Category: Undergraduate Advising

Programming Competitions – September 26th

Learn what are programming competitions? Why you may want to participate? Are you eligible to participate?  For most undergraduates – YES!  When and how can you participate? What resources are available for practice?
When: Thursday, September 26 from 5-6pm
Where: Rekhi 214
Upcoming Events:
  1. ICPC North American Qualifying (NAQ) Event – Sat. 10/5
    online practice competition
  2. ICPC North Central North America (NCNA) Regionals – Sat. 11/9
    Hosted here at Michigan Tech!
    Top performers in the region advance to the World Finals (MTU last sent a team to Worlds in 2014, consisting of two CS + one math major).
  3. NMU Regional Programming Competition – Spring 2020

If you have questions or can’t make the information session, please send Prof. Laura Brown,, an email.

Networking Mixer – Tuesday, September 24 at the Rosza

Students majoring in CSNA, Software Engineering, Computer Science, and Cybersecurity are encouraged to attend the Networking Mixer.  This is a great opportunity to meet with employment recruiters in a casual setting.

FREE appetizers and beverages will be served

Where: Rosza Center Lobby

When: 4:00-6:00pm


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Attend the Husky Lead: Bringing in the Bystander

Bystander engagement is highly encouraged through safe and positive intervention techniques and by empowering third party intervention and prevention. Take this opportunity to learn skills in bystander intervention in this peer-to-peer program.
Attend this HuskyLead being held Thursday, September 19 in the MUB Superior Room from 5-6 PM. Presented by Title IX.
To learn more about HuskyLead and our future events visit:

Auto-Owners IT Division Fall Recruiting

The Auto-Owners IT Division is looking forward to this upcoming fall recruiting season! We continue to seek your assistance in hiring the brightest and best technical talent for software development, security, infrastructure, Project Management, UX, and data warehousing positions and several summer internships for 2020! Our updates for this season include:

· Building a container orchestration system

· Investing in a Project Management career path

· Our annual IT/Actuarial Day! (Fri, Oct 18)

Building Nimble Applications with Containers

For the past couple of years, we’ve been rolling out a new container orchestration system. This has allowed us to run many different types of applications side by side in one unified system. Now we can build a diverse portfolio of small, lean applications which, when combined, make up the feature-rich systems our customers have come to expect.

The use of automated containers means that we are able to use whichever technology is best for the project. This allows the use of some of the newest front-end frameworks, different types of servers based on needs, or even new messaging platforms. As Auto-Owners continues to grow and build, we can be confident that we have the necessary flexibility to ensure that the right tool is being used for the task at hand.

Investing in Project Management Career Paths

Recognizing the increasing need for projects to have dedicated project leadership, Auto-Owners introduced the Project Management career path in January 2018. Since this time, the Project Management Community at Auto-Owners has helped individuals prepare for and grow in this career path. Some provided opportunities include:
· Monthly meetings to learn tools, tricks, and best practices, and to discuss how to handle current challenges

· Mentoring for associates new to the career path or looking to advance to the next job class

· Opportunities to attend Project Management, Agile, and tool-related conferences

· Opportunities to join community groups, such as the Project Management Institute

Having associates dedicated to managing projects saves us money and time and helps avoid the frustration of unmet project expectations. Our PM Community continues to strive to make the projects at Auto-Owners the best that they can be.

IT/Actuarial Day is Friday, October 18!

This year’s IT/Actuarial Day is on Friday, October 18. IT/Actuarial Day is an exciting day where students can come to the Auto-Owners Home Office in Lansing and see how their degree can be used in a career field. There is a networking lunch with management, presentations from our tech and Actuarial areas, and a chance to visit a workspace to see what day-to-day work is like. This is a chance to discover – in person instead of on a website – the many different tech and math fields at Auto-Owners and is a great opportunity for students to connect to a major employer in Michigan. Additional details were sent in a separate email earlier this week. Faculty and staff are also welcome, and we would love to see you there!

Please share these updates and our company information with any of your students who may be seeking a paid internship or full-time tech position. We look forward to working with you this season and wish you a successful semester!

Sr. IT & Actuarial Recruiter | HR
p: 800.346.0346, ext. 51855

Manager | Traverse City Remote IT
p: 800.346.0346, ext. 52433

Robotic Systems Enterprise Info Session, Weds., Sept. 11, 7 pm

Prometheus Borealis Self-driving Car

Robotic Systems Enterprise (RSE) is recruiting CS and Software Engineering students of all years. Our projects involve self driving software development and robot hardware development. If you are interested, come down to our information session tonight! Jon Gohl from GM will be speaking about GM’s vision of self driving cars with a reception afterwards for those that wish to learn about RSE and GM.

