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

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 Kármán 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.
Attending the Conference? Need a little extra cash? Keep an eye on Twitter for your chance to win Amex gift cards! Learn more here.

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

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.

Funding & Internships
Opportunity abounds!

This month's highlights:

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.

Videos & Entertainment
Because sometimes you just need a break!

Video: Are You Jelly? 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? Watch as the gel defends a chocolate Easter Bunny from a Bunsen burner. Watch it here.

Video: Engineering D-Day -
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. Watch it here.

Video: 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.  Watch the footage here.