Student News & Voices
Find news that affects engineering, engineering tech, and engineering ed  students, what they're up to, and what they have to their own words.

Speak, Spot!: 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. Read more here.
Broken Cycles: With more people opting to bike each year, there is a constant push-pull of drivers vs. cyclists--often to the detriment of the biker. Mechanical engineering students Andrew Ferree and Zack Saidman from Embry-Riddle University wanted to make the road safer for both cyclists and drivers. Their idea just won a major award. Read their story here 
From Struggling to SpaceX: Kevin Glunt was a spacey student as a kid--he'd rather doodle cars than pay attention in class. That all changed when a passionate physics teacher entered his life. Read more here. 
Helping Hands: Disabled workers are only as limited as their workplace accommodations. Leave it to engineering students to find innovative ways to help them help others! 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.

Academic & Professional Development Resources
Tips on navigating politics, from classroom to office.

Effective Allies: "University service," especially when it comes to diversity-driving activities, often falls disproportionately to the faculty members of the affected groups. Inside Higher Ed explores different ways that white faculty members can help share the load with diversity efforts. Click here  

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. Which ones might you use? Read more here

Interim Internships: By the time they're in graduate school, most people think they know what they want to do. They're past the internship period, right? On track to research super-stardom and professorships? Nature offers a few insights as to why they should consider an industry internship.  Click here.

Funding & Internships
Opportunity abounds!

This month's highlights:

The Raytheon FIRST Robotics Scholarship: Raytheon, in partnership with FIRST Robotics, has established the Raytheon/FIRST Robotics Scholarship Program. This program will assist FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) or FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) team members who plan to continue their education beyond high school. Scholarships are offered each year to high school seniors who are going into a full-time undergraduate field of study. Winners will receive $1,000 toward their undergraduate education expenses. Deadline: May 31, 2019.

Department of Energy Particle Accelerator Training: The U.S. Department of Energy plans to provide $5 million to institutions of higher education to support graduate student training programs in the science and technology of particle accelerators. The support will help build the technical workforce needed to sustain U.S. capabilities in this area. Traineeships will focus on the broad physics and engineering of accelerators, including such advanced topics as superconductivity and cryogenics. Funding for the program, beginning in FY2019, is expected to be $1 million per year over five years, with out-year funding contingent on congressional appropriations. Deadline: May 31, 2019 (5 p.m. ET).  
The American Groundwater Trust Scholarships: AGWT offers several scholarships for seniors rising into their freshman years who are interested in studying groundwater and groundwater engineering. Prizes range from $1,000 to $3,000, and filling out one form will enter you into consideration for all three scholarships. Deadline: June 1, 2019.  
Full Circle Scholarship: The American Indian College Fund provides scholarships to American Indian and Alaska Native college students seeking undergraduate and graduate degrees at Tribal colleges and universities, as well as all nonprofit & accredited schools. Deadline: May 31, 2019. 

Videos & Entertainment
Because sometimes you just need a break!

Video: Rocket Rodents Among many experiments launched to the International Space Station was one questioning how nonhuman subjects--mice--responded to microgravity. It ended up being...strangely adorable? Watch as mice start playing with weightlessness as the days go by. Watch it here.

Video: Spidey Strength
 It's May 2019, so I know that the most pressing question about what's going on in the Marvel Universe is: "Could Toby McGuire's Spider Man from the 2004 movie Spider-Man 2 REALLY have stopped that train?!" The Nerdist has the answer. Watch it here.

Video: Construction Cat  Meet Mostik, the Russian cat with a hard hat. This fuzzy propaganda mascot helps oversee a politically fraught construction project--a bridge connecting Russia and the Crimean Peninsula.  Watch it here.