Category: Students

YEAH Youth Conference: Call for Abstracts

by Sarah Green, Chemistry

Michigan Tech is co-sponsoring the spring virtual global conference of the Youth Environmental Alliance in Higher Education (YEAH) on April 21. Abstracts will be accepted until March 22.

Environmental Conservation, Sustainability and Equity in 2021: A YEAH Youth Conference is the third Global Virtual Conference hosted by the YEAH. It is organized by an international team of students from the U.S., UK, Peru and Australia.


  • Student Presenters (group or individual; class projects welcome)
  • Student Session Moderators (Great experience, with a great team! Contact
  • Audience
  • We are seeking abstract submissions for e-posters, short talks, storymaps, or other formats, centered around the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, as well as conservation, sustainability, parks and protected areas, urban ecology, social sciences, etc.

Abstract submission is free.

Registration is also free.

Proceedings from last year’s YEAH student conference are posted to the Digital Commons.

Applications are Open for Undergraduate Research Internship Program (URIP)

by Pavlis Honors College

The Pavlis Honors College is accepting applications to the Undergraduate Research Internship Program (URIP) for the 2021-2022 academic year.

The internship program will run from September through mid-April and is open to any undergraduate student on campus with an identified faculty research mentor. Faculty and students who are already working together are welcome to apply.

The Pavlis Honors College will provide $800 in funding for the student intern, with the expectation that faculty will provide equivalent matching funds to be dispensed concurrently, resulting in a total of $1,600 paid at a rate of $10/hour over the course of the internship. Faculty may make use of research funds, IRAD, startup packages or consult their chairs, deans, or center/institute management to identify the source of their match.

Details regarding the application process can be found here. The deadline to submit applications is Friday, April 9. Faculty will need to supply a letter of support as part of the application package. If you have questions about the submission process, please email

The Undergraduate Research Internship Program is made possible with the support of the Pavlis Honors College and by generous donations from the Portage Health Foundation and the DeVlieg Foundation.

Visit with Dean Livesay … In Person!

Dr. Livesay’s drop-in office hours are canceled until next August. If you’d like to reach the dean, please email him at Have a fantastic summer!

College of Computing Dean Dennis Livesay holds open drop-in office hours every Friday from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m., when classes are in session.

And starting Friday, March 19, you can meet with Dean Livesay in person!

Drop-in office hours are now both virtual and in-person.

Stop by Rekhi Hall Room 217, or link to the virtual meeting here.

Please note that the virtual meeting link has been changed.

All faculty, staff, and students who wish to chat with Dr. Livesay are invited to “stop in” to this weekly Zoom meeting. Appointments are not needed.

Summer Youth Programs (SYP): Topics in Computing

With extensive safety planning and health precautions underway, Michigan Tech Summer Youth Programs plans to offer in-person programs for summer 2021. Programs run weekly from June 21-August 7, 2021.

Registration is now open for 2021 Summer Youth Programs. Many classes are already full, but there are plenty more to choose from

Interested in computing-related classes? Below are SYP programs of particular interest.

Explore the SYP website and see all SYP classes here.

Computing Programs
Class NumberTitleAdditional Cost RequiredSeats AvailableGradesWeek
51400App and Web Development: Designing for Humans129 – 11July 18 – July 24
51890Coding for the Internet of ThingsSee Course Details129 – 11July 11 – July 17
51678Coding for the Internet of ThingsSee Course Details129 – 11June 20 – June 26
52422Introduction to Computational Physics159 – 11June 20 – June 26
51204Introduction to Video Game Programming126 – 8June 27 – July 03
51541Video Game Programming79 – 11July 18 – July 24
Engineering Programs
Class No.Class TitleAdd’l CostsSeats Avail.Grade LevelDates of Class
52409AI & Machine LearningNone89-11July 18 – July 24
52199The Gaming Industry Wants You!None69-11June 27 – July 3
52410Intro to the Perfect MachineNone76-8July 18 – July 24
52412The Perfect MachineNone209-11July 11 – July 17
51909Electrical and Computer EngineeringSee Course Details79-11June 27 – July 3
52092Electrical and Computer EngineeringSee Course Details119-11June 20 – June 26
51190Electrical and Computer EngineeringSee Course Details59-11July 11 – July 17
Scholarship Programs
51435Women in Computer Science (WICS)None179-11June 27 – July 3
Science and Technology Programs
52199The Gaming Industry Wants You!None69-11June 27 – July 3

