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Formatting 101 Seminar Series Continues

The Graduate School is pleased to announce the final two seminars in its summer seminar series, “Formatting 101.” These short seminars (approximately 30-minutes, followed by time for your questions) are designed for students formatting their dissertation, thesis, or report.  Each seminar will be held in Fisher 138 beginning at 2:30pm and will also be live streamed. Please register so we can plan for your attendance and provide information about the live stream for our off campus participants.

  • June 14, 2017 – Copyright for Dissertations and Theses – the basics of using copyrighted material in your document
  • June 28, 2017 – How to Check and Fix your Document – how to check and fix your document using Adobe Acrobat

Seminar materials are archived online if you’re unable to attend the live event.

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

NASA Internship Program at Glenn Research Center

The Office of Education (OE) at NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC) is currently recruiting for the NASA Internship Program at Glenn.  This is a 10-week paid internship program for eligible college students, both undergraduate and graduate, as well as paid fellowships for faculty members.  The dates of the two summer sessions are as follows:

  • Session #1:  June 5, 2017 – August 11, 2017
  • Session #2:  June 12, 2017 – August 18, 2017

 Participants have the opportunity to work with some of the Nation’s most talented scientists and engineers advancing  careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM); and non-STEM majors that lend support to the NASA mission. Participating in internships and fellowship programs is an important part of the personal growth and professional development of college students and faculty.  At NASA GRC, we understand how beneficial these opportunities are for participants of all backgrounds.

All interested faculty members and students, please register to attend our NASA GRC virtual career fair on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 from 2 – 3:30  p.m. EST.   

The following login/dial-in information is set for the webinar:

Virtual meeting space:  Dial-in Audio Connection:  Toll free (844) 467-6272, then enter passcode 988353. Connect 10 minutes prior to start time,  sign-in with first and last name


Vanessa R. Webbs, M.Ed., Internship Project Manager
NASA Glenn Research Center

Michigan Tech in Top 50 for Online Engineering Programs

Michigan Tech has been ranked 36th in the top 50 universities nationally offering online engineering programs. The top 50 schools were ranked by a web site called College Choice.

College Choice reports that there are three types of online engineering degrees available at Michigan Tech: the Master of Engineering in Hybrid Electric Drive Vehicle Engineering, Master of Science in Electrical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering, and the PhD in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics. All three programs were created for working engineers who would like to advance to a leadership position within their career but don’t have the time or space to go back to school full-time.

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by Jenn Donovan

“Writing Science” talk to be given by author Josh Shimel

The Distinguished Ecologist Lecture Series presents Josh Schimel from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

From Amazon’s description of Shimel’s book: “As a scientist, you are a professional writer: your career is built on successful proposals and papers. Success isn’t defined by getting papers into print, but by getting them into the reader’s consciousness. Writing Science is built upon the idea that successful science writing tells a story. It uses that insight to discuss how to write more effectively. Integrating lessons from other genres of writing with those from the author’s years of experience as author, reviewer, and editor, the book shows scientists and students how to present their research in a way that is clear and that will maximize reader comprehension.”

Writing Science” talk on Friday, October 28 at 3:00 p.m. in Forestry G002. also, see Shimel’s science writing blog.

Shimel , a microbial ecologist, will also give a talk on”The Biogeochemistry of Drought,”t 12:30 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 27).  Both seminars will be held in the Noblet Forestry Building Room G002.

Three Minute Thesis Winners

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition, held on Oct. 12, featured 10 speakers from departments across the University.  The competition encourages graduate students to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

Six of the students who participated advanced from the preliminary heats to compete in the finals. The winner of the competition, who will advance to the Midwestern Association of Graduate School’s 3MT Competition in April, was Divya Kamath’s presentation on improving water quality with aquesous phase advanced oxidation processes. Muraleekrishnan Menon’s presentation on improving wind turbine rotors using active flow-control devices took second. The audience selected Leigh Miller’s presentation on the protection of clean water in Panama as their favorite for the People’s Choice Award.

The event was sponsored by the Graduate Student Government and the Graduate School. Thank you to all of the judges, volunteers and competitors who helped make the event a success. Originally written by Tyler Capek in TechToday, 10/20/16

3 Minute Thesis: Big Winners in Short Time

3 Minute Thesis

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition (originally conceived by The University of Queensland) celebrates both research and clear communication in a competition to get your disseratation across to a mixed non-specialist audience in only 3 minutes with only one slide. All student presenters are winners just for attempting this feat. Pictured in the photo are the winners according to the panel of judges and people’s choice award. If you missed this event this year, be sure to look for it next year.

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HuskyCard Printing Events for Orientation Week

Orientation is coming. In the next few weeks there will be a lot of new students on campus. Many of you will likely assist students and answer questions.
One of the top initial questions asked is where they can pick up HuskyCards. Direct students to the MUB Ballrooms at the following times:
  • Friday, Aug. 19 from 1 to 3 p.m.

  • Saturday, Aug. 20 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Sunday, Aug. 21 from 9 a.m. -noon

Students can expedite the process of picking up their HuskyCard by pre-submitting their HuskyCard photo to

Thank you for helping us welcome new students during Orientation week. If you or the students have any questions about HuskyCard printing, contact us at or call 7-1111.

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