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The 2018 Communicating Science (ComSciCon) Workshop for graduate students

ComSciCon18_FlyerTo all graduate students in STEM and related fields:

Applications are now open for ComSciCon 2018, the 6th annual Communicating Science workshop, to be held in Boston, MA on June 14-16th 2017. Graduate students at U.S. and Canadian institutions in all fields of science, technology, engineering, health, mathematics, and related fields are encouraged to apply. The application will close on March 1st.

Acceptance to the workshop is competitive; attendance is free and travel support and lodging will be provided to accepted applicants. Continue reading


Summer 2018 PHF Graduate Assistantship Nominations Open

Applications for Summer 2018 PHF Graduate Assistantships are being accepted beginning January 22, 2018 and are due no later than 4pm, February 28, 2018 to Dr. Debra Charlesworth in the Graduate School. Instructions on the application and evaluation process are found online.

Students are eligible if all of the following criteria are met:

  1. Must be a PhD student participating in health-related research that is aligned with the PHF’s mission.
  2. Must be eligible for or in Research Mode at the time of application.
  3. Must be 2 years after starting the graduate program at the time of application.
  4. Must not have previously received a PHF Graduate Assistantship.

Priority will be given to students originally from Houghton, Keweenaw, Baraga, or Ontonagon counties. Non-resident students and international students are encouraged to apply if their health research is applicable to health needs and job shortages of our local community (obesity research, rural health, medical informatics, drug delivery and lab testing, physical therapy, etc.).

These assistantships are available through the generosity of the Portage Health Foundation. They are intended to recognize outstanding PhD talent in health-oriented research areas. Applicants should be a catalyst for promoting and improving the overall health of Houghton, Keweenaw, Baraga, and Ontonagon communities through one of the following:

  • health research and technology development
  • health education or preventive and wellness initiatives
  • rural healthcare access, informatics, and assessment of care

Students who receive full support through a PHF Graduate Assistantship may not accept any other employment. For example, students cannot be fully supported by a PHF Graduate Assistantship and accept support as a GTA or GRA.


Summer 2018 Finishing Fellowship Nominations Open

Applications for Summer 2018 finishing fellowships are being accepted beginning January 22, 2018 and are due no later than 4pm, March 7, 2018 to Dr. Debra Charlesworth in the Graduate School. Materials emailed to gradschool@mtu.edu is preferred. Instructions on the application and evaluation process are found online.

Students are eligible if all of the following criteria are met:

  1. Must be a PhD student.
  2. Must expect to finish during the semester supported as a finishing fellow.
  3. Must have submitted no more than one previous application for a finishing fellowship.
  4. Must be eligible for or in Research Mode at the time of application.

Finishing Fellowships provide support to PhD candidates who are close to completing their degrees. These fellowships are available through the generosity of alumni and friends of the University. They are intended to recognize outstanding PhD candidates who are in need of financial support to finish their degrees and are also contributing to the attainment of goals outlined in The Michigan Tech Plan. The Graduate School anticipates funding up to ten fellowships with support ranging from $2000 to full support (stipend + tuition). Students who receive full support through a Finishing Fellowship may not accept any other employment. For example, students cannot be fully supported by a Finishing Fellowship and accept support as a GTA or GRA.


Submission and Formatting 101: Master the Dissertation, Thesis, and Report Process

Students who are completing a dissertation, thesis, or report are invited to join the Graduate School to learn about the resources available to them to assist in scheduling their defense, formatting their documents, and submitting their documents.  In one afternoon, you can learn everything you need to be successful and complete your degree in a timely fashion!  Faculty and staff who assist students with submissions are also welcome to attend.  Attend the entire event, or stop in for the seminar that interests you.

  • When: January 23, 2018, 1 – 5pm (see detailed schedule below)
  • Who: Students completing a dissertation, thesis or report; faculty and staff who assist students with submission
  • Where: Forestry G002; the Forestry Atrium will have snacks and seating for breaks or live online (register to attend online and receive participation instructions)
  • Registration: Please register to receive handouts via email or attend online. The seminar will be available online as well as on campus.

If you are unable to join us, the event will be taped and available online after the event. The previous semester’s seminars are always available online.

Information on submitting, formatting, and more can be found online for dissertations and theses or reports.

Detailed schedule

  • 1 – 2pm – Submission 101
    Learn what is required to submit your document to the Graduate School and the deadlines for the upcoming semester.  Best for students who are completing their degree this semester or next semester.
  • 2 – 2:45pm – Formatting 101: Using the Guide and Word Template
    Learn how to find what you need in the Guide and use a Word template to create a perfectly formatted document the first time. LaTeX resources will be referenced, but not emphasized.
  • 2:45 – 3pm: Break
    Enjoy snacks in the Atrium and network with other attendees
  • 3 – 4pm: Formatting 102: Copyright for your dissertation, thesis, and report
    Learn how to use copyrighted materials in your document, including papers you have published as well as materials created by someone else.
  • 4-4:45pm: Formatting 103: Checking and fixing your document
    Learn how to use Adobe Acrobat to check your document to ensure it meets our formatting requirements and correct it without recreating the PDF.
  • 4:45 – 5pm: Final questions
    Have a question that hasn’t been answered yet? We’ll be available to answer any additional questions you have.

