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How Do People at Michigan Tech Experience Life at the University?

by Jenn Donovan

Working, living and learning at Michigan Technological University is shaped by the attitudes, beliefs, experiences and perceptions of the students, faculty and staff.  What are those attitudes, beliefs, experiences and perceptions, and how do they affect life on campus?

Michigan Tech is committed to finding out. So the University formed a Climate Survey Working Group and hired a consultant from Pennsylvania State University, Susan Rankin of Rankin & Associates, to conduct a campus-wide assessment of the beliefs, behaviors and practices of members of the Michigan Tech community. She has conducted more than 170 institutional climate assessments at colleges and universities.

The study opened yesterday (Oct. 17) and runs until Nov. 10.

“The Working, Living and Learning Assessment will pose questions related to backgrounds and groups with which people identify, as well as attitudes and beliefs about their own and other groups on campus,” said Jill Hodges, executive director of Institutional Equity and Inclusion. “The survey is voluntary and confidential. Those taking it can choose not to answer any question.  It should take 20 to 30 minutes to complete.

The full story is available on the Michigan Tech news website.

Federal Science Partners Faculty Town Hall

Higher Education and Research Policy:
Impact on Faculty

 Interested in how federal policy impacts higher education?

Hear from Michigan Tech Director of Federal Relations and Michigan Tech’s federal lobbying firm, Federal Science Partners, as they discuss policy topics important to students such as: research funding, congressional and executive branch processes, and more.

A short presentation will be followed by an open town hall style Q&A.

When: Thursday October 5th, 2:00-3:00 PM

Where: MUB Ballroom B

FSP Faculty Flyer

AHA Collaborative Sciences Award Letter of Intent Deadline is Nov. 1, 2017

The American Heart Association Collaborative Sciences Award (CSA) fosters innovative collaborative approaches to research projects that propose novel pairings of investigators from at least two broadly disparate disciplines. At least one Co-PI must be from a field outside of cardiovascular disease and stroke. The proposal must focus on the collaborative relationship, such that the scientific objectives could not be achieved without the efforts of at least two co-principal investigators and their respective disciplines.

The combination and integration of studies may be inclusive of basic, clinical, population, behavioral, and/or translational research. AHA awards are open to the array of academic and health professionals. This includes but is not limited to all academic disciplines (biology, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, technology, physics, etc.) and all health-related professions (physicians, nurses, advanced practice nurses, pharmacists, dentists, physical and occupational therapists, statisticians, nutritionists, behavioral scientists, health attorneys, engineers, etc.).

Following are the basic requirements of the CSA; please refer to the AHA Collaborative Sciences Award Description for additional requirements and details:

  • At least one Co-PI must work in cardiovascular or stroke-related research.
  • At least one Co-PI must work in a divergent/disparate discipline (e.g. engineering, computer science, chemistry, mathematics, psychology, health law, etc.) and/or without prior focus in cardiovascular or stroke-related research.
  • At least one Co-PI must be an early-career (assistant professor or equivalent) or mid-career(associate professor or equivalent) investigator.
  • Each Co-PI must hold a M.D., Ph.D., D.O., D.D.S., D.V.M. or equivalent post-baccalaureate terminal (highest-level) degree in his/her discipline.

This is a three-year award of $250,000 per year.

Letter of Intent

A letter of intent is required to ensure responsiveness to the novel, collaborative nature of this program. AHA will contact select applicants who will be invited to submit a full application.

The letter (five pages maximum) must describe an innovative, collaborative approach to research which incorporates a novel grouping of investigators from at least two widely disparate disciplines and/or areas of expertise. The written summary must focus on the collaborative relationship of the investigators, such that the scientific objectives cannot be achieved without the efforts of at least two co-principal investigators and their respective disciplines and expertise. The combination and integration of studies may be inclusive of basic, clinical, population, behavioral, and/or translational research. Letters of Intent must be submitted through Grants@Heart, the AHA’s online application and award system. View the full Letter of Intent Instructions.

The Letter of Intent deadline is Wednesday, Nov 1, 2017, at 5 pm CST.
View the AHA Collaborative Sciences Award Description here.

For program questions/inquiries, call (214) 360-6107 (option 1) or email

VPR Campus Satellite Office: 6th floor Dow

The Vice President for Research (VPR) is piloting a satellite office on campus.  Jennifer Bukovich from the Sponsored Programs Office (SPO) and Christopher Stancher from the Sponsored Programs Accounting (SPA) Office are housed on the 6th Floor of the Dow Environmental Sciences & Engineering Building to support faculty and staff in areas related to sponsored programs.

The location of the satellite office provides faculty and staff in the College of Engineering, College of Science and Arts and the School of Technology with direct and convenient access to SPO and SPA.  While on campus, SPO, SPA and the representatives will assess the needs for administrative support related to sponsored programs and provide suggestions on how those needs can be met.

