Help provide a college experience for individuals with mild intellectual disabilities!

Excel at Georgia Tech is a four year, dual-certificate program that provides students with intellectual and developmental disabilities the opportunity to engage in the Yellow Jacket experience through participating in college classes, living independently, working in professional internships, and enjoying active social lives.

We are recruiting passionate Georgia Tech students who are interested in making a difference to join the Excel Peer Support Network. Peer supports will work with students in Excel to achieve academic success, develop a social network, and establish healthy and independent lifestyles.

More information and applications can be found at, or you can contact Marnie Williams (BME ’15) at


Interested students may attend any of the following information sessions:

Tuesday, April 12th: 7:00 – 8:30 pm (Scheller College of Business 4153) 

Wednesday, April 13th: 5:00 – 630 pm (Scheller College of Business 4153) 

​Please sign up for an info session here:

Applications for the Peer Support Network are due on Friday, April 15th at noon.

Thank you for your commitment to developing more inclusive communities,

In White and Gold,

Marnie Williams

Excel at Georgia Tech

Peer Support Program Coordinator

SGA Greenovation Competition

Have an idea for improving sustainability at Georgia Tech? Need funding?

Georgia Tech is hosting the second annual Greenovation in Fall 2016 during Homecoming Week! This competition is the perfect opportunity to showcase your idea for making our campus more sustainable, with the possibility of receiving $3000+ in financial support toward your project.

Unlike last year’s competition, Greenovation 2016 will be a call for student proposals that offer feasible, innovative ideas for improving any of Georgia Tech’s sustainability efforts. Ideas can range from community programs that reduce food waste to technological solutions for raising energy efficiency. All projects will be judged based upon their feasibility and expected impact on campus.

Come by our info sessions happening April 18th, 5-6pm and April 21st, 11-12pm in Clough 205 (behind Starbucks) to ask questions about the competition and get a head-start on your proposal ideas. Applications will be due near the very beginning of the fall semester. You can also like our Facebook page to continue receiving updates!

Research Participant Opportunity

Hi all, you guys may seen me previously in Blog Blast recruiting for my wearable tech research; well, exciting news: I’ve created what currently does not exist and may have something groundbreaking on my hands, I simply need help proving it works!

So, if I may share my official recruitment script: I’m a student researcher at the GT BrainLab. I’m running a study to determine whether a pair of glasses can be used to make a suitable emotional display system for people whose facial muscles are paralyzed and who cannot spontaneously show emotion.

1. Are you 18 years of age or older?
2. Do you have normal or corrected-to-normal vision?
3. Do you have normal or corrected-to-normal hearing?

If all of those apply to you, and you are interested in this study, please sign up at Only I will be able to see your name.

The study will take no more than 1 hour and you will be compensated $5 for your participation.



MHSC Applications

The Mental Health Student Coalition is recruiting for this summer and next semester! If you haven’t heard of MHSC, it is a student-run organization that meets regularly throughout the year to maintain an active pulse on the latest programs and policies affecting mental health. By nature of their collective understanding of complex mental health initiatives, they serve as a hub of information for students and administrators and forward their own initiatives. The application closes April 12th at noon!

Link to application:
Link to Facebook page:

Arrow of Time

One of the most obvious facts about the universe is that the past is different from the future. We can remember yesterday, but not tomorrow; we can turn an egg into an omelet, but can’t turn an omelet into an egg. That’s the arrow of time, which is consistent throughout the observable universe. The arrow can be explained by assuming that the very early universe was extremely orderly, and disorder has been increasing ever since. But why did the universe start out so orderly? On Monday April 11th, at 7pm, Sean Carroll will talk about the nature of time, the origin of entropy, and how what happened before the Big Bang may be responsible for the arrow of time we observe today.

Knit Mentors

Georgia Tech is committed to providing a valuable experience for all students, and has recently made great strides in improving the integration of our newest students into the Yellow Jacket community. As a part of this movement, several campus leaders have collaborated to implement a new campus-wide mentorship program which seeks to improve interpersonal connections and to “reach the unreached” at Georgia Tech. .

