Important Information Regarding Automated Compliance Improvements of NSF Proposals

As part of NSF’s efforts to modernize proposal submission and increase competitive fairness in the proposal process, the Foundation continues to focus on implementing automated proposal compliance checks in FastLane.  

Beginning Monday (Sept. 26), FastLane will now check to ensure that the combined text of the Project Summary text boxes (or uploaded PDF if the Project Summary contains special characters) does not exceed one page prior to submission, rather than the current check of 4,600 characters. See the Proposal & Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG)Chapter II.C.2.b, for further information.

The compliance check will trigger an error message in the following circumstances:

  • Project Summary text exceeds the one-page limit; and
  • Project Summary text is entered and the user also uploads a “Project Summary with Special Characters” supplementary document.

Proposal File Update (PFU) Implications:

Proposers should be aware that if a proposal was received by NSF prior to Sept. 26, containing a Project Summary that complies with the previous 4,600-character limit but exceeds the one-page limit, a PFU addressing any section of the proposal will result in the proposal not being accepted if it does not comply with these compliance checks. The checks will be run on all sections of the proposal, regardless of which section was updated during the PFU.

HuskyJOBS Experiencing Sorting Glitches

We recently learned the HuskyJOBS 2016 Career Fair platform is not properly sorting companies by specific majors. Handshake is currently troubleshooting this issue and hopes to have it resolved shortly.

In the meantime, Career Services recommends you download the free Michigan Tech Career Fair Plus app to your smartphones, which is available in both Google Play and ITunes. The app lists all companies attending the 2016 Fall Career Fair and the sorting function is working properly.

Career Services appreciates your patience as they work with the development team to resolve this manner. Career Services will notify the campus community once this is resolved.

Continuous Improvement Connection

Immanuel Kant's concept of Natural Teleology states "We as human beings—rational, conscious moral agents, bound by perfect and imperfect duties—are required to develop through self-improvement for the evolutionary benefit of the species." Looking for ways to do so? Come check out the Office of Continuous Improvement.

We can answer your questions on improvement and Lean concepts, help you find ways to streamline and organize your life, and you can browse our Lean Library for further reading. Want more? Contact the Leaders in Continuous Improvement for industrial and manufacturing tours, as well as lessons and discussions on tools of advancement. Whatever your improvement needs, lean has a tool to help.

To learn more about Lean and continuous improvement, check out the Office of Continuous Improvement webpage or contact us at 7-3180 or

Next Week in Career Services 

The Science of Body Language with Allie Irwin

Did you know your body language sends off signals that you might not be aware of? This session is for everyone. Even if you don't plan to attend Career Fair, you will learn something about yourself, your classmates and how to make a positive impact on company reps. This event is from 7 to 8 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 25).


This casual cookout, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday (Sept. 26), features companies attending the Career Fair on Tuesday. Stop by between classes for a bite to eat and a great opportunity to meet company reps who have come to campus early to meet you and talk about jobs.

The Science of Body Language with Allie Irwin - Short Talks

Stop by the East Reading Room in the Library Monday (Sept. 26), for Allie Irwin's talks. Drop in for quick 15-minute presentations to learn how your body language speaks volumes. Prepare for recruiters at the Career Fair to make that great first impression. Times of the short talks are noon to 12:15 p.m., 12:20 to 12:35 p.m. and 12:40 to 12:55 p.m.

ACIA Networking Mixer 

For students who are part of the Alliance for Computing, Information & Automation—Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Computer Network and System Administration, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering Technology and Software Engineering—take the opportunity to network with company reps in an informal setting prior to Career Fair. Socialize, network, meet and greet from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday (Sept. 26).

Ace Your Technical Interview - Delivered by Amazon

A lot of Silicon Valley companies use interview techniques that are different than traditional behavior-based interviews. Bring your brain and be ready to simulate the situations you may experience in a technical interview from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday (Sept. 26).

Career Fair

This year there are more than 330 companies attending. Noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday (Sept. 27), at locations in the Student Development Complex.

Business Careers Day

From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 29) students can network with companies to learn about the variety of career options available in business, finance and economics.

For more information and the locations of these events, click on the individual headline.

Rozsa A-Space Gallery Presents "Flats and Rounds"

The Rozsa Center and Department of Visual and Performing Arts presents the first Rozsa A-Space Gallery show of the 2016-17 Season.

"Flats and Rounds," is an exhibition of the work of two artists, Kathleen McCloud and Sarah Hewitt. "Flats and Rounds" opens with a public reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30 and will continue through Nov. 18.

The reception is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 1 to 8 p.m.

Hewitt will also create a weaving installation onsite, in the Rozsa Lobby, from Oct. 20 – 26. A public lecture by Hewitt will be held in the Rozsa on the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 25.  Read the full story.

Soccer Home This Weekend

The Michigan Tech soccer team returns home to open the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference schedule today and Sunday at Sherman Field. The Huskies, who are riding a four match winning streak, will host Ferris State tonight and Grand Valley State on Sunday.

Michigan Tech (4-1) edged Northern Michigan 2-1 last weekend in their only match of the week. The Huskies scored two first half goals and held on for the victory. All four Tech wins this season have been decided by one goal. 

Ferris St. enters the weekend with a 2-4 overall record and is coming off a 3-0 non-conference loss at Saginaw Valley State. 

Grand Valley State is undefeated and boasts a 5-0-1 overall record coming into the weekend. The Lakers, ranked number one in the most recent NSCAA Division II national poll, will play at Northern Michigan tonight before arriving in Houghton on Sunday afternoon. 

Today's match with Ferris State is slated for 7 p.m. followed by Sunday's battle with GVSU at Noon. Fans can follow the action of both matches through live video and stats by clicking here.