The VPR Office is extremely excited about this opportunity to be located on-campus and looks forward to the personal interaction this location will provide.  For assistance, please stop by rooms 616 and 617 of the Dow Building during normal office hours.

For questions regarding this pilot, please contact Lisa Jukkala in SPO at 487-2226 or Tammy LaBissoniere in SPA at 487-2244.

Pavlis Honors College: Undergraduate Research Internship Program

The Pavlis Honors College is pleased to announce the third year of our Undergraduate Research Internship Program for the 2017-18 academic year.  There are two tracks for faculty mentors to consider:

  • Faculty in Health-Related Fields are invited to identify an undergraduate research intern with any amount of prior experience – Portage Health Foundation Scholars
  • Faculty in any discipline are invited to identify an undergraduate intern that is relatively new to research or scholarship (less than 6 months) – Pavlis Young Investigators

The internship program is open to any undergraduate student on campus.  Faculty are welcome to apply with students with whom they are already working.


The program consists of a 20-week internship (Mid-October through Mid-March) as well as professional development activities centered in academic research and scholarship.


The Pavlis Honors College will provide $800 in funding for the student intern, with the expectation that faculty will identify a source to match this value, resulting in a total of $1600 (or $10/hr for 8 hours per week for a period of 20 weeks).  Faculty may make use of research funds, IRAD, startup packages, or consult their chairs, deans or center/institute management.


Once accepted into program, the student intern is required to:

  • meet with the faculty mentor within the first 2 weeks of the internship and complete an individual development plan (IDP) – a form will be provided by the Pavlis Honors College;
  • attend at least 3 Research Scholarship Workshops (see suggested schedule below); and
  • present their research findings in a poster at the Undergraduate Research Symposium on Friday, March 23rd (Friday of Preview Day Weekend).

Applications are due by October 2nd and include the following:

  1. Online Student Application Form
  2. Project Description
  3. Faculty Mentor Letter of Support
  4. Faculty Match Funding Acknowledgement

The Project Description is to be completed by student applicant with guidance from the faculty mentor.


Details of these requirements can be found on the Pavlis Honors College website.


The program will begin the week of October 16th with a kickoff mixer for mentors and interns.


Planned Workshop Topics –

Making the Most of Mentorship

Plagiarism (offered by the Van Pelt and Opie Library)

Documenting your Research

Literature (Finding it and Reading it)

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Workshops

Research Integrity

Abstracts and Posters

Practice Poster Talks


This program is made possible by generous donations from the Portage Health Foundation and with the support of the Pavlis Honors College.

Lorelle Meadows, Ph.D.

Dean, Pavlis Honors College

Michigan Technological University
“Half of the curriculum walks in the room when the students do.” – Emily Style

Graduate Research Opportunities at DOE National Laboratories due Nov. 16

The Department of Energy’s Office of Science is now accepting applications for the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program (2017 Solicitation 2). Applications are due 5:00pm Eastern Time on Thursday, November 16, 2017.

The SCGSR program provides doctoral dissertation/thesis research opportunities for graduate students at DOE national laboratories. Details about the program and online application can be found at

We would appreciate it very much if you could help distribute the program announcement to interested faculty members and graduate students in your institution. Please see the program announcement below right after my signature.



Subject: The DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is now accepting applications!

Dear Colleagues,

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science is pleased to announce that the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is now accepting applications for the 2017 Solicitation 2.  Applications are due 5:00pm Eastern Time on Thursday, November 16, 2017.

Detailed information about the program, including eligibility requirements and access to the online application system, can be found at:    

The SCGSR program supports supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE national laboratory/facility in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist for a period of 3 to 12 consecutive months—with the goal of preparing graduate students for scientific and technical careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission.

The SCGSR program is open to current Ph.D. students in qualified graduate programs at accredited U.S. academic institutions, who are conducting their graduate thesis research in targeted areas of importance to the DOE Office of Science. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students’ overall doctoral thesis/dissertation while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the host DOE laboratories/facilities. The supplemental award provides for additional, incremental costs for living and travel expenses directly associated with conducting the SCGSR research project at the DOE host laboratory/facility during the award period.

The Office of Science expects to make approximately 50 awards in 2017 Solicitation 2, for project periods beginning anytime between June 4, 2018 and October 1, 2018.

Since its inception in 2014, the SCGSR program has provided support to over 250 graduate awardees from more than 100 different universities to conduct thesis research at 17 DOE national laboratories across the nation.

The SCGSR program is sponsored and managed by the DOE Office of Science’s Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS), in collaboration with the six Office of Science research programs offices and the DOE national laboratories/facilities, and program administration support is provided by the Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education (ORISE).

For any questions, please contact

U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science