Category Archives: Academics

Michigan Tech Fall 2018 Finishing Fellowship Nominations Open

Applications for fall 2018 finishing fellowships are now being accepted and are due no later than 4 p.m. Thursday, June 28 to Debra Charlesworth in the Graduate School. Material emailed to is preferred. Instructions on the application and evaluation process can be found online.

Students are eligible if all of the following criteria are met:

  • Must be a PhD student
  • Must expect to finish during the semester supported as a finishing fellow
  • Must have submitted no more than one previous application for a finishing fellowship
  • 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 Strategic Plan.

The Graduate School anticipates funding up to 10 fellowships with support ranging from $2,000 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.

By Debra Charlesworth, Graduate School.

Michigan Tech Fall 2018 PHF Graduate Assistantship Nominations Open

Applications for fall 2018 Portage Health Foundation (PHF) Graduate Assistantships are now being accepted and are due no later than 4 p.m. Thursday, June 28 to 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:

  • Must be a PhD student participating in health-related research that is aligned with the PHF’s mission
  • Must be eligible for or in Research Mode at the time of application
  • Must be two years after starting the graduate program at the time of application
  • Must not have previously received a PHF Graduate Assistantship

Priority will be given to students originally from Houghton, Keweenaw, Baraga or Ontonagon counties. Non-resident students and international students are encouraged to apply if their health research is applicable to health needs and job shortages of our local community (obesity research, rural health, medical informatics, drug delivery and lab testing, physical therapy, etc.).

These assistantships are available through the generosity of the Portage Health Foundation. They are intended to recognize outstanding PhD talent in health-oriented research areas.

Applicants should be a catalyst for promoting and improving the overall health of Houghton, Keweenaw, Baraga and Ontonagon communities through one of the following:

  • Health research and technology development
  • Health education or preventive and wellness initiatives
  • Rural healthcare access, informatics and assessment of care

Students who receive full support through a PHF Graduate Assistantship may not accept any other employment. For example, students cannot be fully supported by a PHF Graduate Assistantship and accept support as a GTA or GRA.

By Debra Charlesworth, Graduate School.

Submission and Formatting 101: Master the Dissertation, Thesis and Report Process

Students who are completing a dissertation, thesis or report are invited to join the Graduate School to learn about resources available to assist in scheduling their defense, formatting their documents and submitting their documents.

In one afternoon, you can learn everything you need to be successful and complete your degree in a timely fashion. Faculty and staff who assist students with submissions are also welcome to attend. Attend the entire event, or stop in for the seminar that interests you.

The workshop will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 22 in Fisher 139. The seminar will be available online as well as on campus. Register to receive handouts via email or attend online.

If you are unable to join us, the event will be taped and available online after the event. The previous semester’s seminars are always available online. Information on submitting, formatting, and more can be found online for dissertations and theses or reports.


  •  1 – 2 p.m. — Submission 101: Learn what is required to submit your document to the Graduate School and the deadlines for the upcoming semester.  Best for students who are completing their degree this semester or next semester.
  • 2 – 2:45 p.m. — Formatting 101—Using the Guide and Word Template: Learn how to find what you need in the Guide and use a Word template to create a perfectly formatted document the first time. LaTeX resources will be referenced, but not emphasized.
  • 2:45 – 3 p.m. — Break
    Enjoy snacks and network with other attendees
  • 3 – 4 p.m. — Formatting 102—Copyright for your dissertation, thesis, and report: Learn how to use copyrighted materials in your document, including papers you have published as well as materials created by someone else.
  • 4 – 4:45 p.m. — Formatting 103— Checking and fixing your document: Learn how to use Adobe Acrobat to check your document to ensure it meets our formatting requirements and correct it without recreating the PDF.
  • 4:45 – 5 p.m. — Final questions: Have a question that hasn’t been answered? We’ll be available to answer any additional questions you have.

By Debra Charlesworth.

Pre PhD Summer Program



Summer Research Internship

Pre-PhD Undergraduate Research Experience

Program Dates:
May 30 —July 28, 2018
To create a pipeline for student who
wish to pursue PhD degrees in
engineering at the University of
The Engineering Office of Diversity
(EOD) identifies prospective
students with a 3.5 or higher GPA
as Pre-PhD Scholars. These STEM
students from groups traditionally
underrepresented in the field are
recruited from institutions across
the nation, and are assigned to
Swanson School of Engineering
faculty mentors who lead
multidisciplinary teams in advanced
research. Scholars are placed in the
admissions pipeline as candidates
to MS or PhD program at the
Swanson School of Engineering.
All students present their research
findings to faculty members, staff
and current students.

University of Pittsburgh
Swanson School of Engineering
129A Benedum Hall
Phone: 412.624.2118
Fax: 412.624.5012

Application Deadline: Friday, April 13 2018

Program Structure:

Pre-PhD Scholar : Open to rising juniors and seniors or recent grad-
uates in STEM who are considering graduate education in the field of

engineering and would like to learn about graduate school options at
the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering.

