Category Archives: Career Advising

Michigan Tech Graduate Students: Storytelling for Researchers on October 30, 2019

A common mistake graduate students make in their professional communications is focusing too much on data and the process of collecting that data and not enough on the story behind the research.

Often you will have to share your research with a general audience who will not have the full technical background you possess and will quickly be lost in the mires of facts, figures and equations. Often, these are the same people you need to convince to fund your research, project or business.

Studies show our brains are hardwired for stories. You can learn simple storytelling elements to make people listen, understand the value of your work, and want to support your research. Learn to capture the essence of your research, and find the story behind it and why it is important to you and the world.

Here’s a great prep session for this year’s “Three Minute Thesis Contest” presented by local author Charli Mills. Mills punches readers in the gut with emotive 99-word narratives. A born buckaroo, she grew up telling stories, earned a degree in creative writing and communicated brands for a living.

She teaches punchy storytelling and leads 99-word challenges at CarrotRanch.com. This workshop is 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 30) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. Register here.

By Graduate Student Government.


Michigan Tech LeaderShape Institute Applications Now Accepted

LeaderShape Institute applications are now being accepted for students. LeaderShape Institute 2020 will be held Jan. 6-11, 2020 at the Ford Center in Alberta, Michigan.

Do you know a student that may benefit from spending time learning how to “have a healthy disregard for the impossible?” The LeaderShape Institute challenges participants to “lead with integrity” while working towards a vision grounded in their values.

They are able to explore their leadership skills and engage in dynamic conversations. Encourage students to apply here. For more information, check out our website:  or contact Beka Horsch.

By Student Leadership and Involvement.


Michigan Tech Spring 2020 PHF Graduate Assistantship Nominations Open

Applications for spring 2020 PHF Graduate Assistantships are being accepted and are due no later than 4 p.m. Oct. 22 to the Graduate School. Instructions on the application and evaluation process are found online. Students are eligible if all of the following criteria are met:

  1. Must be a PhD student participating in health-related research that is aligned with the PHF’s mission
  2. Must be eligible for or in Research Mode at the time of application
  3. Must be 2 years after starting the graduate program at the time of application
  4. Must not be a prior recipient of 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.

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.


Amcor Co-op Opportunities

Amcor (formally Bemis Company) is looking for students interested in a career in polymers for Spring and Fall 2020 co-op opportunities. We are specifically looking for students who would like to work in research and development. I have attached a few slides that shares some info on the new, combined, organization along with some general descriptions of the different roles within R&D. I included the descriptions of the roles because many students think of lab coats & microscopes when they hear R&D, but our co-op’s are far more hands-on than that – with few ever touching a microscope! While our ideal candidates will be in their Junior year, all are welcome to apply. The majority of these positions are located at our state of the art Innovation Center in Neenah, WI. Interested students can apply on Handshake and are also welcome to reach out to our campus HR leader, Amy Santkuyl (amy.santkuyl@amcor.com), or myself (aaron.cedergren@amcor.com) with further questions. As Bemis Company we’ve always found strong co-op’s and full time students from Michigan Tech and we hope to continue that under the Amcor name.


Full-time/internship opportunities at Lockheed Martin

I was a transfer student who graduated MSE in 2017. I’ve since finished a Master’s in Aerospace Engineering at Purdue University and recently was hired full-time at Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works! The company is currently in a hiring wave with a particular interest in engineers, and I would love to get more Huskies into the company. Could you please communicate my information to your students (both undergraduate and graduate) who are interested in internship or full-time opportunities? I recognize the online application process is a bit of a black hole, and I would love to help get qualified candidates directly in front of hiring managers. I’m also happy to help with resumes and interview prep, particularly for your younger students, as well as answer any questions they might have about Lockheed Martin and the aerospace industry. They’re welcome to email me at eepeters@mtu.edu.

Emily Petersen


Aeronautics & Astronautics, Graduate Student
Purdue University
http://emilypetersen.weebly.com/


New UCLA Samueli Faculty Lectures

UCLA Samueli School of Engineering has initiated a Future Faculty Lectures program for advanced PhD students and post-doctoral scholars to visit UCLA to present their work.

The UCLA Samueli Future Faculty Lecture Series supports travel and lodging expenses for PhD students and Postdoctoral scholars interested in faculty positions in engineering. Candidates will be evaluated based on their research statement, teaching statement, and statement of contributions to diversity. Samueli Engineering is committed to enhancing the diversity of the faculty, graduate, and undergraduate student populations.