Category Archives: Research

ADVANCE PhD GRA Funding Available for Michigan Tech Students

The Michigan Tech NSF-funded ADVANCE Initiative seeks a PhD student to participate in conducting research on faculty gender and career issues including diversity, equity, and inclusion, particularly in STEM disciplines. Up to three years of graduate RA support with tuition and stipend is available (including summer semesters).

The ideal candidate is an incoming PhD student with a master’s degree or a current PhD student in their first or second year. Discipline or degree program is open, but the student should have or be willing to take courses in survey methods and quantitative analysis. Current familiarity with diversity and inclusion research in STEM is advantageous but not required. Optimally, the research done under the ADVANCE programs will form the core or a substantial portion of the student’s dissertation.

To apply, please submit a cover letter indicating your current academic level, your CV, and a statement of interest regarding diversity and inclusion in STEM via email to Prof. Adrienne Minerick. A multidisciplinary team of faculty will be reviewing application materials, so please try to minimize technical, discipline-specific jargon. Start date is as soon as possible but no later than August 19, 2019.


Student Poster Competition at Michigan Tech June 15-17

Michigan Tech is hosting a local symposium on computational modeling and image processing of biomedical processing between June 15-17, 2019. 20 invited speakers are coming to campus for this symposium. In addition to scientific talks, we are also trying to build some networks for future collaborations among participants.

Also, the symposium will host a student poster competition. If your students are working on research related to themes of the symposium (i.e. modeling/imaging/analytics/data science of biomedical applications), please encourage your students to participate.

Computational Modeling and Image Processing of Biomedical Problems

June 15-17, 2019, Department of Mathematical Sciences, Michigan Technological University

http://pages.mtu.edu/~zhengfux/Overview.htm


Michigan Tech Graduate Research Colloquium

The Graduate Student Government (GSG) will host the annual Graduate Research Colloquium on March 27 and 28, in the MUB Ballroom.

There are still many presentation slots available. Feel free to encourage any graduate students you know who could present to sign-up. Registrations are due by 11:59 p.m. tomorrow (Feb. 20) via the following Google form.

This is a unique opportunity for graduate students to practice their oral and/or poster presentation skills. Poster presentations will occur on March 27 and oral presentations will occur both days of the colloquium. Oral presentations are limited to 15 minutes followed by a few minutes for questions. The top three poster and oral presentations will be announced at the GRC’s Awards banquet.

Another vital component of this event has always been recruiting faculty members to serve as judges for the presentations. The constructive feedback received by presenters makes this a valuable learning experience. If you have a couple of free hours in your schedule, consider donating that time to help GSG give the best GRC experience possible this year.

GSG will work to schedule your judging times according to your schedule’s availability. If you are interested, fill out the following Google form.

If you have any additional questions, contact Jacob Blazejewski.


Michigan Tech Graduate Research Colloquium

The Graduate Student Government (GSG) will host the annual Graduate Research Colloquium on March 27 and 28, in the MUB Ballroom.

This is a unique opportunity for graduate students to practice their oral and/or poster presentation skills. Poster presentations will occur on March 27 and oral presentations will occur both days of the colloquium. Oral presentations are limited to 15 minutes followed by a few minutes for questions. The top three poster and oral presentations will be announced at the GRC’s Awards banquet.

There are still many presentation slots available. Feel free to encourage any graduate students you know who could present to sign-up. Registrations are due by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday Feb. 20 via the following Google form.

Another vital component of this event has always been recruiting faculty members to serve as judges for the presentations. The constructive feedback received by presenters makes this a valuable learning experience. If you have a couple of free hours in your schedule please consider donating that time to help GSG give the best GRC experience possible this year.

GSG will work to schedule your judging times according to your schedule’s availability. If you are interested fill out the following Google form.

If you have any additional questions, contact Jacob Blazejewski.

By the Graduate Student Government.


Michigan Tech Design Expo Registration Deadline Approaching

All Senior Design and Enterprise teams must register for Design Expo by Monday (Feb. 11). Students should visit the Design Expo website to review important instructions, deadlines and poster criteria before registering their teams.

If you are a Senior Design or Enterprise advisor, remind your students to register for Design Expo. Design Expo highlights hands-on, discovery-based learning at Michigan Tech. More than 1,000 students on Enterprise and Senior Design teams showcase their work and compete for awards.

A panel of judges, made up of distinguished corporate representatives and Michigan Tech staff and faculty members, critique the projects. Many team projects are sponsored by industry, which allows students to gain valuable experience through competition, as well as direct exposure to real industrial problems.

Design Expo is co-hosted by the College of Engineering and the Pavlis Honors College. If you would like to serve as judge at this year’s Design Expo, register here.


Michigan Tech Undergraduate Research Internship Program (URIP)

The Pavlis Honors College announced the fifth year of our Undergraduate Research Internship Program (URIP) for the 2019-20 academic year.

