Wahtera Center for Student Success – Needs Participants

The Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success is interested in learning more about our students who identify as:

  • Commuters (students who commuted from a family home during their first year), and/or
  • Transfers (students who were enrolled at another two- or four-year institution), and/or
  • First-generation (students who are first in their family to attend a four-year institution). 

If one or more of these descriptions describe you, we are inviting you to come in and meet with us to discuss your experience at Michigan Tech thus far.  We want to hear about what you have enjoyed as well as what may have been a challenge for you.Students who participate will receive a $5 beverage gift card as a thank you for taking the time to talk to us. 

If you are willing to come in for a friendly 30-minute chat and share your thoughts, please email success@mtu.edu.

Thank you!  We hope to see you soon!

The staff of the Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success

Calling Outstanding Young Researchers in Mathematics and Computer Science

The application process for the 8th Heidelberg Laureate Forum has begun. The deadline for applications is February 14, 2020!

Young researchers in computer science and mathematics from all over the world can apply for one of the 200 coveted spots to participate in the Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF), an annual networking event. The HLF offers all accepted young researchers the great opportunity to personally interact with the laureates of the most prestigious prizes in the fields of mathematics and computer science. For one week, the recipients of the Abel Prize, the ACM A.M. Turing Award, the ACM Prize in Computing, the Fields Medal, and the Nevanlinna Prize engage in a cross-generational scientific dialogue with young researchers in Heidelberg, Germany.

The application period for the 8th HLF closes February 14, 2020. Young researchers at all phases of their careers (undergraduate/pre-master, graduate PhD or postdoc) are encouraged to complete and submit their applications by February 14 (midnight at the dateline) via the following link: https://application.heidelberg-laureate-forum.org/site/index.php

The 8th HLF will take place from September 20-25, 2020. This prominent, versatile event combines scientific, social and outreach activities in a unique atmosphere, fueled by comprehensive exchange and scientific inspiration. Laureate lectures, young researcher workshops and a structure welcoming unfettered discussions are the elements that compose the Forum’s platform.

Over the course of the weeklong conference, young researchers will be given the exclusive possibility to profoundly connect with their scientific role models and find out how the laureates made it to the top of their fields. As described by a young researcher, “It’s a life-changing experience. Getting the opportunity to actually speak to the laureates in close contact can really shape us.”

All applications that are completed and submitted by the deadline are meticulously reviewed by an international committee of experts to ensure that only the most qualified candidates are invited. There are 100 spaces available for each discipline of mathematics and computer science. All applicants will be notified by the end of April 2020 whether or not they will be invited.

For questions regarding requirements and the application process, please contact Young Researchers Relations at: yr@heidelberg-laureate-forum.org

For more information, please visit:


PhD students from the United States may apply for travel grants from ORAU. There will be a separate application process after nominees have been confirmed by the Heidelberg Laureate Forum selection committee in April 2020. If selected by HLF’s international committee, PhD students from the United States will be contacted by the ORAU team to discuss the application process for available travel grants.

Please email HLF@orau.org for more information about selection criteria. Travel grants for the Forum offered by ORAU are not guaranteed and are reserved for US PhD students only.  


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Liveline Job Requisitions

Happy New Year! Our company is in the process of launching a new Industrial AI company, liveline.tech and are looking for some key talent.  I’ve attached three publicly available job calls and some additional, non-published. Please forward them on to anyone you think is a good candidate. 

We are looking for people with some industry experience. 




Please reach out to me atJoseph.Hernandez@cooperstandard.com

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3rd Annual Data Science Hackathon


Saint Mary’s College is hosting its 3rd Annual Data Science Hackathon and we are hoping that you will help promote it to your students by sharing the following information:

On February 28 & 29, 2020, Saint Mary’s College is hosting the 3rd Annual Data Science Hackathon, a competition where teams of participants will work with preference data to build recommender systems.  The teams that develop the top three most accurate predictive models will win cash prizes!  Lodging at a discounted rate is available for participants traveling from out of town. Note that more information about the event can be found at saintmarys.edu/hackathon.


NESLS Summer Internship Opportunities

Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis (NESLS) Program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Now accepting applications for summer 2020!

