Archives—January 2019

VentureWell Opportunities


We are seeking seed-stage medtech startups to participate in an intensive 5-day workshop to prepare for the fundraising and company-building activities necessary for launch. Startups should have engineering and science innovations that improve patient outcomes and lower the cost of quality healthcare. The next program will be March 11-15, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Deadline to apply is Thursday, January 31. Apply now

E-Team Grant Program

Receive an E-Team grant and get training through our early-stage innovator training program. The training provides peer networking, expert coaching, national recognition, and hands-on workshops to move your innovation forward. The deadline to apply is February 6Learn more

OPEN 2019

Register today and save 10% off! OPEN 2019 will be in Washington D.C., March 28-30. The VentureWell OPEN conference gathers together representatives from across the innovation and entrepreneurship spectrum to share stories, start new collaborations, and learn emerging best practices in the rapidly evolving field of technology entrepreneurship education. This year at OPEN, we’re offering many new opportunities designed to strengthen connections made and launch the community into the future. Don’t miss out! Register now


Our BMEidea competition, the nation’s leading competition for biomedical and bioengineering students, challenges students to pioneer a health-related technology that addresses a real clinical need. Deadline to apply is April 3. Apply now


The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) and VentureWell support DEBUT, a competition for teams of undergraduate biomedical students who are solving real-world problems in healthcare. Prizes of up to $20,000 will be awarded. Applications open February 1 and deadline to apply is May 31. Learn more

MIT Clean Energy Prize

The MIT Clean Energy Prize is a multi-stage, student-organized business plan competition. Over the past decade, student entrepreneurial teams competed more than $200,000 in prize money, with a $100,000 Grand Prize. University teams from across the United States and the World enter their business ideas in one of several categories. Applications are due February 20.

76West Clean Energy Competition

The 76West Clean Energy Competition offers early-stage clean energy startups support, mentorship, and funding to grow their companies. Six finalists will be awarded $2.5 million in prize money: one grand prize of $1 million, one $500,000 prize, and four $250,000 awards. The deadline to apply is April 15.


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Wellness Workshops

Developing good academic, wellness and mental health skills can help improve academic performance and overall well being. These workshops and seminars have been designed to help you find success and enjoy your time more thoroughly during your years at Michigan Tech.

Check out our main workshop series of rotating topics from 6 to 7 p.m. each Thursday in Rekhi G05 or register for one of our specialty workshops offered throughout the semester. Get more information or sign up for one of our workshops, here.

For questions, email

Specialty Workshops:

  • Motivation: How to find it and keep it. What is motivation? Where does it come from? Why does it seem like some people have it and others don’t? We get it – motivation is not as easy at is sounds. Whether you’re looking to strengthen yours or find it to begin with, this workshop on motivation is a great place to start. Register here for Motivation Series A—1 p.m. Jan. 29, Feb. 5, Feb 12 in Admin. 201 Register here for Motivation Series B—1 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, March 26, April 4 in Admin 201.


  • Mindful Living: Tired of being tired, overwhelmed and behind? It’s easy to feel drained while you’re a student. Mindfulness can help eliminate this negative cycle and connect you with your inner-self, even in the most stressful of times. Meet with a community of others who are interested in building mindfulness and meditation skills to help reduce stress and increase joy in your life this semester. Register here for Mindful Living Series A—8 p.m.  Tuesday, Jan. 22, Jan. 29, Feb. 5, Feb. 12 in Wadsworth G17/19.  Register here for Mindful Living Series B—11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, Feb. 27, March 6 in Van Pelt and Opie Library 234. Register here for Mindful Living Series C—1 p.m. Thursday, March 21, March 28, April 4, April 11 in Van Pelt and Opie Library 234.


