New Fellowship Opportunity for Data Science Grads

ACM SIGHPC and Intel have partnered to create Computational and Data Science Fellowships, a 5-year program to increase the diversity of students pursuing graduate degrees in data science and computational science. Specifically targeted at women or students from racial/ethnic backgrounds that have not traditionally participated in the computing field, the program is open to students pursuing degrees at institutions anywhere in the world.

Submissions close: April 30
Winners announced: by July 31

To qualify for a Computational & Data Science Fellowship, a student must be:

  • Either currently enrolled in a graduate program or accepted to begin in one no later than October 15
  • Pursuing a graduate degree – Master’s, PhD, or equivalent – in computational or data science (although the formal name of the program may be somewhat different)
  • Completed less than half of her/his planned program of study (with preference given to students who are still early in their studies)
  • A woman and/or a member of a racial/ethnic group that is currently underrepresented in the computing field in the country where the student will earn the degree

The Computational & Data Science Fellowships are made possible by a generous donation from Intel.

Questions?  See how to nominate and the FAQs (frequently asked questions) for more information.

Using The Verification of Final Degree Requirements Form

Welcome back to the Graduate School blog. Our quest to reduce student errors on forms continues! This post is for students enrolled in a coursework only program. If you’re doing a research based degree (dissertation, thesis, or report), this form is not required for you.

Where Do I Find The Form?

The Verification of Final Degree Requirements Form can be found on our Forms and Deadlines page under the Current Students section or by following this link or on your MyMichiganTech page. Please note that the Verification of Final Degree Requirements Form, like all 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.  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 how open it, let’s talk about filling it out.

Providing Personal Information

To start this form off you will need to fill in your personal information. This includes your name and M Number. If you do not know your M number, fret not, you can always find it on MyMichiganTech.

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Providing your Last Name, First Name, and M Number allows us to keep accurate records of your progress towards your degree.

 

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Wayne State University Postdoctoral to Faculty Transition Fellowship (PFT) program

The Postdoctoral to Faculty Transition Fellowship (PFT) program fosters a diverse academic environment by supporting promising scholars studying urban disparities to launch their academic careers at Wayne State University.

The goal is to build a pool of early-career, urban-disparity scholars who will contribute to diversity and bolster academic excellence in keeping with Wayne State’s mission and strategic plan. Recent or upcoming Ph.D. graduates are encouraged to apply as postdoctoral fellows for three-year appointments beginning Sept. 1, 2017.

Successful candidates will  receive stipends plus excellent benefits. They will work with faculty mentors, participate in learning communities and receive funding for national conferences. Fellows who obtain external grants during their postdocs will be considered for Wayne State tenure-track appointments.

Applications for the fellowships begin immediately and end 5 p.m. on April 15

Below is a link which includes program information, FAQs, and an on-line application for prospective fellows.

PFT program info.

Using the Pre-Defense Form

One of the most common issues we see here in the Graduate School are forms being filled out and submitted incorrectly. We hope that this upcoming series of blog posts will clarify how our dynamic forms work and reduce the stress on you, the student, when filling them out.

Today’s topic is the Pre-Defense Form. This form must be submitted to the Graduate School two weeks prior to your thesis, dissertation or report defense.

Where Do I Find the Form?

The Pre-Defense Form can be found on the Degree Completion Timeline, on your MyMichiganTech, or by following this link. Please note that the Pre-Defense 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 few blocks are pretty self-explanatory; enter your last name, first name, optional middle initial, and M Number in the appropriate boxes. If you do not know your M number, fret not, you can always find it on MyMichiganTech.

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

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New Support Group for Graduate Students

Michigan Tech Counseling Services has started a support group for graduate students only.  The group will meet on Fridays at 2pm in the Relaxation Room (3rd Admin building) to provide support on a variety of topics that impact the graduate student population.
If you have any questions contact Kerri Mayra at kbmayra@mtu.edu.
Kerri Mayra, LLMSW
Clinical Counselor at Counseling Services

Michigan Technological University

DOE Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program

The Department of Energy’s Office of Science is now accepting applications for the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program (2017 Solicitation 1). Applications are due 5:00pm Eastern Time on Tuesday May 16, 2017.