Summer 2020 application: https://www.zintellect.com/Opportunity/Details/ORNL-NESLS-SUMMER2020 

(Deadline: February 28, 2020)


The Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis (NESLS) internship program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) provides nuclear engineering research opportunities and associated activities for current undergraduate and graduate students. 


·   Be currently enrolled at an accredited U.S. institution in a nuclear engineering, science, or eligible related degree – OR – a community college student working toward an Associate of Science or Associate of Engineering degree

·  If graduating with a degree before or during the appointment period, must provide proof of continuing education in an accredited degree-seeking program

·  Have a cumulative minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

·  Be 18 years or older

·  No citizenship requirement


·  Stipend based on academic level and paid on a biweekly schedule

·  $175/week housing allowance (paid with biweekly stipend) and limited travel reimbursement, if eligible

Want to learn more?

For more information, visit the NESLS program website at https://orise.orau.gov/ornl/nesls or contact NESLS@orau.org.

Hiring EPA Jobs Nationwide

EPA – Career Connection
New Opportunities
EPA | Cincinnati, OH
Full Time| B.S.
qPCR Data Support Associate
The EPA Environmental Research and Business Support Program has an immediate opening for a full-time qPCR Data Support Associate with the Office of Research and Development at the EPA facility in Cincinnati, OH. As a team member, you will perform laboratory analyses of environmental water samples using nucleic acid amplification technologies: primarily quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR), to determine concentrations of selected fecal indicator bacteria and to evaluate the performance of existing or new EPA methods incorporating these technologies. 

EPA | Research Triangle Park, NC
Full Time/B.S.
Scientific Software Developer
The EPA Environmental Research and Business Support Program has an immediate opening for a full-time Scientific Software Developer with the Office of Research and Development at the EPA facility in Raleigh, NC. As a team member, you will provide software development, data analysis, and data visualization support to the HERO and HAWC projects. The required skills include software development experience (Python, JavaScript, Java), data analysis using (Excel, Python, or R), and data visualization (Excel, Python, R, Tableau, etc.), and software version control (Git).

EPA | Washington, D.C.
Full Time| M.S.
Science Advisor Communication Support
The EPA Environmental Research and Business Support Program has an immediate opening for a full-time Science Advisor Communication Support with the Office of Research and Development at the EPA facility in Washington, D.C. As a team member, you will assist OSA with supporting science and policy development and implementation to ensure the best possible use of science at the Agency to protect human health and the environment.

EPA | Cincinnati, OH
Full Time| B.S.
Information Technology Associate
The EPA Environmental Research and Business Support Program has an immediate opening for a full-time IT Associate with the Office of Research and Development at the EPA facility in Cincinnati, OHAs a team member, you will assist with the analytical and operational support duties required to support and maintain a robust IM/IT program.   

The purpose of the EPA Environmental Research and Business Support Program is to address EPA’s need to increase the supply of promising scientists, engineers, and administrative personnel in disciplines related to the EPA mission. This program provides opportunities for exceptional undergraduate and graduate students and recent bachelor’s, master’s, and postdoctoral graduates to work in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Research and Development (ORD) research and administrative projects at multiple EPA laboratories and research centers.Date VIEW ALL OUR CURRENT EPA OPPORTUNITIES Powered by  Questions? Email    EPAjobs@orau.org

2020 EERE Robotics Summer Internships

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) Robotics Internship Program is a 10-week summer internship program for students majoring in a field related to robotics. The program provides opportunities for high school seniors, undergraduate and graduate students and postgraduates to intern at federal national laboratories throughout the United States.  The EERE Robotics Internship Program is sponsored by the EERE Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO).

Why should I apply?

You will receive:

·  Hands-on experience in development of future robotics technical, engineering, and advanced manufacturing technologies

· Development of professional networks with leading scientists and subject matter experts

·  Identification of career goals and opportunities

·  Stipends:  High school seniors and undergraduate students receive a $600 per week stipend; graduate students and postgraduates receive a $750 per week stipend

·  Housing Allowance: $150 per week for interns whose home location is more than 50 miles from the hosting facility

· Inbound/Outbound Travel Reimbursement: Up to $1,000 to/from assigned location for interns whose home location is more than 50 miles from the hosting facility


·  Be a U.S. citizen

·  Be at least 18 years old by May 1, 2020.

