Category Archives: Workshops

[Free webcast tomorrow] Seeking a STEM career outside academia

Tuesday, June 20 • 12:00-1:00 p.m. EDT • Register now

This workshop explores the skills and best practices for transitioning from an academic environment to one of many non-academic career paths. It introduces strategies for career planning, emphasizing an ongoing process for professional development throughout your career.

Join us for this FREE webcast!

Presenter: Josh Henkin, PhD – Founder, STEM Career Services, LLC

Josh is the founder of STEM Career Services, a career coaching company aimed at helping STEM graduates launch and sustain careers outside of academia. He conducts workshops at conferences, universities and institutes across the country and provides career coaching to STEM graduates at all levels of their careers. Josh sits on the National Postdoctoral Association Board of Directors. He is also a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow Alum, AAAS member, and AAAS Career Development Center subject matter expert.


  • Being strategic in your career planning
  • What skills you need for non-academic jobs and how to acquire these skills while still in the lab
  • Networking as a part of life
  • Crafting your “elevator pitch”
  • How to create a master resume (inclusive of all your skills)
  • Creating position-specific resumes
  • Ample time will be provided for Q&A with Josh
Reserve your place now!

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Ascending to the C-Suite: From Theory to Practice July 24 – 28, 2017

“Ascending to the C-Suite: From Theory to Practice,” a joint program of the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and Inforum, combines the world’s leading business thinkers from Michigan Ross with leading corporate business practitioners for a transformational leadership development experience for senior women executives.
Studies show that companies with women in the C-Suite and on boards of directors perform better than those without female representation. Companies who compete at the highest levels make sure their talent development strategies support that performance.
The program focuses on the essential knowledge and skills that research shows are required to lead in today’s dynamic and complex global marketplace. Those skills go beyond the strong technical and management expertise that used to pave the path to the C-Suite. Today’s top-level jobs require mastery of strategy, business, and financial acumen, and a wide range of leadership skills.
The five-day program pairs Michigan Ross faculty with active global business leaders to advance executives’ business acumen, strategic thinking, leadership skills, as well as networks. The program will be highly experiential, with current case studies, simulations, and personal assessment and feedback. Each participant will leave the program as a more confident, capable, and connected executive.
Hear a recent C-Suite program participant experience.
Jennifer Johnson
Managing Partner, Patina Solutions
click here to view additional testimonials.
July 24 – 28
University of Michigan – Dearborn Campus

Program Brochure

Application deadline:
June 16, 2017

Who Should Attend:
This program is recommended for participants who have a minimum of 15 years prior leadership experience and may also include:
  • Organizational levels that are one to two levels below C-Suite
  • Executives with a consistent track record of career growth through critical assignments and developmental opportunities
  • Current successor candidate to C-Suite executives
  • Women business entrepreneurs with sustained business growth and success


SBIR Road Tour & Summit – July 19
Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti
Join BBCetc for this special event featuring one-on-one meetings with federal
agency Program Managers, informative panels and sessions and a showcase of
Michigan entrepreneurial resources.
Agencies touring: NIH, NSF, USDA, NIST, USAF, MDA, Navy, SOCOM, DOE, DHS, USPTO, and DOT

SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep for NIH

Wednesday, June 7, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
University of Michigan North Campus Research Complex, Ann Arbor
This workshop covers all aspects of writing SBIR/STTR grants focused on life science technologies. Topics covered include: current information on the NIH program, writing to meet reviewer expectations, step-by-step instruction on writing each section of your proposal, and common problems and pitfalls to avoid. If you’re targeting a submission for the Sept. 5 deadline, don’t miss this opportunity to learn how to put your best foot forward!
Cost: $75 Register
ABCs of SBIR/STTR Funding
Thursday, June 8, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
WMed Innovation Center, Kalamazoo
Attend this free Lunch & Learn and find out how the federal SBIR/STTR programs can provide a source of R&D funding between the initial development of your innovative idea and proof that it has potential in the marketplace. Learn about SBIR/STTR eligibility requirements, which of the 11 participating agencies best fits your technology, the differences between SBIR and STTR and more.
Cost: Complimentary but registration is required. Register

Architect and Structural Engineers: Mass Timber Workshop July 25th

Recent advancements in mass timber technology, coupled the desire for low carbon and renewable materials, has revitalized wood structural design.  The engaging aesthetic of wood coupled with the expected cost advantage for mass timber products is expected to bring wood into cityscapes.

This workshop brings together experts who have a diverse and deep knowledge of the development of the mass timber revolution in North America. Learn about the possibilities and barriers to overcome to help launch mass timber building development in Michigan.

See attached flyer for our list of speakers.  Agenda will be sent out soon.

Share with every Architect and Structural Engineer you know.

See you there!


