Category: Competitions and Challenges

Applications Open for Innovation Award at Michigan Tech Design Expo

Husky Innovate and the Office of Innovation and Commercialization (OIC) are offering an innovation award of $500 split among three Design Expo teams that demonstrate an innovative customer value proposition that displays a clear understanding of their customer’s needs.

The winning teams’ solutions will be distinctive when compared to alternatives and demonstrate the potential for positive economic and/or societal impact. All teams are encouraged to apply and must submit our application form by 11:59 p.m. Tuesday (April 12) to be considered.

Three prize winners will be announced at Design Expo on April 21.

Winners will receive:

  • First place — $250
  • Second place — $150
  • Third place — $100

By Husky Innovate, Pavlis Honors College.

Entries Needed for Computing[MTU] Pitch Competition!

Team or individual entries are requested for the Computing[MTU] Showcase Pitch Competition, which will be held April 6 from 9-10:15 a.m.

Prize money will be awarded for top entrants! Eric Roberts from 20 Fathoms will also meet with students during the competition to strategize on how to deliver pitches with impact.

Register at the Computing[MTU] Showcase website.

By the College of Computing.

Michigan Tech Graduate Research Colloquium Registration is Open

GSG is pleased to announce this year’s Graduate Research Colloquium (GRC) will be held on Tuesday, March 29 and Wednesday, March 30. Registration is open now through 11:59 p.m. Monday, Feb. 28.

GRC offers a unique opportunity for graduate students to showcase their research across the campus-wide community and work on their presentation skills for upcoming conferences. Students can give oral presentations, present posters or do both. The event will be held in a pseudo-hybrid mode. Many conferences have adopted a hybrid model due to the pandemic; this will be an excellent opportunity for participants to get familiar with that scenario. Poster presentations will be in person and the oral presentations will be virtual. Judges from a similar field will score presentations and provide valuable insight and feedback on how the students can improve.

Cash prizes are available for the top three places in both oral and poster presentations: $300 for first place, $200 for second and $100 for third. 
Poster presentations are from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, March 29 in the MUB ballroom. GSG will cover the cost of printing posters for this year’s event so don’t let that prevent you from participating! Virtual oral presentations — a 12-minute live talk followed by a Q&A session (no pre-recorded video presentations) — will take place on both days of the colloquium.
The event will be capped off with the annual GRC Awards Banquet. All participants and judges are invited. The banquet will also be held in the hybrid mode so that people may join the awards ceremony virtually on Wednesday, March 30, following the closing of GRC.

Fill out your registration form today. If you need more details, find them on our website. If you have questions, please contact GSG, gsg-research@mtu.edu.

All Students Invited to Compete in Michigan Tech Computing Showcase Poster Event

Students from all majors and departments are encouraged to submit research posters for the Computing[MTU] Showcase happening April 4-6. The poster walk/session takes place April 5. Prizes will be awarded in undergraduate and graduate categories. 

Students do not need to be present at the event to enter a poster. Posters do not need to be unique to this event — those that have appeared or will appear elsewhere are welcome. Titles and abstracts are due Thursday, March 10. Please visit the computing showcase website for more information or contact Amanda Stump, ajstump@mtu.edu.

By the College of Computing.

Deadline for Michigan Tech URS Research Submissions Extended

The Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS) research submissions deadline has been extended to Wednesday (Feb. 16) at 11:59 p.m. Please visit the Undergraduate Research Symposium website for more information regarding research submission and judging opportunities.

Students funded by the programs listed below are required to participate in this event as a part of their funding agreement:

  • Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)
  • Michigan Space Grant Consortium (MSGC)
  • Undergraduate Research Internship Program (URIP)

Participation in the symposium is also open to all undergraduate students, providing them the opportunity to present posters describing completed or ongoing research and receive feedback from faculty judges.

The symposium will take place March 25 in the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts lobby. Encourage your undergraduate student researchers to participate in this opportunity as a means to display their work and gain presentation experience. The symposium coincides with Tech’s Preview Day and is a great way to share the exciting research projects going on across campus with high school students considering attending Michigan Tech. We encourage all faculty, staff and students to attend and support our excellent undergraduate researchers.

Questions can be directed to honors@mtu.edu.

By the Pavlis Honors College.

Registration Open for Michigan Tech Graduate Research Colloquium

Graduate Student Government (GSG) is pleased to announce this year’s Graduate Research Colloquium (GRC), being held March 29 and 30.

The GRC offers a unique opportunity for graduate students to showcase their research across the campuswide community and work on their presentation skills for upcoming conferences. Students can give oral presentations, present posters or do both.

Due to the uncertainty of the ongoing pandemic restrictions, the event will be held in a pseudo-hybrid mode. Many conferences have been happening in the hybrid models due to the pandemic, so this is an excellent real-life opportunity to familiarize yourself with the format.

