New Venture Challenge prep-register by 3/1/23

Are you a student with a great business idea or do you want to team up with a student who has a great business idea?  If so, the New Venture Challenge provides an exciting venue to pitch your business, get valuable feedback, network with representatives within Michigan’s innovation & entrepreneurship ecosystem, and last but not least, an opportunity to win some valuable prize money!

For over a decade, Michigan Technological University and Central Michigan University have collaborated to offer Tech students the opportunity to compete at the New Venture Competition in Mount Pleasant, MI.  Students compete for over $100,000 of cash prizes and in-kind services.

We will host an information session and two prep sessions, we encourage you to attend all prep sessions if you plan to pitch.  The pitch competition itself will involve a trip to Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant where you will pitch your idea.  

If interested, register here  by 3/1/23.

Job Posting: MDOT Transportation Engineer (Mackinac Bridge)

Since the Mackinac Bridge opened in 1957, the Mackinac Bridge Authority (MBA) has been dedicated to preserving the structure and ensuring safe passage over the Straits of Mackinac. As one of the world’s leading suspension bridges, the MBA is always in pursuit of innovative and leading-edge services and solutions. We strive to make the best use of our employees’ skills and experience, as well as provide opportunities for growth and career development. The MBA is currently seeking a transportation engineer (9-12) to join our team and come to work on Michigan’s largest and most recognizable asset. We are looking for someone who can embrace the challenges of meeting our goals and exceeding the standards in helping to lead the Mackinac Bridge into a new generation!

This position serves to help manage and analyze complex structural related projects for the Mackinac Bridge and improvements to the Mackinac Bridge facilities. This position also carries out inspections on the bridge, plans and develops in-house maintenance projects with the MBA crews, maintains maintenance records, and helps to develop the Mackinac Bridge maintenance budget. In this position you will also communicate and interact with worldwide leaders in the bridge and transportation industry through membership in the International Cable Supported Bridge Operators Association.

The job is posted. Here is a link to the posting: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/michigan/MDOT/jobs/3769469/mdot-transportation-engineer-9-12-mackinac-bridge?sort=Salary%7CDescending&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs

US Army Corps of Engineers Virtual Hiring Event

My name is Maria Pascual and I represent the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Mississippi Valley Division. We are hosting a Virtual Hiring Event on March 7 & 8 and would like to extend the invitation to your organization and students. Registration for the event is open from February 7 to February 27.

Attached is our flyer with a QR code sending the student directly to the registration page.

Attached is our Public Notice with a detailed description of the vacancies and locations and general information.

For more information about our organization, visit us at: https://www.mvd.usace.army.mil/

Scholarship: NAWIC FOUNDERS’ SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION

ELIGIBILITY
A. Applicant must be currently enrolled in a construction-related degree program at a school in the United Sates
and must have a least one term remaining in a course of study leading to a degree or an associate degree in a
construction-related field. High school seniors are not eligible.
B. Applicant must desire a career in a construction-related field.
C. Applicant must be enrolled full-time.
D. Applicant must have a current cumulative GPA or 3.0 or higher to be considered for awards.

Scholarship Application and Information: https://www.nawic.org/nfsf_scholarships

Deadline: Feb 28.

‘Telling Your Story’ Workshop Registration is Now Open

Are you a student who wants to pitch in the New Venture Challenge or another pitch competition? Do you want to make your presentations more compelling? If so, this workshop is for you.

Your ability to pitch greatly improves when you explain your business venture in a persuasive way. What need does your product or service fill? What impact will it have? Communicating your value proposition through the art of storytelling is an important part of connecting with your audience.

Laura Kasson Fiss (PAV), who teaches writing, literature and a course through Pavlis on telling your story, will walk pitch contestants through a process to help them identify key elements of their stories to pitch their innovations. We’ll talk about ways to arrange narrative elements to create a story arc and how to mobilize techniques of storytelling in the service of your innovation.

Join us on Feb. 23, 4- 5:30 p.m., at the West Collaboration Space in the Pavlis Honors College. Register online by Feb. 21.

Undergrad Research – 2023 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURFs)

Applications for 2023 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURFs) are open. Fellowship recipients will spend the summer working on an individual research project under the guidance of a Michigan Tech faculty mentor.

SURFs are open to all Tech undergraduates who have at least one semester remaining after the summer term. Awards are up to $4,000. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Feb. 10.

For more information and access to the application materials and instructions, visit the SURF web page or contact Handler at rhandler@mtu.edu.