Category: Career Advising

Michigan Tech Frank Chernosky Campus Climate Ambassador Award Announced

We are thrilled to announce the competition for the first annual Frank Chernosky Campus Climate Ambassador Award, an alumni-funded award that will support the development of Michigan Tech undergraduate students into the climate change leaders of tomorrow.

Frank Chernosky was a former professor and advisor at Michigan Tech. Chernosky, an early advocate for sustainability principles, impacted many students before dying tragically from a rare form of heart cancer in 1971. This award in his name consists of three forms of student support: a partial tuition scholarship, funds for professional development and/or applied work, and a formal mentorship by campus and/or external professionals. Please encourage all eligible undergraduate students to apply.

The award for 2022-23 will be $8,000 — a scholarship amount of $6,400 spread over fall and spring semesters, and a professional development and applied work fund of up to $1,600 to be used by August 2023. Awardees will also receive active mentorship from campus and/or external professionals to help them develop networks and skills for their future work. The overall timetable for the award is flexible to accommodate opportunities such as a co-op or internship. Applicants and award recipients will solidify the details on the timing of the award, as well as the nature of mentorship and professional development, through the application process and dialogue with the committee.

To be considered, an applicant must be a full-time undergraduate student at Michigan Tech with the equivalent of at least three semesters of full-time enrollment at MTU by the fall of 2022. They must also have a minimum of two semesters of coursework remaining, though there is potential for flexibility to accommodate an internship or co-op into the award timeframe.

Full details of the award and a link to the application are available on the Michigan Tech Sustainability Blog.

By Office of Sustainability and Resilience.


Michigan Tech Graduate Student Professional Development Series


Part 1: Absences, Leaves and Mental Health Support

New and returning graduate students are invited to join Graduate School staff from 2-3 p.m. Tuesday (Jan. 25) in MUB Alumni Lounges B and C to learn more about the processes and resources available to you to navigate situations including excused absences, medical considerations and parental leave. This presentation is the first in our Graduate Student Professional Development Series. 

We understand that graduate students have many responsibilities outside of the classroom, lab and office that at times can hinder academic success and professional development. While we in the Graduate School hope that you never experience disruptions like illness or other emergencies, we want you to know how to proceed if you encounter an unexpected situation while enrolled at Tech.

Please register soon, as space is limited to 30 students. If you cannot attend but want more information about the topics we will cover, please email Anna McClatchy, manager of outreach and retention, at ajmcclat@mtu.edu.

By the Graduate School.


Michigan Tech Seminar: How to be an Effective GTA/GTI

Do you ever find yourself wondering how to be an effective graduate teaching assistant (GTA) or graduate teaching instructor (GTI)? The Professional Development Committee at Graduate Student Government will be hosting Michael Meyer as a speaker for our “How to be an Effective GTA/GTI” seminar.

Meyer is the director of the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) at MTU and teaches a course about this very thing, so don’t miss this invaluable material!

Register to attend.

By Graduate Student Government.


Innovation Week 2022 Events at Michigan Tech

Started by Michigan Tech’s University Innovation Fellows in 2015, Innovation Week is a celebration of innovation within our Tech Community.

This year, from Jan. 24-28, Husky Innovate and the Center for Educational Outreach will be hosting innovation-themed talks, student activities, the Bob Mark Business Model Pitch Competition and a reverse pitch competition led by the Office of Innovation and Commercialization.

Learn about innovative applied research that has the potential to spin off into startup businesses, listen to compelling business model pitches, glean insights that could lead to educational innovation and hear from successful entrepreneurs.

Join us for one event or several. Connect with alumni, students and faculty. Pre-registration is required for each event. More details for each event are available on the University Events Calendar.

By Pavlis Honors College.


Bob Mark Business Model Pitch Competition Dates Announced for Michigan Tech

Graduate and undergraduate students across campus disciplines are invited to pitch their business model in four minutes to a panel of judges in the annual Bob Mark Business Model Pitch Competition.

This year’s competition will take place Jan. 27 from 5-7 p.m. in MUB Ballroom A and will be streamed virtually on Zoom. Students must register for the competition by Jan. 21. 

All faculty, staff, students and community members are invited to attend the competition. A pre-event social mixer will be held for attendees and contestants starting at 4 p.m.

Want to watch on Zoom?
Virtual attendees must register in advance.

Business Model Boot Camp
The Business Model Boot Camp will be held Jan. 19 to help contestants prepare their business models. All contestants are encouraged to attend. To participate, contestants must register for the boot camp by Jan. 18. 

About the Competition
A follow-up to our Idea Pitch Competition, the Bob Mark Business Model Pitch Competition assesses the potential of an idea through the product-market fit of a team’s value proposition with its proposed customer segment(s). The competition is a great way to come together as a campus and community to support our students and their innovations. Prizes will be awarded to the most scalable and actionable business model pitches.

This event is a tribute to the late Bob Mark, professor of practice within the College of Business. Mark started the Elevator Pitch Competition at Michigan Tech. The Bob Mark Pitch Business Model Competition recognizes his entrepreneurial spirit and its continuation at Michigan Tech. The 2022 Bob Mark Business Model Competition is being hosted by Husky Innovate, the Pavlis Honors College and the College of Business.

About Husky Innovate
Husky Innovate is Michigan Tech’s resource hub for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. We host free workshops, competitions, NSF I-Corps lean startup training, innovation talks, internships and mentorship, and we co-host the Silicon Valley Experience with the College of Business.

By Husky Innovate, Pavlis Honors College.


Michigan Tech SURF Applications Now Open

Applications for 2022 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. 11.

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 web page or contact Handler at rhandler@mtu.edu.

By Pavlis Honors College.


The Michigan Tech Institute by LeaderShape is Back!

One of the Student Affairs division values states, “We inspire the leadership needed for all individuals to boldly push everyday boundaries while serving others.” For over 25 years, Michigan Tech has hosted the LeaderShape Institute as a way to do just that — and this year, LeaderShape is back!

LeaderShape Institute 2022 will be held Jan. 4-7 at the Ford Center in Alberta, Michigan, just prior to the start of the spring semester.

LeaderShape Institute is a four-day retreat that helps students identify their values and gain confidence in their leadership skills through self-assessment, intensive small-group discussions, team-building challenges and more. By leading with passion, integrity and a healthy disregard for the impossible, participants explore who they are and the impact they want to have on their communities.

Do you know a student who is involved across campus? How about one who isn’t, but has shown you their passion for a specific cause or concern? How about someone who is still figuring out the direction they hope to pursue in life? We know leaders have a wide variety of experiences and don’t need to hold a position or a title to impact their community. No matter who they are, how they are involved on campus or what their future goals are — this program could benefit a student you’re connected with.

Are you already thinking of someone? Invite them to apply! Applications can be submitted online today through Saturday (Nov. 17-20).

By Student Leadership and Involvement.


Michigan Tech Study Abroad Virtual Fair

Adventure is calling, HOWL back! The Michigan Tech Study Abroad Virtual Fair will be held over Zoom on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (Sept. 13-15). Students can take advantage of the fair to meet with study abroad professionals and learn about program opportunities and how to plan their adventures. 

Attendees are required to register in advance for each session. All sessions will be recorded and posted to the Michigan Tech Study Abroad YouTube channel. Questions can be sent to studyabroad@mtu.edu.

Study Abroad Virtual Fair Schedule:

MONDAY SESSIONS

  • 12-1 p.m. — Michigan Tech Faculty-Led Study Abroad: Cumbria and Greece
    Explore castles and museums in England and Scotland! Walk the ancient ruins and art of Greece! Attend this session to learn how you can go abroad next summer with professor Carl Blair to England and Greece, and earn HASS credits. Register now.
  • 4-5 p.m. — Discover the World with ISA and TEAN
    Intern, volunteer, research, study — so many options and locations to choose from with International Studies Abroad (ISA) and The Education Abroad Network (TEAN)! Choose from semester, summer and year-long programs across the globe. Options for all majors! Register now.
  • 4-5 p.m. — Explore Cyprus with Global Semesters
    Spend a semester or summer at the University of Nicosia in Cyprus, a Mediterranean island country. Course options vary from pre-med, engineering and business to communications and more! This program is ideal for those who plan on going to medical school. Register now.

