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Seminar: Wireless Solutions to Prevent Decubitus Ulcers


A seminar on Wireless Solutions to Prevent Decubitus Ulcers: Preventive Weight Shifting Guide, Monitor, and Tracker App for Wheel Chair Users with Spinal Cord Injuries (Phase II) was presented by UMD Professor Arshia Khan at the UMTC.

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Enter UMD Shark Tank. 1st Prize is $1,500!


April 26th, 2016
4:00 - 6:30 PM
Marshall Performing Arts Center
This event is open to all UMD Students who have an innovative business idea, product, or service. Entrepreneurs are able to pitch their idea to a panel of Duluth Business Professionals with the opportunity to win money to help fund their business idea.
First Place: $1,500
Second Place: $875
Third Place: $650
Audience's Choice: $300
If you would like to apply to pitch your idea:
Apply Here
Or visit the competition website at:
Applications are due April 1
Ideas at any stage are welcome, from brand new ideas to those that are already being pursued or are active. 
The UMD Shark Tank Competition is powered by Labovitz School of Business and Economics (LSBE) and the LaBounty Center for Entrepreneurship.

Penelope Morton
Associate Dean Swenson College of Science and Engineering
Site Coordinator North Star STEM Alliance
University of MN Duluth
Duluth MN 55812

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UMD 2016-17 Scholarships


UMD Swenson College of Science & Engineering
2016-2017 Scholarships

Engineering and College Wide Scholarship Applications are now being accepted.

It is easy to do and online.

Deadline for applications is April 30th

You must be enrolled full-time in the Swenson College of Science and Engineering and be in good academic standing.

If you have questions regarding engineering or college wide scholarships please contact: Carrie Kayes, Development Assistant, or stop by the Swenson college of Science and Engineering Development Office 102 Engineering

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MN Undergraduate Space Grant Consortium Scholarship


To: Undergraduate Students with an interest in Space Science

From: Dr. Alec Habig, UMD Space Grant Affiliate

Re: Undergraduate Scholarships

Through The Minnesota Space Grant Consortium (MnSGC), we (UMD) are pleased to offer
three (3) $1,500 scholarships to reward students for their past involvements and interest in Space
science and engineering endeavors. Additionally, the MnSGC could select other scholarship
recipients from the applicant pool forwarded from UMD.

The application form can be found at:

Please fill out the application form, and include the following:
*A copy of a recent college transcript (unofficial copy is OK)
*A letter of intent (must be one page, double-spaced, describing your educational and   career goals, and your interest/involvement is space science)
* A letter of recommendation from a college professor or adviser

Submit your applications to:      UMD Physics Department
                                                   Attention: UMD Space Grant Affiliate, Dr. Habig
                                                   371 Marshall W. Alworth Hall

Deadline for submission is Friday, March 18, 2016 by 4:00 PM.

Scholarship recipients will be selected from among those applicants who have been very
successful in their past educational endeavors (GPA cut off is 3.2 on a 4.0 scale) and whose area
of interest is related to the space sciences and engineering. Applicants must be registered fulltime
at UMD and be a U.S. citizen.

If you have any questions regarding UMD Space Grant,
please contact Dr. Alec Habig,
726-7214, email

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UMD CS Students Win Collegiate Computing Competition for 2nd Year in a Row!


For the second year in a row, UMD students have taken the top prize at the DigiKey Collegiate Computing Competition. Thirty-four teams from 15 universities in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin competed for the honor.

UMD's winning team, the Wylie Werevoles, was made up of Jonathan Beaulieu, Amanda Poston, Mitchell Rysavy and Aleksandar Straumann. For earning first place, each student took home a $300 Amazon gift card as well as $5,000 and a bronze traveling trophy for the Swenson College of Science & Engineering (SCSE) Computer Science Department.

The contest took place in Bloomington, Minn., in late October. Four person teams are given short and long programming problems as well as word problems to solve. Competitors need to be at the junior or senior level and majoring in Computer Science or Information Systems.

Rysavy is a senior from Kasson, Minn. This was his first competition, and he said the team spent a few nights a week during the month leading up to the competition to practice as a team. "This kind of event shows me just how much I owe to UMD," said Rysavy. "The problems we were able to solve wouldn't have been possible without the education I've gotten here."

Team member Poston agrees. She said, "It was great to be able to use things we learned in class, and it was interesting to see how much we could accomplish working together as a team rather than as individuals."

Both winners would recommend participating in DigiKey to other students to sharpen their skills. Another UMD group did well at the competition, but didn't place. Team Coding Pho was made up of Eric Christensen, Mazin Jindeel, and Scott Wolff.

The groups' advisor Professor Pete Willemsen is very proud of both teams' efforts. "The students had a good time with the competition experience and deserve recognition," said Willemsen.

In 2015, UMD's Swenson College of Science & Engineering enrolled more than 3,300 students. The College is home to ten academic departments, in addition to the Large Lakes Observatory, the UMD Air Force ROTC program, and the Iron Range Engineering program, and connects students with hands-on research opportunities through its collaboration with multiple research institutions and area businesses.

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Prof. Dunham Elected Chair of SIGMAA-ARTS


Douglas Dunham, professor, Department of Computer Science, was elected as chair of SIGMAA-ARTS, the MAA (Mathematical Association of America) special interest group consisting of over 300 MAA members who are also interested in the arts. He has served as interim chair for the past two years. Also, his sculpture "The {3,12} Polyhedron Decorated with a Fractal Circle Pattern" (which can be seen at: was featured in the "Snapshot" section of Baltimore University's fall 2015 magazine.

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