Archives—November 2016

LATTICE: symposium for early career women in engineering now accepting applications

We are writing to tell you about  LATTICE: Launching Academics on the Tenure Track: an Intentional Community in Engineering.  LATTICE is a national program, funded by the National Science Foundation (HRD-1500310), to advance faculty diversity in engineering. It includes a professional development intervention and a research study to understand why the intervention works. LATTICE seeks to positively impact early-career women in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) and early-career underrepresented minority women across all fields of Engineering who are interested in faculty careers. LATTICE participants will gain a stronger sense of career self-efficacy and a stronger sense of belonging through a combination of symposia, peer mentoring networks, and other support structures over a two-year period. The long-term goal of LATTICE is to diversify the national engineering faculty population.

We are writing to ask for your help announcing this program to your colleagues as we are now actively recruiting applicants for our 2017 national LATTICE symposium, to be held May 18-21, 2017 outside of Seattle, WA. 2017 LATTICE participants will be early career women Ph.D. engineers from electrical engineering and computer science who are interested in or are pursuing faculty careers. Early career includes postdoctoral researchers, assistant professors, assistant research professors, and other pre-tenure level engineering positions. Applications will be accepted  through 11:59 pm Pacific Time, January 13, 2017. We would appreciate your assistance in passing along this e-mail to any of your colleagues who might be interested in our program.

Please visit our website ( for program details and application materials. Applications are due January 13, 2017. Feel free to contact us with any questions you might have at

Thank you!

Warm regards,

Joyce Yen (PI), Claire Horner-Devine, Eve Riskin, and Cara Margherio, UW

Julie Ivy and Christine Grant, NCSU

Coleen Carrigan, CalPoly

Wisconsin DOT Research Program Requests for Proposals

The Wisconsin DOT has issued requests for proposals (RFPs) for the Wisconsin Highway Research Program to be funded in federal fiscal years 2017 and 2018.

FFY 2017

FFY 2018

Please visit

The site contains individual links to the 11 RFPs, proposal guidelines and resources, and the schedule of proposal deadlines.

Wisconsin DOT Research Program Updates

Wisconsin Highway Research Program (WHRP) projects

2016 Mid-Continent Transportation Research Symposium

This year’s symposium was held in Madison, Wisconsin on October 24-25th and was themed “Where the Rubber Hits the Road: Moving from Research to Implementation.” Professionals in state and local government, private industry and academia spoke on key issues affecting the implementation of transportation research. For more information and to view presentations from the symposium, visit the Mid-Con website.

VentureWell 21st annual conference, March 23-25 in Washington, D.C

Invent the future of innovation & entrepreneurship education

Are you interested in innovation & entrepreneurship? If you’re an educator, student, or from the wider world of I&E, you are invited to Open 2017, the VentureWell 21st annual conference, taking place March 23-25 in Washington, D.C. The conference will gather together representatives from across the spectrum to share stories, start new collaborations and learn best practices in the field of innovation and entrepreneurship education.

Take time out of your schedule this March to learn and network with a friendly and engaging group of attendees interested in moving the field forward.

Registration is now open! Register before December 12 and receive the Super Early Bird rate (a 25% discount!).

FYI, we now have a new community portal. When you click “Register now,” you’ll need to create a new user account even if you had one prior to November 15, 2016.

2017 Faculty Opportunities at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

ORNL is the largest science and energy laboratory in the Department of Energy system.  Scientific programs focus of materials, neutron sciences, energy, high-performance computing, systems biology and national security.  Visit to discover some exciting reasons why ORNL offers great research opportunities!

Program Name Eligibility Application Deadline, Informational Website and Contact Information
Visiting Faculty ·         U.S. citizen or Legal Permanent Resident

·         Full-time faculty member in physics, chemistry, biology (non-medical), math, engineering, environmental sciences, materials sciences, or computer or computational sciences at an accredited U.S. institution historically underrepresented in the U.S. research community

·         5PM ET on January 13, 2017


·         Julie Malicoat –

Higher Education Research Experience Faculty ·         U.S. citizen or Legal Permanent Resident

·         Full-time faculty member in STEM field at an accredited U.S. institution

·         Suggested deadline for summer appointment is February 1


·         Leslie Fox –

HBCU/MEI Faculty ·         No citizenship requirement, unless specified

·         Full-time faculty member at institutions of higher learning that are designated by the federal government as HBCUs, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Tribal Colleges, or Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions

·         February 10, 2017


·         Julie Malicoat –

Special Dept. of Defense SBIR/STTR Event, Dec. 6 Downstate

Tuesday, December 6 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, MI
This special DoD SBIR/STTR event offers a unique opportunity to hear directly from NAVSEA and NAVAIR SBIR/STTR reps about how your innovative ideas or capabilities can be delivered to DoD. During the morning webcast, Navy SBIR program offices will be discussing SBIR/STTR topics that will be released on Nov. 30 for the DoD SBIR 2017.1 and DoD STTR 2017.A solicitations, generally the largest DoD solicitation of the year. In addition, one-on-one match-making appointments will be available with an on-site NAVSEA representative.

