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.


SBDC Michigan. Tools for startups

Time Management: Maximize Profitability, 
Achieve More by Doing Less 
Thursday, March 9th, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
The demands that take you away from focusing on your most important work cost you time, money and stress. The models discussed in this webinar are designed to assist busy professionals with organization, prioritization, and narrowing their focus to achieve more and take back their time allowing more time with themselves, family and friends.
Writing a Business Plan
Wednesday, March 15th, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
This webinar covers business planning in detail and is designed for individuals who want to launch or grow their business, for which a carefully considered plan and course of action will increase the probability of success. Real business plan examples are used to illustrate effective planning and tools and information for the steps and process of creating a business plan draft are provided.
Your Business as a Finely Tuned Machine – 
Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS)
Tuesday, March 28th, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
EOS (Entrepreneurial Operating System) is a complete system of simple tools to help you run your business better. In this webinar, you will be given tools that you can start to implement immediately and transform your business.

Warranties: Legal Seminar by Attorney Tami M. Seavoy

We’d like to invite you to our next legal seminar with Attorney Tami M. Seavoy on Tuesday, March 21st. Tami will give a presentation on Warranties from 9:00-10:15am. The presentation will be held at the MTEC SmartZone Powerhouse, 3rd Floor (101 W Lakeshore Drive). Registration is required. 
Four 60 minute One-on-one sessions with Tami are available after the presentation. These private sessions will take place in the First Floor Conference Room at the Powerhouse. Both the presentation and one-on-one sessions are available to you at no cost. See more details below. 
REGISTER HERE if you would like to attend the Warranties Presentation (9:00am – 10:15am).
SIGN UP HERE if you would like to reserve a One-on-one session with Tami (Four 60 min. sessions available from 10:30am – 3:00pm).  


The Consortium to Promote Reflection in Engineering Education (CPREE) and the Center for Engineering Learning and Teaching (CELT) are hosting a workshop on the use of reflection in engineering education. The workshop will take place in Seattle, September 14-15, 2017.

Space in this workshop is limited, so we are asking interested participants to submit a one-page statement of interest including the following information:

  1. Your name and affiliation
  2. Your experience with engineering education
  3. One or more questions you have about reflection
  4. What knowledge, experience, or insights you can bring to the workshop and share with the community
  5. What you hope to get out of the workshop

If you are selected to participate in the workshop, you will be asked to submit an abstract by August 15, and bring a poster or handout to that meeting that describes either 1) work you have already done; OR 2) your ideas, questions, etc. about reflection, with the goal of sparking conversations.

Please submit applications Lesley Pfeifer at by 5pm on March 15, 2017.  Acceptance notifications will be sent out on March 31, 2017.

This application information, as well as further information about CPREE, can be found at



We are pleased to announce the 2017 Dissertation Institute, an interactive workshop for underrepresented (African American, native American, Pacific Island and Hispanic American) graduate students in engineering. The primary goal is to address issues that prolong completion times for those at the dissertation proposal preparation and dissertation completion stages of the targeted population. The Dissertation Institute will take place June 11th – 16th on the University of Maryland, Baltimore County campus. The Institute will focus on skills and strategies needed to successfully complete the dissertation process and provide networking opportunities to build connections for future collaborative career advancement. In this Institute participants, will be able to build new writing habits, work on their dissertation or dissertation proposal, and learn skills that will help them continue making progress when they return back to their institutions. Participants will be housed in a private room; will share bathroom with one other participant; receive meals; and be reimbursed for travel costs up to $500. Please click the following link to apply for participation in 2017 Dissertation Institute. As a part of the application process, participants will be asked to identify barriers that have impeded their progress to completing their dissertation and to provide suggestions for additional topics to be presented.


Stephanie G. Adams, Ph.D.


Batten College of Engineering & Technology

Engineering Systems Building, Room 1105

Norfolk, VA  23529

Office: 757.683.4244

Fax: 757.683.4898

Gates Foundation Grant Opportunities

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is inviting proposals for the latest round of Grand Challenges Explorations. Grand Challenges Explorationsfosters early-stage discovery research to expand the pipeline of ideas for solving our greatest global health and development challenges. Launched in 2008 with an initial $100 million commitment from the foundation, Grand Challenges Explorations grants have already been awarded to more than 1200 researchers in more than 65 countries.

Applicants can be at any experience level; in any discipline; and from any organization, including colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations, and for-profit companies. Initial grants will be US $100,000 each, and projects showing promise will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of up to US $1 million.

We are accepting applications on the following four topics until May 3, 2017:

Full descriptions of the new topics and application instructions in English, French, Korean, Portuguese, Chinese and Spanish will be available very soon. We also invite you to check these two blogs: Innovation for an Interconnected Laboratory System and Improving Timeliness and Completeness of Routine Immunizations in Low-Resource Settings Will Save Lives. For details and application instructions, please visit the Grand Challenges website.

We look forward to receiving innovative ideas from around the world and from all disciplines. If you have a great idea, please apply. If you know someone else who may have a great idea, please forward this message.

Thank you for your commitment to solving the world’s greatest health and development challenges.

The Grand Challenges Team

Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives.

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AAAS Invitation to Review Annual Meeting Proposals

Thank you for your previous review of AAAS Annual Meeting proposals. You can help shape the 2018 AAAS Annual Meeting into a strong and well-balanced program by volunteering to serve as a scientific session proposal reviewer again this year.

All proposals will be reviewed online via a password-protected site. The official review period will take place May 16 – June 1, 2017. Reviews must be completed by June 1. Detailed instructions will be sent to all confirmed reviewers by email prior to the start of the review period.

Sign up to review proposals by April 4!

Register Now

If you know of colleagues who would make excellent reviewers, please extend this invitation to them as well (a Ph.D. is required). Thank you very much.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Best regards,

Elana Kimbrell
Communication Program Officer
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
1200 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005

National SBIR/STTR Conference May 15-17, 2017 | Washington, DC

National SBIR/STTR Conference May 15-17, 2017 | Washington, DC
SBIR/STTR programs are the nation’s largest source of early stage / high risk R&D funding for small business. At this conference you’ll learn how to participate and compete for funding in these two programs that encourage small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) and to commercialize your technological innovations.

Early bird registration expires March 17, 2017 – Register today

Navy Forum for SBIR/STTR Transition

Navy Forum for SBIR/STTR Transition | April 3-5, 2017

The Department of Navy Forum for SBIR/STTR Transition (FST), unique throughout the Federal government showcases affordable and innovative small business technology solutions to naval challenges. Commercial and naval acquisition customers send more than a thousand people annually to FST to discover and leverage innovative solutions, and listen to Congressional and Department of Defense (DoD) leaders discuss key policy issues.

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