Problem Solved: NSBE outreach continues despite pandemic

From The Mining Journal, Marquette, MI, March 11, 2021

Read the original article here.

HOUGHTON — A dedicated group of Michigan Tech students is spending the university’s Spring Break virtually showing students the benefits of science and technology education, according to a release from the university.

For the 10th straight year, members of Michigan Technological University’s National Society of Black Engineers, student chapter, will spend spring break spreading the message of STEM education to underrepresented middle and high school students in Detroit. While the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the dynamics of this year’s activities, it has brought about a creative way of reaching students.

Michigan Tech Computer Engineering major Jalen Vaughn leads a presentation to Detroit middle school students during the 2020 Alternative Spring Break, conducted by the Michigan Tech Student Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers. This year’s outreach will be conducted virtually this week because of COVID-19. (Photos from MTU, NSBE)

They call it the Alternative Spring Break, and over the past decade, dozens of Michigan Tech’s NSBE students have personally visited with hundreds of Detroit-area students.

The mission — to encourage students to consider going to college and increase the diversity of those entering the science, technology, engineering and math pipeline.

Like many activities and events, this year’s Alternative Spring Break will be conducted virtually. During the week, the 11 MTU students who comprise this year’s NSBE Pre-College Initiative, will give presentations to every middle and high school science class at Chandler Park Academy in Detroit, a total of 74 classes and 1,850 students.

Andi Smith is vice president of NSBE and chair of this year’s PCI. The senior chemical engineering major is participating in PCI for the fourth year. Smith said despite the change in format, the message remains the same. “The best thing for me is being able to educate the students on things I wish I would’ve known when I was their age,” Smith said, adding that some of the schools they visit may not have all of the resources that schools in higher income areas have. “I also think it s extremely valuable that they hear this information from someone who looks like them and is close in age. I understand what it was like to be in their position and having some random person come in and school them on different subjects and how that can be extremely boring, so I try to make sure I combat the things I disliked about guest presenters and make it more engaging.

“This year I came up with the idea to create a scholarship for one of the students we speak to who decided to come to Michigan Tech. The scholarship will be used for travel, tuition, books or anything else they need in order to come to MTU,” explained Smith. She said the efforts of Michigan Tech alumna Erin Richie and other alumni made the scholarship a reality.

While popular in-person activities, such as family engineering events for K-8 students and their families, will not happen this year, the virtual sessions will reach more students with the important message of STEM.

“It is extremely important to encourage young people to enter into STEM fields because we need more and diverse innovators to create solutions to everyday problems and global challenges that we face,” said Smith.

Joan Chadde, director of Michigan Tech’s Center for Science and Environmental Outreach, has mentored the group for its alternative Spring Break trip for the past 10 years. Chadde is excited the PCI outreach in Detroit schools will continue despite the pandemic.

“These presentations are designed to engage and inspire diverse students to learn about and consider careers in engineering and science by interacting with ‘hometown’ role models,” said Chadde, who noted that most of the participating NSBE students are from the Detroit area.

The NSBE student chapter’s outreach effort is funded by General Motors and Tech’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Smith said COVID-19 did make continuing the Alternative Spring Break program more difficult but solving problems is what being an engineer is all about.

“Engineering is such a diverse field that it can be intimidating to get started, but anyone can do it and be a part of it. Sometimes students just need to be made aware of the opportunity.