Category Archives: Workshops and Institutes

Company Research Workshop at the Michigan Tech Library

Want to impress a job recruiter with your knowledge of their company? How about finding the perfect information to use as questions for your interviewer? Join the Van Pelt & Opie Library’s Company Research Workshop to learn the best resources for company research and how to turn info you find into interview questions that are sure to impress. The workshop will take place from 12:05-12:55 p.m. tomorrow (March 6) in Library 242. To register for the workshop, click here.


Poster Design Workshop at Michigan Tech

Making a poster for a conference or other event? Join the Library from 4-5 p.m. Thursday (March 7) in Library 244 for a poster design workshop. This workshop covers basic tips and tricks for presenting your research and information in a visual format. We’ll also look at resources and tools available in the library to help you design and print your poster. Register for the workshop here.


Register for Michigan Tech Student Wellness Workshops

Developing good academic, wellness and mental health skills can help improve academic performance and overall well being. These workshops and seminars have been designed to help you find success and enjoy your time more thoroughly during your years at Michigan Tech.

Check out our main workshop series of rotating topics from 6 to 7 p.m. each Thursday in Rekhi G05 or register for one of our specialty workshops offered throughout the semester. Get more information or sign up for one of our workshops, here.

For questions, email workshops@mtu.edu.

Specialty Workshops:

  • Motivation: How to find it and keep it What is motivation? Where does it come from? Why does it seem like some people have it and others don’t? We get it – motivation is not as easy at is sounds. Whether you’re looking to strengthen yours or find it to begin with, this workshop on motivation is a great place to start. Register here for Motivation Series A—1 p.m. Jan. 29, Feb. 5, Feb 12 in Admin. 201 Register here for Motivation Series B—1 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, March 26, April 4 in Admin 201.
  • Mindful Living: Tired of being tired, overwhelmed and behind? It’s easy to feel drained while you’re a student. Mindfulness can help eliminate this negative cycle and connect you with your inner-self, even in the most stressful of times. Meet with a community of others who are interested in building mindfulness and meditation skills to help reduce stress and increase joy in your life this semester. Register here for Mindful Living Series A—8 p.m.  Tuesday, Jan. 22, Jan. 29, Feb. 5, Feb. 12 in Wadsworth G17/19.  Register here for Mindful Living Series B—11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, Feb. 27, March 6 in Van Pelt and Opie Library 234. Register herefor Mindful Living Series C—1 p.m. Thursday, March 21, March 28, April 4, April 11 in Van Pelt and Opie Library 234
  • Building Emotional Resiliency: Life keeps happening even when you’re in school, sometimes bringing situations that cause lots of distress. Learn emotion regulation and distress tolerance skills that can help you feel more in control. This workshop will include information that will help you to better understand your emotions and how to keep them from taking over your life. Offered three times during the semester, this workshop is a three-week series of 60-minute sessions. Register here for Building Resiliency Series A—11 a.m.  Monday, Jan. 28, Feb. 11 in Admin. 311. Register here for Building Resiliency Series B—5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, March 6, March 30 in Wadsworth G12. Register here for Building Resiliency Series C—1 p.m. Friday, April 5, April 12, April 19 in Admin. 201.
  • Stress Less: Ready to lower anxiety and depression? Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) practices, this four-week structured workshop will teach you skills to grow mindfulness. Register here for Stress Less Series A: Tuesdays at 3:00 – Jan. 22, Jan. 29, Feb. 5, Feb. 12 – Administration Building 311 Register here for Stress Less Series B— 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, Feb. 21, Feb. 28, March 7 in Wadsworth G12. Register here for Stress Less Series C—10 a.m. Wednesday, April 3, April 10, April 17, April 24 in Admin. 20.1
  • Maximizing Your Connections: Learn how to use resources and relationships to meet your academic and professional goals. Register here for Connections Series A—2 p.m. Thursday,  Jan. 24, Jan. 31 in Fisher 126. Register here for Connections Series B— 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, April 3 in Fisher 126.
  • Committed Action: Take Steps to Make Change in Your Life. This workshop is focused on utilizing the process of “committed action” from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Sign up if you’re not just contemplating but READY to make a change in your life. We will focus our time on utilizing your values and goals and helping you to design steps that you are willing to take to put those into action. Register here for Committed Action Series—7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, Feb. 20, Feb. 27 in Fisher 125.
  • Learn Well—Setting Learning Goals: Having trouble staying motivated, getting work done, or seeing the benefits of your work? Attend this workshop to explore strategies to help you learn better by setting and tracking learning goals. Register here for Learning Goals Series—6 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, April 2 in Wadsworth Cherry Room.
  • Your Major—A Good Fit: Have you ever wondered if you chose the “right” major? Whether you’re looking for other options that Michigan Tech has to offer or simply looking for confirmation that you’re on the right path, this workshop will help you explore your strengths and goals as a learner and help you reflect on your academic and life goals. Dig even deeper by signing up for the Exploring Majors class next semester. Register here for Your Major: A Good Fit Series—5 p.m. Thursday, April 4, April 11 in Fisher 125

SURF Applications Now Open

Applications for 2019 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURFs) are now open. Fellowship recipients will spend the summer on an individual research project under the guidance of a Michigan Tech faculty mentor. SURFs are open to all Tech undergraduates who have at least one semester remaining after the summer term. Awards are up to $4,000. Applications are due by 4 p.m. on January 25, 2019.

