Category: Research

SDGS for the SDGs

Students and researchers at Michigan Tech are invited to showcase their work related to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals at the 2nd Virtual International Conference of the Youth Environmental Alliance in Higher Education. The theme of the conference is SDGS for the SDGs: Students Doing Goal-Oriented Science for the Sustainable Development Goals.

Presentations may include research or literature-based studies from social, economic, environmental or other fields. The conference is multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary and includes participants from five continents.

Please submit abstracts and/or register as an attendee before tomorrow (Nov. 20). The Conference will be virtually hosted by the University of Derby, England on Blackboard and Padlet on Dec. 9.

Michigan Tech is a Member of the YEAH, which is a 5-year NSF-funded project (DBI 2019049) designed to equip youth with real-world experiences of collaborative and evidence-based approaches to global environmental sustainability.

by Sarah Green and Amna Ijaz, Department of Chemistry


GSG Hosts Grant Writing Seminar

As a student or a researcher, a necessary component of your work is applying for a multitude of grants to obtain funding for future projects. Peter Larson, the Director of Research Development at Michigan Tech, will be conducting a seminar on Grant Writing from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 12) via Zoom.

Larson specializes in creating effective grant and research proposals, particularly in the non-technical proposal sections that researchers often struggle with.

Please send any topics or questions you wish to see discussed to gsg-prodev@mtu.edu so we can structure the seminar to better suit your needs. Those who participate in the seminar will get a chance to enter a raffle draw.

by Graduate Student Government


Graduate Student Scholarship Application Support – Department of Defense SMART Scholarship for Service

Graduate advisors and students:

The Graduate School is providing support, including personalized writing support along with a Canvas course, for the U.S. Department of Defense science, mathematics, and research for transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service.

About the SMART Scholarship for Service:

The program offers scholarships for bachelors, masters and Ph.D. students pursuing STEM. While in school, students will receive full tuition, monthly stipends ($25,000 – $38,000 per year), health insurance and book allowances, as well as summer internships that range from eight to 12 weeks. Upon degree completion, scholars begin working in a civilian position with their sponsoring facility. For complete details, visit: https://www.smartscholarship.org/smart

Application due date: 5 p.m. (EST), Tuesday, Dec.

Support Provided:

Interested applicants will receive individualized writing support from qualified staff members on their application drafts. In addition, applicants will be added to a Canvas course designed to support them throughout their application process. Questions? Contact Sarah Isaacson, GLAS Program Director.

The DoD is providing a free SMART Application Webinar at 1 p.m. Tuesday, (Nov. 10). Register here.

by Sarah Isaacson, Graduate School


GSG Hosts Grant Writing Webinar

As a student or a researcher, a necessary component of your work is applying for a multitude of grants to obtain funding for future projects. Peter Larson, director of research development at Michigan Tech, will conduct a seminar on Grant Writing from 4 to 5  p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12 via Zoom.

Larson specializes in creating effective grant and research proposals, particularly in the non-technical proposal sections that researchers often struggle with. Please send any topics or questions you wish to see discussed to gsg-prodev@mtu.edu so we can structure the seminar to better suit your needs.

Those who participate in the seminar will get a chance to enter a raffle draw. Space is not really limited but just so we know how many students to expect, be sure to register.

by Graduate Student Government


Michigan Tech 3 Minute Thesis Competition

The Graduate Student Government announces this year’s Three Minute Thesis competition. The competition is being held on Thursday, (Nov. 5). Registration is now open, and will be closed Friday, Oct. 23.

A training workshop for the participants will be provided on Wednesday, Oct. 28. This competition offers a great opportunity for graduate students across the university to present their research to a general audience. Participants are required to present their research within three minutes, hence the name ‘Three Minute Thesis’.

This contest is open to all graduate students at any stage/path of their graduate studies. They are not required to have a finished thesis, or even a proposal to present — even coursework track students can participate. Participants are judged on their communication and presentation skills while delivering their content in just three minutes with one static PowerPoint slide.

