Category Archives: Students/Postdocs

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.


Postdoctoral Research Fellow: Engineering Education Research at University of Michigan

Dr. Cindy Finelli at the University of Michigan is looking to fill a one-year Postdoctoral Research Fellow position on an NSF-funded project investigating how flexible classrooms influence instructors’ selection of learning activities, instructors’ use of formative assessment, and students’ interpretation of in‐class activities. The postdoctoral research fellow will collaborate with Cindy and her colleagues on all aspects of the project including: refining and validating research instruments; collecting, synthesizing, and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data; developing and implementing professional development for instructors; and preparing conference and journal papers. The ideal candidates for this position will have engineering education research experience and a strong interest in making engineering education research their primary scholarly agenda in their future career. The one year position is expected to begin on June 1, 2018, and review of applicants will begin on March 9, 2018.

For more information, please see the full job posting at

Seeking Nominations for the 24th Annual Student Leadership Awards

At Michigan Tech we are blessed with students that are crazy smart, motivated and adventurous. As faculty and staff, we partner with these students to inspire community, scholarship, possibilities, accountability and tenacity. We realize how lucky we are to be able to work alongside them in their academic and career pursuits.

Now is the time to recognize these students for their commitment, enthusiasm and leadership. On behalf of the University, we are seeking nominations for the President’s Award for Leadership, Vice President for Student Affairs and Advancement Award for Service, and various other student leadership awards. The recipient of each award will be honored at the 24th Annual Student Leadership Awards Ceremony at 6 p.m. Friday, April 20 in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

The nomination process is simple. All awards and information about each can be found online. For each individual award, simply click on the award title, then complete and submit the nomination form.

Nominations for the President’s Award for Leadership and the Vice President for Student Affairs and Advancement Award for Service are due by 5 p.m. Friday, March 9.

Nominations for all other Student Leadership Awards are due by 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 23.

Take a minute to nominate a student or colleague today.

Questions concerning the awards can be directed to Student Activities at 7-1963.

Thank you for recognizing our best and brightest students—your support is truly appreciated.

Communication courses open to all College of Engineering graduate students starting this fall

Greetings Engineering Faculty!
As your graduate students begin planning their schedules for the fall 2018 and spring 2019 semesters, I want to let you know about two courses that are open to all College of Engineering graduate students starting this fall.
MEEM 5010 – Professional Engineering Communication (taught on campus only in the fall, online only in the spring)
Course introduces graduate students to conventions of professional engineering communication such as composing technical memos and a variety of reports (test, design, progress, etc.). Students will practice creating effective visuals for reports and slides and develop and deliver presentations in an industry setting.  (This course takes the mystery out composing clear, concise sentences and paragraphs and helps students understand the importance of audience in all their communications.  Although it was originally designed for master’s students planning a career in industry, non-native English speaking PhD students have found the class to be a valuable precursor to MEEM 6010.)
MEEM 6010 Engineering Research Communication (taught on campus and online in the spring)
Guides students through the process of publishing research in technical journals, presenting research at conferences and other venues, and developing funding proposals. Students will prepare a journal/conference paper, conference presentation, and funding proposal related to their own research.
Both courses are three credits and both meet the Advanced Responsible Conduct of Research requirement.
Please contact me if you have any questions.
Nancy Barr, PhD
Director, Engineering Communications Program
Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics Department
Michigan Technological University
828 R. L. Smith Building
1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, MI  49931
(906) 487-4519

Opportunity for Your PhD Students: ARC 2018 Apply by April 15, 2018

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Research for the Common Good

As a Catholic, Marianist institution dedicated to providing answers to the global issues of our time, the University of Dayton’s School of Engineering announces its third annual engineering symposium for Ph.D. candidates — the 2018 Academic Research Colloquium (ARC). 

We are seeking research projects whose main objective is to:

  • Prevent, cure or treat disease
  • Reduce the environmental impact of human activity
  • Enhance the safety, health or welfare of workers
  • Improve production, distribution or access to food
  • Enhance the resiliency of the built environment
  • Prevent, mitigate or respond to natural or man-made disasters
  • Reduce the digital divide
  • Enhance the quality of life of people with mental or physical challenges
  • Foster communication, collaboration or education
  • Promote human rights

You’ll also discover a university rich in opportunities for faculty, staff and students. At the University of Dayton, we value diversity and are committed to creating an open, welcoming, and inclusive campus.

Application details

ARC is open to engineering Ph.D. students who are one to two years away from graduation. The selection process is highly competitive with 20 spots available. All expenses are paid. See application instructions and apply online by April 15, 2018, at



Ken Bloemer, Ph.D.
Director, Visioneering Center

Apply by April 15, 2018

Government Internships Available for Summer and Fall 2018

by Brent Burns, Director of Federal Relations

Have you ever wondered how our government works? Do you want to make a difference in public policy? Then you may be interested in a government internship.

Internships provide an individual with a monitored or supervised work or service experience where the individual has intentional learning goals and reflects actively on what he or she is learning throughout the experience. These learning goals can include: academic learning, career development, skill development and personal development. Federal or State internship programs are available to students across a wide variety of disciplines while gaining experience in government, politics and international relations.

Applications are being accepted now for Senate and House Washington DC Offices. Federal agencies such as NASA, NSF, DOJ, DOE and others are also accepting applications.

In addition, there are multiple academic/internship programs available in DC and internships through the State of Michigan.

If interested, learn more online. Summer internship deadlines are quickly approaching.

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)