2016 Beautiful Solutions Competition

The Beautiful Solutions Competition is a great launching point for Michigan Tech Senior Design teams who are eager to start their own business.  Solidworks and Venture.co began the competition to help students build the designs of tomorrow. Beautiful Solutions is seeking highly motivated, proactive leaders that are interested in launching their own startup, but may not know where to begin. This competition is open to undergraduate senior design teams with original designs that are ready to start a business. Applicants will compete for $20,000 in seed funding and in-kind prizes. In order to apply, you must first build a profile on Designbook. Applications will be accepted through April 29th.

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Lessons Learned From Selling A U.P. Based Product to the World

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Bob Jacquart, CEO and owner of Jacquart Fabric Products and Michigan Tech Board of Trustees Member, will be speaking at Michigan Tech in the first of an ongoing speaker series that is sponsored by the Pavlis Honors College and the new Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship. Jacquart Fabric Products is the home of the Stormy Kromer. Bob Jacquart was born and raised in Ironwood, MI and acquired the Stormy Kromer brand from the original owner in 2001 when he learned that production of the hats was about to cease. Since 2001, his team has built a globally recognized brand around a U.P. based manufacturing company. Bob will share his experiences and lessons learned in a short presentation followed by a question and discussion session. Bring your friends and stop by the Pavlis Honors College Collaboration Space on the 7th floor of the M&M building in room 722 Thursday, February 25th at 10:30am for a great story and insightful wisdom from a true entrepreneur. Attendees will have the chance to enter a raffle to win a Stormy Kromer of their own!


The University of New Hampshire’s Sustainability Institute is inviting applications for their competitive, multi-disciplinary Sustainability Fellowships. The program pairs outstanding students with challenging, diverse projects that will propel the U.S. toward a sustainable, resilient future. Fellows receive mentorship, unique networking opportunities as well as a $6,000 in exchange for their work on various deliverables. Applications are open to students at both the graduate and undergraduate level. There are opportunities for students studying in a wide variety of disciplines including business, law, education, engineering, public affairs, psychology, social work, public health, economics, English, history, political science, sociology, film, journalism, finance, planning, architecture, public relations, environmental studies, sustainability studies, and more. If you are interested in applying, visit the University of New Hampshire’s site to learn more. Applications close this Tuesday, February 23rd at midnight.

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Challenge Detroit: Accepting Applications

Graduating students and post-grads, don’t miss this unique opportunity to make a social impact in Detroit and connect to great job opportunities through a program called Challenge Detroit. Over the course of a year, Challenge Detroit Fellows live, work, play, give and lead in Detroit. They work for top regional companies, while partnering monthly with nonprofits to address issues and opportunities facing the community.

Students that are interested in learning more about Challenge Detroit are welcome to email The Challenge Detroit Team directly at info@challengedetroit.org or apply at www.challengedetroit.org/application now through 11:59pm on March 6, 2016.

 


$15,000 Scholarship to Study in Ireland

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Go Overseas just announced that they are sponsoring two scholarships for students to study abroad in Ireland for a semester. One undergraduate and one graduate student will win a scholarship for $15,000. The scholarship must be used during the 2016/2017 academic year (Summer 2016, Fall 2016, and Spring 2017). Click on this link to apply now, because the deadline is March 4th!

 


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There will be a general meeting for Michigan Tech’s Engineers Without Borders chapter Thursday, February 11th at 6pm in Dillman 214.

Engineers Without Borders is an international philanthropy organization. By joining Michigan Tech’s EWB chapter you will learn to use a variety of skills to improve the lives of communities in need around the world. Michigan Tech’s chapter is currently working on well projects in Guatemala and a water distribution project in Panama, with both teams planning on traveling in the next year. Don’t let the name of the organization deter you from joining if you aren’t an engineer. EWB is looking for anyone interested in making a difference in people’s lives, regardless of major. Scientific and Technical Communication, business, language, and biology majors, to name a few, are all welcome. There are opportunities for experience in water resources, Spanish, technical writing, communication, engineering, team building and much more.
If you are interested in learning more about Engineers Without Borders, please attend the upcoming meeting in Dillman 214 at 6pm on Thursday, February 11th. If you can’t make it, feel free to email the chapter president (smbeine@mtu.edu) with any questions!