Where: EERC 214
When: 7PM Wednesday, September 11th, 2019
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Study Abroad Fair is Sept. 18, 10-2

The Michigan Tech Study Abroad Fair will take place on September 18th, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm on campus under the Career Fest Tents (between EERC and Chem Sci). 
The Study Abroad Fair is an opportunity for you to meet program representatives from the following:
In addition, you can meet with exchange students from Europe and Australia, mingle with study abroad alumni, and learn more about Michigan Tech modern languages.
Vienna Chapin
Study Abroad Coordinator, Michigan Technological University
906-487-1876 |
avlis Honors College, Minerals and Materials Bldg 722

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Info Session, Thurs., Sep. 12, 4 pm

As many of you are already aware, the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) solicitation has been published and the NSF GRFP website has been updated (  To prepare our students for submission, the Graduate School and Pavlis Honors College will be partnering to offer an informational seminar and a guided Canvas course aimed at advising current or prospective Michigan Tech students in developing competitive GRFP application packages.
If you are aware of a student who you believe has the potential to produce a competitive application for this program, please use the form below to provide that student’s name and email to be added to our communication list.  Please submit these individuals via this form and share the details of the information session below with them.
Our offices will send out a special/individual invitations letting students know they have been identified as “a competitive candidate” for the NSF GRFP. The invitation is often received as a positive recognition in itself, as it should be. In the past, this type of invitation has given students the confidence and motivation to put the time and effort into applying for the GRFP.
Our first session will be held on Thursday, September 12th at 4:00 pm in Admin 404 (Graduate School Conference Room). This session will be a general overview of the NSF GRFP.
To be competitive, we encourage students to apply who have:
  • a 3.5 GPA or higher
  • research and outreach experience
  • strong faculty references – letters of recommendation will need to be exceptional
Graduate students who already have internal University/department funding are strongly encouraged to apply.  This, in turn, will free up internal funds for less competitive students.
Below are more details about eligibility, deadlines and links to the solicitation.
Lorelle A. Meadows
To be eligible for the NSF GRFP, students must:
  • Be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident
  • Intend to enroll or be enrolled full-time in a research-based graduate degree program in an eligible Field of Study in STEM or STEM education (See Appendix and Section IV.3 for eligible Fields of Study)
  • Have never previously accepted a GRFP award
  • If previously offered a GRFP award, have declined by the deadline
  • Have never previously applied to GRFP while enrolled in a graduate degree program
  • Have never earned a doctoral or terminal degree in any field
  • Have never earned a master’s, professional, or bachelor’s-master’s degree in any field, unless (i) returning to graduate study after an interruption of two (2) or more consecutive years immediately preceding the deadline, and; (ii) are not enrolled in a graduate degree program at the application deadline
 Award benefits:
  • a three-year annual stipend of $34,000
  • $12,000 cost of education allowance for the cost of tuition

PROGRAM GUIDELINES: Solicitation  19-590


  • October 21, 2019 – Life Sciences, Geosciences
  • October 22, 2019 – Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Engineering, Materials Research
  • October 24, 2019 – Psychology, Social Sciences, STEM Education and Learning
  • October 25, 2019 – Chemistry, Mathematical Sciences, Physics and Astronomy

The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing full-time research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) or in STEM education. The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant research achievements in STEM or STEM education. NSF especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, veterans, and undergraduate seniors to apply.

Kendall College Wege Prize Applications Being Accepted

You want to do work they’re passionate about. Here’s an opportunity that speaks to the desire to rethink the way we produce and consume, to redesign the way economies work, and to build a better future. The Wege Prize is a global design competition that enables students to collaborate with others around the world and develop products, services, business models, or other solutions that can help us create a circular economy.
In addition to competing for $30,000 USD in total cash prizes to help move your ideas forward, students will expand their perspective and their professional network, hone their creative problem-solving skills, and learn directly from experts in the circular economy, sustainable development, design thinking, materials science, user experience design, biomimicry, and more.
Beginning August 26, Kendall College of Art and Design will be accepting accept team applications for Wege Prize 2020. Visit for more information.