Archives—October 2018

Individual Development Plan Assisted Mentoring

Graduate student and postdoctoral scholar advisors are invited to an interactive workshop from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7 in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. The workshop will introduce the Individual Development Plan (IDP) process as a mentoring tool and share related resources available to advisors. Register for the workshop so we can plan for your attendance.

Adequate preparation of the future workforce is essential for the survival of the U.S. as an economic and innovative powerhouse in the world. Numerous reports from organizations such as the National Academy of Sciences, the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) have highlighted the importance of mentoring for the successful navigation through college, graduate school or postdoctoral training and towards securing satisfying jobs. Federal funding agencies such as the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation strongly recommend the use of IDPs and postdoctoral mentoring plans for trainees, respectively.

This one-hour interactive workshop will introduce the IDP process as a mentoring tool and share related resources available to advisors. The IDP process consists of four components: 1) self-assessment, 2) career exploration, 3) skill strengthening and 4) goal setting. ChemIDPTM, the IDP tool and workshop developed by the ACS for trainees in the chemical sciences, will serve as an example of how use of IDPs has the potential to prepare faculty and trainees for efficient mentor/mentee discussions.

Speaker biographies of the presenters, Joerg Schlatterer and Corrie Kuniyoshi from the American Chemical Society (ACS), are available on our blog. For more information on the Graduate School’s IDP launch, see our web page and previous Tech Today posting.


Partnerships for Innovation (PFI)


EHR Core Research (ECR) Fundamental Research in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education


NSF announces $78.2 million to support frontiers of cybersecurity, privacy research

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program announces new support for a diverse, $78.2 million portfolio of more than 225 new projects in 32 states spanning a broad range of research and education topics, including artificial intelligence, cryptography, network security, privacy, and usability.

The new portfolio is headlined by an award for the Center for Trustworthy Machine Learning (CTML), which will address grand challenges in cybersecurity science and engineering that have the potential for broad economic and societal impacts. CTML is a Frontier project, a large-scale, multi-institution effort with work that crosses disciplines.

Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards

Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards Program – Intake System Now Open!NEW!


The Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards Program provides seed money for research by junior faculty at ORAU member institutions. These awards are intended to enrich the research and professional growth of young faculty and result in new funding opportunities.

Husky Innovate Idea Pitch Competition Winners Announced

The first annual Husky Innovate Idea Pitch Competition took place Wednesday (Oct. 17), in Fisher Hall. The Competition was hosted by the Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship, a collaboration between the Pavlis Honors College, the School of Business and Economics and the Vice President for Research Office.

There were more than 30 participants from various majors and disciplines who pitched to a panel of judges comprised of faculty, alumni and community members. Ideas ranged from a Ride Share application to a Hydrogen Supplemental Fuel Generator. Participants had two minutes to pitch their innovative and disruptive ideas. Alumni from Michigan Tech’s 14 Floors initiative joined the judging panel to offer valuable feedback and expert advice to our young entrepreneurs.

The winners of the 2018 Idea Pitch Competition were:

  • First Place and Audience Choice – Cameron Philo, Electrical Engineering, Pavlis Honors College, for Life Pro Jackets
  • Second Place– Gary Tropp, Computer Network & System Administration, for A Better Way to Schedule Classes
  •  Third Place – Mayank Bagaria, Mechanical Engineering, for Wearable Translator
  • Honorable Mention – Sarah Smyth, Business, for Post-op Bra for Breast Cancer Survivors
  • Honorable Mention –  Christopher Codere and Joshua Hansen, MBA and Software Engineering, for Firearm Detection Technology for Police Officers
  • Honorable Mention – Marina Brusso and Maxx Fredrickson, Marketing/Management and Management, for Parking Improvement App

Congratulations to all of our winners and participants, and thank you to our panel of distinguished judges for donating their time and expertise. Photos from the event can be viewed and downloaded here.

The Idea Pitch Competition is part of Husky Innovate, a series of workshops and competitions that guide students through key phases of business development while emphasizing strategies for success. The next workshop in the series is Business Model Canvas Bootcamp. Identifying your value propositions and customer segments is a key part in developing a winning business model. This is a two-part workshop being held November 14 and 28 and registration is required. More information on upcoming Husky Innovate events can be found at

NCEES Call for Submissions

The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) is seeking applications for the 2019 NCEES award. 2018 recipients were just announced and receiving the $25,000 top prize was the joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at North Carolina State University and University of North Carolina Chapel Hill for their project titled, Enabling Pediatric Brain Surgery through Head Stabilization. Seven other projects each received $10,000.
The NCEES Engineering Education Award recognizes college engineering programs for engaging their students in collaborative projects with licensed professional engineers. It was established to promote understanding of the value of licensure and to encourage partnerships between the engineering profession and education.

Eight cash awards are presented each year and can be used at the discretion of the winning engineering departments/colleges. NCEES encourages the winners to use the funds for the advancement of projects connecting professional practice and education.