  • Building Emotional Resiliency: Life keeps happening even when you’re in school, sometimes bringing situations that cause lots of distress. Learn emotion regulation and distress tolerance skills that can help you feel more in control. This workshop will include information that will help you to better understand your emotions and how to keep them from taking over your life. Offered three times during the semester, this workshop is a three-week series of 60-minute sessions. Register here for Building Resiliency Series A—11 a.m.  Monday, Jan. 28, Feb. 11 in Admin. 311. Register here for Building Resiliency Series B—5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, March 6, March 30 in Wadsworth G12. Register here for Building Resiliency Series C—1 p.m. Friday, April 5, April 12, April 19 in Admin. 201.


  • Stress Less: Ready to lower anxiety and depression? Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) practices, this four-week structured workshop will teach you skills to grow mindfulness. Register here for Stress Less Series A: Tuesdays at 3:00 – Jan. 22, Jan. 29, Feb. 5, Feb. 12 – Administration Building 311. Register here for Stress Less Series B— 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, Feb. 21, Feb. 28, March 7 in Wadsworth G12. Register here for Stress Less Series C—10 a.m. Wednesday, April 3, April 10, April 17, April 24 in Admin. 201.


  • Maximizing Your Connections: Learn how to use resources and relationships to meet your academic and professional goals. Register here  for Connections Series A—2 p.m. Thursday,  Jan. 24, Jan. 31 in Fisher 126. Register here for Connections Series B— 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, April 3 in Fisher 126.


  • Committed Action: Take Steps to Make Change in Your Life. This workshop is focused on utilizing the process of “committed action” from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Sign up if you’re not just contemplating but READY to make a change in your life. We will focus our time on utilizing your values and goals and helping you to design steps that you are willing to take to put those into action. Register here for Committed Action Series—7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, Feb. 20, Feb. 27 in Fisher 125.


  • Learn Well—Setting Learning Goals: Having trouble staying motivated, getting work done, or seeing the benefits of your work? Attend this workshop to explore strategies to help you learn better by setting and tracking learning goals. Register here for Learning Goals Series—6 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, April 2 in Wadsworth Cherry Room.


  • Your Major—A Good Fit: Have you ever wondered if you chose the “right” major? Whether you’re looking for other options that Michigan Tech has to offer or simply looking for confirmation that you’re on the right path, this workshop will help you explore your strengths and goals as a learner and help you reflect on your academic and life goals. Dig even deeper by signing up for the Exploring Majors class next semester. Register here for Your Major: A Good Fit Series—5 p.m. Thursday, April 4, April 11 in Fisher 125.




University Innovation Fellows Program

Michigan Tech is offering a University Innovation Fellows Program to students for developing their leadership and design thinking skills through a workshop series facilitated by Stanford University’s design school.

Students interested in becoming agents of change are encouraged to become University Innovation Fellows! Students will work on improving the innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem here at Michigan Tech. Creative, action-oriented students who are passionate and excited about innovation, entrepreneurship, or making positive change are encouraged to apply.

Learn more by visiting the application: 

Applications close January 25, 2019 at 8 p.m. Interviews will take place from 6-8 p.m. on January 27, 2019.


ORAU Information/Opportunities for Faculty and Students: All Institutions

National Library of Medicine Associate Fellowship ProgramFinal Reminder!

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  If you have any questions, please send an email to  The application deadline is January 25, 2019, 11:59 PM EST.


U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Fusion Energy Sciences Postdoctoral Research ProgramUpcoming Deadline!

The Fusion Energy Sciences Postdoctoral Research Program offers recent doctoral degree recipients the opportunity to conduct research in the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) fusion energy research and development programs. Participants acquire experience and training in areas of fusion energy science, interact with outstanding scientists and engineers, and have access to advanced equipment and facilities. Appointments are made to a wide range of DOE fusion energy centers.

For more information visit  The application deadline is January 31, 2019, 4:00 PM EST.


