Month: December 2022

Michigan Tech FINESST Research Grant Application Support

The Graduate School is providing writing support for current and prospective graduate students who wish to apply for Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology (FINESST) research grants.

Participating divisions: Earth Science, Planetary Science, Astrophysics, Heliophysics, and Biological and Physical Sciences

The proposal must present a well-defined research problem/activity and a justification of its scientific significance to NASA, as well as a detailed approach for its solution/conduct. Proposals should explain how the research is relevant to the particular SMD division that will review the proposal. Eligibility and evaluation criteria can be found in the solicitation.

The maximum amount of a FINESST award is $50,000 per 12 months and up to $150,000 total for a maximum period of performance of up to 36 months.

Applicants should reach out to Michigan Tech’s Sponsored Programs Office and Sarah Isaacson at as soon as they know they will apply.


See the FINESST Solicitation for details. Questions? Contact Sarah Isaacson at

By Graduate School.

Multiple Open Faculty Positions – Sustainability & Human Health

University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)

The UMBC Department of Chemical, Biochemical and Environmental Engineering has multiple faculty openings. 

Open-Rank Tenure/Tenure-Track Faculty Position in the Broad Field of Human Health

Multiple Open Rank Faculty Positions in Renewable Energy and Sustainability

Open-Ranked Teaching Professor Position in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at UC, Berkeley

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at UC, Berkeley has recently changed our Assistant Teaching Professor search to an open-ranked (Assistant, Associate or Full Teaching Professor) recruitment.  The new position description is attached below.

Interested candidates can apply here:

We are strongly committed to equity and inclusion at UC, Berkeley and within the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Our student body at the undergraduate and graduate levels is increasingly diverse demographically, and we seek to hire new excellent scholars who will thrive at Berkeley, share our values as a public institution, and make strong contributions to diversity in their research, teaching or service. In our evaluation process for new faculty we give recognition to these efforts.

Michigan Tech Study Abroad/Away Options

Ready for an adventure? Want to learn on a train or in a rain (forest)? Consider our study abroad/study away programs. The benefits of international study and travel include intercultural awareness, sensitivity and communication skills, as well as exposure to different cultures, perspectives and geographic regions. Conduct field research and acquire hands-on, real-world experience — all while making lifelong friends.

As a Michigan Tech student, you have two options available to you this summer from the Department of Social Sciences:

  • Cumbria, England and Scotland: Earn up to 9 credits. Daniel Trepal (SS) will lead the four-week program, “Crossing Borders.” Get to know Cumbria, Northern England and Southern Scotland through a mix of archaeology and history. Students learn the culture through a mix of field trips and classwork. The application and deposit deadline is March 15.
  • Amtrak Tourism: Western USA: Earn up to 10 credits. Hop on board Amtrak for a three-week faculty-led tour of the Western United States. Work alongside tourism professionals in Red Wing, Minnesota. Hike Glacier National Park. Interact with students at Portland State. Explore the public transport and destination infrastructure of Aspen, Colorado. And, visit the railroad legacy cities of Sacramento, California, and Galesburg, Illinois. Return to the Keweenaw and share your experiences with local stakeholders in the tourism industry. The application and deposit deadline is Jan. 13.

Cannot fit a study away experience into your packed schedule in 2023? No worry. 2024 will feature additional experiences in Costa RicaWales and Detroit. Learn more about all these great programs (and watch student-made videos from past trips too) at our Study Abroad / Study Away page.

Worried about the costs of studying abroad or away? All incoming undergraduate majors in the Department of Social Sciences receive a $2,500 voucher that can be used for one or more of our study away/abroad programs. No joke! Travel for free (or close to it).

Call 906-487-2113 or email to learn more about our study abroad/away options.

By Don LaFreniere, Social Sciences.

Michigan Tech SURF Applications Now Open

Applications for 2023 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURFs) are now open. Fellowship recipients will spend the summer working on an individual research project under the guidance of a Michigan Tech faculty mentor.

SURFs are open to all Tech undergraduates who have at least one semester remaining after the summer term. Awards are up to $4,000. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Feb. 10.

Students who have questions about the program or application process can take advantage of a virtual drop-in advising session with the SURF coordinator Robert Handler (ChE).

Virtual drop-in advising sessions are scheduled for these dates:

For more information and access to the application materials and instructions, visit the SURF webpage or contact Handler at

By Pavlis Honors College.

Michigan Tech Seeking Input from Senior Design, Enterprise Teams and Advisors

Students in the Scientific and Technical Communication Practicum class are looking for ways to help Senior Design and Enterprise teams access resources and develop skills for the presentation and video portion of Design Expo. Their proposed solution is an optional Canvas course with a variety of different topics and information, as well as an optional monthly checkpoint and incentive system. The student team is seeking input on their project from current Senior Design and Enterprise students and advisors.

Students and advisors are invited to fill out a short survey form about the Design Expo presentation and video elements (the survey will remain live through Wednesday, Dec. 7).

Thanks for helping our team improve the Design Expo experience!

By Maria Bergstrom, Humanities.