Category Archives: Students/Postdocs

Encourage your students to apply for the DEBUT Challenge!

The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) and VentureWell hold the Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) challenge which recognizes undergraduate excellence in biomedical innovation. DEBUT is open to undergraduate student teams working on innovative solutions to health and clinical problems.

Strong DEBUT submissions will demonstrate a mastery of analytical and design skills and capabilities, the ability to manage the product development process, work effectively in teams, and technical communication skills.

Submissions will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Significance of the problem being addressed
  • Impact of the proposed solution on potential users and clinical care
  • Innovative design
  • Working prototype

Additional prizes will be awarded to entries that also demonstrate:

  • Market potential and economic feasibility
  • Patentability

Read more about the guidelines and the 2017 DEBUT winners.

Encourage your students to apply today! Total prizes of $65K will be awarded. Applications are due Wednesday, May 31.

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AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowships

The annual faculty trip to Washington DC was this week.  In addition to visiting NSF, Federal Science Partners, and NIH, we were able to visit AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) offices.   We met Dr. Jennifer Pearl who is the Director of the Science & Technology Policy Fellowships program.   I’d highly recommend that you consider applying for one of these for your next sabbatical and/or encourage your PhD grads & postdocs to apply.  Assignments are made across the Executive, Judicial, and Legislative branches of government. A common assignment for faculty is in NSF, NIH, NIST, DoE, DoD, etc. in positions providing perspective reports, new funding initiatives, and related.

Applications are due in Nov for assignments beginning 9-10 months later (Sept).

Details at

This is definitely a pay it forward type of activity!

VentureWell Opportunities

1 Faculty Grants

Receive up to $30k by creating new or transforming existing courses and programs in sustainable technology or sustainable design to help students develop novel inventions and gain entrepreneurial skills to bring these inventions to market. Proposals are due May 23. Apply now
2 DEBUT Challenge

The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) and VentureWell hold the Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) challenge which recognizes undergraduate excellence in biomedical innovation. DEBUT is open to undergraduate student teams working on innovative solutions to health and clinical problems. Total prizes of $65K will be awarded. Deadline is May 31. Apply now

3 E-Team Grant Program

Receive an E-Team grant and get training through our early-stage innovator training program. The training provides peer networking, expert coaching, national recognition, and hands-on workshops to move your innovation forward. Applications are due October 3. Apply now. Attend the upcoming webinar on July 10 at 12:00 pm ET to learn more. Register here

4 BME-IDEA 2018

The 1.5 day workshop will be hosted in Atlanta, Georgia, October 16-17, 2018, in conjunction with the 2018 BMES annual conference. Members of the U.S.-based BME-IDEA consortium will meet to share best practices, discuss common challenges, and brainstorm new directions in BME innovation education. The group typically includes faculty and staff from leading U.S. institutions that teach in experiential undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate training programs focused on health technology innovation. Register now

5 Deshpande Symposium 2018

The Deshpande Symposium is an annual gathering of higher ed thought leaders and visionaries discussing best practices in entrepreneurship education, university research commercialization and campus-wide development and support of entrepreneurial ecosystems. Register now for the event happening on June 11-13, 2018 in historic and cultural Lowell, Massachusetts.

6 SOCAP 18

Do you have a venture that is improving your community—or the world? Have you identified a business model that will make a profit and make a positive impact? Are you running a startup that you want to take to its full potential? Do you want to tap into the energy of SOCAP18—and connect with the world’s leading social entrepreneurs, impact investors and thought leaders?

This year, the SOCAP Entrepreneur Scholarship program will bring up to 150 of the most innovative social entrepreneurs from around the world to the SOCAP conference, October 23-26 in San Francisco. The deadline to apply is June 30.

Nominations open for the 2018 CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award

Nominations are now open for the 2018 Council of Graduate Schools (CGS)/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award. Please submit nominations to the Graduate School no later than 4pm, June 8, 2018, following our online instructions. This year, nominations are being accepted from dissertations in the fields of:

  1. Mathematics, Physical Sciences, and Engineering
  2. Social Sciences (note: history is classed within the humanities and is not a field of competition in 2018)

Michigan Tech may nominate one student in each field. You can find a list of eligible students here:

Nominations must be delivered to Debra Charlesworth in the Graduate School no later than 4 p.m. on June 8, 2018; e-mail nominations to are preferred.  Contact Debra Charlesworth ( if you have any questions about the competition.

Come to the annual Lake Superior Celebration and Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative 10-Year Celebration ~ 6-8 pm, Thursday, May 10th at Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center

**Due to the power outage at the GLRC on Thursday, May 10, we have had to relocate the Lake Superior Celebration to the Forestry Atrium at MTU**

The community is invited to the Lake Superior Celebration at Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC) from 6-8 pm, Thursday, May 10. The event is FREE, family-friendly, and open to all.  The Lake Superior Celebration will include informative displays by local agencies and organizations. There will be hands-on activities for youth, displays and presentations.

