Day: September 13, 2013

Jackie Huntoon Honored with the GEM Member of the Year Award

Jackie Huntoon, Dean of the Graduate School

Jackie Huntoon, associate provost and dean of the Graduate School, has received the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science Inc. (GEM) Executive Committee Member of the Year Award.

The award recognizes her generous commitment of time, support, and inspiration to the GEM Mission, which is to: “enhance the value of the nation’s human capital by increasing the participation of underrepresented groups (African Americans, American Indians and Hispanic Americans) at the master’s and doctoral levels in engineering and science.”

“For as long as I’ve known Jackie, she has been passionate in her efforts to advance grad studies in STEM that truly reflect the diverse people of America as well as the world,” said President Glenn Mroz. “I’m delighted for her that her colleagues have recognized her energy and effort with this award.”

Published in Tech Today

Female and Graduate Student Enrollment Rises

Michigan Tech, like other public universities in the state, submitted its official fall enrollment numbers to Lansing this week. The news was very good.

Michigan Tech has 1,252 first-year students, the largest freshman class since 2008. The average ACT score and high school GPA of those students are at an all-time high, at 26.7 and 3.66.

Graduate student numbers also rose for the fifth straight year, to 1,359.

“I want to thank everyone all across campus for the work they do to attract the highest quality students,” said President Glenn Mroz. “The results of their efforts speak for themselves.”

Total undergraduate enrollment this fall is 5,617, making the University’s total enrollment for the fall semester 6,976, up from 6,945. There are 1,180 female students, the second highest ever. Female enrollment in the College of Engineering is now 906, up from 612 in 2005 and 835 last year. This is an all-time high. And the Graduate School has 392 female graduate students, the most ever.

The number of domestic ethnic minorities has risen to just shy of 7 percent of the undergraduate student body. This is a 10-year high and an all-time record.

“The academic caliber of this incoming class of undergraduates is one of the highest in recent history at Michigan Tech,” said John Lehman, associate vice president for enrollment, marketing and communications at Michigan Tech. “It’s a diverse class with a relatively high proportion of women entering the STEM fields. We’re very excited to have this group of talented, future leaders studying with us at Tech.”

The Graduate School saw the number of first-time master’s degree students rise 22.2 percent, to 314. There are 97 first-time doctoral students, a 1 percent drop from fall 2012. Tech’s Graduate School processed more than 4,100 applications for the fall 2013 semester.

“This is the fifth consecutive year of record graduate enrollment at Michigan Tech,” said Jacqueline Huntoon, dean of the Graduate School. “We are making clear progress toward our goal of 3,000 graduate students by 2035. Also, last year was the fourth consecutive year of record graduation numbers for master’s and PhD students. We want to thank everyone who helped get new graduate students to Tech and who worked closely with the students who are here.”

The enrollment report lists numbers of students in each of Michigan Tech’s Colleges and Schools.

* College of Engineering: 4,329
* College of Sciences and Arts: 1,657
* School of Business and Economics: 365
* School of Technology: 276
* School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science: 242
* No School or College designated: 107

Published in Tech Today by Jennifer Donovan, public relations director

Nominations sought for 2014 MAGS Thesis Award

The Executive Committee of the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) is soliciting nominations for the 2014 MAGS Distinguished Master’s Thesis Awards to recognize and reward distinguished scholarship and research at the master’s level.  Michigan Tech may nominate one candidate in each disciplinary category.

Eligible students

  • will have earned a master of science degree between July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2013 in the field of Biological Sciences or Humanities
    • Michigan Tech may nominate one thesis in each category
    • The 2015 competition will seek nominees in the fields of Social Sciences, and Physical Sciences and Engineering
  • will have completed an original thesis that makes an unusually significant contribution to the discipline
  • will not have earned a PhD (or comparable research degree) in any discipline prior to the writing of the master’s thesis

Please see our web page for complete details on eligibility and application procedures.  Nominations are due no later than 4pm, October 3, 2013 to Debra Charlesworth in the Graduate School.