Career paths for PhD graduates

Did you know that the career paths for a PhD are (probably) infinite? Since all PhD students are trained in academic environment, the assumption has been that most doctoral students enter academia after graduation. This assumption, however, is not based in current reality. Graduates can find rewarding careers in industry, government labs, and a variety of academic positions. Read more about this in the Chronicle of Higher Education, where they profile a number of participants in a Preparing Future Faculty program and see where their careers are today.


Updating Your Expected Graduation Term

Did you know that MyMichiganTech now allows you to update your expected Graduation Term with the Graduate School? It’s quick and easy to do, and by doing so your MyMichiganTech checklist will more accurately reflect what you need to do this semester.

Login to MyMichiganTech and Access the Current Students Tab

The first step to completing this task is to login to MyMichiganTech and navigate to the Current Students page. If you’re having trouble doing this, or you are new to MyMichiganTech, you may find our blog post on navigating MyMichiganTech helpful. This post can be found here.

Login page for MyMichiganTech.
Login page for MyMichiganTech.

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Michigan Tech in India

Pushpa Murthy, Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School will be traveling in India in late October, 2017. She will be in Bangalore on Sunday, October 22 and would like to meet with Tech alumni in India, catch up with news at your end, and share what is happening at Michigan Tech and in Houghton.

If you are interested in meeting up for tea around 4pm on October 22, please contact Mary Stevens at mjsteven@mtu.edu prior to October 11th to RSVP. A venue will be set once we know how many people will be joining us.


Using the Graduate Student Parental Accommodation Funding Request Form

Funding may be available from the Graduate School to Department Chairs, School Deans, Graduate Program Directors, and Principal Investigators who must hire a temporary replacement for a student who has been granted an excused absence under the Parental Accommodation Policy.

You can download the form from the Forms and Deadlines page.

Now that you know where to find this form and how open it, let’s talk about filling it out.

 

Is This The Right Form For Me?

This form is for departmental use only. Students requesting Parental Accommodation should use the Parental Accommodation form found here. Departments using this form should be sure that the student has submitted the Parental Accommodation form to the Graduate School or this request will not be reviewed.

Providing Student Information

The first few blocks are pretty self-explanatory; enter the last name, first name, and M Number of the student requesting leave in the appropriate boxes.

Personal Information including Last Name, First Name, and M Number should be entered in the first section of the form.
Personal Information including Last Name, First Name, and M Number should be entered in the first section of the form.

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Using Approval of a Dissertation, Thesis or Report Form

The Approval form indicates to the Graduate School that your technical corrections are complete, and your dissertation is ready for formatting review by the Graduate School. It also defines the access (open or campus) and embargo options for your dissertation. Your dissertation must be completely submitted by the deadline for the semester in order to complete your degree in that semester.

Where Do I Find the Form?

The Approval of a Dissertation, Thesis, or Report form can be found on the Forms and Deadlines page or by clicking here here.

Please note that this form, like many of our forms, is dynamic. As a dynamic form, it will only work in Adobe Acrobat or Reader.  If the hyperlink above doesn’t open the PDF as expected, we recommend right clicking on the link, selecting “Save link as…” (or similar option in your browser) and saving the file.  If you are still having trouble opening the form, check out this link which offers some more troubleshooting options. After you have saved the file, open Adobe Acrobat or Reader and open the saved form.

Now that you know where to find this form and where we can open it, let’s talk about filling it out.

Submission Instructions

The first section of the form consists of the Dissertation, Thesis and Report submission steps and instructions (click on the button that matches your document type to reveal the instructions). Please read the instructions carefully before filling out the form.

Steps to follow and Instructions for submission of form.
Steps to follow and Instructions for submission of form.

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Using the Appeal Form

Students may appeal their dismissal as described in the Graduate Appeals of Suspension or Dismissal policy. In the event that the use of this form is necessary, please follow the instructions below to ensure an accurate submission of the form.

Where Do I Find the Form?

The Graduate Appeal Form can be found on the Graduate Appeals of Suspension or Dismissal policy wbepage or by clicking here. Graduate students must submit a completed form to the Graduate School before the dean will consider an appeal request. This form must be submitted to the Graduate School within ten (10) business days of notification via email from the Graduate School of suspension or dismissal.

