Using the Graduate Grievance Form

Welcome back to the Graduate School blog. Our quest to reduce student errors on forms continues! This post is for all students looking to file a grievance with the Graduate School.

Where Do I Find The Form?

The Graduate Grievance Form can be found on our Graduate Grievances page or by following this link. Please note that the Graduate Grievance Form, like all of our forms, is dynamic. As a dynamic form, it will only work in Adobe Acrobat or Reader.  If the hyperlink above does not open the PDF as expected, we recommend right clicking on the link, selecting “Save link as…” (or similar option in your browser) and saving the file.  After you have saved the file, open Adobe Acrobat or Reader and open the saved form.

Now that you know where to find this form and how open it, let’s talk about filling it out.


Providing Personal Information

To begin you will need to fill in your personal information. This includes your name and M Number. If you do not know your M number, you can always find it on MyMichiganTech.

Providing your Last Name, First Name, and M Number allows us to keep accurate records of your progress towards your degree.

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Using the Report on Qualifying Exam Form

Qualifying exam is one of the prerequisites for a student to obtain PhD candidacy. A qualifying examination will be given to determine each student’s ability to apply general concepts and methods in their chosen field. For more information on the qualifying exam, please visit the Doctor of Philosophy requirements page.

You can find the form for  the report on qualifying exam on Doctor of Philosophy requirements page or by clicking here. Please note that this form is for use by programs for internal record-keeping and verification of exam results and should not be sent to the Graduate School.

Now that you know where to find this form and how open it, let’s talk about filling it out.

Selecting the Type of Examination Result

Qualifying examination and research proposal examination have a common form, so you may choose the type of result the form is filled out for. Typically research proposal examination is given after the qualifying examination.

Selecting type of examination.

Providing Personal and Program Information

You will need to fill in your personal information which includes your name and M Number. If you do not know your M number, fret not, you can always find it on MyMichiganTech. Also select with your graduate program from the drop down menu.

Providing your Last Name, First Name, and M Number allows us to keep accurate records of your progress towards your degree.

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New Bus Routes—Nights and Saturdays, Commuting or Shopping

School is meant to be challenging—overcoming obstacles is all part of learning.  Sometimes, however, an obstacle is just an obstacle.  When the Graduate School asked students about their Michigan Tech experiences and offered to help, the students jumped at the chance to speak up:  it can be hard to get around town, they said.  Our students love the bus services provided by Michigan Tech Transportation Services and the City of Houghton, but, they ventured, would it be possible to have evening routes, Saturday routes to the west Houghton commercial strip, and vehicles that could accommodate families?

After considerable planning, Transportation Services, the Graduate School, and the Graduate Student Government are pleased to announce new bus routes to address these concerns.  Effective immediately, all three student issues, as well as the needs of the campus community at large, have been addressed by the schedules described below.  This free shuttle service is available to University students, staff, and faculty.

Services available:

  • Campus Parking Shuttle– a , oop connecting the MUB to commuter lots throughout campus, including the SDC; runs through business hours.
  • Daniell Heights Loop-a small loop connecting University Housing (Daniell Heights) to the MUB; also runs through business hours.
  • Michigan Tech-City Shuttle + Daniell Heights Loop-a larger, figure-8 loop providing a second Daniell Heights/MUB run every hour but including a trip through downtown Houghton up to the commercial strip in west Houghton (Econo/Shopko, Walmart, Aspirus, Razorback) returning through town via Houghton Avenue (starts 7:00am; every hour; last loop returns to MUB at 6:45pm; a great commuter route).
  • Michigan Tech-City Shuttle Evening Loop-combines a loop around the MUB/Heights route with a ride along Sharon Avenue to the west Houghton commercial district, returning back along Sharon avenue to the Heights and MUB (Wednesday through Friday; starts 6:45 pm from the Upper Heights to West Houghton with the last loop returning to the Heights at 8:45 pm).
  • Saturday Shuttle-New New New! The University has paired with Lamers Bus Lines to provide free bus service on Saturday, Sep 23rd and 30th from Daniell Heights to the west Houghton commercial district (starts noon from the Upper Heights to the west Houghton  commercial district approximately every hour with the last loop out at 3pm.  Please note, currently this service is for students and children over the age of 4.).

Questions?  Please contact GSG President Hossein Tavakoli, or Graduate School representative Shellie Crisman. Taking a bus is convenient, energy efficient, and can even be part of a wellness plan (if you walk one way!).   Route details may be found at these links:

Shuttle schedule:

Please visit for interactive Shuttle Maps or contact Transportation Services ( with any questions.

Using the Readmission/Reinstatement Form

The Readmission/Reinstatement form is required for students who have been inactive for academic, medical, or other reasons. You can find the Application for Readmission or Reinstatement form on Forms and Deadlines page or by clicking here. Fill in the form, save the form, and e-mail to

Now that you know where to find this form and how open it, let’s talk about filling it out.

Providing Information on the Type of Admission

Select the appropriate admission that you are enrolled into: Degree/Certificate seeking student or a Non-degree seeking student. When you select the option “Degree or certificate seeking student”, you will have to provide an appropriate reason for the being inactive from the options provided as shown below:

Selecting the type of admission and providing reason for submitting the form.

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The Reedsy National Creative Writing Scholarship and Sponsorship Program

The Reedsy National Creative Writing Scholarship is a $1,000 award granted twice annually to students with an interest in English.
You can find all the relevant details on our site—including more information about the work Reedsy does in the publishing community. Reedsy is passionate about nurturing the next generation of writers. That’s why current and incoming students at Michigan Tech University are eligible to enter the scholarship to win $1,000 to fund their education.

