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Michigan Tech Summer Youth Programs Hiring Students

Do you know a student taking summer classes or staying up here this summer and looking for work? The Center for Pre-College Outreach will host two info sessions to share details about their full and part-time counselor positions available this summer through Michigan Tech’s Summer Youth Programs.

The sessions will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 22) and Thursday (Jan. 23) in the MUB Alumni Lounge. Any students interested in learning more or applying are encouraged to attend.

The Summer Youth Programs courses and scholarship programs cover a wide range of fields from engineering to theater performances and are open to students having completed grades six to 11. To learn more, visit the website.

By Amanda Jackson, Center for Pre-College Outreach.

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Husky Hour, Counseling Services Workshops and Groups

Know students who are struggling or just need a little extra support? Get them the help they need through Husky Hour, Counseling Services Workshops, or Counseling Services Groups.

Counseling Services has partnered with departments across the University to offer one-hour workshops—Husky Hour—from 4-5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays in the Library East Reading Room.

These workshops will help students improve skills like communication, stress relief, academic planning, life balance, formula-based studying and good food choices. These events are free and often offer incentives like food and prizes for students. Feel free to bring your class to one of these events, offer extra credit for student attendance, or simply recommend it to your students as a great way to gain additional skills needed for a successful semester.

Counseling Services workshops and groups offer a more in-depth and intimate learning experience for students. The workshops are designed as 3 or 4-week series, exploring topics like motivation, the science of relationships, emotional resilience, taming habits, stress reduction and mindfulness. Groups offer weekly support in areas like grief, depression, anxiety, academic stress, motivation and more.

Visit here to download PDFs of the spring schedule for each of these programs. While all of these events are designed for a student audience, staff and faculty are welcome to attend Husky Hour. We ask for your assistance in marketing these opportunities to students.

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Carbon Cluster faculty search

The Carbon Cluster seeks nominations for new faculty. This is an open-rank search.

Open Rank Faculty Search in Carbon-based Electronics and


As part of the Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program, the NC State Carbon Electronics
Cluster seeks nominations for tenured/tenure-track Professors in all areas of Carbon-Based
Electronic materials and devices including Electronics, Photonics and Sensing Materials
and Devices. We seek an innovative and transformative academic leader whose scholarship will
advance NC State’s position as one of the premier universities of its kind. Exceptional candidates
of all ranks will be considered.
The Carbon Electronics Cluster is a part of the NC State University Chancellor’s Faculty
Excellence Program. Carbon and carbon hybrid electronics offer new avenues to solve some of
the most important grand challenges of the 21st century. The Cluster core faculty consists of
faculty members from Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering, Chemical and
Biological Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering. The research within
the cluster is highly collaborative.
Our vision is to expand our leadership in Carbon Electronics for the next 10 years and beyond, and we
are looking for new faculty in synergy with the existing NC State faculty. We envision interrelated
fundamental and applied research that provide revolutionary computing approaches, renewable power
sources, advanced energy storage, and novel device capabilities in areas of photonics, bioelectronics,
computing, and sensing. Many of these can be integrated into truly self-sustaining systems such as
self-powered autonomous greenhouses, next generation integrated photonics, and self-powered
intelligent health monitors.
About the Position
As part of the Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program, the Carbon Electronics Cluster at North
Carolina State University seeks applications/nominations for new faculty at the rank of Assistant
Professor, Associate Professor, or Full Professor (tenure/tenure-track).
The Cluster at North Carolina State University is seeking outstanding individuals in the area of
chemical synthesis, materials characterization, photonics, bioelectronics and sensors. Successful
junior candidates are expected to be on a trajectory for international prominence, and must
demonstrate promise of clear international standing, an exceptional record of publishing and external
funding, and a record of scientific excellence. Senior candidates are expected to have demonstrated a
vision and skills to lead collaborative, multidisciplinary research efforts, and must have a clear
international standing, an exceptional record of publishing and external funding, and a demonstrated
record of scientific excellence and leadership. We are specifically looking for candidates who are
highly collaborative with the existing core Cluster faculty.
A Ph.D. degree in Physics, Chemistry, or any related engineering discipline is required for these
Please submit the application via the following link:

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Michigan Tech Silicon Valley Experience 2020 Registration Open

Aspiring student entrepreneurs and innovators are invited to apply for the Michigan Tech Silicon Valley Experience, a Spring Break immersive tour of California Bay Area companies that includes meetings with entrepreneurs and Michigan Tech alumni who are leaders in their field.

The deadline to apply is Feb. 10. Register online. Up to 16 students will be guaranteed a slot on the trip. Priority will be given to students who have been previously engaged with innovation and entrepreneurship and articulate continued engagement on their application.

Major funding for this trip is provided by the 14 Floors alumni group. Husky Innovate—a collaboration between the Pavlis Honors College, the College of Business, and the Office of Innovation and Commercialization is co-hosting this with 14 Floors.

Students who apply and are accepted will have the opportunity to:

  • Tour companies like Google, Netflix, Hewlett Packard, Facebook, Ford, as well as the former Michigan Tech student startup company Handshake
  • Meet with entrepreneurs and innovators
  • Talk with Michigan Tech alumni who are leaders in their field,
  • Get answers to your real-world business, innovation, and leadership questions,
  • Gain firsthand knowledge of the enterprises that are revolutionizing global business

Lodging, ground transportation to and from toured companies and some food will be covered. Students will be responsible for arranging and paying for their own air travel.

