Category Archives: Students/Postdocs

World War I and the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council: A Research Competition

World War I and the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council: A Research Competition

On the occasion of the centennial of World War I, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are pleased to announce an open competition for scholars under the age of 30 to research and write a scholarly paper on a major aspect of how scientists and engineers in the United States were engaged in the World War I effort. The focus, drawing on the creation of the National Research Council associated with World War I, is on institutional changes (e.g., the charter of the NRC) and the research enterprise in America. In effect, scholars should look at how the war experience shaped long-term relationships among scientists and engineers and U.S. policymakers regarding national security and public welfare. Research grants in the amount of $5,000.00 will be available to five scholars who submit the most compelling proposals by December 1, 2017. Proposals will be judged by a NAS review committee, and the authors of the best proposals will be invited to submit fully developed research papers. A winning paper will selected by the review committee, and the paper’s author will be awarded a $10,000.00 prize.

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Graduate/Postdoc Opportunities

Lemelson-MIT Student Prize

The Lemelson-MIT Student Prize honors promising collegiate inventors around the country. The student prize is open to teams of undergraduate students and individual graduate students who have tech-based inventions in categories that represent significant sectors of the economy: healthcare, transportation, food/water and agriculture, and consumer devices. Graduate student winners receive $15,000 each and winning undergraduate teams receive $10,000 each, along with a national media campaign, exposure to investment and business communities, and a trip to MIT for an award celebration in June 2018. Applications are due by September 29, 2017. For more details, visit or contact Janell Ciemiecki, Awards Program Administrator, at

2017 Sustainable Research Pathways Workshop
To facilitate the possible matching of faculty and/or their students with lab research opportunities, selected faculty will be invited to a Dec. 4-5, 2017, workshop at Berkeley Lab. Computing Sciences staff will discuss their research projects and interests and invited faculty will present their work during a poster blitz and poster session.

2017 Chemical and Biological Defense Science & Technology (CBD S&T) Conference
Dates: Nov. 28-30, 2017.
Location: Long Beach, Calif.,
CBD S&T Conference attendees will join more than 1,500 of the most innovative and influential leaders in the chemical and biological defense community. Conference presentations will focus on basic and applied research conducted in specific chemical and biological defense areas.

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Pathways Intern Engineering Positions
Various internship opportunities with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

2018 Corps Application Deadlines
Throughout the application process, you’re asked to share the strengths, experiences, and passion you’ll bring to leading a classroom. Prepare your best application. Read our application tips and access available resources.

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biomolecular Mass Spectrometry of Museum Collections
The Office of Fellowships and Internships is offering an Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellowship in the area of biomolecular mass spectrometry. Research proposals must focus on mass spectrometry analysis from any type of museum or research sample including artwork, objects, animal, or plant tissues.  Applicants must have completed or be near completion of the Ph.D. Recipients who have not completed the Ph.D. at the time of application must provide proof of completion of the degree before the fellowship begins. Please go here for details on the SI fellowship program.  Applications must be submitted by December 1, 2017.

Intel HPC Developer Conference
The Intel HPC Developer Conference is the premier technical training event to meet and hear from Intel architecture experts and connect with HPC industry leaders. Join in to learn what’s next in HPC, attend technical sessions, hands-on tutorials, and poster chats that cover parallel programming, high productivity languages, artificial intelligence, systems, enterprise, visualization development…and much more.

Mayo Clinic Pathways to Physician and Physician/Scientist Diversity: A National Summit
This summit is designed to encourage a national conversation on current challenges and future solutions by involving a national group of stakeholders in exploring the current state of the access pipeline for under-represented students in medical education. Participants will engage in deconstructing the M.D./M.D.-Ph.D. pathway to identify ways to increase diversity in medicine. Mayo Clinic School of Continuous Professional Development Email

Annual CGTrader Scholarship 2017
CGTrader is the largest 3D model marketplace backed by the strong designer community of more than 500k members. CGTrader was founded with the goal to ensure fair marketplace conditions for 3D designers. Enter the CGTrader Scholarship 2017 challenge to win $3,000 for your education bills. The best submission will be awarded $2,000 while the two runners-up will receive $500 each.

from AISES September Membership email.

