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Get WISE Volunteering and Training 2018 at Michigan Tech

Hello Everyone,

On Monday, February 26th the Center for Pre-College Outreach we will be bringing 250 middle school girls to the SDC for our annual Get WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) event! The students will spend the day learning about STEM and participating in fun and engaging hands-on activities.

But to put on this event we need YOU! The event will last from about 9:00AM to 2:00PM and we need volunteers for any time they are available! Anyone can volunteer for this event and you DO NOT have to be available for the whole day! Also, lunch will be provided to volunteers who are helping at that time.

If you would like to sign up to volunteer for this event please sign up using THIS LINK. We would also appreciate for anyone to forward this to any student groups that would be interested in volunteering! There will be a short training session a few days before the event to get volunteers ready to tackle Get WISE.

All information is in the google form linked above, so please fill it out and join us for a day of learning and fun!

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Lauren Kirwin | Michigan Tech
Coordinator, Center for Pre-College Outreach
906-487-2027 (O) |


February Announcements


Reminder that TODAY,  Monday, February 5, 2018 at 23:59 EDT is the deadline for authors to upload draft papers.



Registration is now open for the 2018 Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing (CoNECD) Conference!



Researcher seeks to hire a post-doctoral fellow to work on collaborative research projects that focus on: 1) the examination of mentoring relationships, practices, and programs and 2) the impact of social community and resiliency on the engagement and persistence of undergraduate engineering students. The post-doctoral fellow will work directly with Dr. Joi Mondisa, Assistant Professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering and Engineering Education Faculty Member at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

Responsibilities: The primary duties of the post-doctoral fellow are to: perform literature reviews and meta-syntheses; conduct semi-structured interviews; analyze quantitative and qualitative data; mentor graduate and undergraduate students; participate in collaborative project meetings of the team members; present research at conferences; and draft manuscripts for peer-reviewed publication.  The post-doctoral fellow work is expected to be accomplished in the office/lab on the UM Ann Arbor campus.  The post-doctoral fellow will participate in weekly meetings and regularly scheduled face-to-face meetings.

Desired qualifications: Demonstrated experience with one or more of the following: conducting engineering education/higher education/social science research using qualitative and/or quantitative research methods; instrument development and assessment; analyzing data; strong oral and written communication skills.  Applicants should submit: 1) a letter of interest, 2) curriculum vita, and 3) a list of three references at  Curriculum vitae should include publications and presentations.  The tentative appointment date for the position is September 1, 2018 through August 31, 2019.



The Cooperative and Experiential Education Division (CEED) of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) is sponsoring a research grant. This opportunity is for both experienced and aspiring researchers.


CEED seeks to promote research activity that will advance and strengthen the understanding of experiential, cooperative, and work-integrated education and internships in post-secondary education. An awarded study may sample from a variety of disciplines and ideally will include some sampling from engineering and/or computer science. Regardless, the results must have direct educational implications for the disciplines of engineering and or computer science along with the other disciplines that may be included.


You do not need to be a member of ASEE or CEED to apply for the grant. Grant applications are accepted on a rolling basis.    More information and application materials may be found on our website

For more information please contact:
Bernadette Friedrich, Ph.D.
Director, The Center for Spartan Engineering
College of Engineering
Michigan State University



The Department of Biomedical Engineering in the Henry Samueli School of Engineering at the University of California, Irvine invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level with a target start date of July 1, 2018. We seek a Ph.D.-level scientist or engineer who will establish a strong and dynamic research program in personalized and precision medicine, broadly defined. Areas of interest span from diagnostic devices and wearables to targeted therapeutics, genomics, and genome engineering. The candidate should also be committed to teach biomedical engineering at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering or related field; postdoctoral experience is desirable.

This position falls under the Henry Samueli School of Engineering’s grand challenge theme of “Health & Wellness,” with the ultimate goal of increased life expectancy and quality of life. Over the next few years, the School intends to grow our existing strengths towards this grand challenge through hiring, infrastructure, and capital investment. In addition, the Biomedical Engineering Department has strong collaborative relationships with the School of Medicine in UC Irvine’s Henry and Susan Samueli College of Health Sciences. The selected candidate’s research program should fit within this interdisciplinary and collaborative culture.

Applications should include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae including a publication list, a concise statement of proposed research, and a teaching statement. A separate statement that addresses past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion must also be included in the application materials. Applicants should arrange for a minimum of two letters of recommendation to be submitted on their behalf. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, applications and supporting materials should be received by February 1, 2018. Apply online at

The University of California, Irvine, established in 1965, is ranked among the nation’s best research institutes, and is part of the NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award Program. Research facilities most relevant to this position include the Integrated Nanosystems Research Facility, the California Institute of Telecommunications & Information Technology, the Edwards Lifesciences Center for Advanced Cardiovacscular Technologies, the Center for Advanced Design & Manufacturing of Integrated Microfluidics, the Beckman Laser Institute, the Laboratory for Fluorescence Dynamics, the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Center – the first California Institute of Regenerative Medicine Center in the State of California. The list of the top 50 NIH Funded Universities in the United States includes UC Irvine with over $400M in yearly funding. Exceptional programs in faculty housing within walking distance from campus are offered to all incoming faculty members. In addition, Irvine is one of the safest communities in the U.S. and offers a very pleasant year-round climate, numerous recreational and cultural opportunities, and one of the highest-ranked public-school systems in the nation.

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy. A recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity, UCI is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, supports work-life balance through an array of family-friendly policies, and is dedicated to broadening participation in higher education.

