Leadership Course Offerings at Michigan Tech

For students looking to increase their leadership skills, Michigan Tech is offering a number of courses that involve leadership experience or a leadership minor. The following courses will be offered Spring 2019 and are now part of the leadership minor:

ENG 2060 – Facilitating Group Learning (1 credit) – TR 8:05 – 8:55 AM – Track A

Development of facilitation skills in group environments. Topics include peer-learning strategies, developing inclusive classrooms, and facilitation techniques.

  • Restrictions: Permission of instructor required
  • Pre-Requisite(s): ENG 1102 (This prereq has changed to ‘ENG 1102 (C) or CH 1160’ for 2019-20 and can be waived for Spring if the student has CH 1160)


ENG 3060 – Developing Mentoring Skills (1 credit) – T 9:05 – 9:55 AM

Provides an overview of mentoring. Topics include various mentoring techniques, providing effective feedback, and observational strategies.

  • Restrictions: Permission of instructor required; May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore
  • Pre-Requisite(s): ENG 2060 (This prereq has been removed for 2019-20 and can be waived for Spring)


ENG 4060 – Leadership in Group Environments (1 credit) – R 2:05 – 2:55 PM

Develops collaborative leadership skills through active hands-on learning. Topics include collaborative software, communication, and group management strategies.

  • Restrictions: Permission of instructor required; May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore, Junior
  • Pre-Requisite(s): ENG 3060 (This prereq has been removed for 2019-20 and can be waived for Spring)

For instructor permission, please contact Amber Kemppainen, Sr. Lecturer, Engineering Fundamentals, 112D Dillman Hall. <amber@mtu.edu>

Prereqs are being changed for 2019-20 and will be waived if needed.

Minor in Leadership: https://www.mtu.edu/registrar/students/major-degree/minors/audit/pavlis/201808/minor-in-leadership-imle.pdf

2019 Rice Business Plan Competition

April 4-6, 2019
42 student startups from across the world
$1.5 million in cash and investment prizes
Judges from angel, VC and corporate investor groups
Mentoring, networking, connecting
Do you have what it takes?
Compete to join the world’s biggest student venture competition, where university entrepreneurs get real-world experience in how to pitch their startups to investors, enhance their startup strategy, connect with mentors, and learn what it takes to launch a successful business.
Applications now open!
Visit www.rbpc.rice.edu for full details

National Science Foundation awards Michigan Technological University $1 Million to Expand the Engineering Technology STEM pipeline


Front Row (L-R): Dr. Nasser Alaraje, Tierra Kelley, Cory Blankenship, Karen Helppi; Second Row (L-R): Caleb Roger, Brad Gipson, Bradley Dahm, Evan Franzel, Isaac Thrasher, Akil McDaniel, Dr. Lorelle Meadows

The state of Michigan — and the nation — need a highly trained engineering technology STEM workforce with baccalaureate degrees to compete in the global economy. To begin to address these workforce needs, the School of Technology at Michigan Technological University has received $1 million from the National Science Foundation for a 5-year student scholarship and retention project. The Engineering Technology Scholars — IMproving Retention and Student Success (ETS-IMPRESS) project provides financial support and an ecosystem of high-impact curricular and co-curricular activities to increase the success of academically talented students. A total of 12 first-time students will be supported for four years of STEM study, and 36 students transferring from community colleges in the state of Michigan and neighboring states will be supported for two years. The project will focus on expanding the number and diversity of academically talented and financially disadvantaged individuals entering and completing degrees in Engineering Technology at Michigan Tech. The project brings together Michigan Tech’s programs in engineering technology that are offered through the School of Technology and programs in the Pavlis Honors College, an inclusive and unique college designed around high-impact educational practices. School of Technology targeted majors are: 1) Electrical Engineering Technology, 2) Computer Network and System Administration, and 3) Mechanical Engineering Technology.

Nasser Alaraje, professor and program chair of the Electrical Engineering Technology Program at Michigan Tech is the principal investigator and project director. Alaraje says, “This grant will allow the School of Technology at Michigan Tech — in partnership with Pavlis Honors College — to provide a unique opportunity to engage academically talented engineering technology students in activities designed to foster leadership, technical know-how, and employability skills for technology fields that actively recruit and employ graduates from diverse backgrounds and communities. Our overall goal is to increase student retention and graduation in these fields, which are vital to the regional and US economy.”

