UC Davis: CCST Science and Technology Policy Fellowship Information Session

The California Council on Science and Technology was created to provide California with objective, nonpartisan advice on policy issues that involve science.  CCST runs a Fellowship Program that places 10 PhD scientists each year as aides to lawmakers in the California Assembly and Senate.  They research issues, assess policies, and draft laws based on facts and real science.  Since the program started six years ago, fellows have worked on over 700 bills.
The fellowships are ideal for qualified applicants who are interested in improving the interface between science and legislative decision-making and who want to learn the public policy decision-making process. Following the one-year program, alums from this program have moved on to an impressive array of policy-oriented, professional positions. The deadline for fellowship applications isSaturday, February 25 2016. Click here for the FAQs for applicants.
Thursday, November 19th
3:30pm to 5:00pm
114 South Hall
(across from Quad, near Memorial Union)

Nominations open for 2016 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 the Graduate School no later than 4pm, December 16, 2015.

Eligible students

  • will have been enrolled at Michigan Tech during the 2015 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

Graduate Program Assistants and Directors have been provided a list of eligible students.

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

Search Process for the Dean of the Graduate School

The search committee for the Dean of the Graduate School invites public participation in the formative stages of its search, in accordance with the official search process, see Senate Procedures 803.1.1.

Members of the Michigan Tech community are invited to comment upon the draft of the job description.

Written comments may be submitted to Paul Bergstrom, search committee chair or Bruce Seely, associate chair. Members of the Michigan Tech community are invited to an open meeting of the committee from 3 to 4 p.m. Nov. 10, in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. The event is intended to allow a discussion of the job description criteria and to permit public suggestions about revisions to the job description and criteria.

Graduate Peer Groups – support for success

Finding support and taking responsibility for your graduate education are key to being successful in graduate school. This interesting article written by graduate students describes the formation of a peer support group, activities they found useful, and some of the challenges they faced.  They also talk about how to “manage up” to get what you need from your advisor.

What have your experiences been with finding support among fellow students? Let us know in the comments!

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/.

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O.H. Ammann Fellowship Application Available

The 2016 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.

Applications should be submitted before November 1, 2015.

To learn more and to apply, visit the Ammann Fellowship webpage: http://www.asce.org/structural-engineering/ammann-research-fellowship/

Questions? Email: sreid@asce.org

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicant must be a member of the Society (membership applications may be submitted with scholarship application), in any grade, and must be in good standing at the time of award;
  • During the tenure of this fellowship, the recipient may not work on research projects other than that for which this fellowship has been granted; but recipients may accept other awards if the conditions of such awards are the same as those for this fellowship;
  • Evidence must be shown throughout the application that the recipient has the ability to conceive and explore original ideas in the field of structural engineering.

Amelia Earhart Fellowship

Established in 1938 in honor of famed pilot and Zontian, Amelia Earhart, the Amelia Earhart Fellowship is awarded annually to women pursuing Ph.D./doctoral degrees in aerospace-related sciences or aerospace-related engineering. The Fellowship of US$10,000, awarded to 35 Fellows around the globe each year, may be used at any university or college offering accredited post-graduate courses and degrees in these fields.

Applications for the 2016 Fellowships must be received or post-marked by 15 November 2015 to be considered. Applications that are incomplete or late due to postal delays will not be considered. For questions, please contact programs@zonta.org.

For more information please visit: http://www.zonta.org/WhatWeDo/InternationalPrograms/AmeliaEarhartFellowship.aspx

Counseling group sessions offered through Counseling Services.

Anxiety Group (all students may attend) – Tuesdays at 2pm in the Relaxation Room
Grief Group (all students may attend) – Fridays at 5pm in the Relaxation Room
Transgender Support Group (students must be prescreened and should be referred to Amber)
Eating Disorders Group (students need to contact Counseling for further information)

Amber Bennett
Assistant Director of Counseling Services
Michigan Technological University

Engineering Fundamentals Lecturer Chosen for National Academy Symposium

EPA Positions Available in Research Triangle Park, NC and Cincinnati, OH

The EPA has three immediate openings at two of their facilities. The Research Triangle Park facility is looking for Data Modelling and Web Applications Support for the National Center for Computational Toxicology. Positions are geared towards master’s and bachelor’s graduates (respectively) in engineering, computer science, or related fields. Primary tasks include providing biological, chemical, and toxicology database and web application support.

The facility in Cincinnati is looking for a Water Supply and Resource Communications Assistant. This position is geared towards bachelor’s graduates in communications, environmental science, and engineering. Primary job tasks for the successful applicant will include a wide variety of communications support activities, with an emphasis on preparing accomplishment reports, developing presentation materials, and project summary sheets that describe research activities of the Water Supply/Water Resources Division.

For more info, or to apply for these positions, visit our website at www.orau.org/epa/Questions? Email EPAjobs@orau.org. To hear more about position openings like this, follow us on Twitter at @GovCareerPaths.