The Accelerator Student News and Opportunities from ASEE Tue, 30 Jul 2019 22:08:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 June’s Student News & Voices Tue, 30 Jul 2019 22:08:30 +0000 Continue reading June’s Student News & Voices ]]>

Blastoff!:?A rocket built by students has reached space for the first time. Ten students from the University of Southern California’s Rocket Propulsion Lab recently won the race to breach the?Ka?rma?n line, named for the Hungarian-American engineer who attempted to define a boundary between Earth’s atmosphere and space.?Find out how they did it.

Quack, Quack, Zoom?:?The ‘Flying V’ is usually associated with migrating water fowl and inspirational hockey formations. But what about a revolutionary new airplane shape? Students and researchers at TU Delft came up with a new plane design that will drastically cut fuel consumption and make for a?more comfortable passenger ride while keeping existing air travel infrastructure.?Read more here.

Go Baby Go:?High school and college STEM students in Connecticut are teaming up to build free go-carts for low-income disabled children. These carts serve as fun adaptive wheelchairs for the kids.?Read more here.

Tampa Topics:?ASEE’s Annual Conference is upon us! From June 16-19 in Tampa, Fla., engineering educators from around the world will discuss pressing problems of the day. The Student Division is exceptionally active, with 17 sessions touching on such wide-ranging topics as “counterfactual thinking,” the Girl Scouts, and experiences in Qatar and Vietnam. The ASEE Students Facebook group often has links to hotel room shares and ride shares for cheap conference travels.?Find out more here.
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June’s Academic & Professional Development Resources Tue, 30 Jul 2019 21:15:51 +0000 Continue reading June’s Academic & Professional Development Resources ]]> Through The Accelerator, we hope to connect engineering, engineering technology, and engineering education students with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in school and after. Learn how to navigate classroom and office politics while taking care of yourself–and much more!

Mental Gymnastics:?“Research suggests that international students are less likely than domestic students to seek mental health treatment–or even be aware of the availability of services,” says?Inside Higher Ed.?The publication reports on a?panel?recently convened by the Association of International Educators to?overcome the stigma.?Read more here.?

RELATED:?Former?Prism?student columnist Nirakar Poudel explored his own mental health journey as a graduate student from Nepal.?Read it here.
Beyond Badges:?Badges and certifications?are great ways for students and professionals to show that they are adaptable and constantly learning–in theory. But many employers don’t put a lot of stock in them. Can this new partnership change how tech companies see “alternative credentials?” The?Chronicle of Higher Education?reports.??

Juggling Projects:?Do you suffer from multi-project paralysis? Lots of people, when faced with lots of complicated projects, don’t know where to start and end up going nowhere fast. Find out how to manage the tasks and knock down your to-do list!?Click here.
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June Funding Opportunities Tue, 30 Jul 2019 21:03:51 +0000 Continue reading June Funding Opportunities ]]>
With each issue, ASEE’s Accelerator brings you new scholarship and/or internship/co-op opportunities for engineering students. Would you like to list an opportunity with us? Please email?

Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers Scholarships:?SHPE offers 11 different scholarships for Hispanic engineering students at different levels of their education, including high school, undergraduate, graduate, and professionals. The awards range from $1,000 to $5,000 and vary in requirements, as some are offered in connection with different industry partners. All of the applications have the same deadline.?Deadline: June 30, 2019.?Find this opportunity here.

Veterans’ Professional Development Training:?Onward to Opportunity is a FREE one-week professional development program for soon-to-transition?active military members, reserve members, veterans, and military spouses. Presented by Syracuse University, it will teach career skills such as resume writing, networking, and interview skills, as well as offering direct connection to more than 400 military-friendly employers. It’s all online and includes training modules.?Deadline: Rolling.?Apply here.
International Research Experiences for Students:?IRES?is an NSF-funded program that supports U.S. undergraduate and graduate students who want to pursue research and innovation opportunities overseas.?Students apply to NSF-funded investigators who receive IRES awards. See if your university is pursuing this. ?Learn more here.
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship:?The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of?the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing full-time research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) or in STEM education. The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant research achievements in STEM or STEM education.?Deadline: October 22, 2019.?Learn more here.
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Cats’ Eye View Tue, 30 Jul 2019 20:25:20 +0000 Continue reading Cats’ Eye View ]]>

Cats are lazy balls of fur and claws, right? They do nothing but sleep the day away? Maybe–or maybe not. Outdoor cats have varied lives, according to a new interview with Maren Huck, animal behaviorist, in?Science magazine. She strapped cameras on outdoor cats to see what they did all day.? Read the Science news article here.

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Engineering D-Day Tue, 30 Jul 2019 20:21:14 +0000

World War II historians often focus on inventions like radar and the “bouncing bomb” as the history-making tech. Many engineers, however, credit the “Mulberry harbor” with winning D-Day. The Engineer?found footage of the floating docks in action in honor of the invasion’s 75th anniversary.

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Are You Jelly? Tue, 30 Jul 2019 19:46:24 +0000

Aerogels are the world’s lightest–that is, least dense–solids. Inspired by a bet two scientists had over jelly in 1931 (yes, as in “peanut butter and…”), aerogels are used as insulation and other capacities in space missions. How well do aerogels work? Find out as the gel defends a chocolate Easter Bunny from a Bunsen burner.

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Fed to the Sharks Fri, 10 May 2019 17:52:55 +0000 Continue reading Fed to the Sharks ]]> At South by Southwest this year, the Chronicle of Higher Education held its annual EDU edition of Shark Tank. They evaluated innovative ideas to turn education on its head. Ideas included a research-sharing social media site and a MOOC-like mentorship program. Find out what the Shark had to say and see if any of these ideas hit home–or fall flat. Read more here.

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Helping Hand Fri, 10 May 2019 16:05:09 +0000 Continue reading Helping Hand ]]> Disabled workers are only as limited as their workplace accommodations. Leave it to engineering students to find innovative ways to help them help others! NYSID hosted the 2019 CREATE Symposium on April 10, showing off ways that nine different schools helped accommodate workers with varying disabilities, awarding $30,000 total to the top three entrants. Watch videos from the winning entries and see how you can participate in next year’s competition! Find it here.

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Broken Cycles Fri, 10 May 2019 15:51:52 +0000 Continue reading Broken Cycles ]]> With more traffic and more people opting to bike each year, there is a constant push-pull of drivers vs. cyclists–often to the detriment of the biker. Senior mechanical engineering students Andrew Ferree and Zack Saidman from Embry-Riddle University wanted to make the road safer for both cyclists and drivers. Their cheap, easy way of detecting impending road hazards just won a silver medal at the Society of Automotive Engineers’ (SAE) International Connected Vehicle Challenge. Read about it here.

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Speak, Spot! Thu, 09 May 2019 22:28:41 +0000 The Biomedical Engineering Society at the University of Illinois, led by bioengineering senior Jessica Austriaco, recently inspired some chatter with their “Up” inspired talking dog collar. Their invention uses 3-D printed electrodes to read a dogs’ brain signals and translate it into vocal demands for treats and walks. Find out how here.

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