The K.N.I.T. Mentorship Program will be piloted this upcoming Fall Semester, and will seek to engage, empower, and prepare our newest students as they transition into Georgia Tech. By pairing incoming students to like-minded upperclassmen, K.N.I.T. will decrease the divide between students of different class levels while providing an invaluable resource for all incoming students to gain new perspectives.

K.N.I.T. stands for Knowledge, Nurture, Interaction, and Tradition, the four tenets which will be encouraged throughout each mentoring relationship – academic support (Knowledge), personal growth (Nurture), community building (Interaction), and student engagement (Tradition).

Because of your engagement on campus as well as your past leadership roles, we think you would make an excellent candidate to be a mentor in our K.N.I.T. pilot program. We have reached out to you because we believe your experiences align with the goals of K.N.I.T., and we value your input in this new endeavor for our campus. We would like to invite you to apply to be a mentor at the following link:

Detailed expectations are listed in the application, but primarily a K.N.I.T. mentor will be responsible for mentoring one or two incoming students throughout their first semester at Georgia Tech – taking part in monthly K.N.I.T. programming as well as meeting individually outside of planned events. Additionally, you will be expected to attend both of our mentor trainings on 4/8 and 4/15 from 5-7pm.


We hope that you find that you would like to be a part of the K.N.I.T. Mentorship Pilot Program for Fall 2016. We look forward to your application!

Goldman Sachs Internship

Goldman Sachs, arguably the most prestigious financial institution in the world, is looking for an intern for their Technology Business Development group. This group focuses on principal strategic investments in up-and-coming technology companies.
- An understanding of today’s technology markets
- Some grasp of business or accounting
- Confident verbal communication
- Technical writing
If you are passionate about partnering with rising technology companies, enjoy following the technology markets, and would be interested in an internship with Goldman Sachs, please reach out to me with your resume and a quick blurb about yourself at
Many Thanks,
Maria Samuel
PS Class of ’11

GT Leadership Conference

Georgia Tech’s Leadership Conference is happening this Saturday (2/27/2016) Register now!!! 

If you sign up quickly you may receive a padfolio for resumes ect., that you can keep!

Below are four different leadership topics that will be covered:

Leading around the campus: the benefits of professional leadership as a student

Leading as a Technical Professional: Engineers, Coders, and Designers lead too

Leading as an Entrepreneur: Mastering the Startup world

Leading in a Corporate World: How professionalism will set you apart

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The faculty and executive speakers in attendance are:

CEO Tom Fanning – Southern Company

General Ron Johnson

Senior VP Andrea Laliberte – Coach, Inc

Parker Vascik - Nationals ODK Board of Directors

Professor Bill Todd - Emeritus President & CEO of Georgia Cancer Coalition


Check out the Facebook event posting and GTLC’s website

Facebook Event:

GTLC Website:

Alvin M. Ferst Leadership & Entrepreneur Award Due February 22!

Landing page – The Alvin M Ferst award

2016 – Applicant form

The Division of Student Affairs is pleased to announce the availability of The Alvin M. Ferst Leadership and Entrepreneur Award. This $2,500 award goes to a junior or senior with at least a 2.5 GPA who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership and/or entrepreneurial skills while at Tech.

The Alvin M. Ferst Leadership and Entrepreneur Award will be presented at the Student Honors Celebration on April 20, 2016.


Qualities of the Ideal Candidate


The ideal candidate would be:

  • A person of vision
  • A driving force to create a business or organization
  • An inspiration to others to reach their potential
  • A leader with the ability to anticipate future needs
  • An optimist about finding solutions
  • One who generates support of the dream
  • And a person of character who says, “why not,” not “why.”

Applications must include a one-page cover letter describing qualifications for the award along

with resume and two letters of reference submitted to

The letters of reference must be from Faculty, Staff and/or Employer, and can either be submitted with the cover letter and resume or sent directly


The letters of reference should address:

  • Leadership qualities of the candidate with examples, and/or
  • Entrepreneurship achievements of the applicant, and
  • Why this student is worthy of the recommendation

The deadline to submit application is Noon, February 22, 2016. Finalists will be notified and interviewed by the Ferst Award selection committee.