Category: Honors and Leadership

2020 Michigan Tech Undergraduate Research Symposium – Call for Abstracts

The Pavlis Honors College announces the eighth annual Undergraduate Research Symposium from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, March 27 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 2020 Undergraduate Research Symposium website for more information regarding abstract submission and judging opportunities.

Abstracts are due by 11:59 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24. 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.

By Pavlis Honors College.


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


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.


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.


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 huskyhelpers@mtu.edu

By Student Leadership & Involvement.


Michigan Tech LeaderShape Institute Applications Now Accepted

LeaderShape Institute applications are now being accepted for students. LeaderShape Institute 2020 will be held Jan. 6-11, 2020 at the Ford Center in Alberta, Michigan.

Do you know a student that may benefit from spending time learning how to “have a healthy disregard for the impossible?” The LeaderShape Institute challenges participants to “lead with integrity” while working towards a vision grounded in their values.

They are able to explore their leadership skills and engage in dynamic conversations. Encourage students to apply here. For more information, check out our website:  or contact Beka Horsch.

By Student Leadership and Involvement.