  • Grand prize: $25,000
  • Seven awards: $10,000 each
Specifics regarding the application process and past recipients can be found online (

Please feel free to pass this information along to any area or person that you believe would qualify.

ORAU Opportunities for students

Nuclear Power:  A Safe Future – Undergraduate $5,000 Scholarship OpportunityNEW!

Undergraduate students are invited to participate in the “Nuclear Power: A Safe Future” competition. For the opportunity to earn a $5,000, $3,000, or $1,000 scholarship, undergraduates are asked to identify a potential future threat to nuclear power plant safety and propose a plan to mitigate it.  For more information on this competition, please visit the ORISE website at The competition deadline is Wednesday, October 31.

Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis Program Accepting Applications for Spring and Summer 2019 NEW!

The Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis (NESLS) program, a cooperative research initiative at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)—administered through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) and geared toward students working in nuclear engineering and science—is now accepting applications for spring and summer 2019.  NESLS offers students on-the-job educational and research opportunities at a multidisciplinary national laboratory. Research areas of interest may include nuclear security technologies; nuclear systems analysis, design and safety; fuels, isotopes, and nuclear materials. Other features of the internship include:

  • Stipend based on academic status, ranging from $529-$935 per week for full-time; pro-rated for part-time
  • Travel/housing assistance (based on eligibility)
  • Professional development activities
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0
  • Open to U.S. and eligible international citizenship

To be eligible, students must be enrolled at an accredited U.S. college or university in a nuclear engineering, science, or eligible related degree with a 3.0/4.0 cumulative GPA at the time of appointment. Community college students must be working towards an Associate of Science or Associate of Engineering degree. All awards and active participation in the program are contingent upon security access approval to ORNL.

Applicants seeking an internship in spring 2019 must apply by Jan. 6, 2019, and applicants seeking an internship in summer 2019 must apply by Feb. 28, 2019. Program applications for both the spring 2019 and summer 2019 internships must be submitted through the online application system. Other scientific educational programs offered at ORNL are also available and currently seeking applicants; visit for more information.


University Partnerships Office


Full Proposal Deadline Date: November 14, 2018
Program Guidelines: NSF 17-584   The Discovery Research PreK-12 program (DRK-12) seeks to significantly enhance the learning and teaching of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and computer science (STEM) by preK-12 students and teachers, through research and development of STEM education innovations and approaches. Projects in the DRK-12 program build on fundamental research in STEM education and prior research and development efforts that provide theoretical and empirical justification for proposed projects. …   More at


Full Proposal Deadline Date: November 19, 2018
Program Guidelines: NSF 18-583  A well-prepared, innovative science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce is crucial to the Nation’s health and economy. Indeed, recent policy actions and reports have drawn attention to the opportunities and challenges inherent in increasing the number of highly qualified STEM graduates, including STEM teachers. Priorities include educating students to be leaders and innovators in emerging and rapidly changing STEM fields as well as educating a scientifically literate …   More at

Jim Obergefell, Supreme Court marriage equality ruling on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at the Rozsa Center

I hope you can all join us for our second Social Justice Lecture Series Speaker.
Jim Obergefell will speak about his experience at the heart of the Supreme Court marriage equality ruling to move and encourage audiences to stand by their beliefs—and prove that love always wins. With his story of love, loss, dedication, and commitment, he brings audiences along on his emotional and empowering journey and his continued fight for human rights.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at the Rozsa Center. Tickets are FREE!!Obergefell poster 2

NSF Idea Machine due Oct. 26. $26,000 for the best idea

How to get involved:

1.     Use our promotional toolkit to help promote the Idea Machine to your network by sharing through social media and email

2.     Submit an entry yourself or on behalf of your organization

3.     Call me or reply to this email my direct line is in my signature. We can discuss ways your organization can help promote the 2026 Idea Machine to your network.

Deadline: October 26, 2018, 5pm EST.

Prize Purse

1.     Grand prize: Each final winning entry will receive a cash prize of $26,000 and its authors (individuals or teams) will be invited to a recognition event in the Washington, D.C. area.

2.     Each author (individual or team member) of the entries selected by the Blue-Ribbon Panel for virtual interviews (approximately 12) will receive a cash prize of $1,000.

3.     All authors (individual and teams) of each of the entries invited to submit video pitches (approximately 30) will receive thank-you letters from NSF leadership.

4.     The authors of the top, approximately 100 entries will receive public recognition by having their Ideas posted on the Idea Machine website.

What is a “Big Idea”?

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Turner Pest Control $1,000 Scholarship

My name is Brian and I work with Turner Pest Control in Jacksonville, Florida. We’re offering a $1,000 scholarship which will be awarded to a student who is enrolled in any university, college, or trade program—they do not have to be studying entomology or pest management.

Information about the scholarship may be found here:

The deadline for entry is November 1, 2018. We would be truly grateful if our scholarship opportunity could be added to your website.

Is there a contact person to whom you could forward this info to, or whom I may send this information directly?

Thank you for any assistance you can provide.