“This program represents a unique partnership between the honors college and the School of Technology to explore the most effective ways to produce graduates who are ready to manage the unique and demanding challenges of the 21st century STEM workforce,” says Lorelle Meadows, dean of the Pavlis Honors College and co-PI on the grant.

The comradery, enthusiasm and empowerment are evident within this first cohort of students. The partnership between the School of Technology and the Pavlis Honors College has provided a community foundation for the ETS-IMPRESS students that will help them excel in their chosen degrees and careers” says Adrienne Minerick, dean of the School of Technology.

In year 1 of the project, 2017-2018, the program received 44 scholarship applications. Applications were received from six states, including Michigan, Wisconsin, California, Florida, and Hawaii. The ETS-IMPRESS management team reviewed the applicants’ materials and ranked them using a selection rubric. Nine were selected for the scholarship, five as first-year students and four as transfer students. Selected applicants include one African American, one multiracial, two female scholars, and students from multiple socio-economic backgrounds. A small collection of ETS-IMPRESS awardees’ quotes are shown below:

     “I believe the ETS-IMPRESS scholarship will open doors to various opportunities for me. This program will make me more engaged around campus and within my major as well as cultivate new skills in myself that will prove beneficial to me as I enter the workforce in the future.” Tierra Kelley — Electrical Engineering Technology

    “The ETS-IMPRESS will help me to mold my future with my own hands. The opportunity is truly once in a lifetime.” Akil McDaniel — Computer Network and System Administration

    “This opportunity that I have with ETS-IMPRESS, is truly unique. I have had the chance to do research, and be a part of the Pavlis Honors College. I believe that as time passes, more opportunities will present themselves through this scholarship and I am excited to see what the future holds.”  Karen Helppi — Mechanical Engineering Technology

The deadline for 2018-19 — Year 2 of the scholarships — is February 15, 2019. Additional information for potential applicants is available on the project website: https://www.mtu.edu/ets-impress/. All interested and eligible applicants are encouraged to apply.


The application window for the 2019 NASA Marshall Faculty Fellowship program is now open, and the deadline to apply is February 8, 2019.  Please distribute the attached announcement and application appropriately. The fellowship is open to any full-time teaching or research faculty at any accredited U.S. university or college.  Please see the attachment for full eligibility, program rules, and application.

Debora Nielson on behalf of Dr. Frank Six

Debora Nielson
Assistant Director, Alabama Space Grant Consortium & NASA EPSCoR
The University of Alabama in Huntsville (Lead Institution)
301 Sparkman Drive, Shelbie King Hall, Rm 323
Huntsville, AL  35899
Office:  (256) 824-6800

NASA MSFC Faculty Fellowship Application 2019


Dear Colleague Letter: Fairness, Ethics, Accountability, and Transparency: Enabling Breakthrough Research to Expand Inclusivity in Computer and Information Science and Engineering Research


Full Proposal Deadline Date: December 4, 2018
Full Proposal Deadline
Program Guidelines: NSF 18-593
Introduction to the Program: The NSF SBIR program focuses on transforming scientific discovery into products and services with commercial potential and/or societal benefit. Unlike fundamental research, the NSF SBIR program supports startups and small businesses in the creation of innovative, disruptive technologies, getting discoveries out of the lab and into the market.  The NSF SBIR Program …  More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505233&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click


Full Proposal Deadline Date: December 4, 2018
Full Proposal Deadline
Program Guidelines: NSF 18-592
Introduction to the Program:  The NSF STTR program focuses on transforming scientific discovery into products and services with commercial potential and/or societal benefit. Unlike fundamental research, the NSF STTR program supports startups and small businesses in the creation of innovative, disruptive technologies, getting discoveries out of the lab and into the market.  The NSF STTR Program …  More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505362&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click
Full Proposal Deadline Date: December 6, 2018
All proposals to the Division of Physics
Program Guidelines: PD 12-8084  Advanced computational infrastructure and the ability to perform large-scale simulations and accumulate massive amounts of data have revolutionized scientific and engineering disciplines.  The goal of the CDS&E program is to identify and capitalize on opportunities for major scientific and engineering breakthroughs through new computational and data analysis approaches.  The intellectual drivers may be in an individual discipline or they may cut across more than one discipline …  More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504813&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click
Letter of Intent Window: December 6, 2018
Program Guidelines: NSF 18-507  The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, and potentially transformative models for STEM graduate education training. The NRT program seeks proposals that explore ways for graduate students in research-based master’s and doctoral degree programs to develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers.  The program is dedicated to effective training of STEM graduate students …   More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505015&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click
Solicitation: NSF 17-573
Due Date: November 06, 2019
Institutional Limit: 3
Solicitation: NSF 19-526
Due Date: February 04, 2019
Institutional Limit: 1

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.

