Nominations open for MAGS Excellence in Teaching Awards

Nominations are now open for the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) Excellence in Teaching Awards.  Michigan Tech may nominate one student at the MS and PhD level.  Nominations are due to Debra Charlesworth in the Graduate School no later than 4pm, December 17, 2014.

Eligible students

  • will have been enrolled at Michigan Tech during the 2013 calendar year and have a teaching appointment
  • will have earned the Michigan Tech Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award
  • will have an excellent teaching portfolio and student evaluations

See the application page for complete details on what is required for a nomination.

Department of Energy Summer Opportunities

The S-STEM team at the NSF was just made aware of the following internship opportunity from the Department of Energy:

The Office of Science / Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications to its 2015 Summer Term internship/fellowship programs. These programs, which offer opportunities for direct engagement in scientific research and technology featuring specialized instrumentation; large-scale, multidisciplinary efforts; and/or scientific user facilities, are available for undergraduate students enrolled at community colleges and/or four-year institutions, and for visiting faculty. Selected students or faculty participate at one of 17 DOE Laboratories/Facilities, receive stipends, and may qualify for travel and housing assistance.

Applications for these competitive programs must be completed and submitted online by 5:00 PM ET on January 9, 2015 (including all required application materials and recommendations). The 2015 Summer Term placements are for 10 weeks duration in a May to August timeframe.

The three programs accepting applications are:

  • The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program encourages undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences, under the guidance of laboratory/facility staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission.  More information about SULI and access to the online application is athttp://science.energy.gov/wdts/suli/.
  • The Community College Internship (CCI) program encourages community college students to enter technical careers relevant to the DOE mission by providing technical training experiences at the DOE Labs.  Students work on technologies or instrumentation projects or major research facilities related to ongoing R&D programs. More information about CCI and access to the online application is athttp://science.energy.gov/wdts/cci/.
  • The Visiting Faculty Program (VFP) seeks to increase the research competitiveness of faculty members and their students at institutions historically underrepresented in the research community in order to expand the workforce vital to the DOE mission areas.  In this program, selected university/college faculty members collaborate with DOE laboratory research staff on a research project of mutual interest. Faculty member participants may invite up to two students (one of which may be a graduate student) to participate in the research project. Applicants establish their collaborations with laboratory research staff in advance of applying and must submit a co-developed research proposal as part of the application. Students apply separately at the invitation of the faculty member. More information about the VFP and access to the online application is at http://science.energy.gov/wdts/vfp/.

The SULI, CCI and VFP programs are sponsored and managed by the DOE Office of Science / Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists. The Department of Energy’s Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time.

 

 

Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Internship Program

The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program provides students with an opportunity to gain and develop research skills with the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy for 10 weeks over the summer. For 20 years, this program has increased awareness of DOE research opportunities to students pursuing STEM degrees (short for science, technology, engineering and math).

The goal of the program is to improve opportunities for women and minority students in these fields, however all eligible candidates are encouraged to apply before the January 2, 2015 deadline.

Apply now for the Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program

 

U.S. Department of Energy Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program (MLEF)

The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program provides students with an opportunity to gain and develop research skills with the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy for 10 weeks over the summer. For 20 years, this program has increased awareness of DOE research opportunities to students pursuing STEM degrees (science, technology, engineering and math). The goal of the program is to improve opportunities for women and minority students in these fields, however all eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.  Stipends start at $600 per week and eligible Fellows will receive an additional travel and housing allowance.  For more information, visit http://orise.orau.gov/mlef/.

Eligibility

  • Be at least 18 years of age at time of application;
  • Be a U.S. Citizen;
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0;
  • Be currently enrolled full-time in an accredited college or university (sophomore year or higher) or had a Ph.D. conferred on or after January 2, 2014 in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) degree

Application closes Friday, January 2, 2015 – clickhttp://orise.orau.gov/mlef/ to get started NOW!

 

Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge: Is Michigan Tech the Most Outdoorsy Campus?

Michigan Tech owes a lot of thanks to Mother Nature for its beautiful setting. From lakes and forests to mountains and trails, Michigan Tech’s wild side sets us apart. Now it’s time to earn bragging rights for how much we use these assets to our advantage.

From Sept. 27 through Nov. 21, members of the campus and community—students, alumni, faculty, staff and community members—are being urged to get outdoors and document their experiences online to prove that the Michigan Tech community is the most outdoorsy in the nation.

Michigan Tech is competing with nine other schools and is currently in 2nd place.

“We need your help to overtake the #1 spot,” says Caitlin Wilkins, a Tech student and Outdoor Nation competition coordinator on campus. “Anyone, anywhere can participate for Michigan Tech. They just need to create an account at this website and start logging their outdoor activities to earn points and the chance to win prizes.”