Mark Rudnicki, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Michigan Forest Biomaterials Institute
Cell: 906-231-6799

MI mass timber workshop

Two DOE Solar Research Opportunities and 2017 Joint Nanoscience and Neutron Scattering User Meeting

Postdoctoral Research Awards in Solar Energy – Deadline May 31, 2017

The Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Postdoctoral Research Awards support EERE’s mission in energy efficiency and renewable energy by offering recent Ph.D. recipients the opportunity to conduct applied research at universities, national laboratories, and other research facilities.  Research opportunities will be awarded to qualified applicants to work on collaborative applied research of mutual interest to the applicant, the host facility, and the EERE Program Office sponsoring the award.  Potential research topics for these awards include behavioral and data science to lower solar electricity cost, systems integration, concentrating solar power, and photovoltaic cells, modules, and materials.

Benefits include a yearly stipend of $65,000, a research allowance of $10,000, a research mentor allowance of $5,000, health insurance, and possible relocation travel up to $5,000.

Applicants must meet each of the following criteria:

  • Have a Ph.D. for no more than five years from the application deadline or be expected to complete all the doctoral degree requirements by May 30, 2017.
  • Have U.S. citizenship or Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) status by May 15, 2017.
  • Be available to start by September 1, 2017. Exceptions to this requirement may be considered for applicants with previous commitments. Contact for additional information.
  • Have received support to submit an application from a research mentor who holds a principal investigator position at a research facility (see Research Mentors for requirements and expectations for research mentors).
  • Be eligible to obtain security or visitation clearance, if one is required by the host facility.
  • Have demonstrated commitment to pursue innovative research in EERE areas of interest.
  • Have a superior academic performance record.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Citizenship: LPR or U.S. Citizen
  • Degree: Currently pursuing a Doctoral degree or have received this degree within 60 months.
  • Discipline(s): Earth and Geosciences (All); Engineering (All); Other Physical Sciences (All); Physics; Applied Physics; Physics (General); Computer Sciences (All)

Appointment Location:  Various federal research facilities located across the U.S.

Application Deadline:  May 31, 2017 Eastern Time

For full eligibility criteria, information about EERE Postdoctoral Research Awards and application instructions, please visit  For additional information please contact Cedricka Harris,




DOE-SunShot Innovators Program

The SunShot Innovators Program supports recent Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate graduates as well as applicants with technical or research post-degree experience in a field related to the application of solar technologies and policies.  The SunShot Innovators Program offers hands-on, practical experiences that allow participants to contribute innovative solutions to the challenges utilities, energy service providers, and public utilities commissions (PUCs) face as they adapt to a system with increasing levels of solar and other distributed energy resources (DERs). The SunShot Innovators Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE), Solar Energy Technology Office (SETO).  For more information about SETO and the SunShot Initiative, visit

Participant Benefits

Appointments are for up to two years. The initial appointment period is one year. Extension of the appointment will be subject to satisfactory progress toward completion of the project assignments, and availability of funds. Final decisions regarding the extension of the appointment for a second year will be made by SETO in consultation with the hosting institution.  Stipends will be based on appointment level and commensurate with qualifications.


  • Be a U.S. Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident (LPR) at the time of application. Evidence of U.S. citizenship must be submitted to ORISE at the time the appointment is accepted.
  • Be at least 18 years old by May 1, 2017.
  • Meet one of the following conditions:

o   Level 1: Have earned an undergraduate (Bachelor’s) degree in the past three years in science, technology, mathematics, engineering, public policy, business, law or other field relevant to the position.

o   Level 2: Have earned a graduate degree (Doctorate or Master’s) in the past three years in science, technology, mathematics, engineering, public policy, business, law or other field relevant to the position.

o   Level 3: Have earned an undergraduate or graduate degree in science, technology, mathematics, engineering, public policy, business, law or other field relevant to the position. Applicant must have at least ten years of post-degree experience in a technical or research position in a field related to energy innovation.

Application Deadline:  June 30, 2017 Eastern Time

For full eligibility criteria and application instructions, please visit  For additional information please contact Taylor Pitchford,




Registration and Abstract Solicitation for the 2017 Joint Nanoscience and Neutron Scattering User Meeting

The Spallation Neutron Source – High Flux Isotope Reactor (SNS-HFIR) User Group has announced that registration for the 2017 Joint Nanoscience and Neutron Scattering User Meeting  is open and abstract solicitation is ongoing.  The meeting will be held at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is set for week of July 31 – August 4, 2017 and will highlight research achievements by users and staff of Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS) and of ORNL’s neutron scattering user facilities, as well as the broader neutron-scattering and nanoscience research communities.  There will be opportunities to meet with facility staff and other researchers to discuss and plan for submitting user proposals and other collaborative activities.

Additionally, the main User Meeting, on Aug. 1-2, will feature:

  • Six plenary addresses
  • Six parallel tracks of oral presentations, including 16 Invited Speakers
  • The topics of the SNS/HFIR-focused tracks are as follows:
  • Materials for energy, sustainability and the environment
  • Quantum phenomena in materials
  • Chemical and Engineering Materials
  • Data Analysis, modeling and visualization
  • Additional contributed talks and posters selected from submitted abstracts
  • Poster Session with Best Student Poster Competition
  • Facility tours
  • Opportunities for user proposal planning with facility staff
  • User group Town Hall meetings and Panel Discussions

A variety of focused Workshops and Tutorials will also be held on July 31 and August 3.  These include hands-on data analysis sessions, a workshop how to prepare your sample for your neutron scattering experiment, an introduction to polarized neutron capabilities at SNS/HFIR, focused sessions on the use of High Performance Computing (HPC) with neutron scattering as well as new tools available for modeling structure and dynamics (CAMM), and a workshop devoted to liquids reflectometry and large scale structures.