Pavlis Accepting Applications for Honors Pathway Program

The Pavlis Honors College is currently accepting applications to the Honors Pathway Program for Spring 2019. While applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the semester, students planning to begin the Honors Pathway Program in the spring should apply by Sunday, Nov. 25. Students are eligible to apply if they have 5-6 semesters remaining on campus.

Pavlis offers 6 distinct pathways on which students may build their honors program:

  • Global Leadership
  • Community Engagement
  • Research Scholars
  • Enhanced Enterprise Experience
  • New Venture
  • Custom Pathway

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

If you know of a student who may be interested in the Pavlis Honors College, please encourage them to apply. Students considering applying, should stop by the Pavlis Honors College in M&M 722 from 9 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays for open advising to learn more about the program requirements and application process.

If you would like to request more information regarding the Honors Pathway Program and the components required to graduate with honors from Michigan Tech, email us at honors@mtu.edu.

Bob Mark Business Model Competition Applications Now Open

by Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship

The Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship will host the 2018 Bob Mark Business Model Competition from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5 in the Opie Library. Students can apply to compete here.

The 2018 Bob Mark competition includes an idea pitch and a business model description. This event takes place later in the year so that contestants will have the opportunity to develop their business model through participation in Husky Innovate workshops. Using Lean Launchpad methods and the Business Model Canvas, students will share insights from customer interviews.

Prizes will be awarded to the most scalable and actionable business model pitches. Using prize money, students have a chance to take their entrepreneurial idea to the next stage of development further preparing them for additional opportunities such as competing at the New Venture Competition held in April at Central Michigan University.

President Koubek will serve as a distinguished judge alongside other entrepreneurially minded faculty, staff and community members.

Prizes for the Bob Mark Business Model Competition include:

  • First Prize – $2,000 + $100 services from MTEC SmartZone
  • Second Prize – $1,000 + $100 services from MTEC SmartZone
  • Third Prize – $500 + $100 services from MTEC SmartZone
  • Honorable Mention (2 prizes) – $250 each
  • Audience Favorite – $250
  • MTEC SmartZone prize – $1000

This event is a tribute to the late Bob Mark, professor of practice in the School of Business and Economics. Mark founded the Elevator Pitch Competition and brought the Business Plan Competition to Michigan Tech. The Bob Mark Elevator Pitch Competition and other efforts support his entrepreneurial spirit and that continues to live on in students, faculty, and staff.

Students who participated in the Idea Pitch Competition in October are strongly encouraged to apply to compete in the Bob Mark Business Model Competition.

Students should apply by submitting this form no later than midnight on Wednesday, Nov. 21 (before Thanksgiving break). The top 15 applicants will be selected to participate in the Bob Mark Business Model Competition. Students who upload a business model canvas to their application will be given priority consideration. Student guidelines, scoring criteria and a blank Business Model Canvas can be found at mtu.edu/honors/ice/husky-innovate.

The 2018 Bob Mark Business Model Competition 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 while emphasizing evidence-based strategies for success. Bob Mark Business Model Competition is hosted by the Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship, which is a collaboration between the Pavlis Honors College, the School of Business and Economics and the Vice President for Research Office.

Studies suggest that students themselves determine their destinies

“Research tells us that the most successful students, both in college and beyond, are the ones who engage in the undergraduate experience regardless of how selective a school may be,” says the paper’s co-author Denise Pope, a senior lecturer at the GSE and co-founder of Challenge Success, which seeks to redefine success in student learning and achievement. “This is almost always the case whether a student attends the top-ranked or 200th-ranked college.”

Read more here: https://tomprof.stanford.edu/posting/1679

Fellowships and Scholarships from ORAU

Geospatial Data Creation and Curation Fellowship at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)NEW!


Have you ever wanted to influence and improve the effectiveness of geospatial data at the national level? Are you detail-oriented and committed to producing high-quality data products? Join us as we lead the development of new and improved national geospatial transportation products in the era of big data.

You will learn to create and curate geospatial datasets related to our Nation’s transportation systems that are used by government officials, researchers, and the American people. To achieve your learning objectives, you will have the opportunity to collaborate with those other U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) offices and Federal agencies that help maintain geospatial data and analytical capabilities. Your learning opportunities will also include the ability to participate in inter-agency efforts relating to the development and improvement of geospatial data and analytical applications.

For a full description of this opportunity and to submit your application, visit https://www.zintellect.com/Opportunity/Details/DOT2018-06.  If you have any questions, please send an email to USDOT@orau.org.


2019 Summer ORISE Fellowship Opportunity at CDCNEW!


A summer fellowship opportunity is available in the Division of Laboratory Sciences (DLS) within the National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia.  DLS provides laboratory support that improves the detection, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of environmental, tobacco-related, nutritional, newborn, selected chronic and selected infectious diseases.  DLS also works to improve the rapid and accurate detection of chemical threat agents, radiologic threat agents, and selected toxins.  Collaborating with a multidisciplinary team, the selected participant will use state-of-the-art laboratory equipment to address topics relevant to public health.  This will allow the participant to gain hands-on experience in applied analytical chemistry and enhance their knowledge of its applications to public health.

This opportunity is open to all current undergraduate and graduate students majoring in chemistry.  U.S. Citizens only.  The application deadline is Friday, January 18, 2019 12:00 AM EST.  The appointment is for one summer (May 23, 2019 through August 2, 2019).  If you have questions, send an email toCDCrpp@orau.org.  Please include the reference code CDC-DLS-2019-0013 in your email.


National Library of Medicine Associate Fellowship ProgramNEW!


The National Library of Medicine Associate Fellowship is a one-year residency program for recent library science graduates interested in a career in health sciences librarianship. The program combines curriculum and project work and is located at the National Library of Medicine on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

The Associate Fellowship provides knowledge and skills in project work ranging from:

  • Fundamentals of data science, and projects in data wrangling, data analysis, data visualization, programming, and data policy
  • Creation of online tutorials and educational videos, conducting user needs assessments
  • Development of an in-depth understanding of the development, production, implementation of NLM product and services

The Associate Fellowship offers opportunities for professional development through:

  • Participation in lectures, exercises, conferences, short and extended visits to other health sciences libraries
  • Workshops on work style, resume review, negotiation, and presentation skills
  • Mentorship from a program coordinator and NLM staff who serve as preceptors

For a full description of this opportunity and to submit your application, visit https://www.zintellect.com/Opportunity/Details/NIH-NLM-2018-01.  If you have any questions, please send an email to nihprograms@orau.org.  The application deadline is January 25, 2019, 11:59 PM ET.


Data Management and Curation Fellowship at the at the National Transportation Library (NTL) NEW!


Joining the Data Curation and Data Management (DCDM) team at the National Transportation Library (NTL), the selected participant will be offered an opportunity to gain hands-on learning and skills in data management and data curation best practices, relating to transportation data, including aviation data produced by the BTS offices and US DOT funded researchers. The Fellow will learn to create and evaluate data management plans; craft data curation standards, operating plans and policies. The Fellow will learn how to catalog datasets for preservation, conduct data format migration and be exposed to other data services; all within the context of providing access to an entire research or statistical package which will contain data and reports.

Under the guidance of a mentor, opportunities to gain skills and experience may include:

  • Applying data management best practices to high-value transportation datasets, including aviation data;
  • Using national and international standards to author metadata documentation;
  • Programmatically minting persistent identifiers for datasets;
  • Migrating and curating legacy datasets;
  • Documenting and cataloging data packages;
  • Operating a digital repository;
  • Engaging in data management and curation outreach across the US DOT

For a full description of this opportunity and to submit your application, visit https://www.zintellect.com/Opportunity/Details/DOT2018-07.  If you have any questions, please send an email to USDOT@orau.org.


L.I.V.E. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists Virtual Career FairNEW!


Looking for an opportunity to participate as an undergraduate in science, technology, engineering or math research at a one-of-a-kind National Laboratory?  Join us from 1-3 p.m. EST Thursday, November 29th, 2018, for the L.I.V.E. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) Virtual Career Fair and discover the opportunities to participate in the Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) and the Community College Internships (CCI) at six participating labs/facilities!

During L.I.V.E. you can:

  • Interact with recruiters, scientists, and researchers
  • Explore information about each lab/facility
  • Learn more about the SULI and CCI experience

For more information and to pre-register now visit https://orau.6connex.com/event/LIVE/WDTS/login.