Play Written by Tech Student Advances to Regional Festival

A play written by a Michigan Tech student has advanced to the regional finals of a national competition. "Leaving," by third-year student Sarah Jo Martens, of Hortonville, Wisconsin, was chosen to participate in the final round of the Region III Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. 

Martens is an environmental engineering major with a minor in theatre. She is a member of the Pavlis Honors College.

"Leaving," inspired by Marten's relationship with her sister Rachel, will be given a fully-staged reading, along with the four other finalists at the Region III Festival, Jan. 10-15 in Indianapolis. 

College theatre students from schools in Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana will attend the Region III festival to compete in acting, playwriting, design, theatre technology, stage management and other categories.

Two plays from the Region III competition will advance to the Finals at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in April where they will again be given a reading. 

Faculty Fellow Program Call for Applications

Applications are being solicited for the Faculty Fellow Program. The Faculty Fellow Program is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research. The Program expands familiarity with sponsored program administration and strategic planning among the faculty, develops leadership capacity among the faculty and improves sponsored programs administration and strategic planning through faculty input.

Applications are due no later than 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16 and must be submitted electronically per the guidelines. For additional information, see Faculty Fellow Program.

For questions, email Cathy Jenich or Dave Reed.

Core Facilities Call for Proposals

Proposals are being solicited for the Core Facilities program. Certain University entities are eligible to apply for funds to cover costs associated with research facilities, like replacing and maintaining equipment.

Proposals are due no later than 4 p.m. Friday, March 4 and must be submitted electronically per the guidelines.

For additional information, see Core Facilities.

If you have any questions, email Cathy Jenich or Dave Reed.

Research Excellence Fund Call for Proposals

Proposals are being solicited for the Research Excellence Fund (REF) program, an internal award of the Office of the Vice President for Research.

Budgets are due no later than 4 p.m. Thursday, March 3 and proposals are due no later than 4 p.m. Thursday, March 10. Both must be submitted electronically per the guidelines.

Incomplete proposals or those received after the deadline will not be accepted for consideration by the review committee and will be returned. Any proposals that do not follow the guidelines will also not be accepted for consideration. Review the guidelines on the website.

For additional information, see Research Excellence Fund.

If you are interested in serving on a proposal review committee or if you have any questions, contact Natasha Chopp.

Reminders

A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum Holiday Sale

The annual Museum Holiday Sale continues through Dec. 23. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m Monday-Saturday.

All gift shop merchandise is 20 percent off. 

The museum gift shop includes many beautiful and unique items, including locally-made artisan gemstone jewelry, unique bookends, mineral decorators such as malachite, amethyst, lapis and local native copper.

There is a unique selection of tea light candleholders as well as a variety of stocking stuffers including agate playing cards, onyx dice, carved animals, gemstone bottles and more.

In the News

Crain's Detroit Business published three articles about Michigan Tech-based technologies that are being commercialized for the marketplace.

One is about StabiLux Biosciences, based on Yoke Khin Yap's (Physics) research. Another describes MicroDevice Engineering, producing a battery-operated portable blood typing device developed by Adrienne Minerick (ChE, Associate Dean for Research and Innovation), and the third is about Neuvokas, a local manufacturer of fiber-reinforced polymer rebar developed by Tech alumni and tested at the University.