MCEDC Digest, November 14 th , 2016
Program News & Announcements
Mortenson Center Co-Director was Officially Named a Distinguished Professor by the CU Board of Regents

Congratulations to Bernard Amadei for earning the  highest award that can be bestowed on a CU professor!

CU Distinguished Professors are faculty members who demonstrate exemplary performance in research or creative work, a record of excellence in classroom teaching and supervision of individual learning, and outstanding service to the profession, the university and its affiliates.  See the full article here.

Seminar Series: Bruno Peroni

Thursday, November 17th
5:30 - 6:30 pm
Koelbel 302

This Thursday we will be hosting Bruno Peroni, an entrepreneur in residence at CU.  His topic will be Entrepreneurship in Developing Communities. Come to the seminar and enjoy some empanadas as you listen! 
EDC Student Group News & Events
Happy Hour @ Dark Horse

Tuesday, November 15th
5:00 - 6:00 pm
2922 Baseline Rd

Next week's EDC Social is at  Dark Horse Bar & Grill. This is a great opportunity to connect with EDC students, get to know each other, and hang out in a more relaxed environment!   EDC will buy appetizers, and drinks are on you! (All ages are welcome in the venue).
Photo Directory

We would love to create a Photo Directory with all of our EDC students on the MCEDC website. If you haven't already, please send an email to Sally Gerster at  with the following.

1) a photo of you - professional headshot if possible
2) your name, MS or PHD student, research/topic area?
3) your email or linked in profile if you want it to be public
4)  short bio about YOU
5) anything else you'd like to share!
Questions? Contact  Sally

WASH Symposium Planning Meetings

Every Wednesday
1:00 - 2:00 pm 
CEAE Graduate Student Lounge, Room ECCE 162
(across from the Bechtel computer lab)

The WASH Symposium  is a two-day event that brings together academics, practitioners, students, and community members to discuss relevant topics in water, sanitation, and hygiene globally. It's an entirely student-driven event and the planning starts now! Students interested in helping with the event planning should attend these weekly meetings and email Matt Bentley ( with any questions.
EDC Student Group Resources

List of Grants and Fellowships on the EDC Google Drive - click here.

Spin Research Database through CU

Get your 
Devex Career Account and upload your CV. 
All current EDC students were emailed a link on 9/14/16.  If you didn't get the private link, contact Robyn Sandekian at

Check out the  EDC calendar - note that this is an updated link!
Add your info on the EDC Student Contact List on Google Drivelink to this was shared with the EDC student list serv on 9/16/16 .
Other Local Events
In the News: What Happens Now? 5 Questions about US Aid under Trump

Check out this Devex article at the following link.

If you haven't activated your Devex Career Account yet, DO IT NOW! 
All current EDC students were emailed a link on 9/14/16.  If you didn't get the private link, contact Robyn Sandekian at
Seeking Mentors for 
World Affairs Challenge

The World Affairs Challenge is a fun educational project for middle school and high school student teams. People with international experience like you, are great mentors to the student teams. Mentors only need to meet with teams a few times for about 45 min to 1 hour at a time. You would listen to what the students are planning to present, ask questions and offer suggestions for where they can go for more information. You will receive guidelines for how to be a mentor from Hope, the program manager, and the teacher or sponsor for the team will be with you. On the days of the competition, you can also be a judge and training is provided for that too!

Also, they need hep to recruit teams. If you know a middle or high school near you or one that you have a relationship with, please talk with the teacher or students about registering a team. You can forward the web site to the teacher or student and they can get information about what it takes to develop and register a team. Check out their website!
Mentors Needed for 
Global Water Challenge

The Global Water Challenge started in 2003 as an exciting competition for middle school student teams. Teams investigate a social, economic, environmental, or health-related water issue locally, and in a developing county, and prepare an innovative solution to that specific problem in the form of an interesting, creative, and informative presentation. They need volunteers that are able to go to the schools and help them prepare and/or come be a judge on Saturday, Dec 10th from 8:30am - 1pm at the Colorado Academy in Denver. The Global Water Challenge is put on by Global Health Connections. Check out this link or email  Holly Davis  for more info and to sign up as a volunteer!