Please note that this form, like many of our forms, is dynamic. As a dynamic form, it will only work in Adobe Acrobat or Reader.  If the hyperlink above doesn’t open the PDF as expected, we recommend right clicking on the link, selecting “Save link as…” (or similar option in your browser) and saving the file.  If you are still having trouble opening the form, check out this link which offers some more troubleshooting options. After you have saved the file, open Adobe Acrobat or Reader and open the saved form.

Now that you know where to find this form and where we can open it, let’s talk about filling it out.

Providing Personal Information

The first section of this form asks for your personal information such as Last Name(surname), First Name(given name), M Number, and Date of submission.

Date of form submission, Personal Information including Last Name, First Name, and M Number should be entered in the first section of the form.
Date of form submission, Personal Information including Last Name, First Name, and M Number should be entered in the first section of the form.

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Amelia Earhart (AE) Fellowship from Zonta International

Zonta Awards 35 annual AE Fellowships worth $10,000.00 to talented women pursuing Ph.D./doctoral degrees in aerospace-related science or aerospace-related engineering.  More information and applications can be found with a quick internet search or here: https://www.zonta.org/Global-Impact/Education/Amelia-Earhart-Fellowship

The next AE Fellowship application deadline is November 15, 2017.


Formatting and submitting dissertation, thesis, or report help sessions for Fall 2017

Are you working on formatting corrections for your dissertation, thesis, or report? Do you need help? Are you unsure where to submit your dissertation, thesis, or report?

Join the Graduate School (gradschool@mtu.edu) 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 gradschool@mtu.edu 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 may be available. Please contact the Graduate School for more information.

All workshops will be held from on the following dates at the mentioned time:

  • Wednesday, November 15, 2017 | 11am – 1pm | Dillman 101
  • Friday, December 1, 2017 | 11am – 1pm | EERC 723
  • Monday, December 4, 2017 | 11am – 1pm | EERC 723– Deadline for Fall 2017 is 4pm on December 4
  • Thursday, December 14, 2017 | 10am – 12pm | EERC 723
  • Wednesday, December 20, 2017 | 11am – 1pm | EERC 723

Using The Degree Completion Form

Submitting forms in a timely manner is essential for students to complete their degree requirements. Students can find a checklist of items needed at this time and a comprehensive list of items pending and complete for each degree on MyMichiganTech. See our tutorial for a walk-through.

Today’s blog post provides instructions for filling out the Degree Completion Form. The Degree completion form is mandatory for all the graduate and doctoral program students and needs to be submitted to the Graduate School on paper or via email to gradschool@mtu.edu

Where Do I Find the Form?

Students can now see a personalized list of items they need to complete for each graduate degree on MyMichiganTech. If a degree requires a dissertation, thesis, or report, this form is mentioned under a separate section on MyMichiganTech detailing the items necessary to complete the defense and written document. The Degree Completion form can be found on the Forms and Deadlines or by clicking here.

Degree completion form under section Items needed to complete a thesis and defense.
Degree completion form under section Items needed to complete a thesis and defense.

Please note that this form, like many of our forms, is dynamic. As a dynamic form, it will only work in Adobe Acrobat or Reader.  If the hyperlink above doesn’t open the PDF as expected, we recommend right clicking on the link, selecting “Save link as…” (or similar option in your browser) and saving the file.  If you are still having trouble opening the form, check out this link which offers some more troubleshooting options. After you have saved the file, open Adobe Acrobat or Reader and open the saved form.

Now that you know where to find this form and where we can open it, let’s talk about filling it out.

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Portage Health Foundation Fall 2017 Wenkai Jia

Wenkai Jia
Biomedical Engineering
Wenkai Kia

My name is Wenkai (Vicky) Jia, and I am from a seaside city located in northeast China. My interests are in biology and chemistry and I chose Bio-functional Materials as my undergraduate major in Beijing University of Chemical Technology. I joined Dr. Feng Zhao’s lab in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and kept working in the area of tissue engineering from 2015. My current research is applying stem cells as regenerative medicine to treat lymphedema and investigating the mechanism underneath. We anticipate that stem cell therapy could cure lymphedema and it would perform better and be more promising than conventional treatments.