A workshop on writing effective SURF proposals is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11 in Fisher 132.

For more information and access to the application materials and instructions, visit the webpage or contact Paige Hackney.


Michigan Tech Business Model Canvas Bootcamp

The Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship will host Business Model Canvas Bootcamp, a two-part workshop from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 14 and 28 in Rekhi 214.

Using the Business Model Canvas, students will work with members of the Michigan Tech I-Corps Site Program teaching team to develop a business model for their technology or idea.

The Business Model Canvas is a tool developed by Alexander Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur. It emphasizes the relationships of the nine components of a business model:

  1. Customer Segments
  2. Value Propositions
  3. Channels
  4. Customer Relationships
  5. Revenue Streams
  6. Key Resources
  7. Key Activities
  8. Key Partnerships
  9. Cost Structure.

Check out this short video for a brief overview of the Business Model Canvas. The idea is that business plans are static while a successful business model needs to be dynamic. A successful business venture requires a tool that allows one to quickly assess the impact of changes and adjust accordingly.

The I-Corps teaching team will guide students through the process of developing their unique business model. Students will map out their canvas with a specific focus on the value proposition and the customer segments after developing a hypothesis around the nine components, focusing on the customer segment and its “pain points.”

From there they will then test their hypothesis through customer interviews or customer discovery. “Does your solution create value for your customer segment?” Based on the customer discovery process, they will understand if they need to adjust their value proposition and pivot.

Business Model Bootcamp is part of Husky Innovate, a series of workshops and events that build on each other with the intention of guiding students through key phases of innovation or business development to help them prepare for future competitions, as well as future intrapreneurial and/or entrepreneurial business ventures. Registration for this workshop is required.

Students who participated in the Idea Pitch Competition and/or plan to compete in the upcoming Bob Mark Business Model Competition, are strongly encouraged to register for Business Model Canvas Bootcamp.

There is a cap of 25 contestants for the Bob Mark Business Model Competition. Priority will be given to those who have completed the Business Model Boot Camp. Husky Innovate is hosted by the Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship, a collaboration between the School of Business and Economics, Pavlis Honors College and the Vice President for Research Office.

by Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship


Michigan Tech LeaderShape Institute

LeaderShape® Institute Applications are open for 2019. This week-long leadership development experience is designed to help people learn to “lead with integrity.”

The Michigan Tech LeaderShape® Institute runs from January 7-12, 2019 at the Ford Center.

Go to http://www.mtu.edu/student-activities/leadership/leadershape/ to learn more and apply!

If you have any further questions, please contact Student Activities in MUB 112 or emailing activities@mtu.edu.


Introducing Michigan Tech Husky Innovate Workshops and Pitch Competitions

The Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship at Michigan Tech, a collaboration between the Pavlis Honors College and the School of Business and Economics, announces a new series of workshops and events for students called Husky Innovate. Husky Innovate is a succession of workshops and competitions guiding students through key phases of innovation and business development, while emphasizing evidence-based strategies for success.

Students are encouraged to participate in any/all events of their choosing, whether they’re interested in learning more about entrepreneurship and innovation to distinguish their résumé, or they want to start their own business and build knowledge, expertise and confidence through participation.

Students who challenge themselves to pitch their idea at a national, state or regional competition will find the Husky Innovate track provides a solid foundation for achieving their goals. The workshops and events emphasize experiential learning and provide the opportunity to get valuable feedback from peers and mentors.

The Idea Pitch Competition will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17 in M&M U113. During the two-minute pitch competition, students will share their favorite innovative and disruptive idea in an interactive community setting. Cash prizes will be awarded. Students should registerearly; participation is limited to the first 30 registrants.

See more events and upcoming workshops at mtu.edu/husky-innovate.

By Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship.

ACTIVE: Faculty Development and Leadership Intensive

Program Dates: November 1–3, 2018

Location: Boulder, Colorado

Application Deadline: September 15, 2018, 11:59 p.m. MDT

ACTIVE, the CU Engineering Faculty Development and Leadership Intensive, is an expense-paid, three-day program open to doctoral students whose identity community/ies are underrepresented in STEM and who are interested in pursuing engineering faculty careers. Applicants should be graduate engineering scholars near the end of their academic training and early in their search for a faculty position.

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