Strategic Plan Open Comment Period Ending Sept. 22

This academic year, the process of revising the Strategic Plan will begin. The Strategic Plan describes the priorities for the next five years that must be addressed in order to advance toward the Portrait of 2045.

Suggestions and comments are welcome and your feedback is anonymous. If you would like to leave feedback, you can do so at the following link: Strategic Plan Feedback or visit the Strategic Plan webpage.

The open comment period will end at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22. Comments that are posted can be viewed at the bottom link of the Strategic Plan webpage.

The Chronicle: Students are seen as the primary drivers of innovation

More than politicians, university presidents, faculty, business leaders, or the media, students are now seen as leaders in innovation.

In some cases, students are actively driving change in classes and programs. In others, a shift in the demographics of new students has led to improvements that help meet the needs of older students and those from different backgrounds.

And at many institutions, leaders are studying student issues to proactively find solutions before they become larger-scale problems.

To learn more, download The Chronicle’s new report, Making Way for Innovation.

Zoom Training Seminar 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28 in Fisher 138.

We will be having another Zoom Training Seminar next Thursday that all are welcome to attend. Zoom is our newest web conferencing solution for the campus community. This new tool, which replaces GoToMeeting, is an easy way to collaborate on and off campus with colleagues and students.

Michigan Tech IT will conduct another Zoom training session. A Zoom representative will cover all aspects of this new tool. Join us from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28 in Fisher 138.

You may attend the web conference from your own computer at 2 clicking here. This is limited to 500 online participants.

If you happen to miss it, this training will be recorded and made available soon. If you have any questions regarding Zoom or this scheduled web conference, contact us at

Professional Development Program for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows

by Graduate School
The Graduate School announces its Professional Development Program for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The series is coordinated through the Graduate School with funding from NSF.
The workshops are most appropriate for postdocs and third and fourth year PhD students, but all those interested may attend, space permitting.
The workshops will be held from 3-5 p.m. on designated Thursdays. Space is limited so register for each seminar online to reserve your seat and obtain the room location and a reminder prior to the event:
Topics covered include:
Sept. 21: Explore your career options and pathways
Oct. 19: Enhance and broaden your communication and interview skills
Nov. 9: Team skills
Jan. 25: Assuming leadership positions
March 1: Effective negotiation strategies
March 22: Sustainability/Ethical STEM culture and social innovation
April 12: Publishing research results in peer-reviewed journals
Additional information can be found on our blog.

Professor Lewandowski: Professional Skills Workshop on Sept. 22, 9-11 Fisher 133

Please see subject and attached. Professor Lewandowski is a Michigan Tech Alumni and here for the PCA meeting next week. She is currently an American Physical Society Seminar Leader for the “Communication and Negotiation Skills Seminar for Women Program” and graciously offered to facilitated this workshop for women students and postdocs.
I attended one of these some years ago during an APS Spring Meeting and thought it was extremely instructive. The things covered are equally useful for women across all STEM and other fields of research I suspect. It would be great if you could share this opportunity with women students in your departments, and encourage them to attend.
I would appreciate it if you could asked interested students to send me ( an RSVP, making the planning for us a bit easier.
Let me know if you have questions.



Lecture Series on Experimental Fluid Dynamics: Dr. Dennis van der Voort

Lecture Series on Experimental Fluid Dynamics

Dr. Dennis van der Voort

Michigan Technological University and Eindhoven University of Technology.

Weekly beginning September 14, 2017

Thursday, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM, Fisher Hall – 131

Sponsored by the Elizabeth and Richard Henes Center for Quantum Phenomena and the Department of Physics, Michigan Technological University.


A series of lectures covering the basics and measurement protocols of experimental techniques in fluid dynamics, emphasizing laser and optical methods. The lectures will cover Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV), both in general and in relation to turbulence measurements, as well as Laser-induced Fluorescence/Phosphorescence (LIF/LIP), Schlieren, and Schadowgraphy. A previously completed course in basic fluid mechanics is recommended, but not required.

With best regards,


Sanghamitra Senapati,

Department of Physics,
Michigan Technological University