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, tkcollin@mtu.edu, 906/487-2102

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

 


Pavlis Honors Pathway Program Now Accepting Applications

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 honors@mtu.edu.

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: mtu.edu/honors.


New Geospatial Data Act That Will Bring Huge Changes to America, and the World

On October 5, 2018, President Donald Trump, along with 11 high ranking officials, signed the FAA Reauthorization. It has subtle F that is establishing a Geospatial Data Act(GDA). (https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/302/text#toc-H5B65F4B94E6C4681A92559A35AECC991) . The GDA will create entrepreneurs, new products and services, and job growth, which will generate revenue. Many infrastructure-related bills have tax incentives built into them. Money will come from the economic restructuring of trade deals currently taking place with many of the United States’ trading partners. Money will also come from America’s oil and gas renaissance. Below are the primary tenets of the GDA:

  • It establishes the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC)
  • It establishes the National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC)
  • It establishes the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI)
  • It establishes the National Spatial Data Asset data themes (NSDI-dt)
  • It establishes GeoPlatform as the clearinghouse for geospatial data
  • It sets Geospatial Data Standards.

Senator Orrin Hatch, who introduced the bill to the Senate four times since 2015, called it, “…a good-governance bill that will bring structure and Congressional oversight to federal geospatial data spending, accounting, and usage. The GDA will:

  • Dramatically reduce duplicative spending and, according to the Government Accountability Office, save the federal government billions of dollars;
  • Bolster federal emergency response capabilities by enabling smarter, more efficient disaster relief;
  • Improve infrastructure planning nationwide by providing state and local governments with access to higher-quality, more robust data.

The bill is supported by over 65 universities, industry groups, trade associations, companies, and state and local stakeholders, including the National Association of Counties and National League of Cities.”

Michigan Tech University is involved in the geospatial workforce training towards Surveying Engineering, Integrated Geospatial Technology and Professional Masters in GIS programs. Many other programs on campus have geospatial elements of the research and education. As a part of National and International geospatial science and technology communities we may reflect Act awareness into geospatial curriculums and discover new research and development opportunities associated with GDA implementation.

Source: http://geospatial-solutions.com/geospatial-data-act-will-bring-huge-changes-to-america-and-the-world/?utm_source=gps_defense&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=gps_defense_11142018&eid=377553897&bid=2301547


MTSF Spring Scholarship Opportunities

MTSF is awarding two scholarship opportunities for the Spring 2019 Semester!

The Working Students Award is a $1000 scholarship presented to four full-time students (12+ credit hours) who work an average of at least ten hours a week. This scholarship is open to undergraduate students not graduating in May of 2019 and applicants must have a minimum 2.5 GPA to be considered for this award.

The scholarship information and application can be found at the following link:

· The Students Helping Students Scholarship will provide one $2000, two $1000, and one $500 awards. This scholarship is open to undergraduate students not graduating in May of 2019. There is no minimum GPA requirement for this award.

The scholarship information and application can be found at the following link:

 


Georgia Tech SURE Program – Accepting Applications

The Georgia Tech Summer Undergraduate Research Experience is now accepting applications.

SURE is a 10 week research experience that provides a $5k stipend, round trip transportation, on campus housing, meals, graduate student mentoring, and social events. SURE is an excellent way to experience the Georgia Tech campus, a research lab environment, and graduate school. Many of our SURE alumni are currently attending Georgia Tech or our peer institutions for graduate degrees in STEM.

Please visit www.sure.gatech.edu for more details and to apply today! The application deadline is Thursday, February 28th and letters of recommendation must be received a week later. Contact Tia Jackson at tia.jackson@coe.gatech.edu with any questions.

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Ford Motor Company Engineering Scholarship

Ford announced that Michigan Tech will be one of ten schools to receive funds for the Alan Mulally Leadership in Engineering scholarship. Students interested in the Automotive Industry with majors of Mechanical, Electrical, or Computer Engineering are encouraged to apply. Below is the criteria and requirements to apply.

Click here to view the scholarship post on Financial Aid’s site.

Eligibility:
•  Current Sophomore/Junior (Second and third year students)
•  GPA: 3.5 or higher
•  Majors related to Automotive Engineering (Preferred majors: Mechanical, Electrical and Computer Engineering)
•  Leadership role in academic or community based- settings (ex. On campus organizations, community volunteer work, other engineering related activities)

Requirements:

•  Your resume (PDF to be attached to the Google Form application)
•  1 recommendation letter from a faculty member (PDF to be attached to the Google Form application)
•  1 page essay (4000 characters including spaces) describing your interest in Automotive Engineering, leadership role(s) held, and why you feel you are the best candidate for this scholarship.

Submit these requirements through this Google Form Application.

Deadline: March 15, 2019

Questions can be emailed to: scholarships@mtu.edu


NSF Webinar on Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR) Funding Opportunity

NSF Webinar on Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR) Funding Opportunity — NSF’s Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR) 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. The HDR vision is realized through an interrelated set of activities and funding opportunities.  Each of these efforts is designed to amplify the intrinsically multidisciplinary nature of the emerging field of data science. This NSF webinar, scheduled for February 15, will present an overview of the current HDR funding opportunities.  More information on this webinar is available here.