Day: March 17, 2011

MISNER Program Internship Opportunity

The Michigan Space Grant Consortium (MSGC) announces the Michigan Initiative on Student NASA Exploration Research (MISNER) program. The MISNER program will give undergraduate and/or graduate students the opportunity to work in Exploration Systems Mission Directorate-related industries within the state of Michigan over the summer of 2011.

  • 10-week internship program (within the May – August 2011 timeframe)
  • $4,250 stipend with travel (up to $500) and housing (up to $1,250 total) = $6,000 Award Total

Applications are due no later than Wednesday, April 6, 2011. Applicants must be US citizens. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible for this internship opportunity.

Questions regarding the MISNER Internship Program can be directed to Bonnie Bryant (MSGC) at

Michigan Tech Graduate Engineering Programs Move up One Position in US News Rankings

The College of Engineering has moved up in the US News & World Report annual ranking of graduate schools. Tech’s graduate engineering program is ranked 85th in the nation in 2012 rankings released online this week. Last year the graduate engineering program overall ranked 86th.

Four graduate engineering specialties were ranked in the top 50 nationwide for the second year in a row. Environmental engineering ranked 28th; materials Science and Engineering and mechanical engineering-engineering mechanics each ranked 48th; and civil engineering ranked 49th. Their rankings were the same last year.

“We are pleased to be recognized among the nation’s best graduate engineering programs, and to continue to receive special recognition for our programs in environmental, mechanical, materials and civil engineering,” said Dean Tim Schulz (COE).

Dean Jacqueline Huntoon (Graduate School) said she was glad to see the positive change in the ranking of Michigan Tech’s College of Engineering. “The initiatives that are currently underway are beginning to pay off and will hopefully lead to even higher rankings in the future,” she observed. “I am also happy to see that the rankings of four of our programs remain in the top 50 again this year. We face strong competition and are holding our own.”

Each year, US News ranks professional-school programs in business, education, engineering, law and medicine. The overall rankings of graduate schools are based on two types of data: the opinions from deans, program directors and senior faculty at more than 1,200 institutions, and statistical indicators of excellence, including percentage of faculty who are members of their most selective peer group (in the case of engineering schools, the National Academy of Engineering); the average Graduate Record Exam score; the ratio of PhD students to faculty; research expenditures; graduate enrollment; and PhDs granted.

The rankings of engineering specialties are based purely on assessments by department chairs in each specialty.

US News periodically ranks graduate programs in the other fields, including the sciences, social sciences, humanities, public affairs and public policy, fine arts, library and information science and health fields. Michigan Tech’s biological sciences, earth sciences and physics graduate programs were ranked last year. They were not evaluated this year.

The rankings can be accessed online at

Published in Tech Today.

BRC Travel Grants for Spring Semester

The Biotech Research Center is accepting applications for travel grants, which provide financial assistance to graduate students, undergraduate students and postdoctoral scientists who present their research at scientific meetings.

To apply:

  • Complete the application form available at
  • Provide all the necessary information as specified in the application instructions.
  • Send application materials by Friday, April 15, to Mary Tassava, at

The awards, which promote biotechnological research and achievement, are merit-based and are offered twice per year. The Fall 2011 deadline is Oct. 14.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Awards will be announced near the end of the award month.

For questions, contact Tassava at 487-2959 or

Published in Tech Today.