Archives—March 2018

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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 May 31, 2018

Tenure Track Faculty Position at University of Minnesota Duluth

The Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Minnesota, Duluth (UMD) has a full-time, tenure track faculty position open at the rank of assistant professor beginning August 20, 2018. The successful candidate will be part of a sustainable mining initiative in the Swenson College of Science and Engineering. We seek an outstanding researcher and teacher who will advance sustainable and responsible mining and mineral diversification through the creative use of science and technology and the efficient and environmentally-friendly use of natural resources. This position is part of an interdisciplinary cluster across the Swenson college and UMD’s Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI). The Institute collaborates with various partners including industry, government, universities, agencies, NGOs, native and local communities – to foster a sustainable, more diversified economy and a healthy environment. An important aspect of this position will be the interaction with the mining industries in Northeastern Minnesota to help address economic, processing, environmental, and production issues through research in extractive and environmental metallurgy, and applied material science. Job duties and responsibilities include academic and professional service, and teaching and research in the field of extractive or environmental metallurgy, mineral processing, materials science, and chemical engineering. Essential qualifications for the rank of assistant include a PhD in chemical engineering, metallurgical engineering, material science, or allied fields; expertise in extractive metallurgy, mineral processing, or applied material science or engineering; effective written English language and oral communication skills; and the potential for obtaining external research funding.

The University of Minnesota requires online applications for this position. For a complete job description and to apply for this position go to and search for job opening: 322895, Click on Job Title: Assistant Professor UMD Chemical Engineering Department. Applications will be reviewed beginning 4/9/18. The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer.

ExxonMobil LOFT Fellowship

Application – ExxonMobil LOFT Fellowship

ExxonMobil LOFT Fellowship Application

Exxon Mobil Corporation, one of the world’s largest publicly traded International oil & gas companies, has partnered with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) to create fellowships in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) for Hispanic college students. Through HHF’s Latinos On Fast Track (LOFT) program, ExxonMobil seeks to nurture motivated college students across the country, with a passion for Engineering and Science.

Selected students will be exposed to a top quality company by participating in this signature mentoring program. Each student will be paired up with one of ExxonMobil engineers/scientists to learn how their knowledge is applied in a corporate setting.

Fellowship Components
The Fellowship consists of five 1-hour meetings with a mentor (virtual or in person), participation in the Harvard-certified ExxonMobil mentee program (on-line), an exclusive curriculum to introduce Fellows to the organization and company career opportunities, and a $1,000 educational grant. In addition, there exists the possibility to interview for ExxonMobil positions (internships/full-time) upon successful completion of the Fellowship.

Fellowship Requirements
This opportunity is highly competitive and open to freshman, sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students attending a 4-year college or university.
– Fellowship applicants with the following majors will be given priority:
– Mechanical Engineering
– Chemical Engineering
– Civil Engineering
– Electrical Engineering

– Computer Engineering

– Geoscience

Applicants with these majors will be considered also: Chemistry, Environmental Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Material Sciences, Mathematics, Materials Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, Physics, Computer Science and Geology

Other Requirements:
– Must plan to pursue a career in the fields/majors listed above
– Have a GPA of 3.5 or higher
– Be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States with a valid Social Security Number at the time of application. All legal permanent residents must submit a copy of their valid permanent resident card or passport stamped I-551 (not expired).

For the 2018 ExxonMobil LOFT Fellowship.

If you have questions please contact Please use “ExxonMobil LOFT Fellowship” in the subject line.

The 2018 ExxonMobil LOFT Fellowship Application will close April 20, 2018, @11:59 p.m.
This opportunity available through the LOFT program are for Hispanic students. Others interested should contact the company’s website directly. 


Transgender College Student Resource Guide

Where to Find the Help and Services You Need on Campus

Despite the many advancements made by progressive colleges and universities in the last decade, trans students continue to experience higher-than-usual rates of discrimination and inequitable experiences. In fact, more than 40 percent of trans students reported feeling isolated from campus life during the previous academic year. This guide will help students find answers and resources for common issues experienced on campus while also empowering them to stand up for themselves and know their rights.

