Category: Prizes

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.