Poster presentations will be held in person and oral presentations will be held virtually. Judges from a similar field as the presenter will score all the presentations. They will provide valuable insight and feedback on how the students can improve their presentations.

Cash prizes are available for the top three presenters in both the oral and poster categories (first is $300, second is $200 and third is $100). Registration is open now and closes Feb. 28 at 11:59 p.m. Register today!

Poster presentations will take place from 5-8 p.m. March 29 in the MUB Ballroom. GSG will be covering the cost of printing posters this year. The oral presentations will be held virtually during both days of the colloquium; they should comprise 12 minutes of live talking (no prerecorded video presentations) followed by a Q&A session.

The GRC will be capped off with the annual GRC Awards Banquet on March 30 following the closing of the event. The banquet will also be held in hybrid mode and all participants and judges are invited to attend in person or virtually if they want. 

Full information can be found on our website. If you have any questions, please contact gsg-research@mtu.edu.

By the Graduate Student Government.

Call for Abstracts: 2022 Undergraduate Research Symposium at Michigan Tech

The Pavlis Honors College announces the 10th annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, to take place March 25 in the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts lobby. Save the date!

The symposium will highlight the cutting-edge research conducted on Michigan Tech’s campus by some of our best and brightest undergraduates. The students represent a wide array of scientific and engineering disciplines from across campus and highlight the diversity of research areas being explored. Visit the Undergraduate Research Symposium website for more information regarding abstract submission.

Abstract submissions are due by 11:59 p.m. Feb. 7. Encourage your undergraduate student researchers to participate in this opportunity as a means to display their work and gain presentation experience. The symposium coincides with Tech’s Preview Day and is a great way to share the exciting research projects going on across campus with high school students considering attending Michigan Tech. We encourage all faculty, staff and students to attend and support our excellent undergraduate researchers.

Questions can be directed to honors@mtu.edu.

By the Pavlis Honors College.

Michigan Tech Frank Chernosky Campus Climate Ambassador Award Announced

We are thrilled to announce the competition for the first annual Frank Chernosky Campus Climate Ambassador Award, an alumni-funded award that will support the development of Michigan Tech undergraduate students into the climate change leaders of tomorrow.

Frank Chernosky was a former professor and advisor at Michigan Tech. Chernosky, an early advocate for sustainability principles, impacted many students before dying tragically from a rare form of heart cancer in 1971. This award in his name consists of three forms of student support: a partial tuition scholarship, funds for professional development and/or applied work, and a formal mentorship by campus and/or external professionals. Please encourage all eligible undergraduate students to apply.

The award for 2022-23 will be $8,000 — a scholarship amount of $6,400 spread over fall and spring semesters, and a professional development and applied work fund of up to $1,600 to be used by August 2023. Awardees will also receive active mentorship from campus and/or external professionals to help them develop networks and skills for their future work. The overall timetable for the award is flexible to accommodate opportunities such as a co-op or internship. Applicants and award recipients will solidify the details on the timing of the award, as well as the nature of mentorship and professional development, through the application process and dialogue with the committee.

To be considered, an applicant must be a full-time undergraduate student at Michigan Tech with the equivalent of at least three semesters of full-time enrollment at MTU by the fall of 2022. They must also have a minimum of two semesters of coursework remaining, though there is potential for flexibility to accommodate an internship or co-op into the award timeframe.

Full details of the award and a link to the application are available on the Michigan Tech Sustainability Blog.

By Office of Sustainability and Resilience.

Innovation Week 2022 Events at Michigan Tech

Started by Michigan Tech’s University Innovation Fellows in 2015, Innovation Week is a celebration of innovation within our Tech Community.

This year, from Jan. 24-28, Husky Innovate and the Center for Educational Outreach will be hosting innovation-themed talks, student activities, the Bob Mark Business Model Pitch Competition and a reverse pitch competition led by the Office of Innovation and Commercialization.

Learn about innovative applied research that has the potential to spin off into startup businesses, listen to compelling business model pitches, glean insights that could lead to educational innovation and hear from successful entrepreneurs.

Join us for one event or several. Connect with alumni, students and faculty. Pre-registration is required for each event. More details for each event are available on the University Events Calendar.

By Pavlis Honors College.

Student, Faculty Submissions Needed for Computing[MTU] Showcase

The College of Computing and the Institute of Computing and Cybersystems (ICC) invite undergraduate and graduate students to submit posters for the Computing[MTU] Showcase. The poster session will be held April 5 in MUB Ballroom A from 3:45-5 p.m.

Team or individual pitch competition sign-ups are also open. The pitch competition will be held April 6 from 9-10 a.m. in the MUB Ballrooms.

Poster and pitch applications are open through March 10.

In addition, faculty members are invited to submit presentation or workshop/tutorial ideas through Feb. 21.

Application forms can be found on the ICC’s Computing[MTU] Showcase web page.

Questions can be directed to Amanda Stump at ajstump@mtu.edu.

By Amanda Stump, Institute of Computing and Cybersystems.