Nominations open for KCP Future Faculty Fellowships

Applications are being sought for KCP Future Faculty Fellowships, a program funded by the State of Michigan.  Applications are due no later than 4pm on April 23, 2019 for funding starting in Summer 2019 or Fall 2019.  KCP fellowships provide students up to $20,000 (MS students) or $35,000 (PhD students) to pursue their degrees.  Funds may be used to support students (or faculty/staff) pursuing degrees at Michigan Tech.  For Michigan Tech students, the Graduate School and nominating department must also contribute matching funds to help support the student.

The purpose of the King-Chávez-Parks Future Faculty Fellowship Program is to increase the pool of academically and economically disadvantaged candidates pursuing faculty teaching careers in postsecondary education.

Complete information about eligibility criteria and materials needed for an application is available on our web page.

Doctoral Finishing Fellowship Spring 2019 Recipient – Daniel Trepal

Daniel J Trepal
Industrial Archaeology

As a previous graduate of Michigan Tech’s Industrial Archaeology Masters program, I returned to Michigan Tech and the Social Sciences department to undertake my doctoral studies due to the excellent student support, interdisciplinary research opportunities, and the unique benefits of living and working on the Keweenaw Peninsula. Having previously spent nearly a decade working as a professional archaeologist specializing in the study of industrial landscapes, my doctoral research embraces a more interdisciplinary approach influenced by Spatial History and the Digital Humanities. I focus on studying postindustrial urban landscapes and their constituent communities from a historical, spatial, big data based perspective using GIS and other geospatial technologies.

It is a great privilege to receive the Finishing Fellowship; I look forward to wrapping up my dissertation this spring and moving on to a new set of challenges. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my advisor, Dr. Don Lafreniere, my committee members, and all of the Michigan Tech faculty and fellow students who have supported me in many valuable ways as a student and colleague.

DeVlieg Foundation Fellowship Summer 2019 Recipient – Ami Kling

Ami Kling
Biomedical Engineering

I am a second-year PhD student in the Biomedical Engineering program, although I never intended to pursue a graduate education when I first came to Michigan Tech. I came to this school as an undergraduate student in the fall of 2013 with an associate degree in hand, intent on earning a bachelor’s in 2-3 years and obtaining a job – any job – in the medical device industry. Four years, an undergrad degree, and a newfound love of physics later, I became first a masters and then a PhD student in the Biomedical Engineering department.

My research focuses on a novel medical imaging technique called elastography, which is used to noninvasively quantify tissue stiffness distributions in vivo. Specifically, I am interested in combining optical and ultrasound elastography techniques in order to create an improved system that has potential applications in both research and clinical environments.

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the DeVlieg Foundation and the Graduate Dean Awards Advisory Panel for the support that has been provided to me for the summer of 2019. This financial support will allow me to concentrate efforts on developing instrumentation, gathering experimental data, and publishing results. Consequently, this support will also further my overarching goal of creating a useful, portable, and readily available diagnostic imaging system. I would also like to thank: the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Programs Committee for their recommendation; my advisors, Dr. Jingfeng Jiang and Dr. Sean J. Kirkpatrick, for their guidance and support; and Mr. David Rosen for his assistance with this project.

DeVlieg Foundation Fellowship Summer 2019 Recipient – Chris Adams

Chris Adams
Biological Sciences

I am a fourth year PhD student in Biological Sciences. My research investigates life history variation in trout populations, which may be a mechanism for adapting to changing environments. Data is obtained by individually tagging fish with RFID tags and operating in-stream antenna stations to rack moments throughout a watershed. I look forward to working under the DeVlieg fellowship this summer to wrap up field work in the nearby Pilgrim River and prepare manuscripts for publication.

DOE Scholars Program – Accepting Applications

U.S Department of Energy DOE Scholars Program at the Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E)

Now Accepting Applications

What is ARPA E?

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) is devoted exclusively to support research and development of high-potential, high-impact energy technologies that are too early for private-sector investment.

 Why should I apply?

Being selected as a DOE Scholar at ARPA-E offers the following benefits:

  • Stipends starting at $600 per week for undergraduates and $650 per week for graduate students and post graduates during the internship period
  • Limited travel reimbursement to/from assigned location
  • Direct exposure to and participation in projects and activities related to defining commercialization pathways for high-impact technology development programs
  • Hands-on experience in experience in advancing the transition of cutting-edge energy technologies to market applications in a fast-paced environment
  • Identification of career goals and opportunities
  • Development of professional networks with leading scientists and subject matter experts


  • Be a U.S. citizenship
  • Have a Master’s or Ph.D degree or be pursuing a graduate level degree (preferably MBA or technical degree M.S./Ph.D. with a business focus)

Applicants should be prepared for deep immersion in a specific energy program area and must be comfortable and be able to complete tasks independently.  Candidate must have strong written and oral communication abilities, as well as an interest in energy and energy technologies.

How to Apply

Applications and supporting materials must be submitted at:

For more information about the DOE Scholars Program: Visit


Graduate Student Networking – February 13

Professional Development Workshop Sponsored by GSG, the Graduate School, and Career Services

Beth Williams from the Career Services will lead an interactive workshop on how to prepare for networking events.  The presentation will be followed by a mocktails event where attendees will have a chance to practice their newly learned strategies with representatives from local industries and with MTU faculty and staff.

See registration link for room and time:

Graduate Research Colloquium

The Graduate Student Government (GSG) is excited to host its annual Graduate Research Colloquium on March 27 and 28, 2019 in the MUB Ballrooms.  This is a unique opportunity for graduate students to practice their oral and/or poster presentation skills.  Poster presentations will occur on March 27 and oral presentations will occur over both days of the colloquium.  Oral presentations are limited to 15 minutes followed by a few minutes for questions.  The top three poster and oral presentations will be announced at the GRC’s Awards banquet.
There are still many presentation slots available!  Registrations are due by 11:59 pm on Wednesday February 20, 2019 via the following Google form
Another vital component of this event has always been recruiting faculty members to serve as judges for the presentations.  The constructive feedback received by presenters makes this a valuable learning experience.  If you have a couple free hours in your schedule please consider donating that time to help GSG give the best GRC experience possible this year.  GSG will work to schedule your judging times according to your schedule’s availability.  If you are interested please fill out the following Google form
If you have any additional questions please contact Jacob Blazejewski at

Innovations to Enhance Graduate Student Success

Award Criteria

The purpose of the award is to encourage, recognize and reward innovative efforts to enhance graduate student success. Nominations may relate to any initiative that positively impacts graduate student success including degree completion, attrition or time to completion of graduate study including:

  • Design and implementation of innovative and creative pathways to enhance degree completion
  • Design and implementation of pathways to decrease time to completion
  • Design and implementation of pathways to decrease attrition from the program

Nomination Procedure

Nominations may be submitted by a faculty, student or staff at Michigan Tech. Please submit a 1-2 page nomination letter that includes (1) your name, (2) your e-mail, (3) your department,and (4) the program, department, or college/school you are nominating. Describe the innovation in enhancing graduate student success with an explanation as to how and why it has made a positive and significant impact.

The nomination(s) should be emailed to Heather Suokas or Mary Stevens, in the Graduate School by Friday, Feb. 15.

The recipient will be recognized and presented with a plaque at the Graduate Research Colloquium banquet on March 28.

Selection Committee

The Dean of the Graduate School will appoint and oversee a selection committee.

The recipient will be recognized and presented with a plaque at the Graduate Research Colloquium banquet on March 28.