Month: January 2020

Undergraduate Research Volunteers Needed

Researchers at Michigan Tech University are seeking young adults to participate in a research study. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effects of lighting conditions on balance recovery. We seek individuals 18-40 years old who do not currently have any musculoskeletal disorders or injuries, history of traumatic injuries, or have any vestibular or neurological disorders that affect your balance. For this study, individuals will be asked to perform a series of trials that will challenge their balance in three different lighting environments. During these trials you will wear sensors that will measure your movement. Results from this study allows researchers and clinical practitioners ways to improve the avoidance of falls. 


You will be excluded from this study if you:

  • Are not between the ages of 18-40 years old
  • Are currently diagnosed with a musculoskeletal disorder or injury
  • Has been or is diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury
  • Has been or is diagnosed with vestibular or neurological disorders that affect balance

If you are interested in learning more about this study, please contact Jessica Pitts at jpitts@mtu.edu or Adison Cook at accook@mtu.edu.


NASA DEVELOP National Program: Informational Webinars

There will be two webinars this month in an effort to provide information about the internship program and how potential candidates can apply.

DEVELOP addresses environmental and public policy issues through interdisciplinary research projects that apply the lens of NASA Earth observations to community concerns around the globe. Bridging the gap between NASA Earth science and society, DEVELOP builds capacity in both participants and partner organizations to better prepare them to address the challenges that face our society and future generations. Teams of DEVELOP participants partner with decision makers to conduct rapid feasibility projects that highlight relevant applications of Earth observing missions, cultivate advanced skills, and increase understanding of NASA Earth science data and technology.

DEVELOP employs participants during 3, 10-week long terms throughout the year to address these challenges through organized partner projects.  There are 11 locations an applicant can apply to, depending on what location the applicant would like to be considered for. Each location has specific projects Participants work on as a team during the 10-week term.  Participants are classified as part-time temporary employees and work an average of 20-29 hours per week.  Salary is determined by location and education.

To apply visit: https://develop.larc.nasa.gov/apply.php


Job Posting: MDOT (Region Design Squad)

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is seeking a Transportation Engineer 9-12 (Region Design Squad) Superior Region.

As a senior Transportation Engineer, oversee, manage and complete transportation project designs, complete project scoping, prepare and approve project programming documents, enter project data into Department’s databases, oversee and prepare soil and sedimentation control plans, ROW plans and address Region drainage issues.  Coordinate issues with the public and local agencies.  Coordinate and administer consultant design projects.  Oversee and coordinate teams of technicians, co-ops, and engineers involved in highway design.  Assist in other areas of the region as needed.

Possession of a bachelor of science degree in engineering.

You may view the job posting here:

MDOT Transportation Engineer 9-12 (Region Design Squad) Superior Region


Engineering Internship Opportunity at Yosemite NP

The duties of the positions are typically suitable and applicable to Civil Engineering students, but other engineering students may apply.   The internships are typically filled by Junior-level students.  Seniors and Graduate Students who will be continuing their education in 2020/2021 (after the internship) are also eligible.  Sophomores may also qualify, depending on the number of credits they have completed, and if they have previous engineering-related work experience that they document correctly on their resume (see notes 5 and 7).

For students who are interested in a summer or co-op type engineering position at Yosemite, here is a top 9 list of unofficial suggestions:

1) Create an account/profile at www.usajobs.gov.

2) Become familiar with the usajobs.gov website, and how it works. 

3) Make sure you understand the Qualification Requirements section, especially the parts with the -OR- statements.  Make sure you select the correct qualification statement in the questionnaire, and that your resume reflects the qualification statement that you selected. 

4) Please note that resumes for federal jobs are typical much longer than the private sector.  It is recommended that your resume be about two pages in length, especially if you are currently a sophomore applying for a GS-04 position, or anyone applying for a GS-05 position. 

5) If you are active in any student or volunteer organizations, take credit for that by describing your duties and responsibilities, and including how many weeks your were active and how many hours per week you typically spend on those duties and responsibilities, just like you would for describing job experience.  See note 7.

6) Follow the directions in the announcement, to the letter! The announcement format can be hard to read, so it is recommended that you use the “PRINT” button on the right side of the page to view the announcement in its entirety. 

7) You must include months, years, and hours per week worked, on your resume, to receive credit for your work (and/or volunteer) experience. Part‐time hours are prorated. You will not receive any credit for experience that does not indicate exact hours per week or is listed as “varies”.

8) For the questions where you have to rate your experience in different areas, be honest, but not humble.  Rate yourself against other students, not the world at large. 

9) You must apply by 11:59 PM (EST) on 01/20/2020, but it is better not to wait until the last minute, since the application system can be funky at some times. 

Students can contact me at kerstin.henry@gmail.com (until 1/18) for informal and unofficial answers to specific questions, if necessary, but they should read through the announcement thoroughly before doing so.  For official answers to questions, they should contact the HR Representative listed in the announcement. 


MSA Professional Services Employment Opportunity

Full Time Entry Level Survey Technician, Summer 2020 Survey Internship, and Entry Level Engineering/CAD Tech employment opportunities at MSA Professional Services in the Rhinelander, WI or Marshfield, WI offices.

The Job descriptions and applications can be found at the following links…

Entry Level Survey Tech – Rhinelander

https://msaprofessionalservices-openhire.silkroad.com/epostings/index.cfm?fuseaction=app.jobInfo&version=1&jobid=599

Entry Level Survey Tech – Marshfield

https://msaprofessionalservices-openhire.silkroad.com/epostings/index.cfm?fuseaction=app.jobInfo&version=1&jobid=486

Entry Level Engineering/CAD Tech – Rhinelander

https://msaprofessionalservices-openhire.silkroad.com/epostings/index.cfm?fuseaction=app.jobInfo&version=1&jobid=619

Entry Level Engineering/CAD Tech – Marshfield 

https://msaprofessionalservices-openhire.silkroad.com/epostings/index.cfm?fuseaction=app.jobInfo&version=1&jobid=553

Survey Tech Intern – Rhinelander 

https://msaprofessionalservices-openhire.silkroad.com/epostings/index.cfm?fuseaction=app.jobInfo&version=1&jobid=551