Archives—February 2019


Dear Colleague Letter: Revisions to the Cyber-Physical Systems and Smart and Connected Communities Program Deadlines


Andrea Belz to lead NSF Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships Application Guide – February 2019


Letter of Intent Deadline Date: March 25, 2019
Program Guidelines: NSF 19-550  In 2016, the National Science Foundation (NSF) unveiled a set of “Big Ideas,” 10 bold, long-term research and process ideas that identify areas for future investment at the frontiers of science and engineering (see The Big Ideas represent unique opportunities to position our Nation at the cutting edge of global science and engineering …   More at

Deadline Reminder: University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Preview – REACH 2019

The USC Viterbi School of Engineering is pleased to invite you to apply to REACH 2019, an exciting graduate engineering preview program this spring at the University of Southern California.

Through the REACH program, under-represented engineering achievers get firsthand exposure to research opportunities, world-class faculty, academic programs, student services and mentoring resources.

We encourage you to apply to the 2019 REACH program taking place Thursday, April 25th – Saturday, April 27th. Please note the 2019 REACH application deadline is February 22, 2019.

For more program details and application requirements, please follow the links below:

USC Viterbi School of Engineering
2019 REACH Program


Apply NOW!

Why Attend?

  • Learn about the 13 Doctoral Programs at USC Viterbi School of Engineering
  • Gain insight on the graduate application, admission and fellowship processes at USC
  • Interact with current graduate students, faculty, and staff in the Viterbi School
  • Find out about summer research opportunities at the Viterbi School
  • Benefit from special presentations and workshops by USC Viterbi faculty and staff
  • Participate in tours of the USC campus, research labs and departmental facilities
  • Experience USC campus life and explore the greater Los Angeles area
  • Round-trip transportation, lodging and meals for REACH participants will be paid for by the USC Viterbi School of Engineering

Questions? Please contact Kevin Henry at 




ORNL Virtual Career Fair is Feb 20.


Interested in a STEM internship or research experience at the largest U.S. Department of Energy open science laboratory?

Don’t miss out! Join Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, from noon to 3 p.m. ET for the L.I.V.E. ORNL Science Education and Workforce Development Virtual Career Fair!


If you have any questions or trouble registering, contact us at


ORNL Virtual Career Fair Flyer 2019

Volunteers needed for Spoken Dialogue Data Collection

The Computer Sciences department is looking for volunteers to take part in a study that will collect audio recordings of two-person conversations. This study is a part of an ongoing research into improving Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices. The research is lead by Keith Vertanen (CS).

AAC devices help non-speaking individuals communicate and provide a crucial communication capability for people with conditions such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), autism and cerebral palsy.

During the study, you will be asked to record yourself speaking a series of turns in an existing two-person dialogue. The study takes approximately one hour and will take place on campus. You will be paid $10 cash.

To participate, you must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Be a fluent speaker of English
  • Be willing to have your voice recorded and shared as part of a public research data set

Click here to schedule a session. For more information, email Jiban Adhikary.


NSF Quantum Computing & Information Science Faculty Fellows

Solicitation: NSF 19-507
Due Date: July 01, 2019
Institutional Limit: 2


Growing Convergence Research (GCR)


Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR): Transdisciplinary Research in Principles of Data Science Phase I


Solicitation: NSF 19-555
Due Date: March 04, 2019
Institutional Limit: 1
Limit Summary:An organization may submit no more than ONE STTR Phase I proposal per full proposal submission window. Submission of an invited STTR Phase I full proposal to a given submission window precludes the same applicant to the concurrent SBIR Phase I solicitation. This eligibility constraint will be strictly enforced. In the event that an organization exceeds this limit, the first proposal received will be accepted and the remainder will be returned without review.


EHR Core Research: Production Engineering Education and Research (ECR: PEER)


Dear Colleague Letter: Transitioning the NSF Critical Techniques, Technologies and Methodologies for Advancing Foundations and Applications of Big Data Sciences and Engineering (BIGDATA) Program

Pavlis Honors Pathway Program Now Accepting Applications

The Pavlis Honors College is now accepting applications for fall 2019. 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 graduating with honors from Michigan Tech, encourage them to apply. If you would like to request more information regarding our pathways, email us at

Applications will be accepted through Monday, April 8, however, students who apply early will be given preference. Space is limited.

Find out why success means more than GPA:

Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice AI Funding Opportunity

Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice AI Funding Opportunity — NIJ seeks proposals for innovative, investigator-initiated technology research and development (R&D) projects to apply advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI) to promote the successful reentry of offenders under community supervision. Ideally, the R&D funded through this solicitation will result in fielded AI solutions that remain in use with community supervision agencies at the completion of the project. Proposals are due by May 13, 2019.  The NIJ AI solicitation is available here.

