February 2015            
Engineer Your Future

Welcome to The Accelerator, a monthly e-newsletter and blog that keeps engineering students informed and helps them connect and succeed. Here you will find the latest news affecting student life, engineering, and higher education; information on contests, grants, fellowships, scholarships, and internships; tips on career planning; and interesting examples of student research. Each of the categories below links to a website-blog that features a large and growing collection of useful sources. Sign up here.    

Students at the University of Maryland's Institute for Advanced Computer Studies are devising mathematical means of
thwarting rhino poachers.
Create a Small-Screen Heroine
The White House, the NAE, and Hollywood are crowdfunding ideas for The Next MacGyver: a new female engineering pop-culture phenomenon.
Take an ASEE Student Survey
The Student Division wants to know how it can best serve you!

Our February videos were curated to help you feel better,
no matter what kind of month you're having.
Have the winter blues? Watch this robot play with a litter of kittens to melt your snowy heart!
Need to restore your faith in humanity? A 19-year-old built a cheap robotic prosthetic arm--He'll teach you to build it for free.

Need a break from stress? This video will send you into a meditative trance.

In anticipation of next year's Indiana bicentennial, the Hoosier state plans an Olympic-style relay, parading a living flame through all of the state's 92 counties. Fastening a torch to a racecar presents a special set of challenges. Who better to meet them than Purdue engineering students?
From the Student Division 
The ASEE Student Division was created at the 2007 Annual Conference and Exposition. This was in response to the need for ASEE student members to have a voice and home within the national organization.

See updates this month from our Ohio Northern University and Stanford University chapters. 
Kick-start your career with great tips, internships, fellowships, and scholarships that can help you get
ahead in engineering.

The Science of Schmoozing

Everyone schmoozes--or, at least, they ought to.
Find tips here to optimize your academic success,
even for introverts.   

Grants! Grants! Grants!
Click here for three new grants to help fund your research.

We have three interesting contests coming up. Prizes range from money to prestigious positions and the possibility of commercial product success. 


Useful Links
From ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) to WEPAN (Women in Engineering ProActive Network), some 30 professional societies, nonprofits, activist groups, and service organizations offer a variety of programs and information for engineering students. Click here for a complete alphabetical listing. 
Have an awesome student project or startup company? Or a great story about how you got your first engineering job? Tell us here.
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