There are now three tracks for faculty mentors to consider:

  • Faculty in Health-Related Fields are invited to identify an undergraduate research intern with any amount of prior research experience – Portage Health Foundation Scholars
  • Faculty in Engineering, Technology, Environmental Sciences or Wildlife Sciences are invited to identify an undergraduate research intern with any amount of prior research experience – DeVlieg Foundation Scholars
  • Faculty in any discipline are invited to identify an undergraduate intern that is relatively new to research or scholarship (less than 6 months) –Pavlis Young Investigators

The internship program will run from September through mid-April, 2020 and is open to any undergraduate student on campus with an identified faculty research mentor. Faculty and students who are already working together are welcome to apply.

The Pavlis Honors College will provide $800 in funding for the student intern, with the expectation that faculty will provide matching funds to be dispensed concurrently, resulting in a total of $1,600 paid at a rate of $10/hour over the course of the internship. Faculty may make use of research funds, IRAD, startup packages or consult their chairs, deans or center/institute management to identify the source of their match.

Details regarding the Undergraduate Research Internship Program (URIP) application process can be found at mtu.edu/honors/research/urip/application.html. The deadline to submit applications is Wednesday, March 27.

The Undergraduate Research Internship Program is made possible with the support of the Pavlis Honors College and by generous donations from the Portage Health Foundation and the DeVlieg Foundation.


CIDER 2019 Summer Program: Volcanoes

The CIDER 2019 summer program focuses on Volcano Science. Volcanic eruptions are common phenomena and more than 50 volcanic eruptions have occurred in the US alone in the past 31 years. These eruptions can have devastating economic and social consequences. Many volcanic eruptions have precursory signals that last from days to months while the actual eruptive events can last several years or decades. Volcanic eruptions and emissions can modulate climate and affect atmospheric conditions. Volcanoes are pathways of samples and signals to the surface and provide critical information on deep earth processes.

Organizers:

  • Simon Carn, Michigan Tech
  • Tobias Fischer, University of New Mexico
  • Michael Manga, U.C. Berkeley
  • Diana Roman, Carnegie Institution of Science
  • Paul Wallace, University of Oregon
  • Bruce Buffett, U.C. Berkeley, CIDER PI

Week 1 – 4 (June 17 – July 12) Lectures, tutorials and workshop open to advanced graduate students and post-docs, as well as senior participants.

Apply here. Application deadline: February 15th, 2019  Further details will be on the application page.


World Water Day 2019 at Michigan Tech

World Water Day 2019 will be celebrated at Michigan Tech from March 21 to March 26 with a poster session, keynote lecture, art show and panel discussion related to the UN World Water Day theme, “Leaving No One Behind – Human Rights: Near and Far.”

On Thursday, March 21, the green film “Marathon for Justice” will be shown from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Forestry Building G002.

On Monday, March 25, a keynote lecture by Monica Lewis-Patrick, co-founder, president and CEO of We the People of Detroit will take place at 4 p.m. in the MUB Ballroom. Lewis-Patrick is an active member of the People’s Water Board Coalition, US Human Rights Network, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and D-REM.org, and was named to the World Water Justice Council in October 2015. The keynote lecture will open with a Welcome to Traditional Homelands by members of the Keeweenaw Bay Indian Community and the Woodland Singers.

Also on Monday, March 25, the World Water Day Poster Competition will take place from noon to 2 p.m. The Poster Competition includes entries from graduate and undergraduate students in two categories: Original Research and Coursework/Informational. Faculty are welcome to assign individual or group posters in their courses if applicable to the course. Click here to download Poster Registrations.

On Tuesday, March 26, a panel discussion, an art reception and closing ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. in the GLRC 202. Valoree Gagnon (GLRC) and Emily Shaw (CEE) will moderate the panel alongside Lewis-Patrick. Other panelists have yet to be determined.

The World Water Day events will close with a reception following the panel discussion and a closing ceremony by the Woodland Singers.

From March 15 through June 15, an art show featuring Daniel Hill, Josh Jaehnig and Jonathan Soper will be on display in the first and second floors of the GLRC.

Visit the World Water Day website for more information about the upcoming events.


postdoc position in cellular engineering at CMU

A postdoctoral position for a highly motivated individual who is collaborative, but able to work independently is available with Prof Anne Skaja Robinson at Carnegie Mellon. Suitable candidates will have a PhD in Chemical or Biochemical Engineering or a related field, with experience in performing mammalian cell culture, protein expression and purification science and technologies and related experiments. Preference will be given to those familiar with handling of CHO cells (transfection, transient/ stable gene expression etc.) within a BSL2 laboratory, experience with bioreactors, and/or post-translational modifications. An updated CV with a list of publications, and at least 3 references with contact information should be submitted. The position is funded for 1 year and renewable upon satisfactory evaluation, and includes medical and retirement benefits.

Anne Skaja Robinson, Ph.D.
Head, Department of Chemical Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Office: 412.268.7673
Fax: 412.268.7139
Anne.robinson@cmu.edu
@AnneSkaja

Assistant: Janet Latini
jlatini@andrew.cmu.edu
Tel: 412-268-2230