Category: Outreach and Community

Michigan Tech Get WISE Outreach Event Seeking Volunteers

The Center for Pre-College Outreach is seeking volunteers for their annual Get WISE (Get Women in Science & Engineering) event for 250+ Western U.P. seventh and eighth grade girls on Friday, March 13 at Hancock High School.

Volunteers are needed to lead hands-on STEM activities. No STEM experience is required, however, volunteers will need to find their own transportation to Hancock High School. Training and background on the activities will be provided.

Volunteer shifts are as follows:

  • 8:30 – 11 a.m.
  • 10:30 a.m. – noon
  • noon – 2 p.m.

Lunch will be provided for volunteers who work both morning and afternoon shifts. To sign up for one or multiple shifts, please contact Jannah Brandt at jrbrandt@mtu.edu by Friday (March 6).


Community Makerspace: Paper Circuits

On February 3 at 6 p.m. at the Portage Lake District Library, Superior Fab Lab, a local community makerspace, is offering a maker event centered around paper circuits free to the public.

Come and make a light-up greeting card for your valentine! We will use conductive tape, LEDs and small batteries to create light-up artistic cards.

Materials and instructions included. Seating is limited so please register by visiting our Facebook page and register for the event.

By Jason Mack – Superior Fab Lab.


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.


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.


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: pearce@mtu.edu
  • Materials Science and Engineering: pearce@mtu.edu
  • Chemical Engineering: rgong1@mtu.edu
  • Forest Resources and Environmental Science: yldickin@mtu.edu
  • Computer Science: lebrown@mtu.edu
  • Environmental and Energy Policy: rwinkler@mtu.edu, cschelly@mtu.edu

Michigan State University

  • Community Sustainability: bassett6@msu.edu, schmi420@msu.edu

Michigan Tech Idea Pitch Competition

Students, you’ve kicked around that great idea of yours for a while. Now is your chance to pitch it.

The Idea Pitch Competition will be held from 7 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 15 in GLRC G202. There will be a pre-pitch meet-and-greet reception in the GLRC 201 Lobby. The Idea Pitch Competition gives students a chance to take their ideas live and get valuable feedback from our panel of experts including local community members and alums. Students have two minutes to share their favorite innovation and/or disruptive idea in an interactive community setting. Present alone or with a team of up to two people. Top teams will be awarded cash prizes. Register here.

By Husky Innovate.