Category Archives: Competitions and Challenges

Student Poster Competition at Michigan Tech June 15-17

Michigan Tech is hosting a local symposium on computational modeling and image processing of biomedical processing between June 15-17, 2019. 20 invited speakers are coming to campus for this symposium. In addition to scientific talks, we are also trying to build some networks for future collaborations among participants.

Also, the symposium will host a student poster competition. If your students are working on research related to themes of the symposium (i.e. modeling/imaging/analytics/data science of biomedical applications), please encourage your students to participate.

Computational Modeling and Image Processing of Biomedical Problems

June 15-17, 2019, Department of Mathematical Sciences, Michigan Technological University

http://pages.mtu.edu/~zhengfux/Overview.htm


Michigan Tech Rekhi Innovation Challenge Ends Tomorrow

The Rekhi Innovation Challenge ends at midnight tomorrow (Feb. 28). This year there are seven teams competing. The Rekhi Challenge is a crowdfunding competition to help promote and support student innovation and entrepreneurship through Michigan Tech’s crowdfunding site, Superior Ideas.

The team that raises the most money will receive a monetary match of up to $1,000. Additional awards will also be offered in five different categories:

  • Total number of unique visitors
  • Total number of unique funders
  • Most social media engagement
  • Most creative marketing communications strategy
  • First team to raise $500.

Superior Ideas was established in 2012 to help bring University research and public service projects to life. The site uses crowdfunding to raise money and awareness for University research and public service projects that may not qualify for grant funding.

The Rekhi Innovation Challenge was developed with support from Michigan Tech alumnus and longtime donor Kanwal Rekhi. The Silicon Valley-based entrepreneur earned his master’s degree in electrical engineering from Michigan Tech in 1969.

If you’d like to learn more about any of these projects or donate, visit Superior Ideas. Help support student innovation and entrepreneurship at Michigan Tech by making a donation today.


Michigan Tech Graduate Research Colloquium

The Graduate Student Government (GSG) will host the annual Graduate Research Colloquium on March 27 and 28, in the MUB Ballroom.

There are still many presentation slots available. Feel free to encourage any graduate students you know who could present to sign-up. Registrations are due by 11:59 p.m. tomorrow (Feb. 20) via the following Google form.

This is a unique opportunity for graduate students to practice their oral and/or poster presentation skills. Poster presentations will occur on March 27 and oral presentations will occur both days of the colloquium. Oral presentations are limited to 15 minutes followed by a few minutes for questions. The top three poster and oral presentations will be announced at the GRC’s Awards banquet.

Another vital component of this event has always been recruiting faculty members to serve as judges for the presentations. The constructive feedback received by presenters makes this a valuable learning experience. If you have a couple of free hours in your schedule, consider donating that time to help GSG give the best GRC experience possible this year.

GSG will work to schedule your judging times according to your schedule’s availability. If you are interested, fill out the following Google form.

If you have any additional questions, contact Jacob Blazejewski.


Gold Rush TV Show Searching Michigan Tech for STEM Talent

The cable television show “Gold Rush” follows gold miners’ efforts to strike it big in the Klondike. On Wednesday (Feb. 20), a production team from the popular Discovery Channel show will be on the Michigan Tech campus during Spring Career Fair, hoping to hit pay dirt in its search for a STEM graduate.

An ad by the Discovery Channel indicates series star Parker Schnabel is looking for a “talented individual who could conduct an empirical analysis of Little Flake Mine (Dawson, Yukon Territory), to maximize productivity.”

Schnabel is seeking an individual with a “head for numbers” that can identify ways to improve his operation.

Adam Griffis, manager of on-campus recruiting, said a producer on the show, along with an assistant will arrive in Houghton Tuesday to participate in the semi-annual career fair in the SDC.

“They’ll be at the Career Fair with a TV to show episodes of “Gold Rush” and will conduct interviews immediately afterward. No mining experience is necessary and 2019 graduates are welcome to apply.

Michigan Tech is one of just three Universities the production crew will visit in the search for a STEM graduate. The crew will also pay a visit to Princeton and Cornell.

