LGBTQ Friendly Colleges and Student Resources

LGBTQ students are looking for universities that promote safe and enriching environments to learn, grow, and participate within their community. The universities listed below have made exceptional strides towards creating a LGBTQ friendly environment by meeting the following criteria: (1) LGBTQ student club/organization, (2) gender inclusive dorms, (3) an affirmative declaration of LGBTQ inclusion policies, (4) LGBT health/counseling services, (5) and has LGBTQ/Gender studies programs available. The schools were then scored according to retention and graduation rate. Discover below who is leading the United States for LGBTQ students in higher education.

AWARD: ASEE’s Design in Engineering Education Division

ASEE’s Design in Engineering Education Division is hosting a contest for both undergraduate and graduate students to win $500 in funds to travel to ASEE by writing an essay to answer, how might engineering design be used to better teach engineering analysis? The deadline for submissions is April 16.

Evaluation and Selection of Winners:
A panel of judges from the Design in Engineering Education Division will review applications and select two undergraduate and two graduate student winners. Criteria used in evaluating the submissions will assess the degree to which the submission is:
· Aspirational – it sets a high bar for what might be,
· Innovative – it breaks beyond traditional assumptions about EDE and engineering analysis,
· Grounded – it provides a strong basis and rationale for what might be, and
· Well Communicated – it paints a clear picture of what might be.

Winners will be informed no later than April 27, 2018.

· Maximum of two 8.5×11 pages of text and one page of images/drawings/figures as appropriate.
· On the first page:
o Start with a title for your submission,
o Include prominently a one sentence takeaway for your entire submission (i.e., if you only had one sentence to convey the future of engineering design education, what would that sentence be?).
· Submissions can be from individuals or pairs, but the award will be shared if the submission is from a pair of students. If submitting as a pair, both students should be undergraduate or both graduate (i.e., not one undergraduate and one graduate student)

Submit a single PDF file to by 23:59:59 EDT on April 16, 2018.

Two More Workshops Offered in Michigan Tech Graduate School’s Professional Development Program

There is space available in the remaining two workshops in the Graduate School’s Professional Development Program for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Advisors, encourage your students to attend these workshops. Students from the Colorado School of Mines participate via Zoom. The workshops will be held from 3-5 p.m. Thursdays in Admin 404.

The topics for the second half of the semester are:

  • Tomorrow (March 22): Sustainability/Ethical STEM culture and social innovation, by David Shonnard (ChE/SFI)
  • April 12: Publishing research results in peer-reviewed journals, by a panel of journal editors

The series is coordinated through the Graduate School with funding from NSF. The workshops are most appropriate for postdocs and third and fourth year PhD students but all interested people may attend, space permitting.

Register for each seminar online to reserve your seat and obtain the room location and a reminder prior to the event.

Additional information is found on our blog.

By the Graduate School.

Michigan Tech Pavlis Honors College Application Workshop and Info Session

The Pavlis Application Workshop is at 6 p.m. tonight (March 21) in Dillman 203. Pavlis Honors Ambassadors will lead an interactive workshop that will guide students through the process of creating their Seelio e-portfolio profile. Afterwards students and staff will be available to answer questions.

The Pavlis Honors College is currently accepting applications for Fall 2018. Students are eligible to apply if they have two or more years remaining on campus. Pavlis offers six distinct pathways on which students may build their honors program:

Each of these pathways provides a framework of support, exceptional resources and a community of scholars for students interested in challenging themselves, doing more and making a difference.

If you know of a student who may be interested in joining the Pavlis Honors College, encourage them to apply. If you would like to request more information regarding our pathways, email us.

Applications will be accepted through Monday, April 2. However, students who apply early will be given preference. Space is limited. Find out why success means more than GPA, visit

By Pavlis Honors College.

NEW COURSE in Forest Biomaterials at Michigan Tech

Hi everyone,

I wanted to put a plug in for a new 3-credit course in Forest Biomaterials that will be offered starting next fall and will be the core course in a new interdisciplinary minor in Forest Biomaterials (subject to approval).

Though housed in SFRES, this course will be co-taught by instructors from a wide variety of disciplines. Students will get a taste of the current state of the forest industry, forest types and management, wood properties and science, product development (structural engineering, chemistry, and chemical engineering), economics and policy, life cycle analysis and systems analysis, among others. It has no pre-reqs and is open to all majors.

I think that this will be a very interesting course and well worth taking if you have room for it in your schedule.

Details are below:

FW 3097 – Forest Biomaterials
Time: TR 9:10-10:50 am
Examines the nature and use of forest biomaterials and their role in the larger economy. Local and global advantages and challenges for using forest biomaterials will be addressed within the context of sustainability, covering topics such as economics, material and product engineering, policy, life cycle analysis, and supply chain management.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall

Dr. Ong

Michigan Tech URIP Applications Due March 28

The Pavlis Honors College reminds faculty that URIP 2018-19 applications are due March 28.

There are two tracks for faculty mentors to consider:

  • Faculty in Health-Related Fields are invited to identify an undergraduate research intern with any amount of prior experience – Portage Health 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 is open to any undergraduate student on campus. Faculty are welcome to apply with students with whom they are already working.

The program consists of a 20-week internship (mid-September through mid-March) as well as professional development activities centered on academic research and scholarship.

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 (or $10/hr for 8 hours per week for a period of 20 weeks).

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 here.

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

By Pavlis Honors College.

Create the Future Contest Design Contest 2018 Now Accepting Entries

The world’s premier engineering design competition is now accepting entries at The 2018 “Create the Future” Design Contest offers a top prize of $20,000 USD. There is no cost to enter.

