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Spring 2018 Undergraduate Research Symposium – Call for Abstracts

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)

SPARK session by Alaina Levine: Jan. 24, 9-6 MUB Ballroom B

I am delighted to invite you all to the event (Spark). Please attend the sessions if you can, and do encourage your students to attend as well. They can register for the sessions via
You can find more details about the schedule and sessions here:  (This too has a registration link.  )


Mobility Efforts: AutoMobili-D

Michigan Tech will participate in the 2018 AutoMobili-D exposition in Detroit. The event will run from Jan. 12-21. A portion of this program overlaps with the North American International Auto Show.

AutoMobili-D features 150,000 sq. ft. of dynamic display communities in the Cobo Center Atrium overlooking the international waterway and the adjoining Planet M hall.

Michigan Tech will be located in the “Universities” section of AutoMobili-D which will have about 30 universities including MIT, U-M and Carnegie Mellon. Michigan Tech’s booth will feature our unique research capabilities related to automotive research and unstructured environments.

inForum: Accelerating women’s careers

EQ: Emotional Intelligence & the Path to Leadership

Inforum’s EQ and the Path to Leadership goes beyond explaining Emotional Intelligence (EQ).

This virtual course gives you a step-by-step approach to increase your EQ – define what it is, learn to manage it before it manages you, and allow practice time on how you can master emotions to become an effective leader.

Meet with your cohort virtually and have time to practice the skills in between sessions.
Course Objectives:
  • Understand the importance of Emotional Intelligence in being an effective leader
  • Leverage a variety of strategies specific to one’s own EQ to improve dexterity
  • Understand blind spots and triggers and finesse emotionally charged conversations
  • Develop your ability to lead with Emotional Intelligence, leveraging your strengths and identifying opportunities for additional development
  • Explore assessment and concepts in Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Bradbury & Greaves
Last chance for Applications–must be in by Tuesday, January 9.
More Information
Apply Today!
Virtual session dates for all participants:

January 25, 2018; 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
February 8, 2018; 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
March 15, 2018; 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Tuition: $450
Inforum Members Only: $350
Reach out to Linda Morrell at

GEM-ASEE Doctoral Engineering Research Showcase: APPLICATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED THROUGH JANUARY 8, 2018!!



*Must be 70 Miles or greater outside of Washington, DC to qualify for travel reimbursement


GEM-ASEE Doctoral Engineering Research Showcase



January 22-23, 2018, Mayflower Hotel, Washington, DC

Dear GEM PhD Fellows and GEM PhD Fellow Alumni:

Applications are now being accepted for a first-of-its-kind  Doctoral Engineering Research Showcase sponsored by the National GEM Consortium and the American Society for Engineering Education. Doctoral students, postdoctoral fellows, and new faculty are invited to display their leading-edge technical research and connect with potential agency sponsors and academic employers. You will present your research—which may be interdisciplinary or a single engineering discipline—in poster format. This event will be held in conjunction with an Agency/University Fair that will feature representatives from government research agencies and universities seeking to hire faculty. The showcase also will feature interactive breakout sessions on (a) advancing a research program and managing the research enterprise; (b) innovations in teaching and the promotion of learning; (c) professional service opportunities; and (d) maintaining work-life balance.

Below are just a few of our confirmed Speakers:

·  Dr. James E. Hubbard, Jr., Langley Distinguished Professor, Aerospace Engineering, University of Maryland, Hampton, VA

·  Dr. Kimberly Jones, Professor and Chair, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Howard University

·  Dr. C. Dianne Martin, Retired Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Professor of Computer Science, George Washington University

·  Dr. Emily Miller, Associate Vice President for Policy, Association of American Universities

·  Dr. Daryll Pines, Dean and the Nariman Farvardin Professor of Aerospace Engineering, University of Maryland

·  Dr. Lorena Barba, Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering, George Washington University

·         And more to be announced!

Registration fees are just $50 for doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows, and $150 for new faculty members (within 14 months of their initial appointment). 

The application deadline has been extended to Monday, January 8th.  Decisions will be announced within 3 business days of application.

Apply online at:

Please view out short promotional video is available.