·  Be a high school senior, undergraduate or graduate student, or recent graduate of an accredited institution of higher education majoring in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics discipline related to robotics and/or manufacturing.

How to Apply

Applications and supporting materials must be submitted at



Application and letters of recommendation are due February 3, 2020, 8:00 AM EST.

For more information

Contact us at robotics.internships@orise.orau.gov.


Internship and Fellowship Opportunities

The ORAU University Partnerships Office is pleased to provide the following information, available to all institutions. Please forward within your institution and broadly to colleagues as you feel appropriate.

2020 Summer ORISE Fellowship Opportunity at CDC – Deadline Approaching


A summer fellowship opportunity is available in the Division of Laboratory Sciences (DLS) within the National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the Chamblee Campus in Atlanta, Georgia. DLS provides laboratory support that improves the detection, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of environmental, tobacco-related, nutritional, newborn, selected chronic and selected infectious diseases. DLS also works to improve the rapid and accurate detection of chemical threat agents, radiologic threat agents, and selected toxins.

Collaborating with a multidisciplinary team, the selected participant will use state-of-the-art laboratory equipment to address topics relevant to public health. This will allow the participant to gain hands-on experience in applied analytical chemistry and enhance their knowledge of its applications to public health. This program is available to any undergraduate or graduate student majoring in Biochemistry or Chemistry. Opportunity is open to U.S. Citizens only.

For more information on this opportunity, contact ORISE.CDC.NCEH@orau.org (please include reference code CDC-DLS-2020-0015), or apply online at https://www.zintellect.com/Opportunity/Details/CDC-DLS-2020-0015. The application deadline is Friday, January 10th, 2020 at 3:00 PM EST.

National Science Foundation Mathematical Sciences Graduate Internship – Deadline Approaching


The National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS) aims to provide opportunities to enrich the training of graduate students in the Mathematical Sciences through the provision of an NSF Mathematical Sciences Graduate Internship Program. This program will provide an opportunity for mathematical sciences doctoral students to participate in internships at federal national laboratories and research facilities. Participation in an internship will provide first-hand experience of the use of mathematics in a nonacademic setting. The internships are aimed at students who are interested in understanding the application of advanced mathematical and statistical techniques to “real world” problems, regardless of whether the student plans to pursue an academic or nonacademic career.

For more information visit https://orise.orau.gov/nsf-msgi/. The application deadline is Monday, January 13th, 2020 at 5:00 PM EST.

Arctic Advanced Manufacturing Innovator Program – Early Career Research Experience – Deadline Approaching


The Arctic Advanced Manufacturing Innovator Program supports early career innovators with fresh ideas and innovative approaches to address fundamental hard technology manufacturing challenges in Alaska. Hard technology is defined as physical devices. With support from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) and in collaboration with the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), you will have a unique opportunity to advance your early stage concept to a potentially commercialize-able opportunity with support from mentors at the UAF and at a participating DOE National Laboratory. As an Arctic Advanced Manufacturing Innovator, you will be paired with a UAF researcher and a DOE National Laboratory researcher who are well aligned with your hard technology focus area, and who will serve as a mentor and collaborator for your project. You will also receive commercialization and entrepreneurial support from UAF.

For more information about program details, please visit the program website at https://orise.orau.gov/arctic-innovators. The applications deadline is Friday, January 15th, 2020 at 5:00 PM EST.

2020 MITRE Embedded Capture the Flag Registration Open – Deadline Approaching


MITRE’s eCTF (embedded capture-the-flag) is an embedded security competition that puts participants through the experience of trying to create a secure system and then learning from their mistakes. The main target is a real physical embedded device, which opens the scope of the challenge to include physical/proximal access attacks. The eCTF is a two-phase competition with attack and defense components. In the first phase, competitors design and implement a secure system based on a set of challenge requirements. The second phase involves analyzing and attacking the other teams’ designs.

The eCTF is open to students of all levels and abilities, but prior experience with embedded programming, cybersecurity, electronics, signal processing, and cryptography are helpful.

For more information about the program, visit https://mitrecyberacademy.org/competitions/embedded/.

