Category Archives: Research

Michigan Tech SURF Applications Now Open

Applications for 2020 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) are now open. Fellowship recipients will spend the summer 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 4 p.m. Feb. 7. A workshop on writing effective SURF proposals is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 12 in Fisher 133. More information and access to the application materials and instructions are available online or contact Sigrid Resh.

By Pavlis Honors College.


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 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.



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.


ADVANCE PhD GRA Funding Available for Michigan Tech Students

The Michigan Tech NSF-funded ADVANCE Initiative seeks a PhD student to participate in conducting research on faculty gender and career issues including diversity, equity, and inclusion, particularly in STEM disciplines. Up to three years of graduate RA support with tuition and stipend is available (including summer semesters).

The ideal candidate is an incoming PhD student with a master’s degree or a current PhD student in their first or second year. Discipline or degree program is open, but the student should have or be willing to take courses in survey methods and quantitative analysis. Current familiarity with diversity and inclusion research in STEM is advantageous but not required. Optimally, the research done under the ADVANCE programs will form the core or a substantial portion of the student’s dissertation.

To apply, please submit a cover letter indicating your current academic level, your CV, and a statement of interest regarding diversity and inclusion in STEM via email to Prof. Adrienne Minerick. A multidisciplinary team of faculty will be reviewing application materials, so please try to minimize technical, discipline-specific jargon. Start date is as soon as possible but no later than August 19, 2019.