For more information about the department, visit



The Computer Science Department at the University of Central Florida (Orlando, FL) will hold a ten-week 2018 Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) on the Internet of Things REU students will be trained in research-based theory and applications of the technologies used in this fast-moving interdisciplinary field. The REU students will join well-established research groups under the close supervision of faculty with expertise in security, privacy, hardware design, data analytics, healthcare simulations, and social computing.

REU program dates

May 14, 2018 – July 20, 2018


Eligibility requirements

  • Sophomore, junior or senior undergraduates
  • Majors: computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and information technology
  • Must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents
  • Minimum overall GPA 2.7


Program Benefits

  • $5000 stipend
  • $600 travel allowance
  • On-campus housing
  • Meal allowance

The application deadline is March 1, 2018. Interested students must submit applications online at If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Damla Turgut at

Instructors Needed for Michigan Tech Summer Youth Programs

As Summer Youth Programs (SYP) gears up for another exciting season, we are constantly seeking ways to make explorations engaging, impactful and fun for all participants.

With the semester coming to a close, enrollment is strong—more than 360 participants have already enrolled, with several major program deadlines rapidly approaching. We have hired nearly 65 undergraduate and graduate student staff, built our executive team and begun preparations for our annual move to Wadsworth Hall.

At this time, one remaining hurdle is finding instructors and TA’s to deliver academic curriculum for several of our popular explorations. What does it take to be an SYP Instructor or TA? Enthusiasm is a must, and previous classroom experience is ideal. If you are interested in delivering structured, hands-on learning to excited and engaged students from across the country, we’d love to hear from you. Learn more at SYP Instructors.

Here is a list of courses for which we are still hiring instructors:

  • Digital Photography (June 18 – 22 and June 25 – 29)
    • Instructors Needed: 1 – TAs: 1
    • June 18 – 22 (grades 9-11 / capacity 20 students) and June 25 – 29 (grades 6-8 / capacity 15 students)
    • Digital photography combines the art, technology and the great outdoors. Students will capture images on explorations throughout the Keweenaw Peninsula, which offers beautiful shorelines, waterfalls and abandoned mine structures. They will also learn about exposure, composition and visualization and refine your images with software. Instructors should have photography and editing experience for this course.
  • Rocketry and Space Science (June 18 – 22 and June 25 – 29)
    • Instructors Needed: 1 – TAs: 1
    • June 18 – 22 (grades 6-8 / capacity 15 students) and June 25 – 29 (grades 9-11 / capacity 15 students)
    • Students in this course will learn about aerodynamics and propulsion while building their own rockets. During the week, they use software to explore design elements, build a homemade rocket, explore concepts in physics and engineering, and learn about careers in space science. The week culminates with the students launching rockets at the Gay Stamp Sands. The instructor should be comfortable working with middle and high school students, have experience in rocketry/space science, and have confidence explaining STEM topics to a wide variety of learners.
  • Aquatic Ecology Field Study at Gratiot Lake 
    • Instructors Needed: 1 – TAs: 1
    • June 25 – 29 (grades 9-11 / capacity 8 students)
    • Students will spend a week out at the rustic Noblet Field Station on Gratiot Lake. During the week, they will explore ecological topics as they relate to lakes, rivers, wetlands and streams. Aquatic plants, insects, mammals, birds, fishes and many other topics are welcome—past activities have included extensive canoeing, water quality testing, learning about beaver dams, plant identification, and much more. Instructors should be comfortable with rustic cabin accommodations and have experience in some aspects of aquatic ecology. Instructor or TA should be, or be willing to become, First Aid/CPR certified.
  • Wildlife Ecology (July 9 – 13)
    • Instructors Needed: 1 – TAs Needed: 1
    • July 9 – 13 (grades 6-8 / capacity 12 students)
    • The U.P. has many striking habitats that support a wide variety of plant and animal species. Students will get a close look at the importance of protecting and conserving our natural resources for the sake of the living things that rely on them while exploring the diverse and beautiful environments and habitats of the Keweenaw Peninsula. Their observational skills will be challenged as they search for animal tracks, signs, scents, sounds and other indicators of quality habitats. Track animals using telemetry with a map and compass. Identify and make plaster castings of animal tracks and learn how to set noninvasive hidden camera and hair traps. Instructors should have a familiarity with the area and these topics.
  • PAAMEE: Preparing African American Males for Energy and Education(July 16 – 20 and July 23 – 27)
    • Instructors Needed: 3 – TA’s Needed: 3
    • July 16 – 20 (grades 10-11 / three sections each capped at 20 students) and July 23 – 27 (grades 10-11 / three sections each capped at 20 students)
    • A National Science Foundation sponsored project, 120 students from the Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP) will participate in a multi-week program centered on the engineering and science of renewable energy (specifically wind and solar). The program is designed to attract and retain these students and their participation in science and engineering fields. The students will begin the summer spending a week at Michigan State University in June, then attend Michigan Tech SYP in July. Additional project partners include Lawrence Tech, Oakland University, Walker-Miller, Consumers Energy and Marathon Oil. Instructors should be comfortable working with high school students, have experience delivering renewable energy science curriculum and have confidence explaining STEM topics to a wide variety of learners.

SYP invites interested applicants to contact us via

Nominations open for 2018 MAGS Excellence in Teaching Awards

Nominations are now open for the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) Excellence in Teaching Awards.  Michigan Tech may nominate one student at the MS and PhD level. Each graduate program may nominate one student at the MS and PhD level. Nominations are due to the Graduate School no later than 4pm, January 10, 2018.

Eligible students

  • will have been enrolled at Michigan Tech during the 2017 calendar year and have a teaching appointment
  • will have earned the Michigan Tech Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award
  • will have an excellent teaching portfolio and student evaluations

See the application page for complete details on what is required for a nomination.