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February 09, 2017

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Seeking Participants for Three-Minute Thesis Competition

Attention Ph.D. students: Think you can discuss your thesis in plain language in under three minutes for a chance to win technology or research/travel grants?

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition challenges Ph.D. students to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance in just three minutes, in language appropriate for a general audience. 3MT is not an exercise in trivializing or "dumbing-down" research, but requires students to consolidate their ideas and crystallize their research discoveries.

Any currently enrolled CMU Ph.D. student may sign up to compete. Register online. Registration deadline is Feb. 17. Preliminary heats will be held Feb. 27 – March 29, and the championship will be held April 4 during Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week.

Heat winners will win their choice of technology (iPads or iWatches) or travel/research funds. Championship winners will receive $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000 in research/travel grants and a potential $500 research/travel grant for the “People’s Choice” and “Alumni’s Choice” award winners.

Contact David Scherer at for questions about the 3MT at CMU Competition.

ProSEED/Simon Initiative Proposals Due Feb. 10

Proposals for the next round of ProSEED/Simon Initiative seed grants are due Feb. 10. ProSEED/Simon Initiative seed grants (up to $15,000 and 30 days of technical support) are available to enable CMU faculty to pursue learning research or educational practice projects aimed at improving student learning outcomes at CMU and beyond. More information about ProSEED grants can be found at the ProSEED website ( Questions may be directed to

Applications Now Available for ProSEED Seed Grants

ProSEED Seed Grant applications are now available for the Crosswalk program and Berkman Faculty Development Fund. For more information on individual programs, please visit the ProSEED website.

  • Berkman Faculty Development Fund Application, due March 15
  • ProSEED/Crosswalk Seed Grant Application, due March 22

Learn more about ProSEED. Email questions to

Engineering Hosts Festival for K-12 Students

The College of Engineering is inviting K-12 students to explore engineering through hands-on activities and demonstrations from 2–5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, in the Singleton Room of Roberts Engineering Hall.

The activities and demos, which will be conducted by CMU students and faculty, are designed to help explore the different fields of engineering, from materials science to civil engineering to biomedical engineering and more. Demos will include creating load-bearing structures from toothpicks and gumdrops, racing miniature boats by using soap to manipulate the surface tension of water and a presentation by CMU’s Hyperloop team. Participants will have the opportunity to win prizes during the day.

Learn more and register your child for Explore Engineering! Attendance is free. 

Nominate a Student for Student Employee of the Year

Student Employee of the Year Award nominations are now open and will be due Friday, Feb. 17. This award program, sponsored by the National Student Employment Association, recognizes the outstanding contributions of students who work while attending college. All undergraduate student employees are eligible for nomination.
Nominated students will be recognized and honored at the Student Employee Appreciation Lunch held during National Student Employment Week on April 12.

For more information, visit Student Employee Nomination Process or contact Pati Kravetz at

University Libraries Spring Workshops

This spring, Carnegie Mellon University Libraries offers a series of workshops to help you master your research and stay ahead of the game.  The topics range from discovering resources to learning about tools for managing research and scholarship. The workshops are offered at various dates and times, so please visit to check out our offerings and sign-up.

Submit Your Feedback on Parental Leave

Staff Council is asking CMU staff members to share their thoughts on the issue of parental leave by completing a questionnaire. Responses will be kept confidential, unless you choose to share your name and email address at the end of the questionnaire.

Tepper School Offers Discount on Executive Education

Elevate your analytic knowledge from basic to advanced during a 4-day program from Tepper School Executive Education. Learn techniques to advance data-based decision-making and operations performance optimization. Now enrolling for May 16-19. Staff receive a 33 percent discount. Find out more.

Register Your Child for the Children’s School

The Children’s School at CMU offers developmentally appropriate pre-school and kindergarten programs in a research university context. Applications for the 2017-18 school year are now being accepted. The Children’s School is accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs, a division of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. For more information and to schedule a tour, send email to or call 412-268-2199.