Making Usable Science for Policy ENVS 5100

Sign up for this new course taught by a Western Water Researcher on how to produce Usable Science. The course is Mondays from 1:30 - 4:00 pm and will be held in the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research conference room at 1333 Grandview Ave, Boulder. For more information, click  here.
EDC Relevant Conferences/Workshops
Webina r:  Cash in the City: Addressing Food Security Needs in Urban Crises

Thursday, December 8th
2:00 - 3:30 pm UK time  (7:00 - 8:30 am CO time)

The humanitarian world has made a significant shift towards using cash to help vulnerable people meet their needs, including food security. Despite a growing evidence base, much of the collective experience is in rural areas. How can cash-based approaches meet food security needs in urban crises? Is cash different in an urban context? What are the challenges and lessons learned?

This webinar will explore the shift towards humanitarian cash programming. It will have a mixture of global perspectives and specific country program examples. There will be speakers from CRS, NRC, WFP, and the American Red Cross. Register  here.

Call for Abstracts Extended! 
The 7th International Research in Engineering Education Symposium 2017

Don't miss the opportunity to participate in REES 2017 held in Bogot á, Colombia. New abstract deadline has been extended until November 21, 2016.  Academics, researchers and decision makers interested in enhancing engineering education through scholarly and evidence-based practices should not miss the opportunity to attend this symposium in  Bogot á, the capital and largest city in Colombia. Some of the most prestigious universities of the country make this metropolis their home. Bogotá is diverse and multicultural, with a merger of modern and colonial architecture.

Call for Paper Proposals (Abstracts)
The research lines can include, but are not limited to, papers presenting a study on student learning of a particular concept/skill, research on learning environments and contexts, curriculum development, curriculum evaluation, scale/instrument development, research methodology, position papers or broader topics addressing socio-technical, philosophical or historical aspects of engineering education.
  • The New abstract deadline is the 21st of November, 2016
  • Papers will be published in the symposium proceedings and indexed in Scopus
  • To submit you abstract, please click on the following link
  • Review criteria and guidelines can be found on the following link
Also, the REES 2017 and the 6th Research Symposium on PBL will be hosting the 2017 Engineering Education Week (EEWC) in  Bogot á, Colombia from the 3rd to 8th, July 2017.

Email with any questions.

EDC Conference Travel Funds Available

Remember that the Mortenson Center offers travel funds to students who present EDC-relevant work at conferences. To apply, check out the link on the MCEDC Resources website .  You'll also find links to department, college, and campus funding opportunities for conference presentations.
Employment & Funding Opportunities
A Randomized Controlled Trial of Community Gardening

The Environmental Studies Program at CU invites applications for a full time Professional Research Assistant - Study Coordinator - for a new 4-year study funded by the American Cancer Society - A Randomized Controlled Trial of Community Gardening. For more information, click here.
NDSEG Fellowship Program
application deadline: Dec 9th, 5 pm Eastern

The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship Program is based in Washington D. C. From its inception, the goal of this program has been to increase the number of STEM professionals in the U. S. workforce. This program is a 3 year funding opportunity for students in or near the beginning stages of their overall graduate study and it is meant for students who plan to pursue research-based doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines.

The program provides awarded fellows with:
  • 36 month of full tuition and mandatory fee coverage at an accredited U.S. institution
  • A $1,000 medical health insurance allowance per each year of the 3 year program
  • And $102,000.00 in stipend payments over 3 years
Students can start applying to the program as early as their undergraduate senior year and as late as the start of their third year of overall graduate study. Find more information on their website.

Additionally - if you are eligible and interested, panelist registration for the 2017 NDSEG Digital Application Evaluation is now open at This year's evaluation panel will be held digitally throughout the month of January 2017. 

Contact our team at

Spin Research Database

Looking for funding? On this database through CU, you can create a profile, filter searches, and set up automatic notifications for new funding announcements. Check it out at this link.
MCEDC Grants and Fellowships List

Wondering what fellowships exist for EDC students but don't have time to search for them? MCEDC has compiled a list of grant and fellowship opportunities, noting due dates & application requirements. The list of fellowships is on the EDC Google Drive here.
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