Author: Julie Ross

Career Fair Resources

Career Fair Resources (put forward by Mike Meyer; paraphrased by Jean Kampe):

Faith Morrison (Chemical Engineering) wrote a a nice piece on her advising blog that may serve students well as they prepare for Career Fair:

There are some other resources (the list is still growing) on the event page at Career Services website:

Info Session: Spice Group (TONIGHT 6-8 pm)

Spicer Group will be hosting an Info Session from 6:00pm – 8:00pm on Monday, February 19th, in Ballroom A-2 @ the MUB.  This info session will include food and drinks along with a brief presentation on the services provided by Spicer Group.  We will highlight projects that we have been involved with in recent years, as well as Spicer Group’s contributions to the community and employees.  Following the presentation, we will open up for discussion with students who have any questions about Spicer Group.

Please stop by to see what career opportunities are available at Spicer Group.

Mind Trekkers Spring Break/Volunteer Opportunity

Mind Trekkers will be taking 50 volunteers to Charlotte, NC for Spring Break. Not only is this an chance to travel and explore, it is also a volunteer opportunity for students to share their passion of STEM with others!
Mind Trekkers is a student organization that travels both locally and nationally to help promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) learning with our nearly 200 different interactive science demonstrations! Whether it is a science and engineering festival for thousands of students or a small local event, we aim to show students both the fun and importance of STEM fields. We have already reached 1.9 million students in 15 different states since forming in 2010.
March 10-18
Already sick of the winter, but can’t afford the cost to travel somewhere warm? Have a passion for STEM education? Come travel with Mind Trekkers to Charlotte, NC for Spring Break! For only $100 (+ $50 deposit), you will have your rooming, several meals, and transportation covered! Planned activities include: SkyWildGreensboro Science Center, and the US National Whitewater Center. We will be hosting the Passport to STEM festival on the Thursday and Friday of the trip, where you will have the opportunity to excite over four thousand students about science & engineering with fun and hands-on demonstrations!
If you (and your friends) would like to apply, please fill out this form: MIND TREKKERS SPRING BREAK APPLICATION.  No previous experience with Mind Trekkers is required. Open to all majors.
Please contact the Mind Trekkers President ( if you have any questions about this trip.

General Meeting: Railroad Engineering & Activities Club Monthly Presentation | February 13th, 7 PM

The Railroad Engineering & Activities Club (REAC), an AREMA Student Chapter at Michigan Tech, would like to invite you to attend our monthly presentation and General Business Meeting (GBM) on February 13th at 7:00 PM in Rekhi Hall 214. This month’s presentation will be given by Michigan Tech faculty member Dr. Bill Sproule, who will be talking about the history of streetcar operations in Michigan’s Copper Country. Please see the attached flyer.
  • We are a multidisciplinary organization. Learn more about career opportunities for students like you in the Rail Industry
  • Find out more about our planned field trip to SE Michigan rail facilities in April
  • Be present for this month’s raffle giveaway prize
  • Free subs & pop!
If you cannot make it in person, we will also be live streaming the presentation on the Michigan Tech Rail Transportation Program’s YouTube Channel! The live stream will be available at 7:15 PM EST.
The promo video can be viewed HERE
The live stream can be accessed HERE
Questions? Email us at:
We hope that you can join us!
Best Regards,


Aaron J. Dean – REAC President

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)