Category: Competitions and Challenges

Art in Silico Call for Local Artists

I wanted to update you on an opportunity presented by the ICC, the GLRC, the College of Computing, the Department of Visual and Performing Arts, and the Copper Country Community Arts Center (CCCAC) and sponsored by multiple departments and organizations on campus and off. 

We will be holding Art in Silico, a series of workshops. panels, lectures, and other events celebrating the intersection of computing and art which will culminate in a juried art show on April 13, 2023 at the Orpheum Theater. The show will be a combination fundraiser for the CCCAC and MTU student scholarships (artists can choose if they would like to donate their art for a silent auction benefiting these causes). 

We currently have a Call for Artists out for any and all forms of visual, performance, or musical art. Submissions are welcomed and encouraged from students, faculty, staff, and community members! We anticipate $1,500 in prizes will be awarded, so please encourage your students, colleagues, friends, and family to participate. Amateur artists are of course welcomed, and we specifically have a category for Data Visualization! 

Please spread the word and help us make this event a success. If you have interest in being on the planning committee, holding a workshop or event, or have any questions please reach out to me or Tim Havens. Submission information and more details are available on the website.

Amanda Stump, MSc (she/her)
Assistant Director, Research Development
Institute of Computing and Cybersystems (ICC)
Michigan Technological University
906-487-3504
ajstump@mtu.edu

Call for Submissions: 2023 Undergraduate Research & Scholarship Symposium

Michigan Tech’s Pavlis Honors College invites undergraduate researchers and scholars from all colleges to submit for presentation at the 2023 Undergraduate Research & Scholarship Symposium. The symposium gives undergraduate students the opportunity to present posters describing completed or ongoing research and receive feedback from faculty judges. This event is an excellent learning experience and showcases the great undergraduate research and scholarship occurring at Michigan Tech.

The Undergraduate Research & Scholarship Symposium will take place March 24 in the Rozsa Lobby, coinciding with Michigan Tech’s Preview Weekend. The symposium is a great way to share the exciting research projects going on across campus with high school students who are considering attending Michigan Tech.

Research submissions are due Feb. 7 at 11:59 p.m.; please encourage your students to register and submit their work.

To submit, visit the Undergraduate Research & Scholarship Symposium webpage and follow the instructions provided. It is recommended that applicants save their text in a document and copy the required information into the submission form.

Submissions will be reviewed by Pavlis Honors College staff and confirmation of acceptance will be sent by March 6. In the event that more submissions are received than space in the Rozsa Lobby allows, it is possible that some will not be accepted.

Questions can be directed to Chris Hohnholt at cahohnho@mtu.edu. We look forward to seeing your submissions and presentations!

By Pavlis Honors College.

NSF IRES: IRiKA Paid Internship in Korea

Eligible undergraduate and graduate students at Michigan Tech can apply for an eight-week paid research internship in Korea during the summer of 2023. The grant is through the National Science Foundation International Research Experiences for Students (NSF IRES): Interdisciplinary Research in Korea on Applied smart systems (IRiKA) program.

The goal of the NSF IRES program is to provide high-quality educational experiences for small groups of U.S. students through active research participation in collaboration with foreign researchers at an international site and provide students with international collaborative research training and a personal network on which to build future collaborations.

IRiKA is a competitive program. The students selected for the Summer 2023 cohort will each receive:

  • U.S.-Korea roundtrip airfare and transportation in Korea,
  • an eight-week paid research internship in Korea ($500 per week),
  • accommodations in Korea, and
  • additional research support.

The dates of the internship are June 16 to Aug. 16. Eligible students can find more information and apply through IRiKA’s website. The deadline for Michigan Tech students to apply is Feb. 10. A Zoom information session is scheduled at noon today (Jan. 17) — see IRiKA’s website.

View the detailed flyer.

By Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Register for the Michigan Tech Bob Mark Business Model Pitch Competition

Husky Innovate collaborators, Pavlis Honors College, the College of Business and the Office of Innovation and Commercialization invite Michigan Tech graduate and undergraduate students from across campus disciplines to pitch their business model to a panel of judges for a chance to win cash prizes in the Bob Mark Business Model Pitch Competition.

Our judges represent Michigan Tech’s innovation and entrepreneurship (I&E) ecosystem — their expertise will provide helpful feedback for students to move their ideas forward. 

