Spring 2015 Finishing Fellowship Nominations Open

Applications for spring 2015 finishing fellowships are now being accepted, and are due no later than 4pm, October 21, 2014 to Dr. Debra Charlesworth in the Graduate School. Instructions on the application and evaluation process are found online.

Students are eligible if all of the following criteria are met:

  1. Must be a PhD student.
  2. Must expect to finish during the semester supported as a finishing fellow.
  3. Must have submitted no more than one previous application for a finishing fellowship.
  4. Must be eligible for or in Research Only Mode at the time of application.

Finishing Fellowships provide support to PhD candidates who are close to completing their degrees. These fellowships are available through the generosity of alumni and friends of the University. They are intended to recognize outstanding PhD candidates who are in need of financial support to finish their degrees and are also contributing to the attainment of goals outlined in The Michigan Tech Plan. The Graduate School anticipates funding up to ten fellowships with support ranging from $2000 to full support (stipend + tuition). Students who receive full support through a Finishing Fellowship may not accept any other employment. For example, students cannot be fully supported by a Finishing Fellowship and accept support as a GTA or GRA.

Upcoming Michigan Space Grant Consortium Conference at the University of Michigan

The Michigan Space Grant Consortium (MSGC), of which Michigan Tech is a member, will host its annual conference at the University of Michigan on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The event will be held in the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Building at 1320 Beal Ave. in Ann Arbor on the North Campus. MSGC supports student work in space-related science and technology—as well as STEM disciplines—in Michigan.

The conference offers students, faculty, instructors and researchers the opportunity to display their research through presentations and posters. Registration is free but required to allow for adequate planning for seating, meals and refreshments. The registration deadline date is Oct. 6, and travel assistance is available for students.

Non-MSGC individuals and groups from academia, industry and the local community are also invited to share their experience and knowledge in aerospace, space science and aeronautics.

To register and for more information, see online. The on-campus contact is Paige Hackney, in the Pavlis Honors College, she can be reached at phackney@mtu.edu or 7-4371.

Fall Enrollment at All-Time High for Female Engineering, Minority, International and Graduate Students

Michigan Tech submitted its preliminary fall enrollment figures to the state this week.  Enrollment totaled 7,100 this fall, up from last year and the second highest since 1983.

Female enrollment in the College of Engineering is 1,005, an all-time high at 22 percent.

American minority students totaled 474, nearly 7 percent of the student body and another all-time high.

Graduate School enrollment also hit an all-time high this fall, at 1,442 or 20 percent of the student body.  The Graduate School received 1,800 more applications this year than last.

Michigan Tech’s 1,093 international students represent another all-time high. Retention—the percentage of first-year students who return for their second year—was 85 percent, the highest it has been since 1993.

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Published in Tech Today by Jennifer Donovan, director of news and media relations

Applications are open for the ASNT Robert B. Oliver Scholarship

The ASNT Robert B. Oliver Scholarship is a $2,500 scholarship given to provide an incentive to students currently enrolled in course work related to nondestructive testing (NDT) in a program of study learning to an undergraduate degree, an associate degree, or a post-secondary certificate.  The scholarship memorializes ASNT’s Past President, Honorary Member, and Fellow Robert B. Oliver.

The scholarships are awarded to students submitting the best original manuscripts on nondestructive testing.  The manuscript should develop a concept in NDT and may be based on practical experience, laboratory work, or library research. (See link below for manuscript criteria.)  Papers may be classroom assignments for work outside NDT, such as an English class.  A maximum of three (3) scholarships are presented each year.

Applications must be submitted online and received no later than 15 February 2015.
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Professional Skills Workshop – From Cover Letter to Interview

Professional Development Day is coming up this Friday, September 19.

“From Cover Letter to Interview: Professional Skills Workshop”

GSG and the Michigan Tech Career Center are teaming up to help you market yourself to prospective employers with the following:

  • CV & Resume Writing Workshop
  • Interview & Career Fair Tips
  • Questionnaire Session with International students
Date: Friday, September, 19th
Time: 11 AM – 2 PM
Place: Library East Reading Room

A catered lunch ( Vegetarian & Non-Vegetarian) will be provided.

All graduate students are invited to attend. No RSVP is necessary. We hope to see you all there!

Biostatistics Prospective Student Day Fall 2014

DEPARTMENT OF BIOSTATISTICS PROSPECTIVE GRADUATE STUDENT INFORMATION DAY

The event will be held on Saturday, October 11, 2014 in Ann Arbor MI, and provides an opportunity for students who may be interested in graduate study in Biostatistics to learn about our program and the University and meet our faculty.  There will be presentations by students and faculty providing examples of ongoing work in the department, summarizing job opportunities and career prospects, and providing guidance on admission policies and financial support.

This includes both undergraduate and Masters students who have identified Biostatistics and related fields as an area of interest, but also students who are completing undergraduate degrees in Math, Statistics, Biology, Computer Science and related disciplines that are beginning to explore their future options. With the current great need for students who can bridge the fields of mathematics, statistics, biology, medicine and computer science, prospects for our graduates have never been brighter. 

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Apply for Sigma Xi’s Grants-in-Aid of Research program

Undergraduate and graduate students may apply for research funding through Sigma Xi’s Grants-in-Aid of Research program.

The deadline is October 15, 2014.

The program awards grants of up to $1,000 to students from all areas of the sciences and engineering. Designated funds from the National Academy of Sciences allow for grants of up to $5,000 for astronomy research and $2,500 for vision related research. Students use the funding to pay for travel expenses to and from a research site, or for purchase of non-standard laboratory equipment necessary to complete a specific research project.

Apply at www.sigmaxi.org/programs/grants-in-aid.

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Experience Career Fair This Fall

Career Services invites you to the largest Career Fair ever.

Michigan Tech’s Career Fair is a celebration and reflection of the value each of our students represents to industry and academia. These recruiters are looking for future leaders in both their organizations and communities. Currently we have more than 300 organizations seeking our current and graduating students to join their organizations, well above the 295 recorded previously in Fall of 2008.

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PhD students co-authored paper in Journal of Applied Physics

PhD students Ankit Vora (ECE) and Jephias Gwamuri (MSE) co-authored a paper with Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE), Paul Bergstrom (ECE) and Durdu Guney (ECE) titled “Multi-resonant Silver Nano-disk Patterned Thin Film Amorphous Silicon Solar Cells For Staebler-Wronski Effect Compensation,” in the “Journal of Applied Physics.”

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