Program Requirements:

Work 30 hours per week Meet with staff regularly
Attend weekly workshops Perform literature reviews
Write journal quality paper on research findings Present research results
Participate in Ethics Forum Maintain daily journal
Students will receive $3500 in stipend (for the duration of the program). Please note
this is taxable income. Students from outside the Pittsburgh area will receive housing
ion the University campus. A supplemental food subsidy of $500 is provided. University
transportation on campus only is provided. Public transportation for social activities is
the responsibility of the student. Parking is available at the student’s expense through
the Office of Parking and transportation at approximately $9 a day for weekdays
(weekend and holiday parking is not charged usually).

Funded Graduate Research Assistant (PhD or MS) available at Villanova

Dr. Elmer is looking for a GRA (Ph.D. or M.S. track) to perform research in the area of blood substitute development. Specifically, the project aims to develop a substitute for donated blood that is based on earthworm hemoglobin. The GRA would be responsible for purifying the earthworm hemoglobin, chemically modifying the protein, and observing transfusions of the material into mice at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia with our collaborator, Dr. Osheiza Abdulmalik.

Check out Dr. Elmer’s research, and more about Villanova College of Engineering at :

Interested Students can apply at:

Please Contact with any questions.

Two More Workshops Offered in Michigan Tech Graduate School’s Professional Development Program

There is space available in the remaining two workshops in the Graduate School’s Professional Development Program for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Advisors, encourage your students to attend these workshops. Students from the Colorado School of Mines participate via Zoom. The workshops will be held from 3-5 p.m. Thursdays in Admin 404.

The topics for the second half of the semester are:

  • Tomorrow (March 22): Sustainability/Ethical STEM culture and social innovation, by David Shonnard (ChE/SFI)
  • April 12: Publishing research results in peer-reviewed journals, by a panel of journal editors

The series is coordinated through the Graduate School with funding from NSF. The workshops are most appropriate for postdocs and third and fourth year PhD students but all interested people may attend, space permitting.

Register for each seminar online to reserve your seat and obtain the room location and a reminder prior to the event.

Additional information is found on our blog.

By the Graduate School.

Michigan Tech Pavlis Honors College Application Workshop and Info Session

The Pavlis Application Workshop is at 6 p.m. tonight (March 21) in Dillman 203. Pavlis Honors Ambassadors will lead an interactive workshop that will guide students through the process of creating their Seelio e-portfolio profile. Afterwards students and staff will be available to answer questions.

The Pavlis Honors College is currently accepting applications for Fall 2018. Students are eligible to apply if they have two or more years remaining on campus. Pavlis offers six distinct pathways on which students may build their honors program:

Each of these pathways provides a framework of support, exceptional resources and a community of scholars for students interested in challenging themselves, doing more and making a difference.

If you know of a student who may be interested in joining the Pavlis Honors College, encourage them to apply. If you would like to request more information regarding our pathways, email us.

Applications will be accepted through Monday, April 2. However, students who apply early will be given preference. Space is limited. Find out why success means more than GPA, visit

By Pavlis Honors College.

NEW COURSE in Forest Biomaterials at Michigan Tech

Hi everyone,

I wanted to put a plug in for a new 3-credit course in Forest Biomaterials that will be offered starting next fall and will be the core course in a new interdisciplinary minor in Forest Biomaterials (subject to approval).

Though housed in SFRES, this course will be co-taught by instructors from a wide variety of disciplines. Students will get a taste of the current state of the forest industry, forest types and management, wood properties and science, product development (structural engineering, chemistry, and chemical engineering), economics and policy, life cycle analysis and systems analysis, among others. It has no pre-reqs and is open to all majors.

I think that this will be a very interesting course and well worth taking if you have room for it in your schedule.

Details are below:

FW 3097 – Forest Biomaterials
Time: TR 9:10-10:50 am
Examines the nature and use of forest biomaterials and their role in the larger economy. Local and global advantages and challenges for using forest biomaterials will be addressed within the context of sustainability, covering topics such as economics, material and product engineering, policy, life cycle analysis, and supply chain management.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall

Dr. Ong

Scholarship Webinar Now Available

Get Your Scholarship Application Noticed: Webinar Recording

If you missed the webinar you can now view the recording and download the PowerPoint.

You may hear various suggestions about the best way to submit a quality scholarship application. The truth is, this is a personal journey – your experiences and how you approach the application is unique. No one single thing will make an application stand out—but if you follow these suggestions, your application will be noticed for its completeness and professional presentation.

The presentation discusses researching scholarships that are right for you, understanding eligibility and deadlines, getting organized, following directions, preparing a great essay, tracking your application.

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