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Summer 2017 PHF Graduate Assistantship Nominations Open

Applications for summer 2017 PHF Graduate Assistantships are being accepted and are due no later than 4pm, February 14, 2017 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.
  4. Must not have previously received a PHF Graduate Assistantship.

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.).

These assistantships 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 Assistantship may not accept any other employment. For example, students cannot be fully supported by a PHF Graduate Assistantship and accept support as a GTA or GRA.


Summer 2017 Finishing Fellowship Nominations Open

Applications for summer 2017 finishing fellowships being accepted and are due no later than 4pm, February 21, 2017 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 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.


Graduate Student Writing Group

You are invited to participate in the MTMC Graduate Student Writing Groups, which will begin the first week of the semester.

At the Multiliteracies Center (Walker 107), we offer Graduate Student Writing Groups for graduate students at any level, in any discipline. These groups help grad students meet deadlines, stay motivated, and improve their projects. They are a free and powerful resource many students have found key to their success.

The groups are available for working on projects in any stage of the planning and writing process. This can include proposals, conference papers, posters, presentations, and defenses. The groups are discussion-based, allowing students to explain their projects and receive peer feedback. This helps students develop and polish their writing and ideas.

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

https://docs.google.com/a/mtu.edu/forms/d/1xfcphPAN23A6OV8c8WP3X_yc1Q_fXpENDAv6n50DNKM/viewform?usp=send_form

These groups exist to help students overcome procrastination, as well as to provide organizational strategies, sounding boards, and deadlines. The groups meet for 1 hour a week in the Multiliteracies Center and are starting now. Please join us to help yourself and get writing done!

If you have any questions or would like to make another type of appointment, you can reach us at: mtmc.hu.mtu.edu, mtmc@mtu.edu. or 906-487-2007.


Notice to all International Undergrad, Exchange, Transer and Graduate Students

All incoming international undergraduate, exchange, transfer, and graduate students will be required to participate in a series of one-hour Life@Michigan Tech workshops during Track A of the spring semester.  This series was developed to assist international students adjust to Michigan Tech’s academic and social community. These workshops are non-credit bearing and will not be listed on class schedules. Two different sections are open and students should sign up during their international student orientation Rights & Responsibilities session on Sunday, January 8, 2017.

The Life@ Michigan Tech workshops were piloted this past Fall with the encouragement of the Board of Trustees and support from a grant from the State of Michigan. The pre-to-post assessment surveys show a promising increase in all areas from students’ knowledge of services available and awareness of emergency/safety resources to successful adjustment to campus culture.

Please feel free to forward any questions from students to life@mtu.edu.

The Life@Michigan Tech team:
Cassy Tefft de Muñoz,  Beth Lunde, Darnishia Slade, Rhys Edwards,  and Debra Charlesworth


Seminar on Submitting your Dissertation, Thesis, or Report

Students planning on finishing a dissertation, thesis, or report in spring 2017 or summer 2017 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.



2017 Ford Foundation Fellowship for Achieving Excellence in College and University Teaching

The Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.
DISSERTATION AWARDS
This year the program will award approximately 36 dissertation fellowships providing one year of support for individuals working to complete a dissertation leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree. This national competition is administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (the Academies) on behalf of the Ford Foundation.
ELIGIBLE FIELDS OF STUDY
Awards will be made for study in research-based programs that include the following major disciplines and related interdisciplinary fields: American studies, anthropology, archaeology, art and theater history, astronomy, chemistry, communications, computer science, cultural studies, earth sciences, economics, education, engineering, ethnic studies, ethnomusicology, geography, history, international relations, language, life sciences, linguistics, literature, mathematics, performance study, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, religious studies, sociology, urban planning, and women’s studies. Also eligible are interdisciplinary ethnic studies programs, such as African American studies and Native American studies, and other interdisciplinary programs,

Online applicaiton deadline November 10, 2016.  See the online fellowship application.


Formatting Help Sessions for Fall 2016

Are you working on formatting corrections for your dissertation, thesis, or report? Do you need help? 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 with a $30/hour fee may be available through the GS-CAP program. 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:

  • Thursday, November 10, 2016
  • Monday, November 14, 2016
  • Thursday, November 17, 2016
  • Monday, November 28, 2016 (NOTE: last day to submit for fall 2016)
  • Thursday, December 8, 2016
  • Wednesday, December 14, 2016 (NOTE: 11am – 2pm)

Seminar on Dissertation, Thesis, or Report submission

Students planning on finishing a dissertation, thesis, or report in fall 2016 or spring 2017 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.

If you are unable to join us, this seminar will be taped and available online after the event. The previous semester’s seminar is always available online.

Information on submitting, formatting, and more can be found online for dissertations and theses or reports.