TUESDAY SESSIONS

  • 4-5 p.m. — Go Somewhere Different with USAC
    Go off the beaten path with University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC). Choose from 50 unique locations throughout the world where you can immerse yourself in a new language, discover different places, and make new friends. Register now.
  • 4-5 p.m. — Japanese Language and Culture with JCMU
    Are you interested in Japanese language and culture? JCMU offers intensive Japanese language programs for all levels. Learn how you can live in Japan and earn HASS credits. Register now.
  • 4-5 p.m. — Michigan Tech Peace Corps Prep
    Attend this session to learn about the Michigan Tech Peace Corps Prep certificate program and opportunities to serve in the Peace Corps! Volunteering in the Peace Corps is an opportunity to live abroad for two years in an underserved community, learn a new language, build partnerships and work on community projects. Register now.

WEDNESDAY SESSIONS

  • 12-1 p.m. — Prosperity by Design: Engineers Without Borders and iDesign
    Travel abroad with your peers to work on economically sustainable engineering projects that improve the quality of life in disadvantaged communities. Attend this session to hear from Michigan Tech students who’ve participated in International Senior Design (iDesign) and Engineers Without Borders (EWB). Register now.
  • 4-5 p.m. — Operations and Supply Chain in Germany
    Travel abroad to Bremen, Germany, with your peers to observe Germany’s large-scale industrial operations in automotive, processing plants and aerospace. Tour companies such as Volkswagen Autostadt, Mercedes and Becks Brewery. Attend this session to learn more about this Michigan Tech faculty study abroad program. Register now.
  • 4-5 p.m. — Electrical and Computer Engineering in France
    Attention electrical and computer engineering students! Learn how you can study in France and earn Michigan Tech credits in the ENSEA French American Program during your third year, spring semester. Register now.
  • 5:30-7:30 p.m. — Michigan Tech Faculty-Led Study Abroad
    Consider participating in a faculty-led study AWAY program to earn Michigan Tech credits and travel with your faculty and peers. This session will highlight programs taking place in the Bahamas, Costa Rica, England, Finland, Greece and Ireland, and along the U.S. Amtrak rail line. Join this session at any time — presentations will take place in Zoom breakout rooms on a rotating schedule. Register now.

By Pavlis Honors College.


Michigan Tech MSGC Graduate Fellowship Application Support

The Graduate School is offering support services to assist graduate students in applying for the Michigan Space Grant Consortium (MSGC) Graduate Fellowship, including a workshop and one-on-one writing support.

MSGC’s Graduate Fellowship opportunity supports graduate students from affiliate institutions who are conducting research and public service projects relevant to NASA’s strategic interests as expressed in NASA’s 2014 and 2018 Strategic Plans — specifically, research focused on aerospace, space science and earth system science. Graduate students working in other related science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields are also eligible to apply. 

Starting this year, MSGC is piloting an expanded definition of STEM to include support for interdisciplinary projects that include art, so graduate students conducting research and projects relevant to NASA’s strategic interests in disciplines not traditionally considered STEM, such as the humanities or social sciences, are likewise encouraged to apply.

Fellowship recipients are awarded $5,000. To be eligible, applicants must be U.S. nationals, have a good academic record and be in good academic standing. Women, underrepresented minorities and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Students currently receiving MSGC fellowships are eligible to reapply.

Workshop information:

  • Overview and Tips from an MSGC Fellowship Reviewer 
    Sept. 17, 11-11:50 a.m. — Admin 404
    Presented by Will Cantrell, associate provost and dean of the Graduate School. Hosted by Sarah Isaacson, GLAS program director, sisaacso@mtu.edu.  
    Register online in advance.
    A recording of the workshop will be available beginning Sept. 21.

Deadlines:

  • Nov. 3 at noon — Internal deadline for undergraduate and graduate fellowship proposals
    Nov. 10 at 5 p.m. — Final materials, after review and approval by SPO, must be uploaded to MSGC by the applicant

For more information and specific application instructions, visit the MSGC website and the MTU Graduate School’s Resources for the Michigan Space Grant Consortium web page.

By the Graduate School.