Those interested but unable to attend Career Fair may still apply for this exciting opportunity at Parker.Schnabel@raw.co.uk. The deadline for application is Sunday, Feb. 24.

By Career Services.


Michigan Tech Graduate Research Colloquium

The Graduate Student Government (GSG) will host the annual Graduate Research Colloquium on March 27 and 28, in the MUB Ballroom.

This is a unique opportunity for graduate students to practice their oral and/or poster presentation skills. Poster presentations will occur on March 27 and oral presentations will occur both days of the colloquium. Oral presentations are limited to 15 minutes followed by a few minutes for questions. The top three poster and oral presentations will be announced at the GRC’s Awards banquet.

There are still many presentation slots available. Feel free to encourage any graduate students you know who could present to sign-up. Registrations are due by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday Feb. 20 via the following Google form.

Another vital component of this event has always been recruiting faculty members to serve as judges for the presentations. The constructive feedback received by presenters makes this a valuable learning experience. If you have a couple of free hours in your schedule please consider donating that time to help GSG give the best GRC experience possible this year.

GSG will work to schedule your judging times according to your schedule’s availability. If you are interested fill out the following Google form.

If you have any additional questions, contact Jacob Blazejewski.

By the Graduate Student Government.


Michigan Tech Rekhi Innovation Challenge

The Rekhi Innovation Challenge is a crowdfunding competition to help promote and support student innovation and entrepreneurship through the use of Superior Ideas.

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 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25 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.



New Venture Competition April 12

The last event in the Husky Innovate series will take place at Central Michigan University on April 12. For the ninth year, Michigan Tech and Central Michigan are collaborating to offer their students the opportunity to compete at the New Venture Competition (NVC) in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Students compete for more than $100,000 in cash prizes and in-kind services.

Are you a student with a great business idea, or do you want to team up with a student who has a great business idea? If so, the New Venture Competition provides an exciting venue to pitch your business, get valuable feedback, network with representatives within Michigan’s innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem, and last but not least, perhaps win some valuable prize money.

The NVC provides a transformational experience in which students are able to earn start-up funds for their new venture. Students will have multiple opportunities to connect with experienced entrepreneurs, alumni, business professionals, venture capital experts, angel investors and faculty and community leaders.

Students who are interested must submit an “Intent to Compete” application for the New Venture Competition by Friday (Jan. 11). Register and apply.

By Lisa Casper.


World Water Day 2019 at Michigan Tech

World Water Day 2019 will be celebrated at Michigan Tech from March 21 to March 26 with a poster session, keynote lecture, art show and panel discussion related to the UN World Water Day theme, “Leaving No One Behind – Human Rights: Near and Far.”

On Thursday, March 21, the green film “Marathon for Justice” will be shown from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Forestry Building G002.

On Monday, March 25, a keynote lecture by Monica Lewis-Patrick, co-founder, president and CEO of We the People of Detroit will take place at 4 p.m. in the MUB Ballroom. Lewis-Patrick is an active member of the People’s Water Board Coalition, US Human Rights Network, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and D-REM.org, and was named to the World Water Justice Council in October 2015. The keynote lecture will open with a Welcome to Traditional Homelands by members of the Keeweenaw Bay Indian Community and the Woodland Singers.

Also on Monday, March 25, the World Water Day Poster Competition will take place from noon to 2 p.m. The Poster Competition includes entries from graduate and undergraduate students in two categories: Original Research and Coursework/Informational. Faculty are welcome to assign individual or group posters in their courses if applicable to the course. Click here to download Poster Registrations.

On Tuesday, March 26, a panel discussion, an art reception and closing ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. in the GLRC 202. Valoree Gagnon (GLRC) and Emily Shaw (CEE) will moderate the panel alongside Lewis-Patrick. Other panelists have yet to be determined.

The World Water Day events will close with a reception following the panel discussion and a closing ceremony by the Woodland Singers.

From March 15 through June 15, an art show featuring Daniel Hill, Josh Jaehnig and Jonathan Soper will be on display in the first and second floors of the GLRC.

Visit the World Water Day website for more information about the upcoming events.