Day: September 10, 2014

PhD students co-authored paper in Journal of Applied Physics

PhD students Ankit Vora (ECE) and Jephias Gwamuri (MSE) co-authored a paper with Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE), Paul Bergstrom (ECE) and Durdu Guney (ECE) titled “Multi-resonant Silver Nano-disk Patterned Thin Film Amorphous Silicon Solar Cells For Staebler-Wronski Effect Compensation,” in the “Journal of Applied Physics.”

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International Conversation Partner Opportunity

Conversation Partners is a program that pairs students in the Intensive English as a Second Language (IESL) program with more proficient English speaking members of the Michigan Tech community. The program is open to students, faculty and staff. Participants commit to one hour a week of one-on-one informal conversation by signing a contract with the IESL program for one semester. Volunteers are required to meet their partners in public places on campus for a minimum of one hour a week.

IESL is offering this opportunity again for the fall semester—by volunteering, you can make an enormous difference.

How the program works:

  • Interested students, faculty and staff members may download and complete a form here.
  • IESL matches students with participants. The program makes every effort to match people of the same gender though sometimes this may be difficult. IESL will always check with volunteers before matching them with someone of the opposite gender.

As a partner, your main responsibility is to offer your IESL student conversation practice. At times you may have to explain English language points, but we are not asking you to be an English as a Second Language teacher. The goal is for your conversation partner to have plenty of speaking and listening practice. There are many reasons why you should consider and commit to being a conversation partner, such as the chance to experience a contemporary global landscape, participate in promoting cross-language relations, and the chance to create a potentially rewarding friendship.

The IESL program can provide ideas for your weekly meetings at the program’s preliminary meeting. For questions, contact IESL (

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MTRI Staff to Visit Campus Sept. 19

The staff of the Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI), located in Ann Arbor, will visit campus on Friday, Sept. 19, to conduct a poster session in the sixth floor Dow Atrium.

MTRI scientists and engineers will be available from 9 a.m. to 3p.m. to discuss projects, collaborations with Michigan Tech departments and staff, and areas of research interest. The session is intended to outline the Institute’s current activities and to explore opportunities to develop new working relationships.

MTRI focuses on education, research and development of technology to sense and understand natural and man-made environments.

For additional information, contact Lisa Phillips at or visit the MTRI website.

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APAM 2014 Scholarship Applications Available – deadline Oct 6

APAM Scholarship Program ensures the future of the asphalt industry and that of asphalt as America’s leading choice in paving materials.


  • An incentive for students to be interested in the asphalt paving industry
  • A workforce with training in asphalt technology
  • An incentive for colleges/universities to offer training in asphalt technology


  • The scholarship program currently provides funding for undergraduate or graduate students who are U.S. citizens and enrolled full-time at an accredited four-year college or university or two-year technical institution in Michigan and are interested in pursuing a career in the HMA Paving Industry.
  • Financial need will not be considered and scholarship awards are renewable up to two years or graduation, whichever occurs first, on the basis of satisfactory academic performance and continued eligibility for the program.

Application deadline: October 6, 2014


  • Participants in the APAM Scholarship Program will be selected utilizing standard recipient selection procedures as developed by the Selection Committee of the APAM Scholarship Fund based on application.
  • Selection criteria include consideration of past academic performance and future potential, leadership and participation in school and community activities, work experience, statement of career and educational aspirations, goals, unusual personal or family circumstances, and an outside appraisal.

Please submit, along with your completed application, no more than a one page essay on why you feel you deserve this Asphalt Paving Industry Scholarship and how giving you this Scholarship will benefit the HMA Paving Industry.APAM Application for Scholarship

Mail Completed Form To:

APAM Scholarship Fund
2937 Atrium Drive, Suite 202,
Okemos, Michigan 48864

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Michigan Tech Multiliteracies Center offers graduate students writing groups

The Michigan Tech Multiliteracies Center (MTMC) offers graduate students at any level of their degree writing groups to work on projects (planning and writing), proposals, conference papers, posters, presentations and defenses.  These groups are discussion based, allowing students to explain their project to other students and get feedback from peers.

The groups meet for one hour a week on the following days/times:

  • Monday, 11 AM – 12 Noon (thesis and dissertation writing)
  • Tuesday, 2 PM – 3 PM (any work)
  • Thursday, 7 PM – 8 PM (abstracts, proposals, conference papers, presentations)

Additionally, the MTMC also offers weekly appointments, one-time appointments and walk-in appointments if students are unable to attend a graduate writing group.  Please stop by the MTMC in Walker 107 to sign up for a group or schedule an appointment.

Please remember that the University Strategic Plan is open for comments, and encourage your departments to leave feedback before the September 19th deadline.

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