Register to participate at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScg-YNZpmNXPs2JhTM4zzNDHS3gZzSB_jblBm-kwJzTTDdRag/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1. The event begins January 15th, 2020.

Minority Serving Institutions Partnership Program Internship – NEW! Deadline Approaching

https://www.zintellect.com (keyword: MSIPP)

The Minority Serving Institutions Partnership Program (MSIPP) is a program to promote the education and development of the next generation workforce in critical science, engineering, technology, and math (STEM) related disciplines that compliment current and future missions of U.S. Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management (DOE-EM).

The MSIPP Internships Program is designed to provide an enhanced training environment for next generation scientists and engineers by exposing them to research challenges unique to our industry. MSIPP interns will be given the opportunity to complete Summer Internships aligned with ongoing U.S. DOE-EM research under the direction of a host national laboratory. The internship will be performed at the host national laboratory, utilizing their facilities and equipment under the guidance of a senior research mentor. Interns will collaborate with subject matter experts, work in a collaborative environment, gain hands-on experience, and connect with other professionals in their field while pursuing growth opportunities. Selected candidates will be compensated by either a stipend or salary commensurate with the cost of living at the location of the host laboratory.

Visit the opportunities and apply online at https://www.zintellect.com (keyword: MSIPP). The application deadline is January 21st, 2020.

Faculty-Student Team Defense Lab Research Program Applications – NEW!


The Faculty-Student Team Defense Lab Research (FSR) Program provides faculty and student research teams from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and Minority Serving Institutions (MIs) with the opportunity to conduct research at a Department of Defense (DoD) laboratory. All eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.

The mission of the FSR program is to increase and enhance the scientific leadership at underserved populations such as Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and Minority Serving Institutions (MIs) in research areas that support the mission and goals of the Joint Science and Technology Office JSTO-CBD.

As a FSR participant, you will train under the mentorship of a DoD scientist while working on a mission-focused research project. During the 10-week appointment, you will receive a weekly stipend and may be eligible for travel allowances. The research activity requires teams to be composed of one faculty member and one undergraduate student. Appointments will not be made to teams without a student member or to teams without a faculty member. All team members must be U.S. citizens.

Visit the FSR program website for more detailed information on the program at https://orise.orau.gov/FSRP/default.htm. View the opportunities and apply online at https://orise.orau.gov/FSRP/apply.htm. The application deadline is February 18th, 2020.

National Science Foundation (NSF) Statistics Research, Analysis & Data Visualization Opportunity – Reminder


The National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) — part of the National Science Foundation (NSF) — is the world’s premier source for data and information on the science and engineering enterprise. NCSES is one of only thirteen principal statistical agencies in the U.S. federal government.

This is an open opportunity to participants in a wide variety of fields including, but not limited to, Bioinformatics, Biophysics, Business Management, Communications and Graphic Design, Computer Sciences, Computational Biology, Demography, Economics, Engineering, Epidemiology, Finance, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Marketing, Mathematics and Statistics, Neurosciences, Physics, and Public Policy.

NCSES is seeking participant involvement in a variety of interesting and original activities. These challenging projects make use of expertise from a variety of fields such as research and analysis, statistics, economics, survey methodology, demography, data science, data visualization, graphic design, data journalism, communications, and project management, among others.

The scope of the work relates to both domestic and international data and information. Participants will have the opportunity to make use of, or support and improve, NCSES and other available data on

·        Innovation

·        Research and development (R&D)

·        The science and engineering workforce

·        U.S. competitiveness in science, engineering and technology, and

·        Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.

Participants may have the opportunity to be part of a data collection program, to search for and analyze key trends and patterns, and to visualize their analyses in novel and informative ways. Both independently, and as part of a team effort, participants may help define specific projects that will advance the Center’s ability to generate, document and analyze statistics on the science and engineering enterprise. Individual innovation and novelty in approach and techniques (including the use of non-survey data and methodologies) are highly desirable.

There will also be opportunities to collaborate with some of the world’s leading experts on the science and engineering enterprise and in fields such as statistics, survey methodology, and economics. These interactions will inform policy discussions related to the science and engineering enterprise, the federal data strategy, and potentially to support key NCSES and National Science Board products such as Science and Engineering Indicators; the National Patterns of R&D Resources; the Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering Report; and the Annual Business Survey, which includes data on R&D, innovation, technology and globalization, among others.

