George L. Disborough Trout Unlimited Research Grant

The Kalamazoo Community Foundation is accepting applications for the George L. Disborough Trout Unlimited Research Grant.

Deadline: Feb 15, 2015
For: U.S. Citizen or a Permanent Resident Alien
Level: Graduate Student
Duration: 1 year
Basic description: “project must be consistent with the mission of Trout Unlimited and take place in North America

see here for more information and how to apply:

Kalamazoo Community Foundation Scholarships

The Kalamazoo Community Foundation has a scholarship search page with the option to search at both the Graduate and Undergraduate levels.

While many of these opportunities are for residents, or former residents, of the Kalamazoo region, some are open to students in other locations. In all cases, “The recipient must be a U.S. Citizen or a Permanent Resident Alien“.

see here for instructions on how to search and apply:

Communicating Science (ComSciCon) Workshop for graduate students in June 2015

Applications are now open for the Communicating Science 2015 workshop. See official website for information on how to apply.

Where: Cambridge, MA
When: June 18-20th, 2015.
Who: Graduate students at US institutions in all fields of science and engineering
Deadline March 1st.

Acceptance to the workshop is competitive; attendance of the workshop is free and travel support will be provided to accepted applicants.

Participants will build the communication skills that scientists and other technical professionals need to express complex ideas to their peers, experts in other fields, and the general public.  There will be panel discussions on the following topics:

  • Communicating with Non-Scientific Audiences
  • Science Communication in Popular Culture
  • Communicating as a Science Advocate
  • Multimedia Communication for Scientists
  • Addressing Diversity through Communication

In addition to these discussions, ample time is allotted for interacting with the experts and with attendees from throughout the country.  Workshop participants will produce an original piece of science writing and receive feedback from workshop attendees and professional science communicators.

Visit to learn more about our past workshop programs and participants.

This workshop is sponsored by Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Colorado Boulder, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Chemical Society, and Microsoft Research.

Geophysics PhD student wins award at AGU

GMES PhD student, Elisa Piispa, has won an Outstanding Student Presentation Award at the American Geophysical Union’s annual meeting. The title of Elisa’s presentation was “Paleomagnetism of the 1.1 Ga Baraga-Marquette dykes (Michigan, USA)”. The AGU Annual meeting was held in San Francisco, CA, December 15-19, 2014. Piispa’s PhD advisor is Aleksey Smirnov.

Originally posted in Tech Today (1/19/2015)

NASA Aeronautics Scholarship Program

NASA Aeronautics Scholarship Program is accepting applications from students majoring in aeronautics related fields. Undergraduates with at least two years of study remaining are eligible to receive up to $15,000/year for two years and a summer internship with a $10,000 stipend. Graduate student awards include up to $11,000 in tuition offset, $35,000 stipend/year for two years and a summer internship with a $10,000 stipend. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Applications are due March 31, 2015.

More information can be found on

Community English Class: $20 = 7 weeks English Instruction

This is an announcement for the upcoming Community English Class.

This low cost evening “class” has proven to be a great opportunity to learn some English, meet new friends and to get out of the house and explore our community.This is especially true for people new to the community where English is a second language, but this opportunity is certainly not limited to newcomers or non-English speakers.

While designed for the spouses of international faculty, this class is open to graduate students, their partners, and anyone who wants to become more engaged in their community.

Those interested should email <> to register, or contact <> for more details. The program is taught by the Michigan Tech IESL program faculty, supported by the Michigan Tech Office of the Provost, and sponsored by the Dual Career Program.

Night Owl Leaflet Spring 2015

Michigan Tech News Article from Dec 2013

Change in Portage Lake Lift Bridge Closures

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will close the US-41/M-26 Portage Lake Lift Bridge between Houghton and Hancock for 10 hours beginning at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 17.

The bridge is scheduled to reopen at 7 a.m. on Sunday, Jan.18. The hockey game on Saturday, Jan. 17, has been moved to 5:07 p.m. to accommodate Huskies fans north of the bridge. In case of a weather delay, an alternate bridge closure date of Jan. 24 has been set.

Short Closures Schedule Change
The contractor has notified MDOT the previously scheduled four two-hour closures for Jan. 20, 21, 22, and 23 from 2 to 4 a.m. will need to be rescheduled. The two-hour closures will be announced at a later date.

In addition to the Saturday, Jan. 17 closure, motorists should expect:

  • Nearly 170 intermittent 15- to 20-minute closures from January to March, between the 7 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • One 11-and-a-half-hour closure on March 21 from 9 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. with an alternate date of March 28 in case of weather delay.

For more information, visit the bridge construction website or contact Travis Pierce at

Originally posted in Tech Today (1/14/2015)

Fund Drive for Sanaz Nezami Gravestone

A fundraising campaign to pay for a gravestone for Sanaz Nezami is nearing the halfway mark in its efforts to raise $5,000. The Iranian Community at Michigan Tech is working to support the fund drive, which was started by one of the nurses who cared for Sanaz at Marquette General Hospital in Dec. 2013.

Nezami died as a result of injuries caused by her husband, who has since been convicted of second-degree murder.  She was about to begin graduate classes at Michigan Tech when she was beaten to death.
“Sanaz’s tragic death was a big shock to all of us,” said Sara Alian, a PhD student in the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science and president of the Iranian Community at Michigan Tech. “While no member of the Iranian Community at Michigan Tech had yet met her, we immediately felt as if she were a part of our small community as soon as the sad news was shared with us.”Like other Michigan Tech members, we learned about the beauty of Sanaz’s personality, the benevolence of her family in donating her organs and the sympathy and caring of the nurses and medical teams at Marquette General Hospital who went out of their way to connect her to her family in Iran during the last days of her life. I appreciate and strongly support the campaign to honor Sanaz by raising money for a gravestone for her. That’s the least we can do to honor her legacy.”

Anyone wishing to donate can do so at the crowdfunding site, CrowdRise.

Originally posted in Tech Today (1/13/2015)

Data Science for Social Good: Summer Fellowship

The Data Science for Social Good Summer Fellowship is running again in 2015 and the application deadline is coming up in two weeks (Feb 1st). The program is currently soliciting applications from strong students.

Applicants can be from a range of backgrounds, including: Computer Science, Machine Learning, Statistics, Social Sciences, and Public Policy.

Teams will spend 12 weeks over the summer working in partnership with a non-profit or government organization on projects related to education, health, sustainability, community & economic development, disaster relief, crime, social services, social justice, etc…. If you are interested, please apply!

Deadline: Feb 1, 2015
When: May-Aug 2015
Where: Chicago
Stipend: $11,000 – $16,000 (depending on experience)

see here for more information and application form:

Seminar on Submitting your Dissertation, Thesis, or Report

Students planning on finishing a dissertation, thesis, or report in spring 2015 or summer 2015 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.

Once you register, you will receive a confirmation with the location and a reminder of the date and time, or information on how to join us online.

If you are unable to join us, this seminar will be taped and available online after the event.

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