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 their next NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Workshop on two consecutive Thursdays in January and two consecutive Thursdays in February. The upcoming workshops are scheduled for 4 to 7 p.m., Jan. 24 and 31 and Feb. 14 and 21.

The I-Corps Site program is a team-based program 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 $2500 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 of up to $225,000 and Phase II awards of up to $750,000. Past participants also report the I-Corps program had a positive impact on their careers, as well as their approach to research, teaching and mentoring.

Andrew Barnard (ME-EM) commented on his experience with I-Corps. “Our participation in the I-Corps Site Program at Tech helped us to understand our potential customers and get answers to questions that will steer our research for years to come. It has propelled us to the National I-Corps Program where we’re excited to learn more from our customers about our product idea.”

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

New Venture Competition April 12

by Lisa Casper

The last event in the Husky Innovate series will take place at Central Michigan University on April 12. For the ninth year, Michigan Tech and Central Michigan are collaborating to offer their students the opportunity to compete at the New Venture Competition (NVC) in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Students compete for more than $100,000 in cash prizes and in-kind services.

Are you a student with a great business idea, or do you want to team up with a student who has a great business idea? If so, the New Venture Competition provides an exciting venue to pitch your business, get valuable feedback, network with representatives within Michigan’s innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem, and last but not least, perhaps win some valuable prize money.

The NVC provides a transformational experience in which students are able to earn start-up funds for their new venture. Students will have multiple opportunities to connect with experienced entrepreneurs, alumni, business professionals, venture capital experts, angel investors and faculty and community leaders.

Students who are interested must submit an “Intent to Compete” application for the New Venture Competition by Friday (Jan. 11). Register and apply.

Bob Mark Business Model Competition Winners: 1 in CNSA, 1 in MET

The 2018 Bob Mark Business Model Competition took place Wednesday (Dec. 5) in the Opie Library. 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.

The winners of the 2018 Bob Mark Business Model Competition were:

  • First Place and MTEC SmartZone Game Changer Award – Gary Tropp (Computer Network & 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 Moonlight Cycles

Congratulations to all winners and participants, and thanks to the panel of distinguished judges for donating their time and expertise. The Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship would also like to thank MTEC SmartZone and Arroyo Networks for their support and prize contributions. Photos from the event can be viewed and downloaded here.

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

ORAU: Opportunities for Students AND Faculty

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

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 January 6, 2019, and applicants seeking an internship in summer 2019 must apply by February 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 are currently seeking applicants; visit for more information.


2019 Summer Visiting Faculty Program (VFP) Opportunity at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)NEW! Upcoming Deadline!

The Visiting Faculty Program (VFP) seeks to increase the research competitiveness of faculty members and their students at institutions historically underrepresented in the research community in order to expand the workforce vital to the Department of Energy (DOE) mission areas.  As part of the program, selected university/college faculty members collaborate with DOE laboratory research staff on a research project of mutual interest. Faculty member participants may invite up to two students (one of which may be a graduate student) to participate in the research project.  For more information visit  The application deadline is Thursday, January 10, 2019 5:00 P.M. EST.  For questions and additional information, email


2019 Summer ORISE Fellowship Opportunity at CDCUpcoming Deadline!

A summer fellowship opportunity is available in the Division of Laboratory Sciences (DLS) within the National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia.  DLS provides laboratory support that improves the detection, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of environmental, tobacco-related, nutritional, newborn, selected chronic and selected infectious diseases.  DLS also works to improve the rapid and accurate detection of chemical threat agents, radiologic threat agents, and selected toxins.  Collaborating with a multidisciplinary team, the selected participant will use state-of-the-art laboratory equipment to address topics relevant to public health.  This will allow the participant to gain hands-on experience in applied analytical chemistry and enhance their knowledge of its applications to public health.

This opportunity is open to all current undergraduate and graduate students majoring in chemistry.  U.S. Citizenship is required.  The application deadline is Friday, January 18, 2019 12:00 AM EST.  The appointment is for one summer (May 23, 2019 through August 2, 2019).  If you have questions, send an email to  Please include the reference code CDC-DLS-2019-0013 in your email.


National Library of Medicine Associate Fellowship ProgramUpcoming Deadline!

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


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 LaboratoryNEW!

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

NSF funding opportunities

NSF Accepting Proposals for Cyberinfrastructure for Emerging Science and Engineering Research — The Cyberinfrastructure for Emerging Science and Engineering Research (CESER) program aims to catalyze new science and engineering discovery pathways through early-stage collaborative activities between disciplinary scientists and engineers as well as developers/implementers of innovative cyberinfrastructure (CI) capabilities, services, and approaches. Beginning in FY 2017, the CESER program replaced the Strategic Technologies for Cyberinfrastructure (STCI) program. CESER has retained STCI’s focus on supporting innovation across the CI ecosystem with increased emphasis on addressing and enabling emerging areas of potentially transformative research, including NSF priority areas, national strategic directions, and international collaborative research. CESER accepts proposals for this program on a year-round basis.  From time to time, NSF may also issue Dear Colleague Letters pursuant to CESER to signal special thematic interests and opportunities. CESER employs existing NSF funding mechanisms to accomplish the program’s goals such as EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) and Conference proposals.  More information on this funding opportunity can be found here.

VentureWell Events & Opportunities



VentureWell is 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. We are looking for engineering and science innovations that improve patient outcomes and lower the cost of quality healthcare. The next ASPIRE program will be March 11-15 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Deadline to apply is January 31. Apply now


DEBUT Challenge

The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) and VentureWell hold the Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) challenge which recognizes undergraduate excellence in biomedical innovation. DEBUT is open to undergraduate student teams working on innovative solutions to health and clinical problems. Total prizes of $80K will be awarded in 2019. Applications open February 1Learn more


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 for our next cohort is February 6.
Interested in learning more about the program? Sign up for our office hours or informational webinars. Learn more

OPEN 2019

The conference schedule is live! OPEN 2019 will be in Washington D.C., March 28-30. If you’re an entrepreneurship educator or student, or from the wider world of innovation and entrepreneurship, you’ve come to the right place! Looking to build a community across the innovation and entrepreneurship spectrum? Don’t miss the opportunity to share stories, start new collaborations, and learn emerging best practices in the rapidly evolving field of technology entrepreneurship education. Register today and save 15% off! Learn more




KEEN Conference

Register for the 2019 KEEN National Conference to see first-hand how the entrepreneurial mindset is impacting universities across the country. This year’s conference will showcase the power that the entrepreneurial mindset has within academia, industry, and the future careers of your students.  The conference will take place January 3-5, at the Hyatt Regency Dallas in Dallas, Texas.


NASA CO2 Conversion Challenge

The NASA CO2 Conversion Challenge is looking to discover ways of developing novel synthesis technologies that use carbon dioxide (CO2) as the sole carbon source to generate molecules that can be used to manufacture a variety of products, including “substrates” for use in microbial bioreactors. The Challenge will award up to five Finalists $50,000 each to build a functioning system according to their submitted proposals. The deadline to register is January 24.


AlphaLab Gear Accelerator Program

AlphaLab Gear is a nationally-ranked hardware accelerator in Pittsburgh, PA. The program guides early-stage physical product companies through a 30-week program, taking companies from an initial idea or prototype, through engaging early customers, to fulfilling demand by manufacturing at scale. Applications are due January 27.


America Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) Workshop

This one-day workshop, sponsored by the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, will focus on the challenges of moving advanced technologies from the academic lab to the marketplace. The event will convene various groups involved in this process to collaboratively identify and address key gaps. Registration to attend the workshop is free. The workshop will be February 11.


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