Category Archives: Workshops and Institutes

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 to learn more and apply!

If you have any further questions, please contact Student Activities in MUB 112 or emailing

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

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.


Future Faculty Mentoring Program – Call for Mentors and Mentees

A reminder – please share this with your colleagues that you think may be effective mentors, as well as with Ph.D. candidates/PostDocs nearing completion that you feel may benefit as Mentees! The deadline for mentors and mentees to apply is Friday September 7th, 2018.

The Education Division of AIChE sponsors the Future Faculty Mentoring Program, which seeks to pair late-career graduate students and post-docs who are seeking faculty positions with more senior faculty in Chemical Engineering departments.

Over the last several years, the program has grown in size and popularity, but we are currently mentor-limited! We would very much like to expand our pool of mentors for the upcoming 2018-2019 cohort, and are especially seeking female faculty mentors.

Mentors: If you know of outstanding associate or full professors in your department (or NTT/Teaching Faculty of equivalent experience), would you please encourage them to consider being a mentor?

Mentees: If you have outstanding Ph.D. candidates or Post-docs who are in the process of applying for faculty positions or considering it in the near future, please encourage them to apply as a mentee.

The program entails mentors and mentees being paired based on teaching and research interests, and if possible, geography, attending a kickoff meeting at the AIChE Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh (Sunday 10/28, early evening), meeting as mutually decided (phone, Skype, virtually) during the upcoming year, and attending a virtual mid-year web conference to debrief the program. Our hope is that some of these relationships continue well beyond the formal one-year length of the program.

More details as well as the application instructions can be found at the Education Division Website:

Both Mentor and Mentee applications are open now, and will close in early September. If there are any questions about the program, please feel free to contact Prof. Daniel Burkey at

With best regards,

Dan Burkey

AIChE Education Division Director 2017-2019

Co-Chair, Future Faculty Mentoring Program