 


Global Grant Scholarship 2018-2019

The Rotary District 6220 Global Scholar Program provides $30,000 scholarship awards for graduate studies at a qualified college/university (i.e., has a graduate level program of study that directly relates to at least one of The Rotary Foundation’s  Areas of Focus) outside the USA for US citizens; or, for international citizens (namely, cannot have U.S. citizenship or have a green card or in the process of applying for U.S. citizenship), outside their native country where a Rotary host club can be identified.  Scholars must commence studies no earlier than the beginning of the academic year in the fall of 2018 and conclude no later than December 30, 2019 and expend the scholarship funds within 12 months of starting studies. Continue reading


NSF ASSIST Travel Grant Opportunity

Apply for the NSF ASSIST Travel Grant to attend the Academic and Research Leadership Symposium at the National Society of Black Engineers Annual Convention in Pittsburgh, PA March 21-25, 2018.

Apply here: https://leveragefaculty.org/events

The Academic and Research Leadership Symposium (ARLS) is co-located with the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Annual Convention. The ARL Symposium has two threads: (1) a faculty development thread, and (2) a research networking thread. The faculty development thread hosts workshops organized by members of the ARL network that strengthen and demystify fundamental components of academia. The researcher development and networking thread is critical to the goal of a self-sustaining ARL ecosystem.  Through funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), NSBE is able to fund up to 40 early-career faculty, post-doctoral scholars, and Ph.D. candidates to attend ARLS (NSF Grant #EEC-1548319).

ASSIST Travel Grants
Travel grants will cover expenses incurred to attend the Academic and Research Leadership Symposium (ARLS) and NSBE National Convention up to $2,000.  Eligible expenses include airfare, lodging, registration, meals, and other travel costs (e.g., parking). When you apply to attend, you will be asked to indicate which expenses you need grant funds to cover.

ASSIST Eligibility Requirements
Applicants for ASSIST Travel Grants must be early-career faculty members, post-doctoral professionals, or graduate students, and must meet the following criteria:

  • Faculty applicants must have held their appointment for five years or less.
  • Faculty and post-doctoral applicants must hold engineering appointments in an ABET accredited institution; and faculty from two-year colleges must teach STEM-related courses.
  • Post-doctoral applicants must have completed a Ph.D. in engineering within 48 months prior to their application.
  • Graduate students must be within one year of graduating with an engineering degree, in good academic standing, and enrolled as full or part time students.
  • ASSIST Travel Grant recipients must be US Citizens or have permanent resident status.

Application Process
A complete application includes

  • Responses to a short set of eligibility questions.
  • Statement of Interest – describe what you hope to gain by participating in the event and how the experience will benefit you and your career.
  • Statement of Diversity Contribution – describe your contributions to engineering diversity as well as your future diversity-related goals.
  • NSF Bio – A biographical sketch that adheres to NSF guidelines.

The deadline for applying to attend Academic and Research Leadership Symposium (ARLS) is December 31, 2017, 11:59 pm PST, and applicants will be notified of decisions by January 26, 2018.


Nominations open for 2018 MAGS Excellence in Teaching Awards

Nominations are now open for the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) Excellence in Teaching Awards.  Michigan Tech may nominate one student at the MS and PhD level. Each graduate program may nominate one student at the MS and PhD level. Nominations are due to the Graduate School no later than 4pm, January 10, 2018.

Eligible students

  • will have been enrolled at Michigan Tech during the 2017 calendar year and have a teaching appointment
  • will have earned the Michigan Tech Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award
  • will have an excellent teaching portfolio and student evaluations

See the application page for complete details on what is required for a nomination.


EndNote Workshop at the Van Pelt and Opie Library

Learn how EndNote can help you easily create and manage bibliographic information and incorporate references into your writing. EndNote also offers a relatively easy way for faculty to upload citations into Digital Measures.

This combined EndNote Basic and Cite While You Write workshop will be held from 5:05 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 9) in Library 242.

During the session, we will cover how to create and build an EndNote “library,” add references from online databases and PDFs, and organization best practices. Incorporating references into a Microsoft Word document and changing output styles will also be covered.

Registration for the workshop is required. Register for the EndNote Basic and Cite While You Write workshop.

The Library 242 instruction room has EndNote X8 installed on Windows workstations. Attendees may bring their own laptops with EndNote X8 downloaded prior to the session. Visit the library’s EndNote Guide to download the software and get a sneak peek at what EndNote can do for you. Email library@mtu.edu with any questions.


Michigan Tech is coming to Thailand

Pushpa Murthy, Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School will be traveling to Bangkok with Jacque Smith, Director of Graduate Enrollment Services at Michigan Technological University. They will be attending the OCSC International Education Expo 2017 on November 11th and 12th (http://www.ocscexpo.org).

We would like to encourage you to stop by our OCSC Expo booth (B6) and say hi and help us recruit more Thai students for Michigan Tech. On Sunday, when the OCSC Expo ends (18:00) please consider meeting us at the Michigan Tech booth and we will be happy to host an Alumni dinner, please register HERE. We will give you updates and answer your questions on what’s happening on campus.


Michigan Tech in India

Pushpa Murthy, Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School will be traveling in India in late October, 2017. She will be in Bangalore on Sunday, October 22 and would like to meet with Tech alumni in India, catch up with news at your end, and share what is happening at Michigan Tech and in Houghton.

If you are interested in meeting up for tea around 4pm on October 22, please contact Mary Stevens at mjsteven@mtu.edu prior to October 11th to RSVP. A venue will be set once we know how many people will be joining us.