Abstract Deadline: June 7 –

Registration Deadline: July 17. There is no cost to register but Advance Registration Is Required! –

Poster Session: August 1 & Plenary and Oral Sessions: August 1-2 –

Workshops and Tutorials: July 31 and August 3-4 –

Direct link for copy/paste to a browser:

The SNS-HFIR User Group (SHUG) consists of all persons interested in using the neutron scattering facilities at Oak Ridge. Learn more:


University Partnerships Office

Innovation-related Federal Funding Opportunities

Smart Cities Connect
Conference & Expo
| website
June 25-28, 2017 • Austin, TX

Asia Pacific Resilience Inovation
Summit & Expo (APRISE)
| website
July 19-20, 2017 • Honolulu, HI

Defense Innovation Summit | website
Oct. 3-5, 2017 • Tampa, FL

Federal Funding Opportunities:

National Science Foundation

Ceramics | Deadline: Rolling – More info…

Condensed Matter and Materials Theory | Deadline: Rolling – More info…

Department of Transportation

693JJ317NF0001: Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment Initiative | Department of Transportation, DOT Federal Highway Administration | Deadline: June 12, 2017 – More info…

Department of Defense:

DoD Precision Trauma Care Research Award | Deadline: June 15, 2017 – More info

W81XWH-18-DMRDP-PTCRA DoD Precision Trauma Care Research Award Department of Defense Dept. of the Army — USAMRAA | Deadline: June 15, 2017 – More info

Invitation to the Naval Future Force Science & Technology Expo: 20-21 July 2017

Please join the Office of Naval Research’s (ONR) at our premier event, the Naval Future Force S&T Expo (at the Washington D.C. Convention Center, 20-21 July) co-sponsored with American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE).

This year’s theme is “Accelerating to the Navy & Marine Corps After Next.”

Participants will hear from the new Chief of Naval Research, RADM David Hahn. Come to learn more about his vision and new priorities guiding the Naval Research Enterprise. This event provides an excellent opportunity for Department of Defense, Naval leaders and ONR program officers to communicate needs, opportunities and exchange ideas with you.

Join us as we:
– Introduce and raise awareness of Naval research priorities and portfolios
– Present challenges and enable discussion of potential research solutions
– Learn from and share new ideas with participants to broaden our world-wide partnership base

As a participant, you will enjoy access to one-on-one Pitch-A-Principal appointments, live demos, poster sessions and exhibiting to include: Tech Talks and specialty room sessions featuring–small business, current research, STEM, disruptive technology initiatives, international S&T programs, Naval Research Lab initiatives, Marine Corps Warfighting Lab topics and doing business with ONR, ONR-Global, Naval Research Laboratory and employment opportunities.

Register here and stay tuned to our websites for more information on our exciting speaker line-up:
– Registration: — Use appeal code: INNOVATE to receive a $55 discount
– Get updates on:

Lawrence C. Schuette, Ph.D.
Director of Research
Office of Naval Research
Arlington, VA  22203
703-696-7118 (v)

Apply for workshop in NSF Division of Materials Research before May 12th

DMR Community

The University of Florida, in collaboration with the NSF Division of Materials Research, will be hosting a workshop for new and future PI’s. The goal of the workshop is to provide young faculty who are attempting to obtain funding or have just received their first award from the DMR programs with valuable information and advice on the policies, procedures, and opportunities available at the National Science Foundation.

The workshop will be held in Arlington, VA, near the NSF headquarters.  The workshop will begin at 8:00 AM on June 8th and end by 2 PM on June 9th.  There will be a reception for attendees from 6-8 PM on June 7th.  Attendance is by invitation only. Local expenses and up to $250 towards travel reimbursement will be provided for accepted participants.  A registration fee will be required of accepted participants.

Again, attendance is by invitation only.  Researchers wishing to attend may apply at  Applications should also have a short recommendation from either their department chair or a materials science faculty member sent to  Applications arriving before May 12th at 5 PM will receive full consideration.  After that date, applicants will be selected on a first come first serve basis.

Please pass this message along to anyone that might benefit from attending this workshop.


Paul and Tomasz

Paul Sokol and Tomasz Durakiewicz

CMP Program Directors

Dr. Bill Farquhar’s presentation

Thanks to those who came to Dr. Bill Farquhar’s presentation on April 21.  The feedback I received from many of you was quite positive. Most felt it was, if nothing else, a very thought-provoking session.

Several of you asked if you could have a copy of the presentation; I have attached for you.  There are some real gems hidden in his presentation regarding how they changed the culture at U Delaware, where they now have 5 active NIH R01’s in a department that had nothing but NIH R15 grants 8 years ago…

Jason R. Carter, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Dept of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology
Michigan Technological University
1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, MI 49931
Phone: (906)487-2715
Fax: (906)487-0985