This legacy event recognizing student entrepreneurial spirit and paying tribute to the late Professor of Practice Bob Mark will be held Jan. 19 from 5-7:30 p.m. in MUB Ballroom A. Faculty, staff, students, alumni and the community are invited to attend in person or virtually. Refreshments will be served. In addition, a pre-event mixer will begin at 4:30 p.m.

Bob Mark Business Model Pitch Competition prize categories:

  • First Prize: $2,000 — sponsored by Rick and Jo Berquist
  • Second Prize: $1,000
  • Third Prize: $500
  • Honorable Mention: $250
  • Audience Favorite: $250 — sponsored by Dan Green (MTU alum and principal, BlackFin Group)
  • Breakthrough Innovation Award: $1,000 — sponsored by MTEC SmartZone and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation
  • Social Impact Award: $1,000 — sponsored by Gates Professor Elham Asgari (COB)

Student contestants can register to pitch their business model through Friday (Jan. 13).

Virtual attendees, please register to watch the event remotely.

By Husky Innovate, Pavlis Honors College.

Michigan Tech Innovation Week 2023 Talks and Events: Registration Is Open!

Husky Innovate is hosting five innovation-themed events during Week 2 (Jan. 17-20) of the spring semester. Innovation Week celebrates innovation and entrepreneurship by hosting speakers and events to inspire and support innovation and entrepreneurship. These events are a great way to connect with alumni, students, faculty and the community.

Check the Innovation Week webpage for full event descriptions. Pre-registration is required for each event. Join us for one event or several!

  • Keynote Speaker: Leading Innovation with Charles Nwatu
    Tuesday, Jan. 17, 4-5 p.m. via Zoom
    Our keynote speaker, Charles Nwatu, head of security technology assurance and risk at Netflix, will kick off Innovation Week by discussing how diverse perspectives lead to innovation. He will share his journey as an intrapreneur developing innovative solutions within a company, and how his mindset has led to an impactful Silicon Valley career at LinkedIn, Twilio, Stitch Fix and now Netflix. 
    Register now — Deadline: Jan. 13
  • New Venture Creation with Eric Roberts
    Wednesday, Jan. 18, noon to 1 p.m., MUB Ballroom A 
    Eric Roberts, MTU alum and executive director of Traverse City business incubator 20Fathoms, has spent a long, diverse career innovating in spaces from Silicon Valley tech start-ups to mobile giants like Motorola and Blackberry. He will talk entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship, and share experiences with launching new ventures (both successful and unsuccessful). Tips and strategies will be offered for all types of innovators. 
    Register now — Deadline: Jan. 15
  • Reverse Pitch Presentation with Nate Yenor
    Thursday, Jan. 19, noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom 
    Nate Yenor, director of tech business incubation with the Office of Innovation and Commercialization at Michigan Tech, will report on applied research’s top teams poised to launch their innovation into a start-up. Teams may be looking for talent, champions and industry-specific advice during this reverse-pitch event. Interesting and valuable for innovators, entrepreneurs and MTU community members who want to know what’s new and innovative at Tech. Make connections and support our innovation and entrepreneurship community!
    Register now — Deadline: Jan. 17
  • 15th Bob Mark Business Model Pitch Competition
    Thursday, Jan. 19, 5-7:30 p.m., MUB Ballroom A 

    Michigan Tech graduate and undergraduate students will pitch their business model for a chance to win cash prizes. This legacy event is a tribute to late Professor of Practice Bob Mark. Faculty, staff, students, alumni and the community are invited to attend in person or virtually. Refreshments will be served and a pre-event mixer will begin at 4:30 p.m.
    Student contestants: Register now — Deadline: Jan. 13
    Virtual attendees: Register now to attend remotely
  • Financing Your Venture Panel Discussion
    Friday, Jan. 20, noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom
    Hear what investors look for when deciding whether to invest in your company — during both early-stage commercialization and late-stage buy-outs. Experts will share real-world experiences and insight into how investment decisions are made. This talk is helpful for anyone interested in commercializing their venture or for investors who want to hone their skills. Panelists John Rockwell (CEO and president, Accelergy Corporation) and Jeff Helminski (co-founder and managing partner, Auxo Investment Partners) are both Tech alumni and successful venture capitalists, and they 

By Husky Innovate, Pavlis Honors College.

2023 Innovation Week Call for Presenters at Michigan Tech

Husky Innovate is organizing Innovation Week, a series of innovation-themed events the week of Jan. 17-20. We invite the campus community to participate.

Innovation Week celebrates entrepreneurship, new ventures and innovative projects both on campus and within our extended Tech community. We will provide opportunities for students, the campus and the community to meet and engage around the topic of innovation. A highlight will be the Bob Mark Business Model Pitch Competition on Jan. 19 from 5-7 p.m., in which students pitch their business models.

If you are interested in leading a workshop, being part of a panel discussion, sharing innovative research, hosting a virtual innovation tour or something else, please let us know using our Innovation Week 2023 interest form.

By Husky Innovate, Pavlis Honors College.

Michigan Tech 3MT Competition: Last Day to Sign Up!

Today (Oct. 31) is the last day to sign up to participate in 3MT (Three Minute Thesis)!

The event had a time change, and will now take place Thursday (Nov. 3). Preliminaries will start at noon, and finals will start at 7 p.m.

Participating in the 3MT can be a way for you to develop important communication and research skills, and to participate in the building of research culture at Michigan Tech. Cash prizes are also available to the top competitors and the people’s choice.

In addition, the winners of the local 3MT competition are given a chance to represent Michigan Tech at the next level of competition, and potentially even national and international 3MT competitions, which provides an excellent networking and professional development opportunity.

Michigan Tech’s 2022 3MT competition will be held Nov. 3 at the MUB Ballroom. For more information on the competition, please see the 3MT page on the Graduate Student Government (GSG) website.

To present in this year’s competition, please fill out and submit the 3MT 2022 Registration form.

3MT 2022 Cash Prizes:

  • First Place — $300
  • Second Place — $150
  • People’s Choice — $100

By Graduate Student Government.

Michigan Tech 3MT Competition: Registration Open

3MT (Three Minute Thesis) has had a time change!

The event will now take place Nov. 3. Preliminaries will start at noon, and Finals will start at 7 p.m.

Participating in the 3MT can be a way for you to develop important communication and research skills, and to participate in the building of research culture at Michigan Tech. Cash prizes are also available to the top competitors and the people’s choice.

In addition, the winners of the local 3MT competition are given a chance to represent Michigan Tech at the next level of competition, and potentially even national and international 3MT competitions, which provides an excellent networking and professional development opportunity.

Michigan Tech’s 2022 3MT competition will be held Nov. 3 at the MUB Ballroom. For more information on the competition, please see the 3MT page on the Graduate Student Government (GSG) website.

To present in this year’s competition, please fill out and submit the 3MT 2022 Registration form.

3MT 2022 Cash Prizes:

  • First Place — $300
  • Second Place — $150
  • People’s Choice — $100

By Graduate Student Government.

Michigan Tech 3MT Registration Open

Participating in the 3MT (Three Minute Thesis) can be a way for graduate students to develop important communication and research skills, and to participate in the building of research culture at Michigan Tech. Cash prizes are also available to the top competitors and the people’s choice.

In addition, the winners of the local 3MT competition are given a chance to represent Michigan Tech at the next level of competition, and potentially even national and international 3MT competitions, which provides an excellent networking and professional development opportunity.

Michigan Tech’s 2022 3MT competition will be held Oct. 13 at the MUB Ballroom. For more information on the competition, please see the 3MT page on the Graduate Student Government (GSG) website.

To present in this year’s competition, please fill out and submit the 3MT 2022 Registration form.

3MT 2022 Cash Prizes:

  • First Place — $300
  • Second Place — $150
  • People’s Choice — $100

By Graduate Student Government.

Call for Abstracts: ACS Student Research Symposium

The eighth annual American Chemical Society (ACS) Upper Peninsula Student Research Symposium is seeking abstracts! The symposium will be held at Northern Michigan University from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 22.

This is a venue for students to present their research in chemistry, chemical engineering and related fields. Submissions are open to undergraduate, graduate, high school and community college students from the Upper Peninsula. We welcome visitors and community members! There is no cost to present and lunch will be provided. Prize money will be awarded for best posters and presentations.

For more information and to register for the symposium, visit the ACS Upper Peninsula Local Section website. The registration deadline is Oct. 12 at 5 p.m. ET.

To all presenters, visitors and judges: Please register to ensure we have enough food ordered. Contact Momoko Tajiri at mtajiri@mtu.edu with any questions.

By the ACS Upper Peninsula Local Section.