Hands On Activities for Students in 104 GLRC include:

6:15 pm   Leave No Trace Recreation  w/ Copper Harbor Trails Club (Nathan Miller)

6:45 pm   Make Your Own Packaging (small paper boxes)

7:15 pm   Make Heart Healthy Fruit Smoothies & Plant Spring Flowers.
More than a dozen community organizations and businesses will have displays:

  • Walking Paths & Protected Areas of the Keweenaw
  • How the Rock Connects Us – Book signing with Professor Emeritus Bill Rose
  • Calumet Farmers’ Market
  • G & A Farmers Market & Garden Center
  • MORE!

MTU Sustainability House by resident Hannah Reish
Student Presentations – EB Holman Students, Dollar Bay HS Student Organization of Aquatic Robotics


World Water Day art exhibit
Lake Superior Soundscapes
Live Music: A Handful of Humans instrumental & song!

Refreshments: cake, lemonade & coffee provided.

The event is sponsored by the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative, Western U.P. Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education, Michigan Tech Center for Science & Environmental Outreach, and the Great Lake Research Center. For more information: contact:  Shawn Oppliger at 482-0331 or at the Copper Country ISD or Joan Chadde 906-487-3341 and  at Michigan Tech.

Visit the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative on the web or on Facebook.

Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative (LSSI)

Bringing schools & communities together in the stewardship of Lake Superior and its watershed.

All Invited!  Free! 

Sponsored by Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative, Western U.P. Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education, Michigan Tech Center for Science & Environmental Outreach, Michigan Tech Great Lakes Research Center

Funded in part with a grant from the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative.

Computing4Change Project at the Super Computing Conference

Here’s a free project opportunity for undergraduate students in all fields, not only computer science.

Do you know of currently enrolled undergraduate students who want not just to enhance their skills, but also to create positive change in their community? Please forward this information to them about a one-of-a-kind learning experience culminating in a week at SC18, Super Computing Conference with travel, hotel, and registration expenses covered.

Undergraduate students are invited to apply for this fall semester project, ending with a workshop at SC18 in Dallas in November. Could advanced computing and data analysis impact gun violence, immigration, or race relations in their community? Participants will learn to think computationally and improving real problems. Diversity is encouraged, and no programming skills are required.  Travel, hotel, & SC18 registration covered for the 16 students selected.

Apply today!

Applications close May 21

Details at

VentureWell: Sustainable design and technology grants available

Get funding and support to pioneer new ways to engage students in sustainable design and technology innovation and entrepreneurship
Many colleges and universities are lacking the integration of sustainable design principles into courses and programs that teach innovation and entrepreneurship. Because of this, faculty and staff are not aware or do not have the resources to integrate this content into their courses or programs.

We are seeking proposals for innovative ideas to create new or transform existing courses and programs that focus on sustainable technology or sustainable design, including, but not limited to:

  • Sustainability

  • Climate change

  • Cleantech/renewable energy innovation

  • Green design: efficiency, materials selection

  • Green chemistry

  • Novel approaches to integration with materials science, biomedical engineering, or other disciplines

Deadline: May 23, 2018

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ORAU Information: Opportunities for All Institutions

2018 DOE Cyber ConferenceReminder

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of the Chief Information Officer will host the 2018 DOE Cyber Conference on June 4-7, 2018 in Austin, Texas at the Renaissance Austin hotel. The Conference is designed to bring together the DOE enterprise, the federal interagency, academia, international partners, and private industry to advance cyber and IT modernization efforts across DOE’s diverse and shared missions. The Conference will be an interactive forum for communication, collaboration, and training, as well as a platform for sharing information and best practices to support the Department’s energy, science, nuclear, and national security missions. The agenda will consist of plenary sessions to highlight the latest developments and innovations, breakout sessions to foster new cooperation and partnerships, and practical training exercises to enhance the capabilities of the information technology and cyber workforce.  The deadline to register is May 11, 2018. For more information, please visit


The 19th Annual ORISE/ORNL Graduate Student Recruitment FairReminder

The 19th ORISE and ORNL graduate student recruitment fair will take place this August! Last year we had close to 500 of the nation’s top undergraduates in our research participant programs at ORNL, and we predict that number will grow this year. With undergraduates in a wide variety of fields ranging from physical sciences to engineering, you are sure to find a perfect fit for your institution’s graduate programs.

The fair is held in conjunction with the conclusion of the ORNL summer undergraduate student programs to capitalize on this brimming talent pool. Over 200 students from across the country will present posters of their research at ORNL during an all-day session on Thursday, August 9, 2018. The Recruitment Fair will run the entire day from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, so students may come to all university tables during the day.

We do hope you will attend or have others represent your institution to take advantage of this outstanding opportunity to attract top-flight students to your institution’s graduate programs.



The registration deadline is Thursday, July 26. There will be a limit of one table/four people per institution. Table location will be assigned upon arrival. Register each attendee at to reserve a table and receive ORNL badge access. Only those who register will receive badge access.

Be aware that increased security concerns require that you have early approval to access the Laboratory. US Citizens must apply by July 26. Non-citizens, including legal permanent residents, must apply by June 14. Representatives will be limited to Building 5200, ORNL Visitor Center and will not be permitted to go to any other buildings on campus. If you will be meeting with any ORNL staff, they will need to meet with you in the Visitor Center, where there are plenty of tables and chairs available. For additional information, you may contact Emily Isaacs at The ORISE phone number is 865-576-1234.


Immediate Fellowship Opportunities in the HHS/OASH Chief Medical OfficeReminder

Two fellowship opportunities are currently available in the Office of the Chief Medical Officer, within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) in Washington, DC.  The Chief Medical Officer serves as the primary medical advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Health on the development and implementation of HHS-wide public health policy recommendations.  The fellow may have the opportunity to be involved in the following activities:

  • Assisting the Mentor (project lead) who provides leadership for planning, developing, and implementing extremely complex, national-level public health projects.
  • Conducting background searches for project team objectives.
  • Tracking public health data to be utilized in opioid initiatives.
  • Analyzing quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Developing written products and oral presentation materials for a variety of initiatives related to opioids, pain, behavioral health, and the social sciences.

To apply visit


Immediate 2018 ORISE Fellowship Opportunity at DHHSReminder

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) in Washington, DC is accepting applications for an ORISE Fellowship.  The candidate will be mentored by the Senior Leadership in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health and be involved alongside the Assistant Secretary for Health directly.  The candidate will assist the Mentor (project lead) who provides leadership for planning, developing, and implementing extremely complex, national-level public health programs in collaboration with local, state, other federal and/or international governments, various public, non-profit, private and health-related organizations. The candidate will provide support for establishing systematic methods for program execution and advocacy that include identification of objectives, evaluation criteria, and legal and regulatory compliance requirements.


Savannah River National Lab – Postdoc Opening – Data ScienceReminder

The National Security Directorate at Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) seeks highly qualified candidates for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position in the field of data science, with particular interest in network identification and data visualization.  They are especially interested in enthusiastic candidates that can demonstrate significant experience with a wide range of data science applications.  Their Postdoctoral Research Associates have initial one-year appointments, with an option to renew for up to three years, depending on project needs and the continued availability of funding.  The salary and benefits are competitive.  They encourage publication of non-classified results of research efforts, and appreciate candidates that can demonstrate their scientific productivity through peer-reviewed publications and novel research approaches to complex problems.  Successful candidates will have relevant data science experience, critical thinking skills, data processing skills, and a demonstrated ability to synthesize these skills into effective experimental design, execution, and reporting.  For more information and to apply go to


ORNL Neutron Scattering Post-Master’s Research AssociateReminder

The Neutron Scattering Division (NSD) invites applications for a M.S. biochemist/molecular biologist to join the Large Scale Structures Group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).  The Neutron Sciences Directorate (NScD) at ORNL operates the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR), the United States’ highest flux reactor based neutron source, and the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS), the world’s most intense pulsed accelerator based neutron source. Together these facilities operate 24 instruments for neutron scattering research, each year carrying out 1000 experiments in the physical, chemical, materials, biological and medical sciences for 2000 visiting scientists. HFIR also provides unique facilities for isotope production and neutron irradiation. To learn more about Neutron Sciences at ORNL go to:


Innovative New Materials Startup Competition: Applications due May 11, 2018

One of my colleagues Arno Zimmermann from the Forbes 30 Under 30 let me know of a global startup competition he is running. It is supported by Covestro and Dechema honoring innovation around new resources with a focus on CO2, biomass, or other innovative use of feedstocks in Berlin on June 25th. Travel will be covered and there is prize money and significant industry representation in the competition. Would you or do you know of any startups with a new materials innovation that would be interested in submitting an application? I have attached more details below and Arno is CCed to help answer any questions; please feel free to forward this information to anyone you think might be a fit to apply.

Technische Universität’s “Resource Innovators” in the Chemical Industry

Second Berlin Resource Summit Startup Competition

Do you work in the field of sustainable chemistry, sustainable use of resources or raw material innovations? As you develop new products, services, and business models, apply and take advantage of the Resource Summit to pitch the idea of your startup! The winners of the ideas competition will receive prize money, attention from the right audience and useful contacts in the industry.

We invite you to participate! Start-ups that deal with the market-oriented use of alternative raw materials.  An expert jury headed by DECHEMA Director Prof. Kurt Wagemann and Prof. Reinhard Schomäcker from the Institute of Chemistry at the TU Berlin will select the most promising business ideas.

To learn more about the application, check out the website. Applications are due May 11, 2018.
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In-Person OR Online Training — Start or Grow Your Business in the Upper Peninsula

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Upper Peninsula Entrepreneurs!
Join our upcoming training series hosted at
Ampersand Coworking
132 W Washington St
Marquette, MI 49855
Register for any or all of the FREE sessions below to receive access
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Starting a Business | April 25 | 5:30 PM
Writing a Business Plan | May 2 | 5:30 PM
Fundamentals of Small Business Marketing | May 9 | 5:30 PM
Understanding Your Financial Position | May 15 | 5:30 PM
Cyber Security Awareness for Small Businesses | May 23 | 5:30 PM
Grow Your Business With Government Contracting | May 30 | 5:30 PM
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