TECH SCEnE: Technology, Science and Community Engagement in Engineering
A new summer research program connects biomedical, biological sciences and electrical engineering students to Indigenous communities, environmental health and technological solutions.
Research experiences for undergraduates (REUs) are programs sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and are paid summer research opportunities for students. TECH SCEnE, a new REU at Michigan Technological University, builds an interdisciplinary foundation in STEM and community engagement for students focused in science, technology, engineering and math areas. Each research project was designed in partnership with staff from the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) Natural Resources Department.
Apply to TECH SCEnE
Applications are due May 1, 2021. Learn more about the program and how it combines hands-on undergraduate research in the lab with outdoor adventure and service learning, with free housing and a stipend, too. All applicants will hear back by May 15, 2021. The program aims to recruit students from across the US and increase visibility for MTU and its research capabilities.
“Our research is directly addressing KBIC priorities,” said Valoree Gagnon, director of University-Indigenous Community Partnerships at Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center. “While KBIC guides our work throughout the REU program, we are also contributing to a broader need in research — how to build and strengthen equitable university-community partnerships."