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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:


Life and Learning Workshops at Michigan Tech – Spring 2019

Life and Learning Series Workshops will be offered this Spring 2019 and will focus on building and honing the skills necessary for students to succeed at Michigan Tech. These workshops will help with a variety of skills, from managing stress, to evaluating academic goals, to feeling more confident and capable in your classes and daily life.

These workshops are designed for students to attend each of the sessions within a series. Cost is free to attend; all supplies will be provided. Registration required.

See flyer: Healthy-Husky-Mini-Workshops-Spring-2019-1.pdf

Please sign up online at:

or by emailing:


Spring 2019 – Healthy Husky Seminar Series for Students

A Focus on Academics, Wellness and Mental Health

Michigan Tech will be offering a Healthy Husky Seminar Series – Spring 2019. This workshop series has been designed to help students learn positive life strategies, cope with the roadblocks this semester will bring, and connect with their pack.

Attend one, some or all of the sessions; no registration required.

See flyer: Healthy-Husky-Workshop-Series-Spring-2019.pdf

For further information, please contact:


ExSEL (Excelling the Student Experience of Learning) Cohort offered at Michigan Tech – Spring Semester 2019

The Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success is offering a Spring 2019 ExSEL Cohort open to any student who wishes to join, regardless of their class year or academic standing. The ExSEL (Excelling the Student Experience of Learning) Program provides academic and personal support, including:

  • Required enrollment in UN 1000: Frameworks for Success, a one-credit graded course. Learn how to manage time, study smarter, and be a more efficient and effective college student.

o   The spring UN 1000 course is offered T/R from 9:35-10:25 a.m.

o   UN 1000 does not appear on the course registration page.  Students will be enrolled in the class once they complete the online registration for the ExSEL Program.

  • Peer mentoring experiences.
  • Referrals to Learning Centers and other campus resources.
  • Connections to ExSEL staff and outreach related to academic progress.

If interested in joining ExSEL for Spring 2019, students may complete the online enrollment or contact Jeanne Watts, Academic Success Coordinator, Waino Wahetera Center for Student Success, with questions via email at

Michigan Tech I-Corps Site Workshop

The Michigan Tech I-Corps Site Program and the Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship will host its next NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) workshops on two consecutive Thursdays in January and two consecutive Thursdays in February. The workshops will take place at 4 p.m. Jan. 24, 31, Feb. 14 and 21.

The I-Corps Site program is a team-based program structure that was developed through a partnership between the National Science Foundation (NSF) and successful Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. The workshop provides an introduction to the Lean Start-up business development methodology which focuses on getting out of the lab and using the proven tools of Customer Discovery and the Business Model Canvas to evaluate the commercial potential of innovative technologies.

This is a great opportunity to work with an experienced team of workshop leaders to determine, document and fully realize the commercial potential of your technology. Teams which successfully complete the program requirements are eligible for $2,500 to advance their technology-focused start-up ideas through customer discovery and prototyping. Teams also become eligible for NSF’s National I-Corps program which includes $50,000 in funding.

Participants of I-Corps Site programs and NSF’s National I-Corps have demonstrated significantly higher funding rates from the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) programs which offer Phase I awards up to $225,000 and Phase II awards up to $750,000. Past participants also report that the I-Corps program had a positive impact on their careers, as well as their approach to research, teaching and mentoring.

Apply by Jan. 14 to participate in the upcoming workshop. For more information on the Michigan Tech I-Corps Site Program, visit

Bob Mark Business Model Competition Winners in the School of Technology


First Place and MTEC SmartZone Game Changer Award – Gary Tropp (Computer Network and System Administration) for VARS (Virtual Advising Registering and Scheduling)

The 2018 Bob Mark Business Model Competition took place December 5 in the Opie Library on the Michigan Tech campus. The Competition was hosted by the Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship, a collaboration between Pavlis Honors College, the School of Business and Economics and the Vice President for Research Office.

There were more than 20 participants making up 15 teams from various majors and disciplines who pitched to a panel of judges.

Ideas ranged from hypothermia preventing life jackets to a web-based stress management program. Participants had five minutes to pitch their ideas and present their business model. The judging panel then had time following the presentation to ask questions and provide valuable feedback.