Becky Aistrup, BBCetc’s DoD expert, will address all of the DoD components, starting the day with a brief overview of SBIR/STTR eligibility and an introduction to the NAVSEA/AIR webcast. Afterward, Becky will cover outlines and considerations for each part of your proposal, how to write to meet the reviewers’ expectations, common problems and pitfalls and how to avoid them.
8:30 – 9:20 a.m. SBIR/STTR program eligibility & requirements;overview of the DoD program Becky Aistrup, BBCetc
9:20 – 9:30 a.m. Break  
9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
NAVSEA and NAVAIR webcast and one-on-one conversations with on-site representatives
NAVSEA / NAVAIR Reps via webcast and onsite
12 – 12:30 p.m. Lunch (included)  
12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Preparing a Credible SBIR/STTR Proposal for DoD
Becky Aistrup, BBCetc
2:30 – 2:45 p.m. Break  
2:45 – 4:30 p.m.
Preparing a Credible SBIR/STTR Proposal for DoD cont’d
Becky Aistrup, BBCetc

Cost: $15 (includes lunch)

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Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships due by 4 p.m. Jan. 27

Applications for 2017 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships are now open. Fellowship recipients will spend the summer 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 4 p.m. Jan. 27.

A workshop on writing effective SURF proposals is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5 in Fisher 132.

For more information, access to the application materials and instructions, visit the webpage or contact the SURF coordinator, Will Cantrell.

Literature (Finding it and Reading it) Workshop: Thursday at 4pm in Library 244

A quick reminder that this Thursday at 4pm in Library 244, the Pavlis Honors College and the VanPelt and Opie Library will be hosting an Undergraduate Research Workshop entitled, Literature (Finding it and Reading it).  Lauren Movlai, the Library’s Instruction and Learning Librarian will lead an interactive discussion on identifying excellent resources.

We look forward to seeing you there!  Please feel free to share this invitation with others in your research programs and those engaged in undergraduate research across campus!

Funding opportunities in Ocean Observatories (for us, Large Lake) & Forensic Science

National Science Foundation Issues RFP for the Management and Operation of the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) — NSF has released its long awaited program solicitation seeking proposals for the management and operation of OOI.  The OOI is a large scale ocean observing system constructed and deployed under NSF sponsorship and oversight as a Major Research Equipment and Facilities Construction (MREFC) Project. The system includes an integrated network of cabled and uncabled arrays of instrumentation, distributed in various coastal and global ocean locations, to facilitate Ocean Science research. Since construction was completed in 2016, the OOI has been in operational status at an approximate funding level of $55,000,000 ($55M) per year.  The existing Cooperative Agreement (CA) for Construction and Initial Operation of the facility extends from September 2009 through April 2017. A National Research Council (NRC) review commissioned by NSF to examine the balance of Ocean Science research and infrastructure costs over the next decade resulted in NSF developing an implementation plan that will require significant changes to the facility operation envisioned by the current CA. The new approaches required for managing and operating the OOI in the best interest of U.S. science will most effectively be implemented by a new operating model that encourages greater efficiency, innovation, and collaboration. This solicitation seeks the services of a qualified organization to provide scientific and technical management and operation of the OOI consistent with National Science Board policy and NSF’s decisions regarding NRC recommendations. The initial period of the award is intended to cover five years, plus a maximum 6 month transition period if required, with performance expected to begin in late-2017.

National Institute of Justice Issues New Funding Opportunity in Forensic Science —NIJ is seeking proposals for basic or applied research and development projects. An NIJ forensic science research and development grant supports a discrete, specified, circumscribed project that will: increase the body of knowledge to guide and inform forensic science policy and practice; and lead to the production of useful material(s), device(s), system(s), or method(s) that have the potential for forensic application. The intent of this program is to direct the findings of basic scientific research; research and development in broader scientific fields applicable to forensic science; and ongoing forensic science research toward the development of highly discriminating, accurate, reliable, cost-effective, and rapid methods for the identification, analysis, and interpretation of physical evidence for criminal justice purposes. The deadline for applications under this funding opportunity is February 28, 2017.  More information is available here.

Opportunities were identified by the Federal Science Partners specifically for Michigan Tech.

Amgen Scholars Program – Apply by Feb. 1

Now approaching its eleventh summer, the Amgen Scholars Program continues to offer undergraduates the opportunity to collaborate with faculty at top institutions on cutting-edge scientific research at ten renowned U.S. host institutions.
Applications for the 2017 U.S. Amgen Scholars Program are now online.  Note that applicants do not need to currently attend one of the host institutions to participate. In fact, Amgen Scholars have represented over 700 colleges and universities to date.
We hope you will pass this information on to your undergraduates before the application close date of February 1, 2017 (February 15 for the California Institute of Technology). Eligibility requirements, as well as site-specific programming information, is available via  Additionally, I invite you to circulate the attached items:

Learn more about our program alumni in science and medicine by reading Ten to Watch.