Do you have a new product, invention, or design idea that could create jobs, improve daily life, save time/money, help the environment, or benefit society in other ways? We invite you to enter as an individual or team in seven categories:

• Aerospace & Defense
• Automotive/Transportation
• Consumer Products
• Electronics/Sensors/IoT
• Medical
• Robotics/Automation/Manufacturing
• Sustainable Technologies

Past contests have generated over 14,000 new product designs from engineers, students, and entrepreneurs in more than 100 countries. With millions of visitors to the contest site and global media coverage, the contest shines a bright light on innovative ideas, helping entrants to attract funding, partners, and manufacturers to become commercial success stories. Your design could be next!

To get started, visit

Open faculty position at Kansas State University

About This Role: The Department of Chemical Engineering at Kansas State University (K-
State) invites applications for open faculty positions at any level. All

research areas will be considered, but priority will be given to candidates
who build upon existing strengths and opportunities in materials or
processes that address the challenges of energy supply, pollution
control, health, and research at the intersection of engineering and the
bio-sciences. Outstanding candidates will be considered for several open
endowed positions.
NOTE: The selected candidate can expect strong professional
development opportunities including competitive salaries and start-up
packages, and teaching and research mentoring to ensure a successful
start to their careers or transition to Kansas State University. Several
centers and multidisciplinary programs offer excellent opportunities to
facilitate collaboration. Manhattan, Kansas has been selected as the
future home of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF). NBAF
is being built adjacent to the K State Campus at a cost of over $1.25
billion and will provide research infrastructure to protect the country’s
food supply and agricultural economy. NBAF is expected to provide
research opportunities for faculty members (BSL-4, The existing Biosecurity Research Institute at
Kansas State University (BSL-3, complements

Why Join Us: The Department of Chemical Engineering at Kansas State University
enrolls approximately 300 undergraduate students and 25 graduate
students. Active research and teaching programs exist in the areas of,
catalysis, thermodynamics, sustainable energy, polymeric nanomaterials
for drug delivery, molecular modeling, bio-interfaces, and semiconductor
processing. In FY 2016, departmental research expenditures exceeded
$3.2 million with many research partners in the Colleges of Agriculture,
Arts & Sciences, and other engineering units. The College of Engineering
is undergoing rapid expansion and will be hiring 35 additional faculty
over the next few years. K-State is a Land Grant University and is a
Carnegie Doctoral/Research-Intensive Institution and has been ranked
among the top state and private institutions of higher education in
Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, Goldwater, and Udall scholars since 1986.
Current enrollment is over 22,000 students. Additional information is
available at

We Support
Diversity and

Kansas State University embraces diversity and promotes inclusion in
every sector of the institution. The university actively seeks individuals
whose commitments and contributions will advance the University’s
dedication to the Principles of Community.

What You’ll Need
to Succeed:

Minimum Requirements:
 BS and PhD degrees in Chemical Engineering or equivalent fields
(Applications with no BS or PhD degrees in Chemical Engineering
or equivalent fields are considered non-responsive)
 Excellent verbal and written communication skills
 Ability to develop and sustain an active, externally funded
research program, and effectively manage research projects and
student/staff researchers
 Qualifications to teach graduate and undergraduate courses in the
chemical engineering curriculum
 A record of achievement that merits appointment as a tenured
Faculty member for those applying at the Associate Professor or
Professor level
Preferred Qualifications:
 Versatility in teaching capabilities
 Ability to establish collaborations beyond the department and
 Willingness to serve the department, institution, and profession
through active participation in committees and professional
Other Requirements:
 Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United
States at the time of employment

How to Apply: Please complete the application and submit the following documents as

one PDF:
1. Curriculum vitae
2. Statement of research objectives
3. Statement of teaching interests and goals
4. Contact information of at least three professional references
NOTE: Applications packets for this position should be submitted

through the Kansas State University PageUp system, see: http://www.k- Inquiries and applications will be confidential. The

names of finalists who come to the campus for interviews will be
announced publicly.

Screening of

Immediately and continues until position is filled.

Salary Range:

Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Equal Employment

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals
with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity
among its employees.


In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State
University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the
process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

Win $$ by entering these BME competitions!

DEBUT Challenge:

The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) and VentureWell hold the Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) challenge which recognizes undergraduate excellence in biomedical innovation. DEBUT is open to undergraduate student teams working on innovative solutions to health and clinical problems.

Strong DEBUT submissions will demonstrate a mastery of analytical and design skills and capabilities, the ability to manage the product development process, work effectively in teams, and technical communication skills.

Submissions will be judged on the following criteria:
Significance of the problem being addressed
Impact of the proposed solution on potential users and clinical care
Innovative design
Working prototype
Additional prizes will be awarded to entries that also demonstrate:
Market potential and economic feasibility
Read more about the guidelines and the 2017 DEBUT winners.

Encourage your students to apply today! Total prizes of $65K will be awarded. Applications are due May 31, 2018.


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BMEidea Competition:

Your biomedical engineering students can win up to $10K for their health-related technology that addresses a real clinical need. BMEidea, a VentureWell competition, is the nation’s premier competition for biomedical and bioengineering innovation, open to both undergraduate and graduate students.

Prizes of $10,000, $5,000, and $2,500 will be awarded to the top three winners. Winners will be announced at the MD&M Medical Device Trade Show & Convention in New York, NY in June 2018.

Entries for the competition are judged on:
Technical, economic, and regulatory feasibility
Contribution to human health and quality of life
Technical innovation
Potential for commercialization
Read about the 2017 BMEidea winners.

Deadline is April 4, 2018.


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