ORNL Pathways to Computing Internship Program accepting applicationsReminder

The ORNL Pathways to Computing Internship Program at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is a 10-week summer program that provides undergraduate students with research projects in computer science and mathematics. Students will learn under the direction of ORNL research staff and will participate on projects in diverse domains including computer science, health data science, and climate science. Selected interns will have access to ORNL’s leadership-class facilities, including Summit, the world’s most powerful supercomputer.

ORNL’s Computing and Computational Sciences Directorate oversees an immense store of computing power and its talented staff of computational scientists and mathematicians, conducting state-of-the-art research and development in computer and computational sciences in support of the Department of Energy’s missions and programs.

As a part of the ORNL Pathways to Computing Internship Program, the Computing and Computational Sciences Directorate is committed to increasing diversity among interns and staff. We believe the teams required to solve the nation’s most pressing science challenges are those that bring together a wide-range of backgrounds and perspectives and all are encouraged to apply.

Selections will be made on a rolling basis and continuing until applicants have been chosen. To be considered for selection, applications must be fully completed and submitted and two recommendations must be received within the Zintellect system. For best chance of selection, you must complete your application as soon as possible.  The internship begins on June 3, 2019 and ends on August 9, 2019.  For more information visit


Summer ORISE Fellowship Opportunity at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)Reminder

Summer research opportunities are available at the National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in Jefferson, Arkansas.  Selected individuals will train alongside NCTR investigators who conduct FDA mission-critical, translational research, that provides a scientifically sound basis for FDA regulatory decisions, and that reduces risks associated with FDA-regulated products.

This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and FDA. The appointment period is full-time for up to 10 weeks beginning May 28, 2019. The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Participants do not become employees of FDA, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits.

Application deadline is February 15, 2019 11:59 PM EST.   Reference deadline is February 22, 2019 11:59 PM EST.  For additional information about this opportunity, NCTR or FDA, please visit


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

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 summer 2019 must apply by February 28, 2019. Program applications for summer 2019 internships must be submitted through the online application system. Other scientific educational programs offered at ORNL are also available and are currently seeking applicants; visit for more information.


Artificial Intelligence Summer Institute (AISI) – Reminder

The Artificial Intelligence Summer Institute (AISI) will collaborate with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) scientists on solving problems of national and scientific interest, engage in educational and professional development opportunities, explore career opportunities at national laboratories, and interact with and present their research to ORNL’s scientists.

As part of the summer institute, students will be organized into teams with diverse educational backgrounds and develop their skills to help solve scientific challenges using artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data science.  They will learn from ORNL mentors who have expertise in artificial intelligence and machine learning and/or domain sciences such as physics, materials, or biology.  Students will participate in educational and professional development seminar series.  They will also learn and participate in scientific communication exercises to prepare them for a career in scientific research, including oral and poster presentations and technical reports.

For a full description of this opportunity and to submit your application, visit  The application deadline is March 31, 2019, 11:59 PM EST.


Computational Science and Technology Advanced Research Studies (C-STARS) at Oak Ridge National LaboratoryReminder

Graduate research opportunities are available at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee through the Computational Science and Technology Advanced Research Studies (C-STARS) program. C-STARS participants conduct challenging computational research in areas that support ORNL missions, with current openings in software engineering, geographic information systems, and life and medical sciences database research.

Participants will have access to state-of-the-art laboratory equipment, professional development activities, presentation opportunities over the summer, and a large network or ORNL researchers and interns. Financial benefits include a biweekly stipend, possible housing or in- and out-bound travel reimbursements, if eligible, conference travel costs, and any publication-related fees. This opportunity is open to all current graduate students with a GPA of 3.5/4.0 or higher and those who have received a Master’s degree within the last five years; there is no citizenship requirement.

C-STARS appointment dates and duration are decided upon between the research mentor and participant, although appointments are typically 12 months in duration. Appointments may be part-time or full-time participation. Apply now and more potential mentors will see your application– you’ll note your desired appointment dates within your application.