The SCGSR program provides doctoral dissertation/thesis research opportunities for graduate students at DOE national laboratories. Details about the program and online application can be found at http://science.energy.gov/wdts/scgsr/.

We would appreciate it very much if you could help distribute the program announcement to interested faculty members and graduate students in your institution. Go to the webpage to see the detailed list of the following genreal research areas:
Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR)
Basic Energy Sciences (BES)
Biological and Environmental Research (BER)
Fusion Energy Sciences (FES)
High Energy Physics (HEP)
Nuclear Physics (NP)

Sincerely,
Ping Ge, Ph.D.
Program Manager, Office of Science Graduate Student Research ProgramImage result
Office of Science, SC-27
U.S. Department of Energy
1000 Independence Ave. SW
Washington, DC 20585

Outstanding Graduate Teaching Awards

The Graduate School is pleased to announce the Spring 2017 recipients of the Outstanding Teaching Awards. These graduate students have exhibited exceptional teaching abilities, have received excellent evaluations from students, and are respected by faculty in their respective departments. They are integral in the Univerisity’s teaching efforts. Congratulations, recipients!

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(listed by nominating depertment)
Srinivas Kannan, PhD in Biomedical Engineering
Amaneh Eslami Kenarsari, PhD in Civil Engineering
Rachel A. Martin, PhD in Chemical Engineering
Mehdi Jafari, PhD in Electrical Engineering
Caoyang Jiang, PhD in Electrical Engineering
Aref Majdara, PhD in Electrical Engineering
Shane W. Oberloier, MS in Electrical Engineering
Zhiyuan Yang, PhD in Electrical Engineering
Michael J. Candler, MS in Environmental Engineering
Olivia A. Barbee, PhD in Geology
Matthew T. Custer, MS in Applied Ecology
Danielle Rupp, PhD in Forest Science
Mohammad Reza Amini, PhD in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Pradeep Krishna Bhat, PhD in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Sarah Jalal, PhD in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Lauren Knop, PhD in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Jianyang Lyu, PhD in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Muraleekrishnan Menon Muraleedharan Nair, PhD in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Joseph E. Oncken, PhD in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Jiajun Song, PhD in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Nathan D. Spike, PhD in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Xiang Zhou, PhD in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Cameron W. Goble, PhD in Biological Sciences
Chelsea J. Nikula, PhD in Chemistry
Simeon K. Schum, PhD in Chemistry
Mustafa Gezek, PhD in Mathematical Sciences
Huanhuan Zhu, PhD in Mathematical Sciences
Kevin Waters, PhD in Physics
Kimberly Tweedale, PhD in Rhetoric, Theory and Culture

Formatting and submission help sessions for spring 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 1-3pm on the following dates in Dillman 101 unless otherwise noted:

  • Wednesday, April 5, 2017 | 9 – 11am | EERC 723
  • Thursday, April 6, 2017 | 9 – 11am | EERC 723
  • Monday, April 10, 2017 | 11am – 1pm | MEEM 202 – Deadline for spring 2017 is 4pm on April 10th
  • Tuesday, April 18, 2017 | 2 – 4pm | Dillman 208
  • Wednesday, April 26, 2017 | 12:45 – 2:45 pm | MEEM 202

Using the Advisor and Committee Recommendation form

The Advisor and Committee Recommendation form is a dynamic PDF form used to appoint your advisor and/or committee. As a dynamic form, it will only work in Adobe Acrobat or Reader.  If the hyperlink 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.  Open Adobe Acrobat or Reader and open the saved form.

The form opens with basic information about you, including your M Number and degree type.

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Enter information about you and your degree type.

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