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An Analysis of Leadership Within...

The global environment will continue to experience an increase in political and economic turmoil. This will result in regional instability, failed states, asymmetric conflict, and global terrorism. My research project explores the individual leadership competences of international judges,...

$0 (funded)
$5,000 (goal)
Take a Closer Look: Super-Lens...

Metamaterials—artificial materials that exhibit physical properties not seen in nature—could make the magical a reality. In the future, with metamaterials, you could make objects levitate with a laser beam, make yourself vanish, or create a super-lens to turn your smartphone into a high-power...

$270 (funded)
$10,000 (goal)
Can Fruit Fly Pigmentation...

Cancer is caused by genes that were originally "good" genes that have turned "bad". Every organism needs these genes to develop from an egg into an adult, but when they mutate, they cause tumor development and growth.

$390 (funded)
$10,000 (goal)
Sunshine on a Cloudy Day:...

The solar disinfection of drinking water (SODIS) method is used to purify drinking water in 24 African, Asian, and Latin American countries. This method is only effective when used on clear water, leaving those with cloudy water at risk for life-threatening disease. Our research aims to find a way...

$390 (funded)
$10,000 (goal)
Investigating the Sustainability...

This project will improve the sustainability of the ship-recycling industry in Bangladesh, where millions of tons of metal are recovered from hundreds of beached container ships, oil tankers, and cruise liners annually. We will investigate how recycled metal flows through the metal smith community...

$1,850 (funded)
$3,500 (goal)
Project Africa - Education,...

Our team will be focusing on improving the community and quality of life in Ghana and Tanzania. Our biggest focus will be improving the education system in both locations while providing the communities with the necessary resources.

$85 (funded)
$6,000 (goal)
Reducing bird-window collisions...

The Michigan Tech campus is positioned within a major migratory route for many bird species and thus many of these birds are at risk of window collisions with campus buildings. This project creates research and creative opportunities for science and art students on the Michigan Tech campus to help...

$3,045 (funded)
$8,000 (goal)
Tropical Responses to Altered...

Tropical forests contain ~25% of Earth’s terrestrial biomass and exchange more carbon (C) and energy with the atmosphere than any other biome. As such, our poor understanding of how tropical forests will respond to projected increased temperatures severely constrains global predictions.

$560 (funded)
$8,000 (goal)
Multitasking Grasses:...

Soils in the region are heavily contaminated with heavy metals due to history of mineral mining. This is a problem because it can pose health and environmental risks.Our solution is to make a value added product, ethanol, from the grasses after they have been used to clean up the soil...

$800 (funded)
$2,000 (goal)
Women in Engineering Pre-College...

WIE is a week-long summer camp for high-achieving young women in grades 9-11. Led by faculty, staff, and graduate students from Michigan Tech, participants spend the week exploring future careers in engineering. They learn about multiple engineering fields, complete group projects, and more -...

$35,100 (funded)
$150,000 (goal)

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