National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship Program

From its inception, the goal of the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship Program has been to increase the number of STEM professionals in the U.S. workforce.  The NDSEG Fellowship Program is a three-year funding opportunity for students in or near the beginning stages of their overall graduate study and it is meant for students who plan to pursue research-based doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines.

The program provides awarded fellows with:
• 36 months of full tuition and mandatory fee coverage at any accredited U.S. institution;
• A $1,000 medical health insurance allowance per each year of the three-year program tenure;
• And $102,000.00 in stipend payments over three years.

Students can start applying to the program as early as their undergraduate senior year and as late as the start of their third year of overall graduate study. This year’s deadline for a 2017 award is December 9, 2016 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time.

Our team can be reached at or at (202) 649 – 3831.

Direct questions to NDSEG Program Manager, Rachel Levitin
1818 N Street NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 649-3831

2017 Ford Foundation Fellowship for Achieving Excellence in College and University Teaching

The Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.
This year the program will award approximately 36 dissertation fellowships providing one year of support for individuals working to complete a dissertation leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree. This national competition is administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (the Academies) on behalf of the Ford Foundation.
Awards will be made for study in research-based programs that include the following major disciplines and related interdisciplinary fields: American studies, anthropology, archaeology, art and theater history, astronomy, chemistry, communications, computer science, cultural studies, earth sciences, economics, education, engineering, ethnic studies, ethnomusicology, geography, history, international relations, language, life sciences, linguistics, literature, mathematics, performance study, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, religious studies, sociology, urban planning, and women’s studies. Also eligible are interdisciplinary ethnic studies programs, such as African American studies and Native American studies, and other interdisciplinary programs,

Online applicaiton deadline November 10, 2016.  See the online fellowship application.

“Writing Science” talk to be given by author Josh Shimel

The Distinguished Ecologist Lecture Series presents Josh Schimel from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

From Amazon’s description of Shimel’s book: “As a scientist, you are a professional writer: your career is built on successful proposals and papers. Success isn’t defined by getting papers into print, but by getting them into the reader’s consciousness. Writing Science is built upon the idea that successful science writing tells a story. It uses that insight to discuss how to write more effectively. Integrating lessons from other genres of writing with those from the author’s years of experience as author, reviewer, and editor, the book shows scientists and students how to present their research in a way that is clear and that will maximize reader comprehension.”

Writing Science” talk on Friday, October 28 at 3:00 p.m. in Forestry G002. also, see Shimel’s science writing blog.

Shimel , a microbial ecologist, will also give a talk on”The Biogeochemistry of Drought,”t 12:30 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 27).  Both seminars will be held in the Noblet Forestry Building Room G002.

2017 O.H. Ammann Fellowship in Structural Engineering

The 2017 O.H. Ammann Fellowship application is now available. Each year SEI awards multiple Ammann Fellowships to graduate students who are creating new knowledge in structural engineering. Please share this opportunity with your students or other interested parties.

Applications should be submitted before November 1, 2016. Please contact me if you need more time.

To learn more and to apply, visit the Ammann Fellowship webpage

Questions? Contact Susan Reid at

WTS MI Chapter Scholarship for Female Grad Student in Transportation

WTS is an international organization dedicated to the advancement of women in the transportation industry.  The WTS Foundation (WTSF) was formed in 2009 to provide scholarships to support the next generation of transportation professionals in our mission.

The local WTS Michigan Chapter is supporting two scholarships for deserving women in Michigan all of which have been doubled in amount again this year!  One undergraduate scholarship at $1,500 and one graduate scholarship at $2,000.  The women that win at the local level are automatically entered at the International level for their chance at scholarships totaling $5,000 and $10,000 respectively.

Applications are due on November 14th, 2016.

Contact Lauren Warren with any questions you may have.

Three Minute Thesis Winners

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition, held on Oct. 12, featured 10 speakers from departments across the University.  The competition encourages graduate students to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

Six of the students who participated advanced from the preliminary heats to compete in the finals. The winner of the competition, who will advance to the Midwestern Association of Graduate School’s 3MT Competition in April, was Divya Kamath’s presentation on improving water quality with aquesous phase advanced oxidation processes. Muraleekrishnan Menon’s presentation on improving wind turbine rotors using active flow-control devices took second. The audience selected Leigh Miller’s presentation on the protection of clean water in Panama as their favorite for the People’s Choice Award.

The event was sponsored by the Graduate Student Government and the Graduate School. Thank you to all of the judges, volunteers and competitors who helped make the event a success. Originally written by Tyler Capek in TechToday, 10/20/16

Nominations sought for 2017 MAGS Thesis Award

The Executive Committee of the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) is soliciting nominations for the 2017 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, 2014 to June 30, 2016 in the fields of
    • Social Sciences OR
    • Mathematics, Physical Sciences, and Engineering
  • 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

The 2018 competition will seek nominees in the fields of Biological/Life Sciences or the Humanities.

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

Nomination packets are due by 4pm, October 18, 2016 to the Graduate School via e-mail ( 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.

Formatting Help Sessions for Fall 2016

Are you working on formatting corrections for your dissertation, thesis, or report? Do you need help? Join the Graduate School ( for group work hours. These workshops are provided at no charge to students working on a dissertation, thesis, or report. Staff will able to help with the changes required by the Graduate School for these documents in MS Office.  Assistance will also be available for converting documents to PDF from Word and how to make simple corrections and check your document in Adobe Acrobat. The workshops will be in rooms with PCs with University software, or you may bring your own laptop. Distance students may contact about remote assistance during these times via web conferencing.  If you need additional help outside of these times, please contact the Graduate School.  On a limited basis, one-on-one assistance with a $30/hour fee may be available through the GS-CAP program. Please contact the Graduate School for more information.

All workshops will be held from 1-3pm on the following dates in Dillman 101 unless otherwise noted:

  • Thursday, November 11, 2016
  • Monday, November 14, 2016
  • Thursday, November 17, 2016
  • Monday, November 28, 2016 (NOTE: last day to submit for fall 2016)
  • Thursday, December 8, 2016
  • Wednesday, December 14, 2016 (NOTE: 11am – 2pm)

The K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award – Call for Nominations

Deadline for receipt of materials: October 3, 2016

The K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award recognizes graduate students who show exemplary promise as future leaders of higher education; who demonstrate a commitment to developing academic and civic responsibility in themselves and others; and whose work reflects a strong emphasis on teaching and learning.

The award honors the work of K. Patricia Cross, Professor Emerita of Higher Education at the University of California, Berkeley.

Please go to the K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders page for complete information. Continue reading

Seminar on Dissertation, Thesis, or Report submission

Students planning on finishing a dissertation, thesis, or report in fall 2016 or spring 2017 are invited a seminar designed to help students understand the submission process and answer questions about it. Faculty and staff who assist students with submissions are also welcome to attend.

If you are unable to join us, this seminar will be taped and available online after the event. The previous semester’s seminar is always available online.

Information on submitting, formatting, and more can be found online for dissertations and theses or reports.