Application Deadline Dates: September 21, 2017 & February 21, 2018

Minimum SAT/ACT and GPA: None

School Year: 2017-2018

Majors: Creative Writing, English, Writing, Professional Writing, Liberal Arts, Theatre, Communications, New Media, Other

Value of Scholarship: $1000 Bi-annually with renewal upon reasonable progress.

Number of Scholarships Available: 1 cash, 5 sponsorship opportunities

U.S. Citizenship: Citizens and Permanent Residents

Required Student Activities: Applicants must have completed the first chapter of a novel they are currently writing, or have written but not published.

Hobbies: Creative Writing, Novel Writing, Fiction Writing, Professional Writing, Media

Contact details

Address: Reedsy Ltd. Seedcamp 4-5 Bonhill St, Shoreditch, London EC2A 4BX

Phone: 020 3108 9367



Using the Parental Accommodation Form

The Parental Accommodation Form is a special purpose form, required to be filled out by the student requesting a leave of absence in anticipation of child birth or adoption. You can download the form from the Forms and Deadlines page or by clicking here. If you are having trouble opening the form, please see our FAQs page.

Now that you know where to find this form and how open it, let’s talk about filling it out.

Providing Personal Information

The first few blocks are pretty self-explanatory. Enter your last name, first name, and M Number in the appropriate boxes. If you do not know your M number, you can always find it on MyMichiganTech.

Personal Information including Last Name, First Name, and M Number should be entered in the first section of the form.
Personal Information including Last Name, First Name, and M Number should be entered in the first section of the form.

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Professional Development Program 2017-18

The Graduate School is pleased to announce its Professional Development Program for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.  The series is coordinated through the Graduate School with funding from NSF.  The workshops are most appropriate for postdocs and 3rd and 4th year PhD students, but all interested people may attend, space permitting. Please register online so we can plan for your attendance.



Second Century Stewardship 2018 Research Fellowships

request for proposals was recently announced for the Second Century Stewardship 2018 Research Fellowships. The Second Century Stewardship initiative is a partnership among National Park Service, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Schoodic Institute.
Proposals are due October 23. There will be an informational webinar on September 13 at 1pm eastern. Those interested can register here for the webinar.
The goal of the fellowships is to support early-career researchers (assistant professors, postdocs, grad students, researchers at NGOs, etc.) to do research and communication that help NPS and other organizations adapt and respond to changing human-natural systems. The research must be relevant to Acadia National Park, but can include other areas too.
We encourage proposals from researchers in a wide range of disciplines, including natural and social sciences, and proposals that cross disciplines.
Each proposal may request up to a total of $20,000 for research over 1-2 years. The Second Century Stewardship partners will also provide mentorship, communication training and support, and other types of support for each fellow.
The Second Century Stewardship Team

Shenandoah National Park Trust Research Fellowship Program Opens for Applications

Applications for the Shenandoah National Park Trust research fellowship program to facilitate and encourage scientific research in Shenandoah National Park will be accepted from September 15 to October 31, 2017. Funded by the Shenandoah National Park Trust, the grant supports field research in the physical, biological, ecological, social, and cultural sciences. The funding will support projects conducted in the park and help answer questions important to park managers. The grants are managed by Shenandoah National Park and up to $15,000 per grant will be awarded.

Shenandoah National Park offers an ideal natural laboratory in which to study a wide variety of research topics. Important science issues at the park include, but are not limited to, air pollution, water quality, habitat fragmentation, invasive exotic species, rare species conservation, recreation impacts on visitor experiences and natural resources, restoration of disturbed natural and cultural landscapes, protecting our cultural heritage, and an incomplete inventory of the park’s natural and cultural resources. Shenandoah National Park offers a diversity of landscapes across nearly 200,000 acres, including hardwood forest, rocky outcrops, mountain streams, and open meadows.

The research grant program is open to applications from undergraduate and graduate students, college and university faculty, state and federal agency scientists, private-sector research professionals, and others with appropriate backgrounds and credentials. To access the grant application and instructions, go to Applications will be accepted from September 15 until October 31, with grant award(s) announcedDecember 15, 2017.

Management Specialist

Shenandoah National Park

3655 US Hwy 211 East

Luray, VA 22835

540-999-3500 x. 3300 (office)  540-742-8106 (cell) 

Formatting 101: New Fall Seminar Series

Students preparing a dissertation, thesis, or report are invited to a new seminar series this summer designed to answer the questions we most commonly see in the Graduate School.  Faculty and staff who assist students are also welcome to attend.  The general format will be a 30 minute presentation with time for your questions.

Our first seminar will be “Formatting 101: Using the Guide and Template.”  We’ll discuss how you can use the Guide to find the formatting rules, and the template for signature/approval pages.  Additional details:

1. Formatting 101: Using the Guide and Template

  • Date: 09/26/2017
  • Time: 4:05 – 4:55pm
  • Place: Fisher 138 or live stream

2. Formatting 101: Copyright for Dissertations and Theses

  • Date: 10/10/2017
  • Time: 4:05 – 4:55pm
  • Place: Fisher 138 or live stream

3. Formatting 101: How to Check and Fix your Document

  • Date: 10/24/2017
  • Time: 4:05 – 4:55pm
  • Place: Fisher 138 or live stream

Please register to attend on campus or to view the live stream for each of them so that we can plan for your attendance.  Individuals who register for the live stream will receive log in information three hours before the event.

All materials (including video when available) from all Graduate School seminars are archived online.