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Applications Open to Michigan Tech Students: Climate Leaders Academy

Current undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in climate leadership are invited to apply to be a fellow of the Climate Leaders Academy (CLA), which is launching this summer.

CLA is a two-semester program with the goal of providing formal climate training and professional development to fellows through direct engagement with national and international climate change frameworks, formalized mentoring and collaboration with a diverse set of institutions. CLA is funded through the National Science Foundation and the YEAH network, and supported by MTU, Boston University, Vanderbilt University and Tennessee State University.

CLA-Fellows will be entitled to the following benefits:

  • $10,000 stipend ($5,000 per semester)
  • Four transferable course credits
  • All travel expenses covered (to and from kickoff workshop, climate change conferences, etc.)
  • One-on-one mentoring by a CLA faculty member
  • Tuition coverage for CLA course

Additional information and the official application can be found at the CLA Application Form. Applications are due March 15 at 11:59 p.m. CDT.

Questions can be directed to Rose Daily at roset@mtu.edu or Leah Dundon at leah.a.dundon@vanderbilt.edu.

By Rose Daily.

CLC Fellowship Opportunity in Community Sustainability for Grad Students


On Monday (Jan. 23) from 12-1 p.m., Sarah Lee from the University of Michigan will hold a webinar about the Catalyst Leadership Circle (CLC) Fellowship.

Please join us in the Academic Office Building, AOB 201, or via Zoom.

The CLC Fellowship offers graduate students the opportunity to help local governments advance toward specific sustainability goals. The fellowship is supported by Michigan’s Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy Catalyst Communities Program and administered by the Graham Sustainability Institute at the University of Michigan.

The Fellowship offers: 

  • $6,000 in funding 
  • $1,500 housing/travel stipend
  • Professional training
  • Experience working with a municipality 

We hope to see you there!

By Social Sciences.

NSF IRES: IRiKA Paid Internship in Korea

Eligible undergraduate and graduate students at Michigan Tech can apply for an eight-week paid research internship in Korea during the summer of 2023. The grant is through the National Science Foundation International Research Experiences for Students (NSF IRES): Interdisciplinary Research in Korea on Applied smart systems (IRiKA) program.

The goal of the NSF IRES program is to provide high-quality educational experiences for small groups of U.S. students through active research participation in collaboration with foreign researchers at an international site and provide students with international collaborative research training and a personal network on which to build future collaborations.

IRiKA is a competitive program. The students selected for the Summer 2023 cohort will each receive:

  • U.S.-Korea roundtrip airfare and transportation in Korea,
  • an eight-week paid research internship in Korea ($500 per week),
  • accommodations in Korea, and
  • additional research support.

The dates of the internship are June 16 to Aug. 16. Eligible students can find more information and apply through IRiKA’s website. The deadline for Michigan Tech students to apply is Feb. 10. A Zoom information session is scheduled at noon today (Jan. 17) — see IRiKA’s website.

View the detailed flyer.

By Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Michigan Tech Mind Trekkers Seeking Student Volunteers for STEM Festival

Mind Trekkers, Michigan Tech’s traveling STEM roadshow, is seeking additional student volunteers to host hands-on STEM demonstrations at the Hidden Coast Festival in Escanaba, Michigan, on Jan. 26 and 27.

Guided by Michigan Tech students, pre-college festival attendees will discover firsthand the awe and power of science through experimentation. From being inside a bubble, to skewering a balloon without popping it, to playing a piano made of bananas — Mind Trekkers serves to bring communities together to support an educational ecosystem and strong future workforce in STEM.

Mind Trekkers events are a wonderful way for Michigan Tech students to give back to communities and develop public-speaking, communication and leadership skills. Students will leave campus Jan. 26 in the afternoon and return Jan. 27 in the evening. Proctoring is available by Center for Educational Outreach staff. Transportation, lodging, some meals and a daily stipend will be provided.

Interested students can sign up using our form. For additional information, please reach out to mindtrekkers@mtu.edu.

By Center for Educational Outreach.

Michigan Tech Study Abroad/Away Options

Ready for an adventure? Want to learn on a train or in a rain (forest)? Consider our study abroad/study away programs. The benefits of international study and travel include intercultural awareness, sensitivity and communication skills, as well as exposure to different cultures, perspectives and geographic regions. Conduct field research and acquire hands-on, real-world experience — all while making lifelong friends.

As a Michigan Tech student, you have two options available to you this summer from the Department of Social Sciences:

  • Cumbria, England and Scotland: Earn up to 9 credits. Daniel Trepal (SS) will lead the four-week program, “Crossing Borders.” Get to know Cumbria, Northern England and Southern Scotland through a mix of archaeology and history. Students learn the culture through a mix of field trips and classwork. The application and deposit deadline is March 15.
  • Amtrak Tourism: Western USA: Earn up to 10 credits. Hop on board Amtrak for a three-week faculty-led tour of the Western United States. Work alongside tourism professionals in Red Wing, Minnesota. Hike Glacier National Park. Interact with students at Portland State. Explore the public transport and destination infrastructure of Aspen, Colorado. And, visit the railroad legacy cities of Sacramento, California, and Galesburg, Illinois. Return to the Keweenaw and share your experiences with local stakeholders in the tourism industry. The application and deposit deadline is Jan. 13.

Cannot fit a study away experience into your packed schedule in 2023? No worry. 2024 will feature additional experiences in Costa RicaWales and Detroit. Learn more about all these great programs (and watch student-made videos from past trips too) at our Study Abroad / Study Away page.

Worried about the costs of studying abroad or away? All incoming undergraduate majors in the Department of Social Sciences receive a $2,500 voucher that can be used for one or more of our study away/abroad programs. No joke! Travel for free (or close to it).

Call 906-487-2113 or email socialsciences@mtu.edu to learn more about our study abroad/away options.

By Don LaFreniere, Social Sciences.