Technology Innovation Student Awards

Applications for the 2016 Award are due by Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 11:59 p.m.


This program recognizes exemplary student use of innovative technology associated with their academic studies. The award is designed to recognize essential uses of the mobile devices or other technologies in the academic environment. Up to two awards of $750 are made annually.


The items listed below are intended to give applicants a guideline for putting together a strong application.

  • Innovative/creative application or use of technology within your field
  • Technological sophistication in the context of your discipline
  • Service to the university and/or surrounding community
  • Significance or impact of this project
  • Integration across disciplines

Application Instructions and Deadline

This award program is open to all currently enrolled NMU students (undergraduate and/or graduate) or teams of students. Submit application materials via email to the Office of Graduate Education and Research ( by Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 11:59 p.m.

The application form should be the first attachment.  The rest of the required materials listed below should also be attachments preferably in the order provided below. Applications that are a work for hire are welcome to apply, but preference may be given to other projects.

The application must include:

1. A completed Student Technology Innovation Award Application Form. This is an Adobe Acrobat Form – you can complete the form within Adobe Acrobat Reader, and then save form to your mobile device. NOTE: If your responses do not fit into the fields provided, use page 3 for additional information.

2.  Letter of Support from one NMU faculty or staff member. Contents may include, but not limited to, 1) the difference or uniqueness of the mobile devices uses from ordinary academic work in the department, and 2) student’s academic improvement by using the mobile device.  Note to writers of the Letters of Support: These are not recommendations of the students, they are letters certifying the innovations being presented by the students.  Please focus your comments on why the project was innovative rather than making general comments about the applicant’s academic abilities, character, etc.

3. Sample products/supporting materials (documents, drawings, applications, etc.).  Please keep in mind that mail servers typically limit the size of attachments to 8 megabytes.  For larger files, applicants should arrange for materials to be available on a website.  Information about accessing web space is available through the NMU HelpDesk. Any supporting materials posted through a website must be complete and available for download when the application is submitted.

You will receive an e-mail confirmation of the receipt of your application materials.  If you do not receive such a confirmation e-mail within 48 hours of the deadline for submission, please inquire to ensure your materials were received.

Evaluation Procedure

ETRPC will review applications and submit a list of winners to the Office of Graduate Education and Research in late March or early April. Students will be notified upon approval. Awards to student winners will be presented publicly at the Celebration of Student Research, Creative Works and Academic Service Learning on Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 9 a.m.


The essays and outputs from the winners can be used by the University for information and promotion purposes. Winners may be required to present their works to an audience and/or the NMU Board of Trustees.

Questions should be directed to the chair of the Educational Technology Resources and Policy Committee (ETRPC) Hugo Eyzaguirre,  or 906-227-2127