Category Archives: Announcements

Copyright and Patent Workshops for Grad Students

The series has been updated to include additional, practical information and experience about patents with campus experts and the library’s Patent and Trademark Resource Center. Students gain an understanding also of copyright and authorship as it pertains to their theses and dissertations and other publication matters.

When: Thursdays, 5:30-7:00 Feb 19-April 5 (total of 3 sessions)

  • No credit and no cost
  • Emphasizes academic publishing and patent searching
  • Blended group learning experience using Canvas
  • Dinner Served!
  • Certificate of completion
  • Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • This will be the final semester in this format.

For more information, see this flyer: NSF Poster Spring 2015v1 (2)

To register, go here

Register Now for EndNote Workshops

EndNote is a citation management software that helps you easily create and manage bibliographic information and incorporate references into your writing.The Van Pelt and Opie Library is offering introductory EndNote workshops.  EndNote software is free to all current Michigan Tech students, faculty and staff.

Seating for these workshops is limited and registration is required. Visit the library’s Workshops calendar to register.

Tuesday, Feb. 3:

1:00–2:15 p.m. EndNote Basic

  • No prior knowledge of EndNote is necessary
  • create and manage references using EndNote
  • construct an EndNote Library in order to effectively organize references
  • create custom and smart groups to efficiently manage references

2:15–3:00 p.m. EndNote Cite As You Write

  • Attending EndNote Basic, or having prior knowledge with the EndNote Library, is recommended
  • incorporate EndNote Library citations into a written MS Word document in the particular style your manuscript requires
  • learn how to locate and import specialized output styles.

Additional sessions will be held on Feb. 12 and March 5, with EndNote Basic from 5:00-6:15 p.m. and EndNote Cite As You Write from 6:15-7:00 p.m.

Our instruction room has EndNote X7.2 on Windows workstations. Attendees may bring their own laptops with EndNote X7.2 downloaded prior to the session. Visit the library’s EndNote LibGuide to download.

Originally posted in Tech Today (1/28/2015)

Summer 2015 Finishing Fellowship Nominations Open

Applications for summer 2015 finishing fellowships are now being accepted, and are due no later than 4pm, February 19, 2015 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.

Seminar on Submitting your Dissertation, Thesis, or Report

Students planning on finishing a dissertation, thesis, or report in spring 2015 or summer 2015 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.

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.

2015 Nominations for DeVlieg Fellowships Open

Nominations are now open for the DeVlieg Foundation Fellowships.

All graduate programs may nominate one eligible PhD student per program.  There will be two recipients – each will receive a stipend for summer 2015 plus support for one credit of tuition.  Eligible students will meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Must be a graduate student in one of the fields supported by the DeVlieg Foundation:
    1. Engineering or a closely related field, OR
    2. Wildlife/biology (2015 Summer Research Award in Biology/Wildlife/Natural Resources)
  2. Must be a US citizen or permanent resident.
  3. Must be enrolled in a PhD program.
  4. Must be nominated by student’s graduate program.  Each PhD program may nominate one student.

Nominations are due no later than 4pm on January 29, 2015 to the Graduate School. Please address to the attention of Debra Charlesworth.

Please see our web page for details on the application procedure and materials needed.  Each program may determine its own internal selection procedure.

Please contact the Graduate School with any questions.

Formatting help available for dissertations, theses, and reports

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 in the Library. 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, and can provide group tutoring and assistance during these open times:

  • Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 1-5pm – Library 242
  • Friday, December 5, 2014, 1-5pm – Library 242
  • Monday, December 8, 2014, 9am-1pm – Library 244
  • Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 1-3pm – Library 244
  • Wednesday, December 10, 2014, , 9am-1pm – Library 244
  • Thursday, December 11, 2014, 1-3pm – Library 244
  • Monday, December 15, 2014, 10am – 1pm – Library 242
  • Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 10am – 1pm – Library 242
  • Wednesday, December 17, 2014 , 10am – 1pm – Library 242

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.

Nominations open for 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 Debra Charlesworth in the Graduate School no later than 4pm, December 17, 2014.

Eligible students

  • will have been enrolled at Michigan Tech during the 2013 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

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

Limited Space Available for Community ESL Class

Only a few spaces remain for spouses of international faculty, scholars and grad students interested in registering for Tech’s 7-week ESL and culture class known as Community English.

Open to those of all skill levels, the class will meet from 7 to 9 p.m., Tuesdays, Oct. 14 to Dec. 2, at the Van Pelt and Opie Library, Room 243. The program highlights American social customs, everyday English and conversation with local residents. Registration fee is $10.

Those interested should email for details as soon as possible. The program is supported by the Michigan Tech Office of the Provost and sponsored by the Dual Career Program.

Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Class Begins Oct. 21

Master self-defense tactics and safety techniques through a comprehensive course designed specifically for women ages twelve and up. The course begins with a focus on awareness, prevention and risk reduction/avoidance and progresses to the basics of hands-on defense training.

RAD is offered by Michigan Tech’s Department of Public Safety and Police Services through Community Programs, and the course is taught by Public Safety officers. The class combines both classroom instruction and hands-on physical
  • Dates: Oct. 21 to Nov. 13
  • Days/Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Location: SDC Racquetball Court #5
  • Cost: $30 for Michigan Tech students, $50 for non-students

Women only please. Minimum age of 12.

Registration and payment may be completed online, by phone at 7-2073 or at the SDC Ticket Office.

Nominations Sought for 2015 MAGS Thesis Award

The Executive Committee of the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) is soliciting nominations for the 2015 MAGS Distinguished Master’s Thesis Awards to recognize and reward distinguished scholarship and research at the master’s level. Michigan Tech may nominate one candidate in each disciplinary category.

Eligible students

  • Will have earned a master of science degree between July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2014 in Social Sciences or Physical Science/Engineering (including mathematics)
    • Michigan Tech may nominate one thesis in each category
    • The 2016 competition will seek nominees in Biological/Life Sciences and the Humanities
  • Will have completed an original thesis that makes an unusually significant contribution to the discipline
  • Will not have earned a PhD (or comparable research degree) in any discipline prior to the writing of the master’s thesis

Please see the website for complete details on eligibility and application procedures.

Nomination packets are due by 4 p.m., Friday Oct. 17, to the Graduate School via e-mail ( or campus mail (address to Debra Charlesworth). Eligible students with a complete nomination packet will be evaluated by a panel of faculty from the University.