Day: June 4, 2013

2013 MAGS Excellence in Teaching Award Nominee

Photo of Alexandria Guth
Alexandria Guth represented Michigan Tech in the MAGS Excellence in Teaching Award competition.
Alexandria Guth was selected by the Dean’s Advisory Panel to represent Michigan Tech as a nominee for the Midwestern Association of Graduate School’s Excellence in Teaching Award.  Dr. Guth was nominated by her department, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences.

Although her contributions to the teaching activities of her department are many, she is most known for developing and implementing novel teaching practices for online courses.  One course is taken primarily by schoolteachers, and as Dr. Pennington notes in his nomination letter, “The schoolteachers in her online courses say that she does a terrific job, and I believe them; they know what they are talking about, and are not easy to please.”  This semester, she is developing an online course with a set of laboratories that can be completed off campus for introductory students in Oceanography.

Dr. Guth earned her PhD in geology in spring 2013, and was advised by Dr. James Wood. Her research has taken her to Kenya for field work, and she has had the opportunity to participate as a teaching assistant with her advisor in a series of field courses for students from Michigan Tech and beyond.  Her teaching is truly global.

Nominations are accepted each year for this award.  Please consider nominating your outstanding graduate students next year.  Full details on the nomination procedure are available online.

June First Friday Social

There will be one last First Friday Social for this fiscal year! Faculty, staff and graduate students are invited to attend the June First Friday University Social from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., June 7, in the Memorial Union Ballroom B. A cash bar along with complimentary soda and snacks will be provided.

This month’s Social is sponsored by Information Technology. Come and meet your colleagues in a relaxed atmosphere.

The First Friday University Socials began in 2006 to provide a casual setting for members of the campus community to get together informally, share their work and get to know each other. Such informal gatherings often lead to more productive work relationships and an appreciation for diversity.

In an effort to increase the effectiveness of the initiative, this academic year featured departmental partners who sponsored each months’ events. First Friday University Socials will resume in September with the Graduate School and Graduate Student Government as the sponsor – mark your calendars for September 6th!

If your department is interested in hosting a social next academic year or would like more information, please contact Megan Ross at 7-3123 or

Intellectual Property Program for Graduate Students

Is it original? Copyright & Patents for Graduate Students

Graduate students are encouraged to enroll in Is It Original? Copyright and Patents for Graduate Students, funded by the National Science Foundation.

Program Basics:

This program offers busy graduate students a unique opportunity to build an understanding of intellectual property that will complement their studies, research, and instructional goals. Students can:

  • Participate in a non-credit (no-cost), five-week program (July 18 – August 15)  that is guided by Michigan Tech copyright and patent experts.
  • Learn with peers in online environments, during Monday/Thursday weekly meetings with campus experts and guest speakers to develop a broad understanding of copyright and patent fundamentals in the context of academic research and publishing.
  • Engage in guided team activities to analyze IP case scenarios relevant to graduate studies and to share your informed analysis with others.

Program Benefits:

Students will gain a competitive edge for their graduate studies and with future employers. They will explore the beneficial balance of IP law that supports the continuous advancement of knowledge by protecting, rewarding, and encouraging originality in STEM research. On successful program completion, they will receive a certificate of training in intellectual property. We’ve worked on this program for several terms taking into account feedback from graduate student attendees.

To enroll, please register online.

An orientation meeting is scheduled for Thursday, July 18 in the library.

For further information and any questions, please contact Jean DeClerck (