Category: Prizes

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.

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.

Bob Mark Business Model Pitch Competition Dates Announced for Michigan Tech

Graduate and undergraduate students across campus disciplines are invited to pitch their business model in four minutes to a panel of judges in the annual Bob Mark Business Model Pitch Competition.

This year’s competition will take place Jan. 27 from 5-7 p.m. in MUB Ballroom A and will be streamed virtually on Zoom. Students must register for the competition by Jan. 21. 

All faculty, staff, students and community members are invited to attend the competition. A pre-event social mixer will be held for attendees and contestants starting at 4 p.m.

Want to watch on Zoom?
Virtual attendees must register in advance.

Business Model Boot Camp
The Business Model Boot Camp will be held Jan. 19 to help contestants prepare their business models. All contestants are encouraged to attend. To participate, contestants must register for the boot camp by Jan. 18. 

About the Competition
A follow-up to our Idea Pitch Competition, the Bob Mark Business Model Pitch Competition assesses the potential of an idea through the product-market fit of a team’s value proposition with its proposed customer segment(s). The competition is a great way to come together as a campus and community to support our students and their innovations. Prizes will be awarded to the most scalable and actionable business model pitches.

This event is a tribute to the late Bob Mark, professor of practice within the College of Business. Mark started the Elevator Pitch Competition at Michigan Tech. The Bob Mark Pitch Business Model Competition recognizes his entrepreneurial spirit and its continuation at Michigan Tech. The 2022 Bob Mark Business Model Competition is being hosted by Husky Innovate, the Pavlis Honors College and the College of Business.

About Husky Innovate
Husky Innovate is Michigan Tech’s resource hub for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. We host free workshops, competitions, NSF I-Corps lean startup training, innovation talks, internships and mentorship, and we co-host the Silicon Valley Experience with the College of Business.

By Husky Innovate, Pavlis Honors College.