Day: October 8, 2014

Nominations sought for 2015 MAGS Thesis Award

The Executive Committee of the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) is soliciting nominations for the 2015 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, 2012 to June 30, 2014 in the field of Social Sciences or Physical Science/Engineering (including mathematics)
    • Michigan Tech may nominate one thesis in each category
    • The 2016 competition will seek nominees in the fields of Biological/Life Sciences and the Humanities
  • 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.

Nomination packets are due by 4pm, October 17, 2014 to the Graduate School via e-mail ( or campus mail (address to Debra Charlesworth). Eligible students with a complete nomination packet will be evaluated by a panel of faculty from the University.

Graduate Student Government Travel Grant Deadline

There is still time to apply for the Fall 2014 Graduate Student Government Travel Grants. Travel grants t help subsidize the cost of attending and presenting at conferences. These awards are sponsored by GSG and the Graduate School. For more information, visit the Travel Grants web page.

Applications must be completed before 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 10. As part of the application, advisors are sent an email to verify eligibility and approval for student conference attendance. A response to this email is necessary for the application to be considered complete.

For questions, contact GSG Treasurer Jennifer Winikus at

Required Online Course Addresses Harassment and Discrimination

At the recommendation of the US Department of Education, Michigan Tech is establishing an online course on harassment, discrimination and retaliation.  All University employees and graduate students will be required to complete the course by Dec. 31.

The course will replace a previous course on sexual harassment that has been required of all incoming employees since 2009. It also satisfies the federal requirement for training mandated by the Violence Against Women Act and Title IX and aligns with the Campus Clarity courses that incoming first-year students must complete.

“The new course is extremely informative regarding harassment and discrimination and suggests best practices in the workplace,” said Jill Hodges, director of the Office of Institutional Equity. Regarding the sexual harassment portions of the course, President Glenn Mroz said: “Despite the significant progress made in reducing violence against women, there is a long way to go. It is our responsibility as a university community to work towards eliminating sexual misconduct and sexual violence, and to do so, we must be well informed.”

Employees and graduate students will receive email notification when the course is assigned and reminders if they have not completed the course. The course requires audio. Employees or graduate students whose computers do not have audio capability can use campus computers designated for training purposes.

If you have questions, contact Title IX Coordinator Beth Lunde in the Office of Institutional Equity at