreneurial companies.

Previous speakers at TiECon have included: Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn, Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft and Meg Whitman, CEO of Hewlett-Packard.

Michigan Tech alumnus and successful entrepreneur, Kanwal Rekhi is sponsoring the registration and travel expenses for three students to attend TiECon, which will be held in Santa Clara, California May 4-6.

If you know of a student that would like to attend TiECon, encourage them to apply.

Students interested in attending should apply no later than midnight tomorrow (March 14) via this link, to be considered for this exciting opportunity.

Winning applicants will be required to provide a written summary of their experience at the conference.

Faculty! Help your student inventors get up to $25K

Our E-Team Program is a competitive national grant program that provides funding of up to $25,000 for students working to commercialize their high-impact science and technology inventions.

In addition to the funding, E-Teams receive:

  • Hands-on & interactive training
  • The opportunity to take a step back from the lab and think honestly about the commercial potential of their innovation
  • Access to a national network of fellow innovators and entrepreneurs
  • Small group coaching from peers and our dedicated instructors

Examples of inventions and innovations of successful E-Teams have included:

Biomedical devices, health care solutions, or health-based technologies such as the one developed by Kinnos, an E-Team from Columbia University that recently raised $1M to raise the standard of infectious disease contamination.

Technologies for low-resource settings (U.S. and/or globally) such as PremieBreathe’s infant respiratory device from Yale University which recently was awarded a Saving Lives at Birth grant from USAID.

Clean technologies, clean energy, or sustainable materials to support the environment such as Hazel Technologies’ shelf life extension sachets for fruits and vegetables, founded by Northwestern grads who just closed their $800K seed round for the company.

Learn more about our past E-Team grantees and their innovations here.
Watch our recent E-Team Program webinar here.
Detailed guidelines are here and FAQ here.

*The application deadline to participate in the next cohort is May 3.

Civil Engineering Student Scholarships

The Michigan Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers is pleased to announce it will again be awarding 2 scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic year.

The Mackinac Scholarship in the amount of $10,000 is awarded to a Civil Engineering student entering their junior year ($5,000 for 2 years). The Zuidema Scholarship in the amount of $1,500 is awarded to a junior or senior student member of ASCE.  The deadline for applications is Memorial Day 2017.

Click the link for the online application.