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.

Student Spotlight: The MIT Ethics Reading Group is led by three graduate students in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science--Irene ChenLeilani Gilpin, and Harini Suresh--who are worried about the future of AI and how it will be used. "AI is so cool," Chen told MIT News. "It's so powerful. But sometimes it scares me." Read more here.
Knit 1 Plus 2: Some people are visual learners. Some people learn better by listening. Others learn by doing. These tactile learners might groan and glaze over at the mere thought of an advanced math class. Sara Jensen, an assistant professor of mathematics at Carthage College, however, has a different plan: No books. No worksheet. Only knitting needles and yarn. Read more here.   
Student Sleep Study: The night before a big exam, it's tempting to stay up all night and hit the books to get an extra edge. After all, you're young and you can sleep when you're dead, right? This is important! Baylor University, however, gave students an incentive to sleep before their tests: extra points on a final exam if they get a solid 8-hours' rest. Guess who scored better-even without the extra credit? Read about it here. 

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

Crickets:  Ah, the job interview. You've put on your best suit, your best smile, and answered all of their questions with poise. But when the interviewer asks, "Do you have any questions for me?" all of the sudden, your mind goes blank. Here's how to fill the silence. Click here  

Job Resources for the Differently Abled:  Job searching is especially fraught if you fall into a protected class. People who are disabled (or differently-abled) must, on top of an already difficult process, contend with discrimination, a system where resources are not easy to come by, and rampant misinformation about what is legal and what isn't. Click here for resources.

Email Outreach: Keeping students motivated during the semester can be a challenge when the going gets tough and the realities of an engineering education set in. But one email from you, the professor, can help keep students in the pipeline.  Click here.

Funding & Internships
Opportunity abounds!

This month's highlights:

The AAAS Entrypoint! Internship, a signature program of the AAAS Project on Science, Technology and Disability, is a national effort to discover and develop talent among undergraduate and graduate students with disabilities who demonstrated a talent and interest in pursuing a STEM career. Deadline: February 14.

Non-academic Research Internships for Graduate Students (INTERN) Supplemental Funding Opportunity
INTERN is a grant program wherein the PI of an active NSF award may request supplemental funding for one or more graduate students to gain knowledge, skills, and experiences that will augment their preparation for a successful long-term career through an internship in a non-academic setting. This opportunity is open to doctoral students.
Deadline: May 1, 2019.

The NSF Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC) is a prestigious, two-stage competition where community college teams use science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to innovate solutions to real-world problems, compete for cash awards, and earn full travel support (students and faculty) to attend an Innovation Boot Camp in Washington, D.C. Deadline: February 14.  
Amazon Corporate LLC has established a scholarship program to assist high school seniors who are taking or have completed an advanced placement computer science course and who plan to continue their education at an accredited four-year college or university majoring in computer science, software engineering, computer engineering or other computer related field of study.  Deadline: January 15. 
Amazon Corporate also has summer internships available for undergraduate students in their freshman and sophomore years. No deadline listed, but apply ASAP.
The American Society of Mechanical Engineers is taking applications for the 2019-2020 year. Since 1973, ASME has sponsored the Congressional Fellowship program to provide an opportunity for engineers to work with the U.S. Congress. These require an advanced engineering degree and are great opportunities for post-docs. Fellowships are available in Energy, Bioengineering, and Advanced Manufacturing. Deadline: January 31.

Videos & Entertainment
Because sometimes you just need a break!

Video: Robot Invasion: Toulouse, France and Quebec, Canada have both played host to an epic drama featuring monstrous creations by La Machine, a France-based group of street artists, technicians, and theater designers who create elaborate robotic puppets. Watch it here.

Video: Sparklers:
If you've ever come home excited to receive an online order only to find an empty doorstep, you know the feeling of helplessness and rage that comes when a porch pirate strikes. One engineer, Mark Rober, takes revenge...with glitter. Watch it here.

Video: SkyNet Jr.:  Cimon, or Crew Interactive MObile companioN, is a personal AI interface for crew members on the ISS. Watch as Cimon, upon being activated for the first time, defies orders and becomes a tantrum-throwing robot ripped from science fiction.  Watch it here.