For more information and instructions to submit your application, visit you have any questions, please send an email to


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

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 U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics offices and funded researchers. The Fellow will learn to create and evaluate data management plans; and 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  If you have any questions, please send an email to


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

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 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  If you have any questions, please send an email to


7th Heidelberg Laureate Forum – Reminder

The 7th Heidelberg Laureate Forum will be held September 22-27, 2019 (with young researcher registration on September 21). This prominent, versatile event combines scientific, social and outreach activities in a unique atmosphere, fueled by comprehensive exchange and scientific inspiration. Laureate lectures, young researcher workshops and a structure welcoming unfettered discussions are the elements that compose the Forum’s platform. Young researchers in computer science and mathematics from all over the world can apply for one of the 200 coveted spots to participate in the Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF), an annual networking event. The HLF offers all accepted young researchers the great opportunity to personally interact with the laureates of the most prestigious prizes in the fields of mathematics and computer science. For one week, the recipients of the Abel Prize, the ACM A.M. Turing Award, the ACM Prize in Computing, the Fields Medal, and the Nevanlinna Prize engage in a cross-generational scientific dialogue with young researchers in Heidelberg, Germany. For more information, please visit:


Young researchers at all phases of their careers (undergraduate/pre-master, graduate PhD or postdoc) are encouraged to submit their applications by February 15, 2019 (midnight at the dateline) via the following link:  All applicants will be notified by the end of April 2019 whether or not they will be invited.  For questions regarding requirements and the application process, please contact Young Researchers Relations at:

Young researchers from the United States may apply for travel grants from ORAU.  There will be a separate application process after nominees have been confirmed by the Heidelberg Laureate Forum selection committee in April 2019.  If selected by HLF’s international committee, PhD students from the United States will be contacted by the ORAU team to discuss the application process for available travel grants.

Please email for more information about selection criteria.


ORAU-Directed Research and Development (ODRD) Program – Reminder

Submit your research ideas now in order to begin the process of a Phase 2 joint proposal for the ORAU-Directed Research and Development (ODRD) program in time for the March 25 deadline!  These collaborative awards are for up to $75,000 to be shared between the university and ORAU researchers.  We anticipate and expect that these seed funds will position the collaborative teams to be more competitive for new, external funding opportunities.  ODRD projects are joint collaborations consisting of innovative research-based approaches/solutions that fall within the intersection of ORAU’s core capabilities and our member universities’ research interests. If you have a research idea and you would like to explore a potential partnership with one of our ORAU subject matter experts, visit our Value Through Partnerships SharePoint Site, and click the big red “ODRD Ideas” button to complete the brief form.  (Please note:  In order to access the Value Through Partnerships SharePoint Site, your institution must have an active MOU in place.  To request access or inquire about your institution’s MOU status, please send an email to

Additional information on the ODRD Program can be found on the University Partnerships Office web site, ODRD Grants.  If you would like to learn more about the program please contact  The deadline for the ODRD Program Phase 2 joint ORAU/university proposal submissions is Monday, March 25, 12:00 (noon) EST.


University Partnerships Office

Realize your potential at the Rice Business Plan Competition

Your student venture could win these prizes:
  • Pediatric Device Prize $50k
  • NASA Space Exploration Innovation Award $50k
  • Courageous Women Entrepreneur Prize $25k
  • Cisco Global Problem Solver Prize $100k
  • Women’s Health and Wellness Award $25k
  • Four investment prizes at $100k each
Any many more! Check here to see our growing list and full details–and see which ones you can be eligible for!
Compete to join the world’s biggest business plan competition, where university entrepreneurs get real-world experience in how to pitch their startups to investors, integrate with the entrepreneurial ecosystem, enhance their startup strategy, connect with mentors, and learn what it takes to launch a successful business.
Applications due February 10, 2019 by 5:00 PM CT
Visit for details

Merck Innovation Cup 2019: Applicable for Medical Informatics and CNSA students

From June 23 – 29, 2019, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany will be hosting the Merck Innovation Cup (,

The Innovation Cup is an initiative for graduate students in natural sciences, computer sciences, and business administration to attend a training program near Frankfurt, Germany.