NSF’s Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR): Transdisciplinary Research in Principles of Data Science Phase I (HDR TRIPODS Phase I)

NSF’s Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR): Transdisciplinary Research in Principles of Data Science Phase I (HDR TRIPODS Phase I) —  NSF’s Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR) Big Idea is a national-scale activity to enable new modes of data-driven discovery that will allow fundamental questions to be asked and answered at the frontiers of science and engineering. Through this NSF-wide activity, HDR will generate new knowledge and understanding, and accelerate discovery and innovation. The HDR vision is realized through an interrelated set of efforts in: Foundations of data science; Algorithms and systems for data science; Data-intensive science and engineering; Data cyberinfrastructure; and Education and workforce development.

Each of these efforts is designed to amplify the intrinsically multidisciplinary nature of the emerging field of data science. The HDR Big Idea will establish theoretical, technical, and ethical frameworks that will be applied to tackle data-intensive problems in science and engineering, contributing to data-driven decision-making that impacts society. Harnessing the Data Revolution: Transdisciplinary Research In Principles Of Data Science (HDR TRIPODS)aims to bring together the electrical engineering, mathematics, statistics, and theoretical computer science communities to develop the theoretical foundations of data science through integrated research and training activities. Phase I, described in this solicitation, will support the development of small collaborative Institutes. Phase II (to be described in an anticipated future solicitation, subject to availability of funds) will support a smaller number of larger Institutes, selected from the Phase I Institutes via a second competitive proposal process. All HDR TRIPODS Institutes must involve significant and integral participation by researchers representing at least three of the four aforementioned communities.

NSF Releases Growing Convergence Research (GCR) Solicitation

NSF Releases Growing Convergence Research (GCR) SolicitationGrowing Convergence Research (GCR) at the National Science Foundation was identified as one of 10 Big Ideas. Convergence research is a means for solving vexing research problems, in particular, complex problems focusing on societal needs. It entails integrating knowledge, methods, and expertise from different disciplines and forming novel frameworks to catalyze scientific discovery and innovation. GCR identifies Convergence Research as having two primary characteristics: Research driven by a specific and compelling problem. Convergence Research is generally inspired by the need to address a specific challenge or opportunity, whether it arises from deep scientific questions or pressing societal needs; and Deep integration across disciplines. As experts from different disciplines pursue common research challenges, their knowledge, theories, methods, data, research communities and languages become increasingly intermingled or integrated. New frameworks, paradigms or even disciplines can form sustained interactions across multiple communities.

A distinct characteristic of convergence research, in contrast to other forms of multidisciplinary research, is that from the inception, the convergence paradigm intentionally brings together intellectually diverse researchers and stakeholders to frame the research questions, develop effective ways of communicating across disciplines and sectors, adopt common frameworks for their solution, and, when appropriate, develop a new scientific vocabulary. Research teams practicing convergence aim at developing sustainable relationships that may not only create solutions to the problem that engendered the collaboration, but also develop novel ways of framing related research questions and open new research vistas. The GCR solicitation targets multi-disciplinary team research that crosses directorate or division boundaries and is currently not supported by NSF programs, initiatives and research-focused Big Ideas. Proposers must make a convincing case that the research to be conducted is within NSF’s purview and cannot be supported by existing NSF programs and multidisciplinary initiatives. NSF expects to have about $12 million available to support an estimated 10 awards. A copy of the NSF solicitation can be found here.

2019-2020 Applications for the Upper Peninsula Road Builders Family of Scholarships

On behalf of the Board of the Upper Peninsula Road Builders Scholarship Fund, the 2019-2020 Upper Peninsula Road Builders family of scholarships is being offered to Civil Engineering and Surveying Engineering students at Michigan Technological University. These scholarships are given annually. It is anticipated that the Board will give five – $1000 scholarship awards, one $500 scholarship award, and up to six – $500 intern awards this year from this family of scholarships to Michigan Tech students. The scholarship is relatively unique in that it targets upper-class undergraduate students.

The scholarship application has information on selection criteria as well as information about the UP Road Builders and the people who have set up endowments in their name under this family of scholarships.

Scholarship application: UP-Road-Builders-Scholarship-Application-2019-2020.pdf

Submit scholarship application to: Tim Colling, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Michigan Technological University,, 906/487-2102

Scholarship deadline: May 3, 2019 – 5:00 pm