Category Archives: Resources

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

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

The workshop will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 22 in Fisher 139. The seminar will be available online as well as on campus. Register to receive handouts via email or attend online.

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.


  •  1 – 2 p.m. — Submission 101: Learn what is required to submit your document to the Graduate School and the deadlines for the upcoming semester.  Best for students who are completing their degree this semester or next semester.
  • 2 – 2:45 p.m. — Formatting 101—Using the Guide and Word Template: Learn how to find what you need in the Guide and use a Word template to create a perfectly formatted document the first time. LaTeX resources will be referenced, but not emphasized.
  • 2:45 – 3 p.m. — Break
    Enjoy snacks and network with other attendees
  • 3 – 4 p.m. — Formatting 102—Copyright for your dissertation, thesis, and report: Learn how to use copyrighted materials in your document, including papers you have published as well as materials created by someone else.
  • 4 – 4:45 p.m. — Formatting 103— Checking and fixing your document: Learn how to use Adobe Acrobat to check your document to ensure it meets our formatting requirements and correct it without recreating the PDF.
  • 4:45 – 5 p.m. — Final questions: Have a question that hasn’t been answered? We’ll be available to answer any additional questions you have.

By Debra Charlesworth.

Transgender College Student Resource Guide

Where to Find the Help and Services You Need on Campus

Despite the many advancements made by progressive colleges and universities in the last decade, trans students continue to experience higher-than-usual rates of discrimination and inequitable experiences. In fact, more than 40 percent of trans students reported feeling isolated from campus life during the previous academic year. This guide will help students find answers and resources for common issues experienced on campus while also empowering them to stand up for themselves and know their rights.

LGBTQ Friendly Colleges and Student Resources

LGBTQ students are looking for universities that promote safe and enriching environments to learn, grow, and participate within their community. The universities listed below have made exceptional strides towards creating a LGBTQ friendly environment by meeting the following criteria: (1) LGBTQ student club/organization, (2) gender inclusive dorms, (3) an affirmative declaration of LGBTQ inclusion policies, (4) LGBT health/counseling services, (5) and has LGBTQ/Gender studies programs available. The schools were then scored according to retention and graduation rate. Discover below who is leading the United States for LGBTQ students in higher education.

Two More Workshops Offered in Michigan Tech Graduate School’s Professional Development Program

There is space available in the remaining two workshops in the Graduate School’s Professional Development Program for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Advisors, encourage your students to attend these workshops. Students from the Colorado School of Mines participate via Zoom. The workshops will be held from 3-5 p.m. Thursdays in Admin 404.

The topics for the second half of the semester are:

  • Tomorrow (March 22): Sustainability/Ethical STEM culture and social innovation, by David Shonnard (ChE/SFI)
  • April 12: Publishing research results in peer-reviewed journals, by a panel of journal editors

The series is coordinated through the Graduate School with funding from NSF. The workshops are most appropriate for postdocs and third and fourth year PhD students but all interested people may attend, space permitting.

Register for each seminar online to reserve your seat and obtain the room location and a reminder prior to the event.

Additional information is found on our blog.

By the Graduate School.

Scholarship Webinar Now Available

Get Your Scholarship Application Noticed: Webinar Recording

If you missed the webinar you can now view the recording and download the PowerPoint.

You may hear various suggestions about the best way to submit a quality scholarship application. The truth is, this is a personal journey – your experiences and how you approach the application is unique. No one single thing will make an application stand out—but if you follow these suggestions, your application will be noticed for its completeness and professional presentation.

The presentation discusses researching scholarships that are right for you, understanding eligibility and deadlines, getting organized, following directions, preparing a great essay, tracking your application.

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Workshops for Michigan Tech Students

Research Poster Practice Workshop

Do you know of a student who is registered for the 2018 Undergraduate Research Symposium? Tell them to join us for a lightning round of research presentations. They can practice their poster talk and get valuable feedback from Pavlis Honors College Dean Lorelle Meadows.

Workshop will take place at 6 p.m. tomorrow (March 7) in Library 243. Information on past undergraduate research workshops is available here.

Company Research Workshop

Want to impress a job recruiter with your knowledge of their company? How about finding the perfect information to use as questions for your interviewer? J

oin the Van Pelt & Opie Library’s Company Research Workshop to learn the best resources for company research and how to turn info you find into interview questions that are sure to impress.

The workshop is at 5:05 p.m. Thursday (March 8) in Library 242. Register here.

Library Offers Conference Poster Design Workshop

Making a research poster for a conference or other event? The Library’s Conference Poster Design Workshop covers basic tips and tricks for presenting your research and information in a visual format. We’ll also look at resources and tools available at the library to help you design and print your poster. The workshop will be held at noon today (March 6) in Library 242. Register here.

Michigan Tech Library Offers Conference Poster Design Workshop

Making a research poster for a conference or other event? The Library’s Conference Poster Design Workshop covers basic tips and tricks for presenting your research and information in a visual format. We’ll also look at resources and tools available at the library to help you design and print your poster. The workshop will be held at 5 p.m. today (Feb. 26) in Library 242. Register.

By Van Pelt and Opie Library.

What are recruiters looking for in 2018?

Summary by Dr. Morrison:


The U.S. Department of Labor recently reported that the economy gained 2.1 million jobs in 2017, bringing the unemployment rate to 4.1 percent. In 2017, STEM focused higher education institutions experienced the most active fall recruiting seasons in years. At Michigan Technological University, recruiting  has increased 28 percent in the last five years and more than 117 percent since 2009. Early indicators of the Spring 2018 recruiting season are that this trend in STEM recruiting will continue. Three leading trends have emerged in the recruiting of STEM students:

  • Continued growth in recruiting at STEM institution-sponsored career fairs,
  • An increase in informal recruiting events on campus, and
  • An increase in corporate involvement across campuses which is breaking down the institutional silos between career services and academic areas across campus.

Read more at NACE, by Sarah Alspaw.