Category Archives: Workshops and Institutes

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.

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 CDI Presents Diverse Dialogues – Changing the Conversation: Women in STEM

What is it like to be a woman identified individual aspiring through STEM fields? What is it like to be a woman at Michigan Tech and in the Upper Peninsula?

Join Michigan Tech’s Society of Women in Engineering (SWE) and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion to be part of the campus dialogue about the experiences of our students, staff, faculty and community members led by a panel of our student leaders from SWE on International Women’s Day.

The Diverse Dialogues series will provide opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to have conversations about relevant issues of equity, diversity, inclusion, social justice, and much more. They are designed to be an informal, yet guided gathering to allow participants to educate and learn from one another.

While each dialogue in the series has a centralized theme, we want to encourage participants to determine where the conversations go. This series is meant to start the discussion on difficult topics and implore individuals to push their awareness, knowledge, and action related to themes of diversity and inclusion.

Join us at noon Thursday, March 8 in MUB Ballroom B1 (and at the future Diverse Dialogues) and engage in meaningful campus dialogue around topics of diversity and inclusion. Bring your own lunch, light refreshments and beverages will be provided.

By Amy Howard.

Michigan Tech Pavlis Research Integrity Workshop Feb. 22

The Pavlis Honors College is hosting another workshop in its Undergraduate Research Workshop Series entitled Research Integrity. The workshop take place at 6 p.m. tomorrow (Feb. 22) in Library 244.

Join Biosafety Officer David Dixon for an interactive session as he introduces and explores our responsibilities as researchers and scholars for ensuring the integrity and value of our findings.

More information on upcoming workshops in the series can be found online.

By Pavlis Honors College.

Michigan Tech HuskyLEAD to Focus on Leveraging Leadership Skills with Employers

The next workshop in the Spring 2018 HuskyLEAD series will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. tomorrow (Feb. 15) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge A. Faculty and staff are encouraged to pass this information along to students. Attendance is taken at the workshops and can be forwarded to faculty who assign them as a supplement to their curriculum.

The title of tomorrow’s HuskyLEAD is “Leveraging Leadership Skills with Employers.” Participants will learn they don’t have to be in a leadership position to be a leader. They will learn innovative strategies to showcase their best self to future employers.

Presenters are Doug Stage from Kimberly-Clark, Ryan Thompson, fifth year mechanical engineering student and Beth Williams, Michigan Tech’s assistant director of career development education. There will be an opportunity for Q&A at the end.

HuskyLEAD is a series of hour-long workshops that help Michigan Tech students develop personal, professional, academic and organizational leadership skills. The workshops are free and open to everyone.

For more information, visit the HuskyLEAD website. If you have any questions or comments about the workshops, email Rochelle Spencer or Maryann Wilcox or call 7-1963.

Applications are open for REACH – USC’s 2-day graduate engineering preview

The USC Viterbi School of Engineering wants you! Join us for REACH, our annual 2-day graduate engineering preview.

Who should attend REACH?
The focus of REACH is to develop and foster the talents and success of undergraduate engineering students – students from historically underrepresented backgrounds such as African American, Latino, and Native American are particularly encouraged to attend.

What will be covered during my REACH visit?
• Experience our exciting research opportunities
• Benefit from special presentations and intensive workshops
• Meet and interact with our world-class faculty, current students and staff
• Tour our dynamic research labs and engineering facilities
• Learn about our Master’s and Doctoral programs
• Walk through the application and admissions process
• Experience life at USC and explore Los Angeles

When is it?
April 19-20, 2018 on the USC campus in Los Angeles, California.

How much does it cost?
Accepted REACH participants will have their round-trip transportation, lodging and meals covered by USC!

Who should apply?
• College sophomores (second year) and juniors (third year) with a strong academic background in engineering, math or hard science (physics, biology or chemistry)
• Must be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. or a citizen of Canada
• Applications are particularly encouraged from students who are female and/or are Black/African Americans, Latino/Chicano Americans or Native Americans

How do I apply?
Visit for the online application. In addition you will need:
• University-issued academic transcript (PDF)
• Current CV or resume (PDF)
• Statement of purpose

What is the deadline to apply?
February 15, 2018* (Applications submitted after February 15th will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis)

Visit for more information and the online application.

2018 Dissertation Institute accepting applications!

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the 2nd Dissertation Institute, an interactive workshop for underrepresented (African American, native American, Pacific Island and Hispanic American) graduate students in engineering, is March 15, 2018. The primary goal is to address issues that prolong completion times for those at the dissertation proposal preparation and dissertation completion stages of the targeted population. The Institute is funded by the National Science Foundation and hosted by Old Dominion University and Virginia Tech.

The Dissertation Institute will take place June 10th – 15th on the University of Houston and focus on skills and strategies needed to successfully complete the dissertation process and provide networking opportunities to build connections for future collaborative career advancement. Institute participants will build new writing habits, work on their dissertation or dissertation proposal, and learn skills that will help them continue making progress when they return to their institutions. Participants will be housed in a private room; will share bathroom with one other participant; receive meals; and be reimbursed for travel costs up to $500. As a part of the application process, participants will be asked to identify barriers that have impeded their progress to completing their dissertation and to provide suggestions for additional topics to be presented.

We seek your assistance in identifying students who might benefit from participating in the Institute. Feel free to share the following link with students, faculty and any other colleagues that might assist us in announcing this wonderful opportunity:

If you have questions, please email them to

Stephanie G. Adams, Ph.D.                                             Holly M. Matusovich, Ph.D.

Old Dominion University                                                 Virginia Tech