Month: December 2023

Michigan Tech GLAS Spring 2024 Schedule Now Available

The Graduate Language Assessment and Support (GLAS) spring 2024 schedule is now available, and international graduate students are welcome to visit Admin 405 to sign up on the paper schedule. GLAS has discontinued online scheduling.

GLAS is a free program designed for international graduate students who wish to improve their English oral communication skills. Visit our webpage for more information.

by Graduate School.

Michigan Tech Innovation Week 2024

Husky Innovate is hosting innovation-themed events from Jan. 22-26. Innovation Week celebrates innovation and entrepreneurship at Tech and throughout our region. These events are a great way to connect with alumni, students, faculty and staff, and the community. Faculty, please share these opportunities with your students.

Check the Innovation Week 2024 webpage for full event descriptions. Pre-registration is required for each event. Join us for one event or several!

  • Keynote Speaker:
    Orbion’s Entrepreneurship Journey with Brad King
    Monday, Jan. 22, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the MUB Alumni Lounge
    Our keynote speaker, Brad King, Michigan Tech professor, CEO and co-founder of Orbion Space Technology in 2016, will share his journey as an entrepreneur and discuss how he and his team have addressed market demands and the challenges of scaling up.
    Register now — Deadline: Jan. 19
  • Reverse Pitch Presentation with Nate Yenor
    Tuesday, Jan. 23, from 12-1 p.m. via Zoom
    Nate Yenor, director of Tech Business Incubation with the Office of Innovation and Commercialization at Michigan Tech, will report top teams poised to launch their innovations into startups and recap how the new Entrepreneurial Fellows of NMU and MTU have been aiding other startups in the Michigan ecosystem.
    Register now — Deadline: Jan. 22
  • Impact Investing with John Soyring
    Wednesday, Jan. 24, from 12-1 p.m. via Zoom

    Impact investors seek both measurable positive societal or environmental impact as well as financial return. Does your startup have a social or mission? Join us for a talk with John Soyring ’76 ’06 (B.S. Electrical Engineering, Hon. Ph.D.). Soyring will lead a discussion about his experience as an angel impact investor, talk about how impact investing differs from more traditional investing, and discuss opportunities for both investors and startup companies.
    Register now — Deadline: Jan 23
  • 16th Bob Mark Business Model Pitch Competition
    Wednesday, Jan. 24, MUB Ballroom A 
    Michigan Tech graduate and undergraduate students will pitch their business model for a chance to win cash prizes. This legacy event is a tribute to the late Professor of Practice Bob Mark. Faculty, staff, students, alumni and the community can attend in person or virtually. Refreshments will be served and a pre-event mixer will begin at 5 p.m.
    • Student contestants: Register now — Deadline: Jan. 22
    • Audience attendees: Please join us in person, but if you are remote, join us via Zoom
  • Careful Contracting for Startups
    Thursday, Jan. 25, 12-1:30 p.m. in MUB Ballroom B

    Learn strategies for careful contracting as you work with development and investment partners, and hear how investors evaluate your startup’s risk exposure. Ashley Sloat, president and director of Patent Strategy at Aurora Patents, will discuss everything you need to know, from engaging with an engineering firm to ultimately pitching to an investment group. Topics include IP ownership, assignment from engineering firm inventors back to you, how to avoid the traps of viral IP, and what investors want to see in your pitch deck.
    Register now — Deadline: Jan. 22
  • Enterprise Ventures with Len Switzer
    Friday, Jan. 26, from 12-1 p.m. via Zoom

    Len Switzer, Enterprise associate director, will discuss upcoming new venture opportunities with MTU’s Enterprise Program. Switzer was once Employee No. 3 of a startup company. Since that time, he has continued to work with startups, including via Enterprise. With a background in R&D, product management and operations, he will share his insight into the relationship between technical feasibility, product-market fit and manufacturability.
    Register now — Deadline: Jan. 25

by Husky Innovate, Pavlis Honors College.

Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Writing Support at Michigan Tech

The Graduate School is offering application writing support to master’s and Ph.D. students who are interested in applying for the 2025 Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship.

Eligible students have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources. Former awardees have been from a wide range of fields, including social sciences, natural sciences and law. Both international and domestic students are welcome to apply. Relocation to the Washington, D.C., area is required during the fellowship period.


  • Application Due Date: Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024
  • Award Announcement: Midsummer 2024
  • Fellowship Period: Feb. 1, 2025, to Jan. 31, 2026

The total award amount is $93,900.

For details, visit the 2025 Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Student Guide and the Knauss Fellowship Program website.

Questions? Contact Sarah Isaacson at

By the Graduate School.

Call for Submissions: 2023 Undergraduate Research & Scholarship Symposium at Michigan Tech

Michigan Tech’s Pavlis Honors College invites undergraduate researchers and scholars from all colleges to submit for presentation at the 2024 Undergraduate Research & Scholarship Symposium (URSS).

The symposium allows undergraduate students to present posters describing completed or ongoing research and receive feedback from faculty judges. This event is an excellent learning experience and showcases the great undergraduate research and scholarship occurring at Michigan Tech.

The URSS will be held March 22 in the Rozsa Lobby. Coinciding with Michigan Tech’s Preview Day, the symposium is a great way to share the exciting research projects from across campus with high school students considering attending Michigan Tech.

Research submissions are due Feb. 6 at 11:59 p.m; please encourage your students to register and submit their work. To submit, they should visit the URSS website and follow the instructions provided. It is recommended that applicants save their text in a document and copy the required information into the submission form.

Submissions will be reviewed by Pavlis Honors College staff and confirmation of acceptance will be sent by March 1. Please note: If more submissions are received than space in the Rozsa Lobby allows, it is possible some will not be accepted.

Questions can be directed to Chris Hohnholt at We look forward to seeing your submissions and presentations!

By Pavlis Honors College.

Michigan Tech SURF Applications Now Open

Applications for 2024 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 $4,500. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Feb. 9.

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 Wahtera Center Looking for Student Employees for 2024-25

The Wahtera Center for Student Success has opened the application process for our Orientation Executive Staff (OES).

Are you looking for something to do this summer? Do you want to stay in the Houghton area to enjoy the Keweenaw’s summer beauty? Would you like experience planning and executing a large program like Orientation? Are you thinking that you really should be doing an internship this summer, but don’t know what to do or where to go? The experiences that you will have planning OTL Training Week and O-Week will let you do all of these things. It is a great opportunity to have one of the largest student-planned and student-run programs on campus under your belt. We are looking for students who are hardworking, creative and self-motivated, and who are excited to bring our newest Huskies to campus! Applications will close Dec. 15.

If you have something lined up for this summer, but you can be back for Fall Training starting Aug. 10, apply to be an Orientation Team Leader (OTL). We are looking for students from all areas to help lead our incoming class of Huskies! You will need to be on campus Aug. 10-16 for training, Aug. 16-18 to help with Move-In, and Aug. 18-24 for O-Week. We will also have one more meet-and-greet with students in September. Applications will close Jan. 22.

If being part of Orientation is not something you can swing this summer, that is OK – we are looking for individuals who are motivated and organized and have a commitment to help other Huskies find their path to success. We have positions for success coaches, ExSEL peer mentors and success course peer assistants open as well. Applications will close Jan. 22.

All the job descriptions are listed on the Wahtera website. Applications are open through Handshake. Please email if you have any questions.

By Wahtera Center for Student Success.