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Lemelson-MIT Student Prize

Applications Due September 29!  The Lemelson-MIT Program is searching for the most inventive college students to compete for the 2018 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize, a national invention competition that recognizes individual graduate students who have tested prototypes of two or more inventions and teams of undergraduate students with a tested prototype of one invention.
The competition is open to full-time, degree-seeking students (as of the spring semester of 2018) with technology-based inventions in healthcarefood/water and agriculture,transportation, and consumer devices. Inventions are not limited to class projects or thesis work, and any side/personal projects could also be considered. Patents are encouraged but not required.
Winners in each category receive:
$15,000 to each winning graduate student
$10,000 to each winning undergraduate team
National media campaign
Exposure to investment and business communities
An award celebration at MIT in June 2018
Applications are due by Friday, September 29, 2017. For those who are interested in applying or referring a student, please visit the website or feel free to contact Janell Ciemiecki directly at or 617-258-5798

MassCEC Catalyst Program and InnovateMA Program

This Program's primary intent is to stimulate the commercialization of clean energy and water technologies developed in the Commonwealth. Awarded funds are used to demonstrate the feasibility of technologies in specific industry applications in order to obtain increased industry and investor interest. Additionally, under the Catalyst Water Challenge, MassCEC will provide funding and technical support for projects at the water-energy nexus that deploy water innovation technologies or innovative combinations of existing technologies. 

Catalyst Awards:  Grants up to $65,000 - for clean tech and water technologies
Innovate MA Awards:  Awards up to $150,000 (with 50% match requirement) for clean tech technologies

Applicants must be either a:
-Principal Investigator ("PI") at a Massachusetts-based nonprofit research institution; or
-Massachusetts-based early stage clean energy or water tech company with no more than $1,000,000 in combined financing, grant funding, and revenues and have four or fewer full-time equivalent employees.

Students group are welcome to apply with some restrictions (outlined in our guidelines) Applications are due on October 11, 2017  Catalyst Application Guidelines

CUAHSI Pathfinder Fellowships

Go beyond "one site, one view" in your graduate research.

Graduate training in water science often focuses on a single field site, analytical, or modeling approach. The Pathfinder Fellowship program provides travel funds to graduate students in hydrology and related sciences to make an extended trip to enhance their research by adding a field site to conduct comparative research, collaborating with a research group, or working with researchers on adding an interdisciplinary dimension to a project. Fellowships are awarded to cover travel costs of up to a maximum of $5,000. Applications Close October 13 (more info).

"Let's Talk About Water" Challenge: Grant Applications

Let’s Talk About Water brings attention to water and environmental issues by using film as a catalyst for discussion between science experts and the public.  Films can be powerful education tools for the sciences because they use storytelling to engage audiences emotionally, which:

  • heightens audience interest
  • helps the audience make meaningful connections with the subject matter
  • and catalyzes a discussion

Each fall, CUAHSI hosts a Challenge Grant Competition that awards three universities up to $3,000 to support the development of their own LTAW events. Organizers often work with their university, other universities in the area, student groups, and other sources (foundations, sponsors, etc.) to hold these events. Applications close November 3 (more info).

Ceres Job Opportunity:

Are you ready to change investor and company practices on climate change and other sustainability challenges?

-Senior Manager, Investor Engagement
-Assistant, Water Program

Ceres is a sustainability nonprofit organization working with the most influential investors and companies to build leadership and drive solutions throughout the economy. Through powerful networks and advocacy, Ceres tackles the world’s biggest sustainability challenges, including climate change, water scarcity and pollution, and human rights abuses. Apply for open positions and Fall Internships in Boston!

MIT Food and Sustainability Working Group

The Executive Vice President & Treasurer’s Office is convening a Food & Sustainability Working Group this fall, facilitated by the Office of Sustainability. The group’s primary purpose will be to develop recommendations to advance the sustainability of the MIT campus food system. As a research institution with a growing commitment to climate action, the group will also identify ways to activate the campus as a living laboratory for achieving a sustainable, urban food system. 

The Office of Sustainability is seeking one graduate and one undergraduate representative with an interest in food systems to join the group. The working group will meet monthly beginning in October and develop a preliminary set of recommendations by June 2018. Optional local field trips and events will be scheduled throughout the year, as well. The committee will be made up of staff, faculty, and students from across the Institute.

Questions? Interested in being part of the group? Contact GSC Vice President Lisa Guay at by September 29, 2017!

MIT Energy Club Launch

You are cordially invited to the MIT Energy Club Launch!  Admission is free. Dinner will be served. Format is a casual club fair.

Interested in energy techn and business? 
Curious about energy events happening around MIT? 
Seeking a leadership role within the Energy Club?
Want to meet MIT peers immersed in energy fields that you care about?

Then come by the Launch on September 26th, and talk 1-on-1 with representatives from the Energy Club's many events and affiliates, including:

Energy Hackathon, Energy Conference, Energy Night, Sloan Energy Club, HBS Energy & Environment Club, Transportation Club, Water Club, Joules: Women in Energy, Energy for Development, Clean Energy Prize Entrepreneurship Competition, Waste Alliance, Plasma Science Fusion Center, Mining Oil & Gas Club, Fossil Free MIT, and more.  More info and RSVP here!

We hope to see you there!
Caroline Liu & Jeff Chao
MIT Energy Club Co-Presidents

IDEAS Global Challenge Generator Dinner

Are you interested in learning more about innovation and social entrepreneurship opportunities at MIT? Working on a project to help underserved communities? Need funding? Want to recruit new team members? Want to get involved, but don't yet have an idea?

Join us for dinner. Pitch an idea. Find a team.

This is an excellent opportunity to recruit team members or join a team! Spend the evening networking with other students who care about social innovation and entrepreneurship. Come pitch your project or your skills, or simply attend to hear more about projects others are working on.  More info here.

Thursday, October 5, 7:00-9:00pm
Morss Hall, Walker Memorial, Bldg 50

EPA Campus RainWorks Challenge

Stormwater runoff is a significant source of water pollution in communities across the United States. The Campus RainWorks Challenge seeks to engage with undergraduate and graduate students to foster a dialogue about responsible stormwater management and showcase the environmental, economic, and social benefits of green infrastructure practices. Student teams design an innovative green infrastructure project for their campus that effectively manages stormwater pollution while benefitting the campus community and the environment.  

For the 2017 challenge the first place team in each design category will receive a student prize of $2,000 to be divided evenly among the team and a faculty prize of $3,000. The second place team in each category will receive a student prize of $1,000 to be divided evenly among the team and a faculty prize of $2,000. Registration closes September 30, entries due December 15 (more info).


Call for Papers: Dupont Summit 2017 on Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy
Friday December 1, The Historic Whittemore House, Washington DC

The goal of the Dupont Summit is to promote multidisciplinary conversation and networking across the social and political spectrum about pressing issues related to science, technology and the environment. The conference brings together academics, government, business and social leaders from a variety of backgrounds.
In order to submit a paper for consideration, please send a 1-2 page abstract to PSO Executive Director, Daniel Gutierrez, at, or call 202-349-9282. The deadline isOctober 15th, 2017.

PhD Student Position at Arizona State University

Two PhD student positions are available in the Garcia Lab at the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment (SSEBE) at Arizona State University (ASU) beginning in Spring 2018. Research topics include: hydrological variability and change, sustainable water management, coupled (socio-hydrological or socio-ecological-technical) systems analysis, and resilient infrastructure systems. Deadline September 30 (more info).

 "Digital Technology – the Next Generation of Water Mixing"  -   Watts Water Technologies 2017   (Paper)