Thesis, dissertation, presentation, and proposal writing support

The MTMC will also be offering dissertation boot camps on May 23 – June 2 and July 11 – July 21. Dissertation boot camps are writing focus sessions where graduate students can set writing goals to make progress in long projects. Coffee and snacks will be provided, and an MTMC coach will facilitate the event. The bootcamps run the entire time the MTMC is open for two weeks in track A and track B. Graduate students should come ready to write, bringing a laptop and headphones (if needed). Students should expect to research sources outside of bootcamp times. Each grad student will be given a goal of 2 thousand words to reach before the center closes for the day. An MTMC coach will be present to keep writers on task and answer any questions. Anyone interested in signing up for a boot camp can contact me (

 In addition, the MTMC will offer online appointments, so graduate students can find writing support anytime, anywhere.Online appointments are conducted through asynchronous email interactions between students and coaches. After signing up for an online appointment, writers will automatically be contacted by “” (please allow up to one hour for the email to arrive). Writers reply to the email with their attached document (Word and Google Doc are acceptable file formats). Online appointments last 30 minutes. Sessions conclude with coaches returning students’ papers with written comments inside comment bubbles in the document. Students must sign up for online appointments at least 24 hours before the requested appointment time, and be prepared to respond to an email from the MTMC when prompted.

Those interested in signing up for a group can do so by clicking the following link:


GradSWE Workshop — Developing Confident Leadership Skills

Join the Graduate Society of Women Engineers (GradSWE) at 6 p.m. tomorrow (March 17) in Chem Sci 215 for a professional development workshop,”Developing Confident Leadership Skills”, led by Ruth Archer.

Archer is the Manager of Process Improvement at Michigan Tech and the president of the Superior Leadership Institute. The workshop will help improve your leadership skills and confidence as you take on these roles in the future.

For more information on GradSWE, visit our website. To join our mailing list, email

by GradSWE

Research Award Nominations Due Today

The Bhakta Rath Research Award offers an opportunity to promote and reward excellence in scientific and engineering research in the fields of physical and natural sciences and engineering. For complete submission guidelines, see Rath Research Award.

The Vice President for Research Office is also accepting nominations for the Michigan Tech Research Award, which offers an opportunity for an individual to be recognized for outstanding achievements in research.

For complete submission guidelines, see Michigan Tech Research Award.

Nominations should be submitted electronically in PDF format per the guidelines on the web pages no later than 4 p.m. today (March 10).

All nominations should be sent to Cathy Jenich.

by Vice President for Research Office

Additional poster design and copyright library workshops!

Poster Design

 Due to demand the library is offering an additional session of Poster Design on Thursday, February 4 at 2:00pm in Library 242.

Making a research poster for a conference or other event? This session will cover some basic tips and tricks for presenting your research and information in a visual format. We’ll also cover resources and tools available at the library to help you design and print your poster! Register at

Copyright and Your Thesis or Dissertation

Due to demand the library is offering an additional session of Copyright and Your Thesis or Dissertation on Wednesday, February 10 at 12:00pm in Library 242.

Can you use a figure from a journal article in your thesis? Do you need permission to use your own article as a chapter in your dissertation? What’s an embargo, restricted access, or global access? Why does your work go onto Digital Commons @ Michigan Tech?

Attend this informative workshop to learn how U.S. Copyright law affects your thesis or dissertation. Also, learn about the publishing agreements you’ll sign and your options for sharing your thesis or dissertation with the larger research and professional communities. Register at


Formatting Assistance Sessions for Spring 2016

Are you working on formatting corrections for your dissertation, thesis, or report? Do you need help? Join Harriet King (, coordinator of the Graduate School Communications Assistance Program for group work hours. These workshops are provided at no charge to students working on a dissertation, thesis, or report. Harriet is skilled with MS Office, Open Office, and Adobe Acrobat Pro. These rooms are equipped with PCs with University software, or you may bring your own laptop. If you need additional help or prefer one-on-one assistance, please contact Harriet to arrange for times and inquire about the services available.

All workshops will be held in Dillman 213 at the following times:

  • Friday, April 8, 2016: 9am – noon
  • Sunday, April 10, 2016: 2-5pm
  • **cancelled** Thursday, April 21, 2016
  • **added** Sunday, April 24, 2016: 2-5pm
  • Thursday, April 28, 2016: 9am – noon

Fellowship opportunities for Michigan Tech Graduate Students

The Graduate School has several fellowship opportunities for new and returning students. A complete listing of all awards and fellowships is online.  Several have deadlines in the next few weeks and are highlighted below.

  1. The DeVlieg Foundation provides funding for two summer fellowships for current PhD students. Applications due February 9, 2016.
  2. Doctoral finishing fellowships are available for up to ten PhD students expecting to complete their degree in summer. Applications due February 16, 2016.
  3. PHF Graduate Fellowships are available to PhD students completing health-related research that is aligned with the PHF’s mission. Applications due February 16, 2016.
  4. KCP Future Faculty Fellowships are available to MS and PhD students (new and continuing) who are underrepresented in their fields and intending on a career in higher education (administration or faculty). Applications due March 1, 2016 for full consideration.
  5. Dean’s Fellowships are available to PhD students entering in the summer or fall. Applications due March 15, 2016.

Contact the Graduate School ( with any questions about these opportunities.

Nominations Open for Bhakta Rath Award and the Michigan Tech Research Award

The Vice President for Research Office is also accepting nominations for the Michigan Tech Research Award, which offers an opportunity for an individual to be recognized for outstanding achievements in research. For complete submission guidelines, see Michigan Tech Research Award.

Nominations should be submitted electronically in PDF format per the guidelines on the web pages no later than 4 p.m. on Mar. 10. All nominations should be sent to Cathy Jenich at

by Cathy Jenich

Seminar on Dissertation, Thesis, or Report submission

Students planning on finishing a dissertation, thesis, or report in spring or summer 2016 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. Changes were made to the submission process in fall 2015, so we encourage everyone to attend who will be planning to submit.

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.

Summer 2016 PHF Graduate Fellowship Nominations Open

Applications for summer 2016 PHF Graduate Fellowships are now being accepted, and are due no later than 4pm, February 16, 2016 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 participating in health-related research that is aligned with the PHF’s mission.
  2. Must be eligible for or in Research Mode at the time of application.
  3. Must be 2 years after starting the graduate program at the time of application.

Priority will be given to students originally from Houghton, Keweenaw, Baraga, or Ontonagon counties. Non-resident students and international students are encouraged to apply if their health research is applicable to health needs and job shortages of our local community (obesity research, rural health, medical informatics, drug delivery and lab testing, physical therapy, etc.). Preference will also be given to applicants who will complete their degree during the funding period.

These fellowships are available through the generosity of the Portage Health Foundation. They are intended to recognize outstanding PhD talent in health-oriented research areas. Applicants should be a catalyst for promoting and improving the overall health of Houghton, Keweenaw, Baraga, and Ontonagon communities through one of the following:

  • health research and technology development
  • health education or preventive and wellness initiatives
  • rural healthcare access, informatics, and assessment of care

Students who receive full support through a PHF Graduate Fellowship may not accept any other employment. For example, students cannot be fully supported by a PHF Graduate Fellowship and accept support as a GTA or GRA.