Archives—December 2015

Student, Alumni and Faculty Research Opportunities at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)

Opportunities for qualified students and faculty to participate in hands-on research in a real-world setting with award-winning scientists

Higher Education Research Experiences (HERE)

·         Undergraduates, Post-BS and AAS, MS, and PhD – all majors

·         Stipend based on academic status

·         Travel/Housing assistance (if eligible)

·         Full-time and part-time appointments

·         Professional development activities

·         Minimum GPA  – 2.5/4.0

·         U.S. Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident (LPR)

Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis Programs (NESLS)

·         Undergraduates, MS, PhD, and Post-MS or Postdoctoral – Majors related to Nuclear Science and Nuclear Policy; Engineering; Physics; Nuclear Medicine

·         Stipend based on academic status

·         Travel/Housing assistance (if eligible)

·         Full-time and part-time appointments

·         Professional development activities

·         Minimum GPA  – 3.0/4.0

·         Open to U.S. and International Citizenship

Visit or contact ORNL Education Programs at for more information!

NSF RFP Opportunities: Due dates in Jan. 2016

Solicitation: NSF 15-610
Due Date: January 27, 2016
Institutional Limit: 2
Limit Summary: Academic institutions are limited to participation on two (2) proposals as a lead institution, preferably involving distinct application areas.A lead academic institution that has submitted a proposal has the option to participate as a subawardee on additional proposals submitted under this solicitation. Lead academic institutions that have submitted a proposal may also provide consultants to other proposals submitted under this solicitation.

Reposted: NSF GERMINATION – Proposals due Jan. 19th

The NSF Directorate for Engineering has just published NSF 16-028 “Dear Colleague Letter: Germination of Research Ideas for Large Opportunities and Critical Societal Needs (GERMINATION)”. This Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) seeks EAGER (EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research) proposals with exploratory ideas to design learning frameworks, platforms and/or environments to enable participants to conceive research ideas and questions with potentially transformative outcomes, that address important societal needs. NSF welcomes novel approaches to educate and nurture early- and/or mid- career faculty, as well as graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, to develop research concepts and questions that are not only transformative but also have the potential to address important societal needs. Proposals should focus on the development of key skills and mindsets that will increase the capacity of participants to identify big opportunities, think creatively, explore novel research formulations, and take intellectual risk.

The full text of the announcement is available at:

Submission deadline: 5pm on January 19th, 2016 (submitters’ local time)

An informational Webinar will be held on December 10th, 2015 at 11AM EST. 

Please visit for more information about the webinar.

Invitation to Pavlis Honors College Transformational Education Collaborative Community

Hello –

I am writing to invite you to apply to join the Spring Semester Transformational Education Collaborative of the Pavlis Honors College.  This collaborative is designed to bring together faculty to discuss engaging students with their education in new and innovative ways.  To kick off this series, our first collaborative brought 12 faculty together during the Fall Semester to read and discuss the book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, by Carol Dweck, PhD, Professor of Psychology at Stanford University.

For Spring Semester, we are offering three options for faculty to consider.  In addition to another offering of the book Mindset, we will also offer the opportunity to read and discuss the book What the Best College Students Do, by Ken Bain.  And as an interesting alternative to a book, another group will read and discuss selected articles from The Teaching Professor, a monthly periodical that shares a wide range of teaching and learning topics.  More information regarding these three options is shared below.
The Transformational Education Collaborative (TEC) groups will meet every three weeks during the spring semester beginning on Tuesday, January 19th, from 3-4 pm in the Pavlis Honors College collaboration space (722 M&M).
This program is limited to 8 faculty participants per option.  If interested, please apply at:  If you would like to participate, but cannot because we have selected an inconvenient time for you, please email let me know so that we may target a better time for you in the future.  Applications are open until Friday, December 18th.  If selected to be a part of the collaborative, we will arrange to have a copy of the book or periodical provided to you.
This is an open invitation, so if you know of others interested in participating, please do not hesitate to share this invitation with them.

Best wishes for an excellent end to Fall Semester!  I look forward to hearing from you.

More Information regarding group options:
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, by Carol Dweck, Professor of Psychology at Stanford University
This book is based on decades of research on achievement and success and identifies a simple idea that has been proven to make a large difference in student motivation and productivity.  As we work to redefine the concept of honors and what student success looks like at Michigan Tech, this book presents an interesting model to consider.
What the Best College Students Do, by Ken Bain, Provost of the University of the District of Columbia
This book shares research about highly ‘creative,’ productive, and socially conscious students and how they negotiated college to attain their goals. They developed a ‘deep,’ transformative learning orientation, tenaciously pursuing what mattered to them over high grades. Explore with your colleagues how these successful students turned failure/mistakes into learning opportunities; learned to make choices/decisions in murky situations by reflecting and learning from past experience; and maintained self-esteem, which sustained them through failures or setbacks on their way to achieving goals. 
The Teaching Professor, Monthly Periodical, Maryellen Weimer, Editor at Large
This periodical shares a wide range of teaching and learning topics and presents innovative strategies, techniques and approaches that facilitate learning.  Join us as we select articles from this compelling publication and discuss how to apply these concepts in our own classrooms.

National Academies: NRC Research Associateship Programs – Applications due Feb. 1, 2016

The mission of the NRC Research Associateship Programs (RAP) is to promote excellence in scientific and technological research conducted by the U.S. government through the administration of programs offering graduate, postdoctoral, and senior level research opportunities at sponsoring federal laboratories and affiliated institutions.

2016 February Review

Application period opens
December 1

Submission deadline is
February 1

(5:00 PM ET)

Support document deadline is February
(5:00 PM ET)