Once participants create an account and choose the school they want to earn the points, they can log in from now through Nov. 21 and log their outdoor activities.

Faculty, staff, students, community members, alumni and friends of the University, even those who have never been to Houghton or campus, can compete for Michigan Tech. “We need to get as many people participating as we can to ensure that we have a chance to win,” said Wilkins. “Tell your friends, old roommates, students, professors, the nice people you babysit for, even your family, wherever they live. We want as many people as possible to log points and activities for Michigan Tech, so we can show people that we do more than just academics well.”

Some of the prizes include CamelBack Water Bottles, The North Face gear, reusable bags and one lucky participant will win a touring kayak from Down Wind Sports in Houghton.

“We’re so excited to be able to show off Tech’s amazing location through this great competition,” said Wilkins. “We know that a love of the outdoors is a common thread among all Huskies, and this way we can really show it off.”

Throughout the competition, there will be a variety of events to encourage outdoor activity, including a free adventure bandana giveaway for current students, bike repair clinics, a photo competition and more, hosted by the Outdoor Adventure Program, WHSA, Outdoor Venture Crew, IRHC, Paintball Club and more.

“There are plenty of ways for people to get active and share their experiences,” Wilkins said. “Stay tuned to our Facebook event page for more information.”

Limited Space Available for Community ESL Class

Only a few spaces remain for spouses of international faculty, scholars and grad students interested in registering for Tech’s 7-week ESL and culture class known as Community English.

Open to those of all skill levels, the class will meet from 7 to 9 p.m., Tuesdays, Oct. 14 to Dec. 2, at the Van Pelt and Opie Library, Room 243. The program highlights American social customs, everyday English and conversation with local residents. Registration fee is $10.

Those interested should email comlanguage@mtu.edu for details as soon as possible. The program is supported by the Michigan Tech Office of the Provost and sponsored by the Dual Career Program.

Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Class Begins Oct. 21

Master self-defense tactics and safety techniques through a comprehensive course designed specifically for women ages twelve and up. The course begins with a focus on awareness, prevention and risk reduction/avoidance and progresses to the basics of hands-on defense training.

RAD is offered by Michigan Tech’s Department of Public Safety and Police Services through Community Programs, and the course is taught by Public Safety officers. The class combines both classroom instruction and hands-on physical
training.
  • Dates: Oct. 21 to Nov. 13
  • Days/Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Location: SDC Racquetball Court #5
  • Cost: $30 for Michigan Tech students, $50 for non-students

Women only please. Minimum age of 12.

Registration and payment may be completed online, by phone at 7-2073 or at the SDC Ticket Office.

Nominations Sought for 2015 MAGS Thesis Award

The Executive Committee of the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) is soliciting nominations for the 2015 MAGS Distinguished Master’s Thesis Awards to recognize and reward distinguished scholarship and research at the master’s level. Michigan Tech may nominate one candidate in each disciplinary category.

Eligible students

  • Will have earned a master of science degree between July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2014 in Social Sciences or Physical Science/Engineering (including mathematics)
    • Michigan Tech may nominate one thesis in each category
    • The 2016 competition will seek nominees in Biological/Life Sciences and the Humanities
  • Will have completed an original thesis that makes an unusually significant contribution to the discipline
  • Will not have earned a PhD (or comparable research degree) in any discipline prior to the writing of the master’s thesis

Please see the website for complete details on eligibility and application procedures.

Nomination packets are due by 4 p.m., Friday Oct. 17, to the Graduate School via e-mail (gradschool@mtu.edu) or campus mail (address to Debra Charlesworth). Eligible students with a complete nomination packet will be evaluated by a panel of faculty from the University.

Nominations sought for 2015 MAGS Thesis Award

The Executive Committee of the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) is soliciting nominations for the 2015 MAGS Distinguished Master’s Thesis Awards to recognize and reward distinguished scholarship and research at the master’s level.  Michigan Tech may nominate one candidate in each disciplinary category.

Eligible students

  • will have earned a master of science degree between July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2014 in the field of Social Sciences or Physical Science/Engineering (including mathematics)
    • Michigan Tech may nominate one thesis in each category
    • The 2016 competition will seek nominees in the fields of Biological/Life Sciences and the Humanities
  • will have completed an original thesis that makes an unusually significant contribution to the discipline
  • will not have earned a PhD (or comparable research degree) in any discipline prior to the writing of the master’s thesis

Please see our web page for complete details on eligibility and application procedures.

Nomination packets are due by 4pm, October 17, 2014 to the Graduate School via e-mail (gradschool@mtu.edu) or campus mail (address to Debra Charlesworth). Eligible students with a complete nomination packet will be evaluated by a panel of faculty from the University.