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Nominations sought for 2016 MAGS Thesis Award

The Executive Committee of the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) is soliciting nominations for the 2016 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, 2013 to June 30, 2015 in the field of Biological/Life Sciences or the Humanities
    • Michigan Tech may nominate one thesis in each category
    • The 2017 competition will seek nominees in the fields of Social Sciences and Physical Science/Engineering
  • 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 our web page for complete details on eligibility and application procedures.

Nomination packets are due by 4pm, October 14, 2015 to the Graduate School via e-mail (gradschool@mtu.edu) 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.

Fall 2015 Formatting Help Sessions

Are you working on formatting corrections for your dissertation, thesis, or report? Do you need help? Join Harriet King (gscap@mtu.edu), 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.

Except for the event on November 20th, all workshops will be held in Dillman 213.

  • Tue Sep 22 1:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Tue Oct 27 1:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Tue Nov 3 1:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Tue Nov 10- this session has been cancelled
  • Thu Nov 12 1:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Mon Nov 16 1:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Tue Nov 17 1:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Wed Nov 18 1:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Thu Nov 19 1:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Fri Nov 20 1:00pm – 3:00pm – EERC 723 (note the room change)
  • Mon Nov 30 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Tue Dec 8 1:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Tue Dec 15 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Spring 2016 Finishing Fellowship Nominations Open

Applications for spring 2016 finishing fellowships are now being accepted, and are due no later than 4pm, October 21, 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 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 fall 2015 or spring 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. We will introduce changes to the submission process in the fall to make it easier for students to submit, including eliminating the binding services offered through the University, so please plan to attend if you are completing your degree in the fall.

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.

Graduate School Orientation!!

Michigan Tech looks forward to welcoming our new graduate students. All new degree seeking students will be invited to orientation on August 26th. 

Registration is currently full, we will fill slots to students on a first-come, first-served basis that day (if you have not already registered):

Schedule and Description

  • 11:00am – 1:00pm: Registration Check-In and seating assignments for students on the Wait List in the Memorial Union Commons (1st floor).
  • 11:00am – 1:00pm: Use your lunch ticket to purchase food in the Commons, and meet with Graduate Student Government representatives and staff from the Human Resources Department (Student Insurance) and Michigan Tech IT. You might even get to meet Blizzard T. Husky!
  • 1:00 – 4:30pm: Orientation program in the Memorial Union Ballroom (2nd floor)
    Attend to learn about Michigan Tech policies, and obtain the required Basic Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training

Students not able to attend orientation can complete their RCR training online or choose to attend Spring orientation.  More information will be sent to those students by email during the Fall semester.

In addition to the orientation session sponsored by the Graduate School, students may also be required to attend sessions sponsored by:

Questions about Graduate School orientation may be directed to Debra Charlesworth or Nicole Rubino.

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 on campus. 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:

  • Monday, July 6, 2015, 1-4pm – Fisher 330
  • Wednesday, July 8, 2015, 1-4pm – Dillman 213
  • Monday, July 13, 2015, 1-4pm – Dillman 213
  • Wednesday, July 15, 2015, 1-4pm – Dillman 213
  • Monday, July 20, 2015, 1-4pm – Dillman 213
  • Wednesday, July 22, 2015, 1-4pm – Dillman 213
  • Monday, July 27, 2015, 1-4pm – Dillman 213
  • Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 1-4pm – Dillman 213
  • Thursday, August 13, 2015, 1-4pm – Dillman 211

These rooms are equipped with PCs with University software, or you may bring your own laptop.  Harriet can also assist you via distance at those times with Skype.  Contact Harriet for more information.

If you need additional help or prefer one-on-one assistance, please contact Harriet to arrange for times and inquire about the services available and pricing for these sessions.  Please note that Harriet will be unavailable July 30 – August 10th.

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 on campus. 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:

  • Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 1-4pm – Dillman 211
  • Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 1-4pm – Dillman 213

These rooms are equipped with PCs with University software, or you may bring your own laptop.  Harriet can also assist you via distance at those times with Skype.  Contact Harriet for more information.

If you need additional help or prefer one-on-one assistance, please contact Harriet to arrange for times and inquire about the services available and pricing for these sessions.  Additional workshop times for summer will be announcing pending room assignments; please note that Harriet will be unavailable July 30 – August 10th.

Graduate Student Writing Groups

At the Multiliteracies Center, in Walker room 107, we offer Graduate Student Writing Groups for graduate students at any level.

The groups are available for working on projects (planning and writing), proposals, conference papers, posters, presentations and defenses. They are discussion based to allow students to explain their project to other students and get feedback from peers. Evidence shows that we retain 75 – 90% of what we teach others as opposed to only 10% of what we read.

These groups are there to help motivate students, to overcome procrastination, provide organizational strategies, to provide accountability and deadlines and ultimately to help students progress with their projects and get writing done!

We offer two writing groups which will meet once a week for one hour. In addition, we provide the option of attending a Thesis and Dissertation Bootcamp for students who wish to accomplish significant amounts of research and writing this summer. The Bootcamp will meet four times a week for an hour to discuss progress, give and receive feedback, and address challenges and issues together.

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

Please select the group that works best for you by submitting it  in Google Forms.

 

Graduate Student Writing Groups

At the Multiliteracies Center, in Walker room 107, we offer Graduate Student Writing Groups for graduate students at any level.

The groups are available for working on projects (planning and writing), proposals, conference papers, posters, presentations and defenses. They are discussion based to allow students to explain their project to other students and get feedback from peers. Evidence shows that we retain 75 – 90% of what we teach others as opposed to only 10% of what we read. Continue reading