Exhibitor table and Sponsorship opportunities are also available at:

This event is partially underwritten by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

For more information please visit us at or contact us at

MSBDC: Fundamentals of Small Business Success

The Michigan SBDC has redesigned our online training series
“The Fundamentals of Small Business Success”
launching January 17th
Each week we’ll cover an important business topic, with time reserved for live Q&A with a Michigan SBDC business consultant. Have your questions ready – it’s like a virtual coffee meeting with a business expert!
Webinars include:
+ Starting a Business
+ Writing a Business Plan
+ Marketing Your Business
+ Financial Management
+ Business Legal Issues
The Fundamentals webinars are available at no-cost to Michigan-based entrepreneurs. We know you’re busy, so hop online and let us help you focus on the foundations of your business.

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Designing Student-Centered Learning Experiences 2018 Summer Institute at Olin College

The 2018 Collaboratory Summer Institute, Designing Student-Centered Learning Experiences,, will be held June 4-8, 2018, at Olin College of Engineering in Needham, Massachusetts.  The Olin Collaboratory Summer Institute is an intensive week-long immersion designed to provide participants from around the country and around the world with the opportunity to conceive and catalyze change in education.

Designing Student-Centered Learning Experiences is a weeklong interactive workshop for faculty teams engaged in a curricular change effort at their own institution. Through participatory workshops, immersive design exercises, and presentations from experts, teams of faculty learn about, experience, and practice effective, engaging teaching approaches for new and meaningful STEM curricula. Through the Summer Institute experience, we aim to create a learning environment for participants that

  • Embraces creativity, prototyping, iterating, and dreaming big,
  • Introduces a set of tools, concepts, and language about student-centered experience design,
  • Promotes exploration of your context in a new way and provides insight into what we do here at Olin, and
  • Builds community among educators, change agents, designers, and learners.

Alongside participants from other institutions, you and your team will develop concrete action plans for curricular change. Sessions are highly participatory and you will be challenged to continually consider new ideas and put novel approaches into practice. Institute attendees will acquire a new lens through which to view their projects, an expanded repertoire of techniques and solutions, and concrete steps to take their plans forward.

Past attendees have included Deans, experienced and new faculty, staff, instructional designs, and faculty developers to name a few. All participants should be prepared to spend the full week deeply engaged in this demanding program. Applicants must apply in teams of at least three and describe a project (in the contemplation, planning, or execution stage) at their home institution.
Who Should Attend:  The Institute is designed for faculty and administrators from a wide variety of institutions, including public, private, STEM, liberal arts, community colleges, research universities and K-12 programs, who are currently involved in a curricular change effort.
Application Guidelines:  Institute applicants are asked to describe the project on which they are working. Applications will be reviewed on the extent to which the team is likely to benefit from the Institute and advance its project goals. To learn more about the application process, visit
If you have questions, please visit or contact

2018 NIH Regional Seminar in Washington, DC – Rates Increase on December 16!

If you are new to working with the NIH grants application and awards process….you need to read on!  With only one NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration scheduled for 2018, you will not want to miss out on this unique opportunity in Washington, DC, from May 2-4, 2018.

banner from NIH regional seminar homepage that reads: May 2-4, 2018, for the NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill - registration is now open. Includes montage of White House, the Hyatt Hotel, and the Potomac River

Why Attend?  The NIH Regional Seminar involves approximately 65 NIH and HHS staff who are brought to a central location in order to educate, share, and hear your questions over the course of two days, plus pre-seminar workshops. There are over 45 different topic areas and 6 optional workshops covering human subjects, electronic research administration, a “boot camp” for beginners, and intellectual property. See the two day seminar & pre-seminar workshop agendas for more details.

This seminar is your opportunity to make direct contact with NIH policy officials, grants management, program and review staff, and representatives from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), HHS Office of the Inspector General (OIG), and others. Plus, you’ll be able to take advantage of discussions involving more than 600 fellow attendees from around the world.

Unique Opportunity to Meet NIH Face-to-Face:  In addition to learning more about the NIH grants processes and policies through the optional workshops and two days of  sessions, there are opportunities throughout the seminar to Meet the Experts 1:1. These 15 minute chats are a great way to get more specific questions answered by NIH & HHS experts. You’ll have the opportunity to sign up in advance or on-site to speak with the expert(s) of your choice while participating in the seminar. With the Washington, DC location located close to NIH, expect even more NIH & HHS experts to join us. 

Registration rates increase on Saturday, December 16. Space is limited and these seminars traditionally reach capacity prior to the event, so register now and save your spot!