Applications Now Open for Gilman Scholarship

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad.  This type of experience prepares U.S. students for an increasingly global economy. The Gilman Scholarship seeks students from a diverse range of private and public institutions all over the country across all 50 states. The selection process is highly competitive. Good news for Michigan Tech students, the Gilman panel looks for STEM majors!

Benjamin A. Gilman, retired New York congressman and the scholarship’s namesake, once said, “Study abroad is a special experience for every student who participates. Living and learning in a vastly different environment of another nation not only exposes our students to alternate views, but also adds an enriching social and cultural experience. It also provides our students with the opportunity to return home with a deeper understanding of their place in the world, encouraging them to be a contributor, rather than a spectator in the international community.”

If you are interested in applying, visit the website here for more information. The deadline to apply for Summer 2016 and Fall 2016-17 is March 1st.


Registration for Design Expo 2016 is Now Open!

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Design Expo 2016 will be held in the MUB Ballroom on Thursday, April 14th. Please save the date!

Design Expo highlights hands-on, discovery-based learning at Michigan Tech. More than 600 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.

Registration is now open for Senior Design and Enterprise teams. Student teams should visit the Design Expo website to register before Monday, February 1st.

 


Apply to Join the Pavlis Honors College Community!

Programs Offered in Global Technological Leadership, Peace Corps Prep, and More

Are you interested in joining a community of self-motivated, independent-thinking students who take charge of their education and full advantage of all that Michigan Tech has to offer? If so, consider applying to the Pavlis Honors College’s Scholars and Leaders Programs.  All motivated and committed undergraduate students in good academic standing are invited, regardless of GPA. The current application window will remain open until March 1 for students wishing to join the college in fall, 2016.

All Scholars and Leaders students take core courses, participate in an immersion experience, and carry out an honors project.  The Scholars and Leaders Programs offer multiple pathways for students to complete the requirements for Pavlis Honors College designation on their diplomas and transcripts as well as special recognition in the graduation program.

One pathway is the well-established Pavlis Institute for Global Technological Leadership which is designed to prepare students to become successful leaders through focused coursework and interdisciplinary, team-based project work implemented in a cross-cultural environment.  Students applying to this program should have at least three years remaining in their undergraduate degree program and be prepared to travel to one of our foreign project centers the summer between their 3rd and 4th years of study at Michigan Tech.

A second pathway is the new Peace Corps Prep program, an official partnership with the U.S. Peace Corps. This program prepares undergraduates for Peace Corps service or other cross-cultural, community-based professional work. Students gain cross-cultural and foreign language learning experience in and out of the classroom.  They also gain first-hand experience in a prominent sector of community development work, such as health, education, or environment.  The Peace Corps Prep program emphasizes establishing strong cross-cultural professional partnerships and developing an interdisciplinary framework for addressing pressing global problems such as climate change, sanitation, childhood malnutrition, girl’s education, and others.  Students can customize their area of focus to fit their personal interests.  Students applying to this program should have at least two years remaining in their undergraduate degree program.

Third, is the Custom Pathway Program, where students can customize their own pathway to incorporate an enterprise experience, student research, an entrepreneurial endeavor or an industrial internship, to name just a few options, to complete the Pavlis Honors College requirements. If none of our established pathways suit your needs and interests, design your own and work with the college’s faculty and staff to realize your vision for success.

For more information, read here and attend one of the following Pavlis Honors College Information Sessions scheduled in the coming weeks.  All information sessions will be held in the Pavlis Honors College Collaboration Space – Minerals and Materials Building, room 722 (facing the Portage Canal).

 

Tuesday, January 19 from 4-5pm

Thursday, January 28 from noon-1pm

Thursday, February 11 from 6-7pm


ORISE Summer Fellowship Opportunity

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) is offering summer research opportunities at the National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR) and at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The appointment period is full time and will run for 10 weeks starting May 23, 2016. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen and at least 18 years of age with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. Majors of study for applicable students include Physics, Mathematics, Statistics, Engineering, Nanotechnology, and Computer Science. The deadline to submit applications is February 19, 2016. Visit https://www.zintellect.com/Posting/details/1683 to apply.