Category: Academics

Career Planning Workshop at Michigan Tech

Join Graduate Student Government (GSG) and the Van Pelt and Opie Library in learning why planning your career is more than just choosing a company or industry.

Melissa Baird, graduate director of the Department of Social Sciences, will walk through the steps to take you down the path to the career you want. This short workshop will take place in the Library East Reading Room from 12-12:30 p.m. next Tuesday (Jan. 31). Light snacks will be provided!

Sign up for the Career Planning Workshop.

By Graduate Student Government.

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

Students who are completing a dissertation, thesis or report are invited to join the Graduate School to learn about the resources available to them 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.

  • When: Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2-4 p.m. (see a detailed schedule on our blog)
  • Who: Students completing a dissertation, thesis or report; faculty and staff who assist students with submission.
  • Where: Virtually via Zoom (please register to attend online and receive participation instructions) and in person in Admin 404 (room capacity is 35). 
  • Registration: Please register to receive handouts via email or attend online. The seminar will be available online as well as on campus.

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.

By Debra Charlesworth, Graduate School.

Michigan Tech Library Orientations for New Students

New students: The Van Pelt and Opie Library is here to help you succeed! At our Library Orientation for New Students, librarians will share tips and tricks for getting the most out of the library’s electronic and physical resources. After that, we’ll tour the library so you can find your favorite study room, check out a GoPro, take a peek at the 3D printers and learn where to get research help once the semester has started.

This event will take place in the Library East Reading Room. Enter the library through the main doors and walk straight ahead. Walk all the way down the central area; the East Reading Room will be to your left and signs will highlight the event.

Orientations are taking place today (Jan. 9) from 1-2:15 p.m. and tomorrow (Jan. 10) from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Registration is required. Please register for today’s event or register for tomorrow’s event.

By Van Pelt and Opie Library.

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.

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 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.

Michigan Tech Info Session: Summer 2023 Study Away in England

Join Dan Trepal (SS) tomorrow (Dec. 1) from 4-5 p.m. in the Academic Office Building, AOB 209, for an information session discussing our upcoming summer 2023 Study Away in England.

This four-week Michigan Tech faculty-led summer program takes place in Carlisle, England, at the University of Cumbria from July to August. Students and staff explore northern England and southern Scotland through a mix of course options, field trips and site visits.

Stop by and check out this exciting program!

By Dan Trepal, Social Sciences.

Info Session: Michigan Tech Faculty-Led Study Abroad in Germany

An information session for a summer 2023 faculty-led study abroad course in Germany will be held tonight (Nov. 8) from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Walker 109.

The study abroad is titled “Topics in German Speaking Cultures: Landscapes and Cityscapes by Foot and Public Transportation,” and will take place during Track A of the summer 2023 semester, from May 9-25, led by Stephanie Rowe, assistant teaching professor in the Department of Humanities.

Students will earn 3 credits in HU 3263, Topics in German Speaking Cultures (satisfying both HASS and German minor requirements) and optionally PE 0175 for .5 credit in hiking and PE 1210, Special Topics, for 1 credit.

If you are interested but unable to attend, please contact Stephanie Rowe at The Study Away and Abroad Website should be updated to include this program soon.

By Stephanie Rowe, Humanities.

Scoping Your Design Expo Project Workshop at Michigan Tech

Thinking about participating in Design Expo? Make life for future-you easier by ensuring that all of the data, documentation, pictures, video clips and more that you need to make a stellar Design Expo presentation are at your fingertips this spring. We’ll share tips, tricks, and tools that you can leverage to collect and organize materials as your project is in progress.

The workshop will be held tomorrow (Nov. 9) at 2 p.m. in Library 244. Keep an eye out for more workshops geared toward students participating in Design Expo and working on term projects in the spring semester.

Please register if you plan to attend so that we don’t order too much, or worse, too little pizza!

By Van Pelt and Opie Library.

DOE Fellowship Application Writing Support at Michigan Tech

The Graduate School is assisting current and prospective graduate students who wish to apply for U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) fellowships, including the DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship and the DOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Laboratory Residency Graduate Fellowship.

DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (CSGF)
The DOE CSGF is open to senior undergraduates and first-year graduate students. Benefits include yearly stipends of $45,000, payment of full tuition and required fees, one 12-week practicum experience at a DOE national laboratory or site, and more. 

The application and all supporting materials are due by Jan. 18, 2023.

Eligible fields: applied mathematics, astrophysics, chemical engineering, chemistry, computer science, environmental science, life sciences, machine learning, materials science, mechanical engineering and physics.

For more information, please visit the DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship website. Questions? Contact Sarah Isaacson at

DOE NNSA Laboratory Residency Graduate Fellowship (LRGF)
The DOE NNSA LRGF is open to U.S. citizens engaged in full-time study toward a doctoral degree who are in their second year or later. Benefits include $38,000 yearly stipends, payment of full tuition and required fees, two 12-week residencies and more.

Eligible fields: engineering and applied sciences, physics, materials, mathematics, and computational science.

The application will be available in late November. Materials are due March 15, 2023.

For more information, please visit the DOE NNSA Laboratory Residency Graduate Fellowship website. Questions? Contact Sarah Isaacson at

By Graduate School.