Find Out How to Protect Your Ideas at Intellectual Property Day

Christal Sheppard, director of the US Patent and Trademark Office Midwest Regional Office, will visit Michigan Tech's Van Pelt & Opie Library on Tuesday, Oct. 4 for a day of talks and panels related to intellectual property. Sessions will be of interest to entrepreneurs, students, faculty, small business owners, independent inventors and anyone with an interest in IP issues. Members of the general public are welcome at all sessions. Each session is independent of the others, so you are free to attend all of them or only those of most interest to you.

Schedule of sessions:

  • 10 to 11a.m.— Intellectual Property for Student Projects and Entrepreneurial Initiatives
  • 11 a.m. to noon— IP Resources for the University and the Community
  • Noon to 1 p.m.— Lunch Session - Careers at the USPTO
  • 3 to 4 p.m.— Intellectual Property 101: Basics of Patents, Trademarks and Copyright
  • 4 to 5 p.m.— Recent Changes in Intellectual Property Law & Policy

See full session descriptions and registration links here. Registration is required for all sessions individually. Contact the library at 7-2500 or with questions.

Intellectual Property Day is sponsored and supported by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Michigan Technological University, the Van Pelt & Opie Library, Smart Zone and the Michigan Small Business Development Center.

Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar

Randy Gardner, PE, senior project manager, Westwood Professional Services, Madison, will present "Overview of Utility Scale Wind and Solar Site Design" from 3 to 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26 in GLRC 202.

This discussion will provide an overview of the design of wind and solar projects across North America. It will also touch on topics of early project development and project management. The public is welcome. 


Hawaiian Food at Khana Khazana 

Today at the Memorial Union North Coast Grill and Deli, we are featuring a menu from Hawaii.

The menu includes:

  • Creamy Potato Salad
  • Huli Huli Chicken
  • Fresh Corn Tomato Salad

Serving is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. The cost is $7.95 and includes a fountain drink. Visit Khana Khazana on Facebook.


C-Cubed: Week 4

Lunch is $10 (cash, credit and C-Cubed Gift Certificates accepted); attendees may bring their own lunch instead of purchasing the buffet. Coffee, tea, fruit-infused water, cookies and fruit are available for all. All faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited.

Pasta Puttanesca (VGF)
Linguine with White Clam Sauce (GF)
Harvest Salad with White Balsamic Vinaigrette
Toasted Italian Bread with Garlic and Herbs

Send any suggestions to Brenda Randell or fill out a feed-back form online.


Film Board Presents "Finding Dory"

This Weekend, Film Board Presents "Finding Dory."

Today, Sep. 23—5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Tomorrow, Sep. 24—5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Sunday, Sep. 25—2:30, 5:30 p.m.

Located in Fisher 135. Tickets are $3 and concessions are $1 each. Finding Dory is rated PG for mild thematic events.


Rail Day is Today

The Third Annual Rail Day and Student Expo runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today (Sept. 23) at  locations throughout campus. The Michigan Tech Rail Transportation Program and Railroad Engineering and Activities Club will once again host this outstanding opportunity to interact with students from all disciplines across campus. This year's event will take place on the campus mall. Participating companies include Remprex Engineering Services, Bergman Associates, VIA Rail Logistics, LLC, Herzog Railroad Services, Railworks, Quandel Consultants, Balfour Beatty, WSP/Parsons Brinkerhoff and CP.


Today is PCA Career Success Day 

The members of the Presidential Council of Alumae (PCA) are female graduates of Michigan Tech who have been recognized for their extensive professional, career and personal achievements. Part of their mission is to engage in activities that will educate, influence and inspire students. Participating companies include Kimberley-Clark.


Resume Workshop

Resumes are the heart of a strong professional portfolio and should be shaped toward their intended audience. Whether refining an already strong resume or drafting a completely new one, this resume workshop will help you discover the necessary concepts for professional document success.

This workshop is from 1 to 2 p.m. 
Saturday (Sept. 24) in the Multiliteracies Center (Walker 107).


Second Annual LSTI Research Forum

The Michigan Tech Community is invited to attend the Second Annual Life Science and Technology (LSTI) Research Forum to be held Thursday, Oct. 6. Posters can be viewed between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom A1 and A2. Student awards will be presented at 4 p.m.

Undergraduate and graduate students working in life science-related fields will present their research posters in separate competitions. Posters can also be viewed from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5. For more information, contact Laura Mattila.

New Funding

Kristen Schmitt (SFRES/ESC) is the principal investigator on a project that has received $91,970 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Forest Service. The project is "Climate Change Resource Center: Responding to Forest Threats and Climate Change." 
This is the first year of a potential five-year project.

A Metacognitive Moment

The first round of exams is upon us, and provides a metacognitive opportunity that should not be missed. In 2008, the Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation at Carnegie Mellon University introduced the idea of an Exam Wrapper assignment, which asks students to reflect on a recent exam as it is returned. 

It can be done through Canvas (as a quiz or survey) or on paper.  Some instructors attach the wrapper to the exam for return.  Students can submit the wrapper for review (and, perhaps credit), be asked to discuss it with a trusted peer, be invited to office hours for a conference or just be asked to complete it for their own benefit.

Though the advocated questions vary by discipline and level, they typically focus on three areas. First, students are asked to reflect on their preparation for the exam. Second, students consider the results of the exam, looking for patterns in mistakes or areas that need improvement. Finally, the student articulates a preparation plan for the next exam. Prompts can be very general or much more specific, depending on an instructor’s goals.

Though this technique could be used for other assignments (homework, quizzes, etc.), the first major exam provides a unique opportunity to get students thinking about how to improve their study within your course. If you’re looking for other instructional strategies (and don’t want to wait for next week), stop into or contact the Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning.