Category Archives: Announcements

Rekhi Innovation Challenge Now Open

The Vice President for Research Office and Pavlis Honors College are now accepting projects for the Rekhi Innovation Challenge, a crowdfunding competition whose aim is to promote student innovation and entrepreneurship through the use of Superior Ideas. This year, the Challenge has been opened up to any Enterprise or Senior Design teams whose projects include an innovative approach to an important design challenge or market need.

The competition runs from Nov. 1-Dec. 31 and projects must be submitted by Oct. 21 in order to be considered. To participate, please see the information for teams, advisors, and the application form.

Any questions can be directed to Natasha Chopp at

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Enterprise Pop-Up Workshop: Successful Projects, Satisfied Sponsors


Enterprise Pop-Up Workshop: Successful Projects, Satisfied Sponsors

Join us for an interactive workshop where we will share techniques to gain early momentum on projects, make positive first impressions, and develop professional relationships with industry sponsors. For teams seeking industry support, we will share information on Enterprise sponsorship and the resources available through the Pavlis Honors College.
When and Where: This session will be held on Thursday Oct. 1 from 6-7:30 pm in the newly renovated Pavlis Honors College Offices (722 M&M). Pizza and drinks will be provided.
About the Facilitators: Rick Berkey (Director, Enterprise Program) and Joe Thompson (Sponsored Projects Manager) will draw upon nearly 35 years of combined experience working in industry and with Michigan Tech’s Enterprise partners and sponsors.
RSVP is required by Wednesday Sept. 30 at 4pm. Attendance is limited to 30 participants; initial priority will be given to allow at least one student from each Enterprise to participate. A confirmation email will be sent out on Wed. to all participants. Please complete the Google form to register.

Michigan Space Grant Funding

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The Michigan Space Grant Consortium, of which Michigan Tech is a member, will host its annual conference at the University of Michigan on Oct. 31. MSGC supports student work in space-related science and technology—as well as STEM disciplines—in Michigan.

There is currently a call for lecture and poster presentations. Registration is free but required for planning purposes. The registration deadline date is Oct. 19 and travel assistance is available for students. To register and for more information, please visit Michigan Space Grant

The Michigan Space Grant Consortium announces funding opportunities in the following categories: Undergraduate Fellowship, Graduate Fellowship, Pre-College Education, Public Outreach, Teacher Training and Research Seed Grant. Only U.S. citizens are eligible to apply for fellowship grants. The internal Michigan Tech deadline is noon on Nov. 11. Specific information regarding Michigan Tech’s requirements and submission procedures can be found here.

Note: Proposals must be submitted electronically to MSGC only after being reviewed by the Pavlis Honors College and Michigan Tech’s Sponsored Programs Office

For more information contact Paige Hackney, or 7-4371 in the Pavlis Honors College.

To read announcements, submission requirements and to submit a proposal following an internal review, visit the MSGC website.

Registration for Design Expo 2015: Last Day Feb. 6

exposimpleRegistration is now open for Design Expo, a showcase of senior design and Enterprise student projects, now in its 15th year. Registration closes on Friday, Feb. 6.

Registration Site:

Judges are also needed for the event. Faculty and staff interested in judging may RSVP online or contact Mary Raber at
The 2015 Design Expo will be held on Thursday, April 16, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the MUB Ballroom.

For questions, contact Paige Hackney in the Pavlis Honors College at

New Venture Competition Seeks Student Entrepreneurs

mraberMichigan Tech is collaborating again this year with Central Michigan University in the 2015 New Venture Competition. Students from Michigan Tech and CMU who want to start companies will compete for cash prizes and enjoy valuable networking opportunities.

Past Michigan Tech participants have gone on to build successful businesses, helped in part by the connections made in the competition and the prize money awarded.

Intent to compete forms are due to CMU by December 4th. Information about the competition and forms for entry can be viewed online.

For more information and to discuss opportunities for connecting with a mentor contact Mary Raber in the Pavlis Honors College, or Jim Baker in the Office of Innovation and Industry Engagement,

Pavlis Fundraiser at Orpheum

Pavlis Institute for Global Technological Leadership Fundraiser at Orpheum Jan. 19:
Support the Pavlis Institute at Michigan Tech while you enjoy live music at the Orpheum Theater in Hancock, Saturday, Jan. 19. Doors open at 7 p.m. and admission is only $5.

Pavlis inspires international leadership by providing students with an opportunity to implement life-changing projects around the world. Students are equipped with 15 credits of leadership training before embarking on a trip dedicated to inspiring positive change in Pavlis’ partner countries.

Enjoy music by Don’t Feed the Bears, Eryka Vye and Marshall and Lucas Westcott and Heaven Hawkins. There’s also a silent auction featuring items from India and Ghana. Come enjoy some great music, delicious pizza and help Pavlis change the world while representing Michigan Tech and the Houghton/Hancock area.

Scholarship Opportunities for Engineering Juniors, Seniors and Grad Applicants

The Michigan Tech Sustained Support to Ensure Engineering Degrees (SSEED) program (funded by NSF S-STEM) is in its second year of four. In 2011-12, the program awarded 33 scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to engineering juniors and seniors. The program awarded five fellowships of $8,000 each to first-year engineering graduate students.

The purpose of the undergraduate scholarships is to improve the retention of upper division engineering students who have financial need and other risk factors that make it difficult to complete their degrees. The purpose of the graduate fellowships is to improve the recruitment of women and minorities to graduate study in engineering.

In 2012-13, the program will again award up to 35 undergraduate scholarships and five graduate fellowships. The program also features mentoring and professional development opportunities. The application deadline is March 15 for undergraduate scholarships and May 1 for graduate fellowships. Share this information with qualified students.

For more information, see SSEED, or contact Michele Miller at 487-3025 or at .