As part of the student application, students will create a 2-minute video describing how they will share their experience with the Michigan Tech community upon completion of their travel in order to positively contribute to our entrepreneurial ecosystem. Students who have a demonstrated financial need can apply for a limited travel scholarship

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Promote Your Innovation with Michigan Tech Social Media Workshop on Jan. 15

Husky Innovate to host the workshop, Promote Your Innovation with Social Media on Jan. 15.

Billions of dollars have been raised worldwide through crowdfunding. Consequently crowdfunding has gained popularity as an alternative way to finance innovations and entrepreneurial efforts. Typically we think of crowdfunding platforms such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo and Rockethub. But did you know that Michigan Tech hosts its own crowdfunding platform called Superior Ideas to recruit funding for projects at the University?

Each year, in partnership with Husky Innovate, Superior Ideas hosts the Rekhi Innovation Challenge, a crowdfunding competition in which the winner receives awards including a match of up to $1,000 of funds raised on the platform.

This year’s project submission deadline is midnight Jan. 22. Email Natasha Chopp,  to apply. Those who are interested in getting prepped for the Rekhi Innovation challenge and other crowdfunding opportunities should not miss this workshop on Jan. 15. Register here.

By Husky Innovate.

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Rekhi Innovation Challenge for Michigan Tech Enterprise and Senior Design

The Rekhi Innovation Challenge is a crowdfunding competition to help promote and support student innovation and entrepreneurship through the use of Superior Ideas. Enterprise and Senior Design teams (not industry-sponsored projects) are strongly encouraged to participate in the competition.

The competition will run for the month of February and the team that raises the most money will receive a monetary match up of to $1,000. Additional monetary awards will also be offered.

Projects must be submitted by 11 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22 on Superior Ideas in order to enter into the competition. The application and guidelines can be found on Husky Innovate or by contacting Natasha Chopp.

By Superior Ideas.

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Michigan Tech Renewable Energy Graduate Researchers Needed

Michigan Community and Anishinaabe Renewable Energy Sovereignty [MICARES]

Now Recruiting Graduate Researchers

to evaluate risks, barriers, and opportunities associated with renewable energy implementation in rural and indigenous communities in Michigan.

The MI-CARES project is an interdisciplinary research project funded by the National Science Foundation.

We aim to develop tools to help all communities make decisions about how to increase the use of renewable energy while promoting community values and community wellbeing.

Research assistantship funding will cover tuition costs and a monthly stipend. The number of years of funding available varies across positions. Start dates are flexible, with students beginning in fall 2020, spring 2021, or fall 2021.

Students with experience in indigenous communities are preferred.

We are recruiting MS and PhD Students for a variety of programs. Interested individuals should contact potential faculty advisors in your research area for more information:

Michigan Technological University

  • Electrical and Computer Engineering:
  • Materials Science and Engineering:
  • Chemical Engineering:
  • Forest Resources and Environmental Science:
  • Computer Science:
  • Environmental and Energy Policy:,

Michigan State University

  • Community Sustainability:,

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Spring Break 2020 Michigan Tech Silicon Valley Experience

Aspiring student entrepreneurs and innovators are invited to apply for the Michigan Technological University Silicon Valley Experience, an immersive tour during spring break 2020 of California Bay Area companies that includes meetings with entrepreneurs and Michigan Tech alumni who are leaders in their field. The deadline to apply for the experience co-hosted by Husky Innovate, a collaboration between the Pavlis Honors College, the College of Business, and the Office of Innovation and Commercialization, is February 10, 2020.

Read more at the College of Business blog, by Shannon Rinkinen.

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Michigan Tech Bob Mark Pitch Competition Jan. 29

Registration is now open for the Bob Mark Pitch Competition. Husky Innovate is hosting the 2020 Bob Mark Business Model Competition on from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 29  from in the Atrium of the U.J. Noblet Forestry Building. Graduate and undergraduate students from across campus disciplines are invited to compete. Register online.

We invite all faculty, staff and students to join us for an energized pitch competition. The Bob Mark Business Model Competition assesses the potential of an idea by focusing on the product-market fit, the product/technology idea and the value it brings to the market.

Prizes will be awarded to the most scalable and actionable business model pitches.

Prizes for the Bob Mark Business Model Competition include:

  • First Prize – $2,000
  • Second Prize – $1,000
  • Third Prize – $500
  • Honorable Mention (two prizes) – $250 each
  • Audience Favorite – $250

This event is a tribute to the late Bob Mark, Professor of Practice within the College of Business who started the Elevator Pitch Competition at Michigan Tech. The competition recognizes his entrepreneurial spirit and its continuation at Michigan Tech.

The 2020 Bob Mark Business Model Competition is hosted by Husky Innovate, a collaboration between Pavlis Honors College, the College of Business and the Office of Innovation and Commercialization.

Husky Innovate is Michigan Tech’s resource hub for innovation & entrepreneurship and offers workshops, competitions, NSF I-Corps training, a Speaker Series, and cohosts the Silicon Valley Experience.

By Husky Innovate.

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Michigan Tech Alternative Spring Break 2020

Student Leadership & Involvement is offering two Alternative Spring Break (ASB) trips. In partnership with NetWork Volunteers and Long Way Home, students will be able to volunteer in Houston, Texas or San Juan Comalapa, Guatemala. ASBs exist to promote service learning and community building to Michigan Tech students through participation in experiential learning opportunities via alternative break.

In Houston, students will assist in revitalizing the community after Hurricane Harvey through urban gardening and working in public green spaces.

Students will attend the Green Building Academy to give students hands on experience in green, sustainable building and construction practices in Guatemala.

Applications are now open until December 20. Please encourage your students to apply. Questions can be directed to Beka Horsch at

By Student Leadership & Involvement.

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