Honorable Mention – Russ Crofton (Mechanical Engineering Technology) for Modern Steel Bicycles

School of Technology students, Gary Tropp and Russ Crofton, were among the winners of the 2018 Bob Mark Business Model Competition:

  • First Place and MTEC SmartZone Game Changer Award – Gary Tropp (Computer Network and System Administration) for VARS (Virtual Advising Registering and Scheduling)
  • Second and Third Place – Tie between Mayank Bagaria (Mechanical Engineering) for Vakya and Karuna Rana (Environmental and Energy Policy) for Reality Check
  • Audience Favorite – Nate LaJoie (Finance) and Michael Betz (Management) for Backpack Keg
  • Honorable Mention – Deanna Springgay (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) for Little Trainer
  • Honorable Mention – Russ Crofton (Mechanical Engineering Technology) for Modern Steel Bicycles

Congratulations to all winners and participants.

The Bob Mark 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. More information on upcoming Spring Husky Innovate events can be found at

Live in the ICE House

The mission of the Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship (ICE) House living/learning community is to promote innovation through group collaboration. Students can apply to live in a house where they share in challenges and successes, pool knowledge and expertise, and live with a common purpose around Innovation.

 Amenities include
·  On Campus Housing Option
·  Meal Plan Optional
·  Professional Kitchen
·  Flat Screen TVs
·  Mentorship
·  Access to Venture Capitalists
·  Competition Opportunities
·  Entrepreneurship Guidance
·  Already have a housing contract? Transfer it to the ICE House!
Rates are equivalent to dorm rates.
Apply Today! (5 Minute Application)Deadline to apply is January 14th.
Questions? Contact Josh Jay at

NASA Student Training Opportunity

Are you an undergraduate science and engineering student interested in pursuing a career with NASA? Would you like to gain skills, knowledge, and competency in NASA mission protocols, procedures, and practices?

NASA’s Lucy Mission to Jupiter’s Trojan Asteroids is currently accepting applications for its new student collaboration program –  the Lucy Student Pipeline Accelerator and Competency Enabler (L’SPACE) Virtual Academy. This interactive, team-based, 12-week program is designed to engage a diverse population of undergraduate college/university science and engineering students in rigorous, project-based STEM workforce development.

  • Learn from engineers and scientists working on NASA mission;
  • Participate and apply what you learn in mission-related design challenges;
  • Strengthen your resume for internship and career opportunities;
  • Receive mission development skills training;
  • Acquire strategies to help you effectively market your capabilities to NASA and other space-related companies and organizations; and
  • Gain helpful insights into the developing space economy workforce demands and opportunities.

Cost: Free! You invest your time, passion, and dedication to participate!

Want to know more? Please visit for more information and to access the application. The applications are due January 10thand selected participants will be notified of acceptance by January 14th.

The Spring Academy – Level 1 will occur on Thursdays and start on January 20that 4:30pm PT, 5:30pm MT, 6:30pm CT, and 7:30pm ET.

Questions? Please contact Sheri Klug Boonstra –

Apply to Become a University Innovation Fellow

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

Learn more by reading below. Applications will be accepted starting December 10, 2018 at 8 am until January 25, 2019 at 8 p.m. The application can be found here: Interviews will take place from 6-8 pm on January 27, 2019.

The University Innovation Fellows is a 6-week training program administered by Stanford University’s (about the commitment of a 1-2 credit class at Michigan Tech). Through the fellowship, undergraduate and graduate students from across the nation are charged with cultivating a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship at their university. Fellows gain skills, tools and the networks crucial for their mission through online training and video-conferencing sessions. Fellows hone their leadership and communication abilities and broaden their understanding of experiential learning, design thinking, interdisciplinary education and, most importantly, student innovation and entrepreneurship.

Upon completion of training, Fellows may have the opportunity to attend a 4-day retreat at Stanford University and Google. The fellowship is an opportunity to enact meaningful change while being part of a national movement. Current fellows at Michigan Tech have been working on many exciting initiatives and can’t wait to have your help in creating the future here on campus!

Magann Dykema
Michigan Technological University
University Innovation Fellow, Stanford University
Pavlis Honors College
Fifth Year Civil Engineering
Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship 
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