The 3MT competition was started by the University of Queensland, Australia in 2008. Success and the growing popularity of the competition spread the idea across more than 200 universities around the globe. The winner of the local Michigan Tech competition will earn the opportunity to present at the regional 3MT competition.

It is divided into two phases: preliminary rounds and a final round. The preliminary round will be held virtually. The format for the final round is yet to be determined. The winner and runners-up will receive cash prizes of $300 and $150 respectively.

Additionally, a People’s Choice award will be given to a speaker selected by the event’s audience, with a cash prize of $100. GSG invites and encourages all graduate students to take advantage of this amazing competition. Full event information and the registration link can be found here.

by Graduate Student Government


NSF GRFP Workshop Announcement from Michigan Tech Grad School

Dear graduate students:

The Graduate School is offering support services to assist graduate students in applying for the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program, including workshops and one-on-one writing support. Fellowship recipients earn an annual stipend of $34,000 from this prestigious NSF program.

Applications are due to the NSF between Oct. 19 – 22, depending on your discipline.

Workshop 1:

  • Overview and tips from a former NSF program manager
  • When: 2 to 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4th
  • Presenter: Pushpalatha Murthy 
  • Meeting link: Make sure to sign in with your MTU account before joining the meeting to be admitted. Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android

Workshop 2:

  • Crafting your statements: Content and organization
  • When: 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, Sept.
  • Presenter: Sarah Isaacson
  • Zoom meeting link: Make sure to sign in with your MTU account before joining the meeting to be admitted. Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android

Personalized support:

  • Workshop participants will receive support via an NSF GRFP Canvas Course as well as individualized writing support from qualified staff members on application drafts. Click here for more details. Questions? Contact Sarah Isaacson, NSF GRFP Support Coordinator.

Michigan Tech GSG to Present Virtual Poster Session at Alumni Reunion

The Graduate Student Government is pleased to announce a virtual poster presentation session at the alumni reunion of 2020. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, considering the overall health and safety of our alumni and faculty as priority, Michigan Tech has decided to host a virtual alumni reunion this year.

The alumni poster presentation session is a continued tradition designed to increase the interaction between graduate students and MTU alumni. It is a unique opportunity for graduate students to share their research work and expand network connections. This event is also a great opportunity for students to work on their presentation skills and prepare for upcoming conferences.

The poster presentation session is open to graduate students from all departments. It will consist of elevator-pitch-style, pre-recorded poster presentations. To register, submit the online registration form. Registration closes on June 17 at 11:59 p.m. and seats are reserved for 8-10 participants only.

Detailed instructions and guidelines to record your presentation will be sent out to you once you have registered. The deadline for participants to submit the presentation video is June 24.

For more information, please contact Sarvada Chipkar at gsg-research@mtu.edu.

by Graduate Student Government


Michigan Space Grant Consortium Offering Virtual Research Fellowships

The Michigan Space Grant Consortium (MSGC) has announced a new funding mechanism for new requests to support virtual undergraduate or graduate research fellowships. The funding is not designed to augment or supplement any pre-existing fellowship awards, but rather to create an off-cycle opportunity for students who have had summer research or internship opportunities canceled.

Faculty or students at Michigan Tech can apply for summer 2020 undergraduate or graduate fellowship support. These fellowships are identical to Michigan Space Grant’s regular fellowships ($3,000 for undergraduate students and $5,000 for graduate students, requiring no match, but must have a research plan, budget and commitment from a faculty mentor). The work must be NASA-STEM related, but full proposals are not required. The NASA Strategic Plan includes a broad range of research, and is not exclusively space-related, so please review their goals to see if your research may qualify.

Deadline for submission is Monday, May 11, for the funding period from June 1, 2020, to April 30, 2021. Submissions are limited to one per student.

Submissions should include:

• A research plan for the fellowship
• A brief description of the project’s connection to NASA strategic interests, as detailed in the NASA Strategic Plan 2014
• The student’s specific responsibilities in the project and specific outcomes expected for the research
• The timeline for the effort
• The budget and justification

Details can be found at the MSGC website. For more information, please contact Lorelle Meadows at lameadows@mtu.edu and/or email MSGC at mispacegrant@umich.edu.

By Pavlis Honors College.