LGBTQ Friendly Colleges and Student Resources

LGBTQ students are looking for universities that promote safe and enriching environments to learn, grow, and participate within their community. The universities listed below have made exceptional strides towards creating a LGBTQ friendly environment by meeting the following criteria: (1) LGBTQ student club/organization, (2) gender inclusive dorms, (3) an affirmative declaration of LGBTQ inclusion policies, (4) LGBT health/counseling services, (5) and has LGBTQ/Gender studies programs available. The schools were then scored according to retention and graduation rate. Discover below who is leading the United States for LGBTQ students in higher education.

AWARD: ASEE’s Design in Engineering Education Division

ASEE’s Design in Engineering Education Division is hosting a contest for both undergraduate and graduate students to win $500 in funds to travel to ASEE by writing an essay to answer, how might engineering design be used to better teach engineering analysis? The deadline for submissions is April 16.

Evaluation and Selection of Winners:
A panel of judges from the Design in Engineering Education Division will review applications and select two undergraduate and two graduate student winners. Criteria used in evaluating the submissions will assess the degree to which the submission is:
· Aspirational – it sets a high bar for what might be,
· Innovative – it breaks beyond traditional assumptions about EDE and engineering analysis,
· Grounded – it provides a strong basis and rationale for what might be, and
· Well Communicated – it paints a clear picture of what might be.

Winners will be informed no later than April 27, 2018.

· Maximum of two 8.5×11 pages of text and one page of images/drawings/figures as appropriate.
· On the first page:
o Start with a title for your submission,
o Include prominently a one sentence takeaway for your entire submission (i.e., if you only had one sentence to convey the future of engineering design education, what would that sentence be?).
· Submissions can be from individuals or pairs, but the award will be shared if the submission is from a pair of students. If submitting as a pair, both students should be undergraduate or both graduate (i.e., not one undergraduate and one graduate student)

Submit a single PDF file to by 23:59:59 EDT on April 16, 2018.

Two More Workshops Offered in Michigan Tech Graduate School’s Professional Development Program

There is space available in the remaining two workshops in the Graduate School’s Professional Development Program for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Advisors, encourage your students to attend these workshops. Students from the Colorado School of Mines participate via Zoom. The workshops will be held from 3-5 p.m. Thursdays in Admin 404.

The topics for the second half of the semester are:

  • Tomorrow (March 22): Sustainability/Ethical STEM culture and social innovation, by David Shonnard (ChE/SFI)
  • April 12: Publishing research results in peer-reviewed journals, by a panel of journal editors

The series is coordinated through the Graduate School with funding from NSF. The workshops are most appropriate for postdocs and third and fourth year PhD students but all interested people may attend, space permitting.

Register for each seminar online to reserve your seat and obtain the room location and a reminder prior to the event.

Additional information is found on our blog.

By the Graduate School.

Michigan Tech Pavlis Honors College Application Workshop and Info Session

The Pavlis Application Workshop is at 6 p.m. tonight (March 21) in Dillman 203. Pavlis Honors Ambassadors will lead an interactive workshop that will guide students through the process of creating their Seelio e-portfolio profile. Afterwards students and staff will be available to answer questions.

The Pavlis Honors College is currently accepting applications for Fall 2018. Students are eligible to apply if they have two or more years remaining on campus. Pavlis offers six distinct pathways on which students may build their honors program:

Each of these pathways provides a framework of support, exceptional resources and a community of scholars for students interested in challenging themselves, doing more and making a difference.

If you know of a student who may be interested in joining the Pavlis Honors College, encourage them to apply. If you would like to request more information regarding our pathways, email us.

Applications will be accepted through Monday, April 2. However, students who apply early will be given preference. Space is limited. Find out why success means more than GPA, visit

By Pavlis Honors College.