Month: January 2018

Associate of State Dame Safety Officials – Student Paper Competition

ASDSO invites students to enter the Student Paper Competition, open to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees at U.S. universities or colleges. We invite students to submit papers on dam and levee safety!

Topics may include traditional areas of design engineering, structural and geotechnical analysis, hydrology, hydraulics, construction, risk management and hazard mitigation, emergency action planning, dam security, and policy. In addition, case studies, emerging and innovative technologies, and senior capstone projects are encouraged.

Each winning paper will receive $500 and a travel stipend to present at Dam Safety 2018 in Seattle, WA, in September 2018. Winning papers will also be published in the annual conference proceedings. Other selected entries will be invited to participate in the Dam Safety 2018 Poster & Lightning Talk Forum. Conference registration fees will be waived for all participating students enrolled in colleges or universities in the U.S. who present a valid student ID (that’s a $1000 value!). Both US citizens and non-US citizens are eligible.

All student entries must include a 350-word (maximum) abstract, and should be submitted online. The student paper competition also requires an executive summary of at least 1,200 words. (Please note: the full paper is not due at the deadline, only the abstract and executive summary, so please send in your ideas!). Announcements of selected papers and invited posters will be made in early April. Please contact Brittany Lewis at (855) 228-9732 or with any questions you may have.

For more information, visit the student paper competition page at:

The deadline to submit executive summaries and abstracts is February 5.

Opportunity for Students to Join SWANA (Solid Waste Association of North America) for Free

As a new semester begins, I want to remind you that the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is offering FREE Student Membership. By becoming a member of SWANA, students can…

· Meet with current leaders and decision makers working in solid waste, environmental science, composting, and recycling who can lead to potential internships and become future employers

· Interact with peers from across the country and the globe who have similar study and career interests via online forums and local/national events
· Access #MentorMatch – the SWANA online mentoring site
· Learn more about industry trends and new technologies that can guide their course of study and lead to career opportunities
For full-time students (undergraduate, graduate, or PhD candidate) with an interest in environmental sciences, solid waste management or recycling-related professions, FREE SWANA Student Membership is a perfect fit.
SWANA is hosting SWANApalooza in Denver, March 5-7, 2018. We encourage students to attend this event, they can register here at a discounted price.

Call for Posters – Michigan Tech World Water Day 2018 – March 27-28, 2018

To Graduate and Undergraduate students:

Michigan Tech is celebrating World Water Day 2018 during the week of March 26.  The Great Lakes Research Center is sponsoring the World Water Day Poster Competition, using the United Nations World Water Day theme, “Nature-based Solutions for Water.”

Graduate and undergraduate students are invited to participate in the World Water Day Poster Competition, which includes 2 categories of cash awards:

Original Research posters typically represent thesis and research work related to any aspect of water.
Coursework/Informational posters present coursework or literature based research.  They can be assigned in a course to individuals or groups of students, or can be entered independently.

Posters in the Original Research category may or may not be relevant to the “Nature-based Solutions for Water” theme of World Water Day, but additional points are awarded to the Coursework/Informational posters if they incorporate the “Nature-based Solutions for Water” theme.

See the World Water Day Flyer and download the registration form.

Registration Deadline: Sunday, March 18 by midnight to Carol Asiala (

Digital Posters Deadline: Sunday, March 25 by midnight to Carol Asiala (
Printed Posters: Tuesday, March 27 between 8:00-9:00am in Dow Lobby Area – Campus side

Judging Sessions with oral presentations: Tuesday, March 27, 12:00 to 2:30 pm in Dow Conference Rooms

Informal discussions with students at poster session: Tuesday, March 27, 2:30-4:00 pm in Dow Lobby Area – Campus side

Note: we are planning to display the posters digitally on TV monitors in the Dow conference rooms for the judging process this year.  The printed versions will be on display Tuesday and Wednesday, March 27-28 in the Dow Lobby, campus-side, but Powerpoint Slides will need to be submitted to Carol Asiala ( by March 25, so they can be prepared for display on the computers in the conference rooms.

More information about all of the World Water Day activities can be found at:

This year’s World Water Day guest speaker is Dr. Greg Kleinheinz from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
Other related notes:
The Library is hosting several poster workshop sessions before World Water Day.  Register for one of the following sessions if you would like to learn more about presenting  your research and information in a poster format, and also learn about he the resources available for printing posters at the library.

1/26/2018, 12:00 -1:00 in Library 242

2/26/2018, 5:00 -6:00 in Library 242

3/6/2018, 12:00 -1:00 in Library 242

The Undergraduate Research Symposium will be held on Friday, March 23. Please be aware that this is a time when many posters will be printed, so plan ahead to avoid any scheduling conflicts with the printing.

Nature-based Solutions for Water resources:
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Naturally Resilient Communities

Thank you, and please contact me with any questions about the Posters.

Carol J. Asiala, Assistant Research Scientist/Engineer
Dept. of Geological & Mining Engineering & Science, 626 Dow
Great Lakes Research Center
Michigan Technological University
1400 Townsend Drive, Houghton, MI  49931
906/487-2033 (direct line), 906/487-2531 (main office), 906/487-3371 (fax)

Scholarship: Michigan Water Environment Association

The following scholarship is for college students in the environmental field of study:

  • John P. Hennessey – $2000 to a current college Undergrad or Graduate student pursuing a course of study leading to a career in Wastewater Treatment or in some other aspect of the water environment field

More information can be found here:

Application Deadline: February 1st

Scholarship: ASCE MI Section

The Michigan Section of the ASCE encourages the advancement of the Civil Engineering profession by qualified and interested students. To that end, the ASCE Michigan Section offers financial support through two scholarships. These scholarships have been endowed through the efforts and generosity of individual Civil Engineers and leading Civil Engineering companies throughout Michigan. Applications are due by Memorial Day.
Mackinac Scholarship
Named in honor of Michigan’s #1 Civil Engineering Project of the 20th Century by the ASCE Michigan Section membership in December 1999, the Mackinac Scholarship is intended to recognize a premier Civil Engineering student from Michigan. The award will be presented annually, and will consist of a two-year grant of $5,000 each year (totaling $10,000 over a two-year period) to a student entering his or her junior year at an ABET-accredited Civil Engineering program. The award considers merit, personal initiative, and financial need and encourages both participation in a student chapter of ASCE and contributions to the advancement of student engineering.
Zuidema Scholarship
Named in honor of an outstanding Past-President of the Michigan Section and the Western Michigan Branch of ASCE, the Marvin L. Zuidema Scholarship Award is presented annually to a student member of ASCE who has made a contribution to the advancement of student engineering activities. This award will consist of a one-time grant of $1,500, and considers academic performance as an indication of preparation
for a future career in Civil Engineering. The Zuidema scholarship is available to either a junior or senior in an ABET-accredited Civil Engineering program.
Click the link below to access more detailed information and the application itself.

Scholarship: Women in Engineering Empowerment Scholarship

Tacuna Systems is excited to announce our new “Women in Engineering Empowerment Scholarship”.

Women are still very much under-represented in STEM fields both in higher education and in industry. Our goal is to help equip one female student overcome this gender gap by offering $1,000 toward her studies in science, technology, engineering, or math.

Scholarship details can also be found here:

Waino Wahtera Center – Summer Opportunities

Check out the Summer Opportunities webpage.  This new website is intended to showcase undergraduate students’ options for coursework, international experiences, employment and professional development through Michigan Tech during summer semester and assist students in making informed decisions when developing summer plans. Much of the content is and will continue to be links to existing pages.