To learn more about NCSES, visit https://www.nsf.gov/statistics/. If you have questions, send an email to SciEdPrograms@orau.org. Please list the reference code of this opportunity in the subject line of the email.

National Science Foundation (NSF) Statistics Research, Analysis & Data Visualization Opportunity – NEW!


The National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) — part of the National Science Foundation (NSF) — is the world’s premier source for data and information on the science and engineering enterprise. NCSES is one of only thirteen principal statistical agencies in the U.S. federal government.

This internship is for participants in a wide variety of fields including, but not limited to: Business Management, Communications and Graphic Design, Computer Sciences, Economics, Marketing, Mathematics and Statistics, and Survey Methodology. The scope of activities in the internship include, but are not limited to:

·        Use statistical and methodological principles to design, develop, coordinate, conduct, analyze, and disseminate surveys of science and engineering resources.

·        Collaborate with NCSES staff to assist in conducting project management and survey implementation.

·        Design and prepare responses to “requests for information”.

·        Assist in research, evaluation, and testing software solutions for data and information dissemination.

·        Collaborate with data system, metadata, publications, and web teams to develop data on products, such as InfoBriefs, data tables, special reports, public and restricted use data files, and Office of Management and Budget products.

Both independently, and as part of a team effort, you may have the opportunity to conduct analysis of key trends and patterns, and to visualize and present the findings in novel and informative ways. You will also have opportunities to collaborate with some of the world’s leading experts on the science and engineering enterprise and in fields such as statistics, survey methodology, and economics.

For more information on this opportunity, contact SciEdPrograms@orau.org (please include reference code NSF-NCSES-2019-0002), or apply online at https://www.zintellect.com/Opportunity/Details/NSF-NCSES-2019-0002. Internships are expected to be granted beginning in February.

Clean Energy Policy Internship for Post-Degree Candidates – Reminder


Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education is currently accepting applications for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Science, Technology and Policy (STP) Program. This internship is with the U.S. Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) Initiative. As an intern embedded within the C3E initiative, you will get to develop educationally and professionally while participating in policy-related projects at DOE’s EERE office in Washington, D.C. The goal of the C3E effort is to close the gender gap and increase participation, leadership and success of women in clean energy fields. You will collaborate with DOE Senior Program Advisors and engage closely with your mentor to move this initiative forward. You will also learn how to plan, manage and execute initiative activities, including organizing meetings and collaborations within the agency and with partnering organizations, solicitation of new ideas for how to grow the C3E, as well as new strategic directions and activities.

For a full description of this internship and to submit your application, visit https://www.zintellect.com/Opportunity/Details/DOE-EERE-STP-SP-2019-2200. If you have questions, send an email to DOE-RPP@orise.orau.gov. Please include the reference code for the opportunity [DOE-EERE-STP-SP-2019-2200] in your email subject line.

Solar Energy Innovators Program Opportunity – Reminder


The purpose of the Solar Energy Innovators Program is to enable selected applicants to conduct practical research on innovative solutions to the challenges faced by electric utilities, energy service providers, and electric public utility commissions as the levels of solar energy, as well as other distributed energy resources (DERs), increase on the electrical grid.

Selected applicants, referred to as “Innovators” herein, will participate for up to two years at a Host Institution on one or more topics related to the integration of solar energy. The applicant to this program is the prospective Innovator. The applicant must identify a Host Institution and potential mentor at a utility, energy service provider, or public utilities commission (PUC) currently conducting research in an area related to the integration of solar energy onto the electricity grid. Host Institutions may seek potential Innovators that are eligible to apply to the program, but it is the potential Innovator, not the Host Institution or mentor, who submits the application and supporting materials to this site.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Applications are downloaded for review on the first of the month, and applicants can expect to hear whether they move to the next stage within 30 days. Subsequent selection process stages include telephone interviews of the applicant and mentor. The process from application submittal to Innovator start date is approximately 3 months. For more information and to apply visit https://www.zintellect.com/Opportunity/Details/DOE-EERE-RPP-SETO-2019-2100.


University Partnerships Office



ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance research and education, protect public health and the environment and strengthen national security. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).