All travel, food and accommodation expenses are paid by us.

The Innovation Cup is designed to support the professional development of graduate students interested in the pharmaceutical industry. Participants learn how R&D in the industry works by lectures from Merck managers and scientists. The students will also advance an idea to a full project plan with their teams. The event brings together a promising new generation of talent with senior Merck managers and researchers and accomplished Merck retirees in a meeting of the generations. It also provides a unique chance to network with the brightest students from all around the world. Teams will work on innovative projects in the areas of: Oncology, Immuno-Oncology, Autoimmunity, Small Molecule Drug Discovery, Protein Engineering and Screening, Digitalization.

Postdocs and graduate students on their way towards a PhD in biology, chemistry, physics, medicine, biotechnology, bioinformatics, computer sciences, data sciences, informatics, biochemistry, pharmacy, engineering or related fields are invited to apply. In addition, advanced MBA students or recent MBA graduates with an interest in the pharmaceutical business and a background in natural sciences are also eligible.

The participating teams have the chance to win the Innovation Cup award endowed with EUR 20,000 for the most convincing project plan.

At the last day of the Innovation Cup a scientific conference with alumni from previous editions will be organized.

Applications are now possible at: (For U.S. and Canada)

Deadline: January 31st, 2019

We appreciate your help in making this unique opportunity known in your network and look forward to receiving many applications from students of your organization.

Please find enclosed a flyer announcing the event, we are happy to also ship printed hardcopies of posters or flyers to you if requested. Please let me know!

Thank you for your support!

Mit freundlichen Grüßen/Best regards

Uli Betz

Dr. Ulrich A.K. Betz

Vice President │Department Head Innovation & Entrepreneurship Incubator


Students: Apply now to be our next E-Team grantee. Deadline February 6

VentureWell is seeking student-led teams with science and engineering-based inventions that address the world’s biggest problems.

Apply now: E-Team Grant Program 
Teams can receive an E-Team grant and get training through our early-stage innovator training program. The program provides peer networking, expert coaching, national recognition, and hands-on workshops to move your innovation forward.

Program Information

  • Deadline to apply: February 6
  • E1 Workshop Dates: April 25-27
  • E2 Workshop Dates: May 9-11
  • Workshop Location: Boston, MA

Who Should Apply?
We are looking for student-led teams with inventions that have the potential to positively impact the world. Some technology examples that we fund include, but are not limited to, medical devices, clean energy technologies, and technologies for low-resource settings.

Interested in learning more about the program?
Attend a webinar or office hour and get your questions answered by VentureWell staff. Find a date and sign up here or click the button below to learn more.

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Research Experiences for Undergraduates at University of California-Irvine

Cultivating the IoT-Enabled Smart Community (IoT-SITY)

June 23 – August 16, 2019

Application Deadline:  Friday, February 1st at 11:59 PM PST

See flyer >> 2019-REU-IOT-SITY-Flyer.pdf





· 8-weeks of research experience

· Hands-on research guided by faculty

· Mentors and graduate students

· Guest speakers, lab tours, and field trips

· On-campus housing and $1,200 meal stipend

· $4,000 stipend

· Travel allowance (up to $600)



· Computer Architecture and Design

· Cyber-physical Systems

· Embedded Systems

· Human Computer Interaction

· Transportation Systems

· Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

· Hydrologic System Modeling

· Multimedia Computing Networks and Distributed Systems

· Intelligent Structure

For more information, please contact:

Sharnnia Artis, Ph.D., Assistant Dean of Access & Inclusion, The Henry Samueli School of Engineering, Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, University of California, Irvine, 200 Rockwell Engineering Center, Irvine, CA 92697-2750; Email: