Category Archives: Students/Postdocs

VentureWell Opportunities

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. Attend the upcoming webinar on July 10 at 12:00 pm ET to learn more about the program. Register here
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

OPEN 2019

Save the date! OPEN 2019 will be in Washington D.C., March 28-30, 2019.
If you’re an entrepreneurship educator or student, or from the wider world of innovation and entrepreneurship, you’ve come to the right place! The VentureWell OPEN conference gathers together representatives from across the innovation and entrepreneurship spectrum to share stories, start new collaborations, and learn emerging best practices in the rapidly evolving field of technology entrepreneurship education. Call for proposals and registration will open in August. Sign up to be notified when registration opens.


Victorian QuickFire Challenge: Driving Device Innovation

This device-focused QuickFire Challenge, announced by the Victorian Government in collaboration with Johnson & Johnson Innovation, is aimed at game-changing early-stage medical device innovations across strategic areas of interest for Johnson & Johnson Medical Device Companies. The Victorian Government will award up to AUD 300,000 to the top solutions including access to the device prototyping lab and mentorship and coaching from Johnson & Johnson Medical Device experts. The deadline to apply is June 22.


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.

Go West Summit

Learn about available resources and promising practices surrounding making, inventing, and entrepreneurship at the Go West SummitSeptember 20-21 in San Francisco, CA. The Lemelson-MIT Program is teaming up with the National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) and the California Community College’s Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy initiative to host a fall conference to support invention education pathway offerings for students across K-16.

NACCE 2018

The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), recently opened their registration for their annual conference, NACCE 2018 The Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Revolution. They are featuring keynotes from engaging entrepreneurs that have innovated in areas ranging from 1980’s rock and roll memorabilia to one of the co-developers of Amazon’s Alexa. Panels and breakout sessions featuring NACCE members from across the United States will share best practices for entrepreneurial leadership and experiential teaching across academic disciplines. The event is October 7-10 in Fort Worth, Texas.

A new must read in innovation and entrepreneurship
The new VentureWell report, Innovator Insights: Illuminating the Path for Tomorrow’s Inventors, explores the needs, challenges, and gaps in the early-stage innovator support ecosystem. Download the report.

Postdoctoral positions at the NREL

Gregg Beckham, a group leader at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, has openings for multiple postdoctoral positions in his research group. Most of these positions will have start dates ideally around October 2018.

Lignin catalysis – looking for a postdoc to design, synthesize, test, and characterize new catalysts for depolymerization and fractionation of lignin. Experience with lignin analytics and model compound synthesis is a plus, but not required.

Lignin analytics – opening for a postdoc to design and conduct mass spectrometry and NMR spectroscopy of various solid and solubilized lignin samples in collaboration with biological and catalytic conversion projects. Advances in analytical methodology and discovery of new lignin intermediates from biological and catalytic conversion will be a critical component of this position.

Enzyme engineering – looking for candidates to characterize, engineer, and evolve novel enzymes related to bacterial aromatic catabolism, including dioxygenases, hydroxylases, and novel enzyme targets discovered through ongoing systems biology experiments. This work will be in close collaboration with molecular biologists conducting in vivo experiments to discover enzymes and implement improved enzyme variants. Experience with metalloenzymes is preferred, but not required.

Metabolic engineering – opening for a postdoc to conduct metabolic engineering in Pseudomonas putida, Acinetobacter baylyi ADP1, Bacillus coagulans, and other non-model bacteria to produce value-added compounds from C5 and C6 sugars. Applicants with systems biology expertise and/or bioreactor cultivation experience are preferred, but this is not required.

Polymer science and engineering – opening for a postdoc to design new polymers based on novel bio-based compounds produced via novel metabolic pathways, such as those derived from aromatic catabolism. This position includes the design, synthesis, and characterization of new materials across a broad range of polymer material classes. This work also includes a strong emphasis on end-of-life considerations for efficient polymer recycling.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and CV to

Americorps VISTA Opportunity at WPI

Do you care about K-12 education and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)? Want to make a difference in Worcester? WPI is hosting two AmeriCorps VISTA positions who will work with the STEM Education Center (WPI’s PreK-12 STEM educator hub) and Pre-Collegiate Outreach Programs (WPI’s K-12 student programs). The STEM Education Center VISTA will work in collaboration with WPI and Worcester Public Schools to help review and research technology usage in classrooms and propose how to grow technology usage in a meaningful way. Additionally, the VISTA will create trainings for WPI students and faculty going into low-income school settings about breaking stereotypes around low-income, first-generation students and families. The Pre-Collegiate Outreach Programs VISTA will conduct a landscape analysis of the PreK-12 STEM activities at WPI and the ways the WPI community can be involved in STEM outreach. They will also develop a framework model for the current state of partnerships/collaborations between WPI and the Worcester Public Schools (WPS).

This position requires a commitment to serve full-time for a one-year period beginning August 21. Compensation for this year of service is paid directly to VISTA Members in the form of a modest biweekly living allowance from AmeriCorps VISTA. In addition, VISTAs are eligible to receive benefits, including a health care benefit, a relocation allowance, the option of choosing an end of service stipend in the form of an education award of $5,800 (which can be used to pay student loans) or cash stipend, and more. WPI will provide a housing discount for WPI housing and a meal card. Professional growth opportunities will be available. For more information about AmeriCorps VISTA, see

To apply, email your resume and a cover letter that answers the questions “Why do you want to serve with CCSNE VISTA and why are you best suited for WPI’s VISTA Positions?” to

Molecular Engineering and Sciences Institute at the University of Washington

Greetings, this is Paul Neubert from the Molecular Engineering and Sciences Institute at the University of Washington. I am reaching out to you in the hopes that you can please pass along the opportunity detailed below to your faculty, advising staff, and rising senior (or current masters) students in your engineering and sciences departments.

Please also find further information about the event in this linked flyer, and at our website:

Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists Now Accepting Entries

The Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists is now open for entries! This is the sixth year that Science and SciLifeLab will present this award, which offers four recent PhD graduates a life-changing opportunity.

Recent doctoral graduates in the life sciences may submit a 1000-word essay based on their thesis work. Four winners — in the categories of Cell and Molecular Biology,
Ecology and Environment, Genomics and Proteomics and Translational Medicine — will be selected for this international award. Make sure your recent PhD graduate doesn’t miss out on this opportunity!

Application deadline: July 15th, 2018

The winners will:

  • Have their essay published by Science
  • Receive up to 30,000 USD in prize money
  • Be honored in Stockholm, Sweden in December

Boston Scientific sponsored summer accelerator program

I wanted to bring this opportunity that might be attractive to Michigan Tech healthcare startups.

Boston Scientific is partnering with several institutions to offer an opportunity for early stage startups to take part in a 7 week Accelerator Program this summer.  There is more information in the attachment, which also contains a link to the application website.  Please distribute this to those in your ecosystem who would be interested in attending this summer session.  Applications are due by June 22nd.  There will be another session in the fall.

Please feel free to reply to me for further information, and forward this to others in your organization.

Thank you!


Kate Taylor, PhD

Global Innovation Program Manager

Global Technology

Boston Scientific

3 Scimed Place MS C290

Maple Grove, MN 55311

gBETA Medtech Summer 2018 v3 (2) (002)

ORAU Information: Opportunities for All Institutions

Bilateral Academic Research Initiative (BARI)NEW!

The BARI program supports basic research in science and engineering stemming from interactive collaborative efforts between U.S. institutions of higher education and U.K. institutions of higher education that is of potential interests to U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and U.K Ministry of Defense (MOD). The program is focused on international collaborative research efforts where teams from the United States and the United Kingdom combine unique skillsets and approaches to provide rapid advances in scientific areas of mutual interests to the U.S. DoD and UK MOD. The area of interest is artificial intelligence (AI) and collaborative decision making. The research goal is to progress beyond collaborative human-machine sense making to develop approaches that might also enable collaborative decision making. The end goal is for humans and technology to be effective parts of the same team, with a machine behaving as an equal team member that can reason as well as its human team mates. These teaming capabilities are an essential step toward a more general AI that is capable of true human-machine teaming.  Applications due Friday, July 6th, 2018.


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.


ORNL’s Innovation Crossroads Cohort 3 applications opening this SeptemberNEW!

Innovation Crossroads is an entrepreneurial fellowship program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory that supports leading technology innovators as they work to transform an energy or advanced manufacturing idea with global potential into a successful startup company.  We will begin accepting applications for cohort 3 this September. Entrepreneurially-minded individuals can  learn more about the program at and sign up for Cohort 3 updates!

Program Benefits

  • A two-year fellowship stipend to allow innovators to focus totally on their startup company
  • R&D funding support to be used in collaboration with ORNL researchers and facilities
  • Business mentorship, education, and introductions to potential customers, partners, and investors

Important Dates

  • September 2018 – Applications open
  • May 2019 – Cohort 3 begins


University Partnerships Office

 Nominations Open for 2018 CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award

  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. PhD students who have completed all of their degree requirements between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2018 are eligible. The fields of competition for 2019 will be humanities/fine arts and biological and life sciences.

Nominations must be delivered to Debra Charlesworth in the Graduate School no later than 4 p.m. June 8. E-mail nominations to are preferred. Contact Charlesworth with any questions about the competition.

Fall 2018 Finishing Fellowship Nominations Open

Applications for fall 2018 finishing fellowships are being accepted beginning May 15, 2018 and are due no later than 4pm, June 28, 2018 to Dr. Debra Charlesworth in the Graduate School. Materials emailed to is preferred. Instructions on the application and evaluation process are found online.

Students are eligible if all of the following criteria are met:

  1. Must be a PhD student.
  2. Must expect to finish during the semester supported as a finishing fellow.
  3. Must have submitted no more than one previous application for a finishing fellowship.
  4. Must be eligible for or in Research Mode at the time of application.

Finishing Fellowships provide support to PhD candidates who are close to completing their degrees. These fellowships are available through the generosity of alumni and friends of the University. They are intended to recognize outstanding PhD candidates who are in need of financial support to finish their degrees and are also contributing to the attainment of goals outlined in The Michigan Tech Plan. The Graduate School anticipates funding up to ten fellowships with support ranging from $2000 to full support (stipend + tuition). Students who receive full support through a Finishing Fellowship may not accept any other employment. For example, students cannot be fully supported by a Finishing Fellowship and accept support as a GTA or GRA.

This email account is monitored by staff in the Graduate School.  You may reply to this email with any questions you have.
Michigan Tech Graduate School

906-487-2327 (voice)

906-487-2284 (fax)

Resources for current students: