Invitation to Promote Early Career Researcher Seminar Series

Dear Colleagues,

We are delighted to announce the second annual Advancing CEE: Early Career Researcher Seminar Series. Through this initiative, we aim to spotlight the innovative research conducted by senior graduate students, postdocs, and assistant professors, particularly those from backgrounds underrepresented in our field or actively engaged in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion within the context of civil and environmental engineering.

The Seminar Series offers more than just a platform to disseminate cutting-edge research; it serves as fertile ground for expanding professional networks and identifying fresh talent for potential faculty roles and collaborative ventures.

Here’s how the program unfolds:


  • Stipend: Each speaker receives a $500 honorarium.
  • Exposure & Networking: Share research with U-M’s top-ranked CEE community, and engage with faculty, students, and postdocs.
  • Collaboration: Foster partnerships through structured networking, paving the way for future interdisciplinary endeavors.

Key Dates:

  • Application Period: April 20th – May 20th, 2024
  • Notification of Acceptance: June 2024
  • Seminar Schedule: Spanning from October 2024 to April 2025

Review Criteria:

  • Evidence of a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion within CEE.
  • Research that resonates with U-M CEE’s strategic directions.

I kindly request your assistance in circulating this announcement among your department members and encouraging qualified candidates to apply. This is an invaluable opportunity for pioneering researchers to gain recognition and promote their outstanding work. For full details and application guidelines, I invite you to visit our website or reach out directly via

Together, let us support and celebrate the next generation of civil and environmental engineers who are forging paths to a more inclusive and pioneering research landscape.

Apply today: 

Mentoring Opportunity for PhD Students

Opportunity to mentor talented high school students part-time ($75-$100 per teaching hour)

Founded by Harvard grad students, Lumiere is a social enterprise where students work 1-1 with a research mentor on an independent research project. Mentorship is entirely remote and compensation is between $75 to $100 per teaching hour with an option to do the program pro bono and work with low-income students. If this is of interest, sign up at this link by March 1 and the Lumiere team will reach out for an interview if you’re a fit! Here’s some slides about what they do:

Appy here:

Intent to Submit: Clean Tech Innovation Competition

As a reminder:

This competition challenges students and faculty from accredited colleges and universities across the Southeastern United States to develop scalable solutions for dual use solar farms that allow for the co-location of solar energy production and agriculture. Dual use solar farms, or agrivoltaics, is an emerging technology that can help in the following ways:

• Reduce competition for land• Provide climate-smart solutions to improving land productivity• Improve crop water-use efficiency, profitability, and economic resilience of agriculture.

Strata is offering an award of up to $25k for final-stage solutions and technologies that have achieved proof of concept. Submissions will be accepted ONLY between October 17, 2022 at 12PM EST & February 21, 2023 at 4PM EST. Winners will be announced at the 2023 UNC Clean Tech Summit.

 Attached is a flyer that you can share with your students and potential faculty advisors who are interested in submitting an idea for the competition. If you have any questions about the competition or submitting a project, please feel free to reach out to me directly.

USACE – ERDC summer student open announcement


 ERDC is looking for summer interns. Please forward the attached announcement to students in your coastal or hydraulics courses, and to the civil engineering internship coordinator. Questions can be directed to the Lauren Dunkin (contact info below).

USACE ERDC is excited to grow the student internship opportunities. Please distribute the PDF, QR code (included on page 1 of the PDF and attached) and the below URL for students to apply for summer internships with ERDC.

Direct link to apply:

Lauren M. Dunkin

Chief, Coastal Engineering Branch

Coastal & Hydraulics Laboratory (CHL)

US Army Engineer Research & Development Center (ERDC)