Technology Innovation Student Awards

Technology Innovation Award poster

Applications for the 2018 Award are due March 16, 2018 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
  • Preference is given to completed work or work where a significant portion has been completed
  • If this project is completed with assistance from an NMU faculty or staff member, clearly differentiate between the student’s and faculty/staff member’s contributions
  • If multiple entries are submitted from the same project, clearly differentiate each individual’s work contributions

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 March 16, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.

The application must include:

1. A completed Student Technology Innovation Award Application Form. (If you have trouble, you can view the Word version of the form here. These can be emailed to

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 and clarify for people outside your field the novelty of the project. 

3. Sample products/supporting materials (to be attached at the bottom of the application)


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 12, 2018.


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) Lanae Joubert, or 906-227-2137.