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Rescheduled CGS webinar on NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

We are pleased to announce a rescheduled date for the CGS webinar, Preparing Graduate Research Fellowship Applications. Due to the lapse in government funding, this event had to be postponed from its original date.

Webinar date:  Wednesday, October 23, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT

Register at:

Once registered, you will receive a follow-up email with specific directions for how to participate on October 23.

Peace Corps Information Session at Michigan Tech

Peace Corps Recruiter Brett Heimann will conduct an information session on Peace Corps overseas service at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 23, in MUB Alumni Lounge A.

He will be joined by Scott Hillard, Michigan Tech Peace Corps Master’s International recruiter, who will also talk about how to serve in Peace Corps and complete a master’s degree at the same time.

Published in Tech Today

New Module: Incorporating Information Literacy into Instruction

The Van Pelt and Opie Library and the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) invite faculty and graduate students to attend a module, Incorporating Information Literacy into Instruction, consisting of three one-hour sequential workshops.

Instruction and Learning Librarian Sarah Lucchesi is delivering the module through theCTL’s University Teaching and Learning (UTL) Seminars program.  In this module, using the framework of Michigan Tech information literacy rubric for undergraduate students (learning goal #6), we will explore the library’s information resources, digital tools for keeping current in a field of study and assignment elements that allow students to practice information literacy skills.

Faculty and graduate students are welcome to register only for this three-workshop series, or as a part of the complete UTL Course Design program.  The workshop sessions are:

  • Monday, Nov. 4th, 11th and 18th
  • 11 a.m. to noon in Library 242

Please register by noon, Friday, Nov. 1.

If you have any questions, contact

Published in Tech Today.

SmartZone holding open house and tour

All great ideas start someplace!  The SmartZone is holding a special open house and tour for Graduate Students and Dual Career clients and you’re invited to come, network and learn more.

The SmartZone offers coaching, tools and mentoring to help you build a thought into an idea, and into a model, then into business and beyond.  This special event is designed to help you see new opportunities for your knowledge and skills.  You will meet others who have nurtured an idea into a business and other success stories.  This is a great platform to get you thinking in a new direction.

Refreshments will be served. There is no cost.
You are welcome to bring your spouse/partner or a guest.

A response that you will attend would be greatly appreciated, email

Thursday, 3:00 – 5:00p.m. October 17, 2013, Ground floor Lakeshore Center

Flu Vaccine Clinics on Campus

Working with Portage Health, Benefit Services is hosting three flu-vaccine clinics on campus this fall.

Employees, retirees and their dependents, as well as students, are welcome to attend one of the clinics.  Shots will be available on a first-come, first-served basis; no appointment is necessary.

Employees and retirees with Michigan Tech’s Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance and students with Aetna student health should bring their member card so the vaccine can be billed to insurance.  Without insurance, the vaccine is $25 (payable by cash, check or credit card).  Identification is required and anyone under the age of 18 cannot be vaccinated without parental permission.

Be prepared to provide a picture ID and insurance card to have the vaccine administered and billed to insurance.  A spouse or child may attend without the employee.

Clinics will be in the Memorial Union Peninsula Room:
Monday, Oct. 21, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 24, 4-7 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 7, 4-7 p.m.

For more information, contact Benefits at .

Published in Tech Today.

Health Fair on Campus Wednesday Oct 16

The annual health fair, open to faculty, staff and students, will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 16, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

Complimentary screenings for total cholesterol, blood glucose, bone density and body fat will be offered in addition to free massages, healthy food and fun giveaways.  Attendees may register to win a kayak.

Portage Health will offer the flu vaccine for $25 (payable by cash or check). Identification is required and minors under age 18 need parental permission to be vaccinated.  Employees with Michigan Tech’s Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance and students with Aetna student health should bring their member card so the vaccine can be billed to insurance.

The fair is sponsored by Michigan Tech Wellness, Portage Health and Benefit Services.

Published in Tech Today.

GRE® revised General Test – Information Sessions

GRE Presentation Poster
The Graduate School is pleased to announce information sessions for the GRE® revised General Test.  Teresa Axe, the Associate Director of Global Client Relations (GRE) will be on our campus for two days.  On October 17th she will be presenting to students who intend to take the GRE® revised General Test.  On October 18th she will be presenting to faculty and staff updates who want to learn more about using the GRE® revised General Test and how to use it as an assessment tool for graduate applicants.

GRE Presentation for Students

GRE Information and Strategies – More opportunities for Success with the GRE

  • Thursday, October 17, 2103 (5:30 PM)
  • 404 Administration Building – Graduate School
  • Pizza and beverages will be served
  • All students are encourage to attend, no RSVP required

GRE Presentation for Faculty and Staff

An Update from the GRE Program

  • Friday, October 18, 2013 (7:30 AM)
  • Memorial Union Building – Ballroom B1
  • Breakfast will be served
  • Faculty and staff, please RSVP to Heather Suokas ( by October 11th.

GRE – Offered on Michigan Tech’s Campus

ETS (GRE) has agreed to offer a paper-based GRE® revised General Test on Michigan Tech’s campus.  This is a one-time event.  We hope to expand offerings in the future.  The GRE® revised General Test is scheduled for February 8, 2014.

For additional information on this exam and GRE subject tests, please contact James Schultz (

Additional EndNote workshops – October 10, 2013

Due to the strong interest in the EndNote Basic I and II workshops, the Van Pelt and Opie Library has scheduled additional sessions to be held on Thursday evening, October 10th, in Library Room 242.  Please note that these will be the last EndNote workshops offered this semester.

EndNote Basic I:  Building an EndNote Library –  Thursday, October 10, from 5-6pm

One hour introductory workshop on creating and managing references using the citation software, EndNote.  No prior knowledge of EndNote is necessary.

In this workshop participants will learn how to:

  • Construct an EndNote Library in order to effectively organize references
  • Create custom and smart groups to efficiently manage references

EndNote Basic II – Thursday, October 10, from 6:15-7:15pm

One hour EndNote Workshop on how to incorporate your EndNote Library citations into a written document (MS Word).  Attendance of the EndNote Basic I workshop, or prior knowledge of building and managing an EndNote library, is recommended.

In this workshop participants will learn how to:

  • Successfully incorporate EndNote Library references into their writing process (MS Word)
  • Locate, identify and import specialized output styles

Seating for these workshops is limited, and registration is required.

To register please visit: EndNote LibGuide.

Note:  Our sessions use EndNote X7 on PCs.  Laptop users are encouraged to update their versions of EndNote prior to the session.  See the Library’s EndNote Download page.

October First Friday Social at the Van Pelt and Opie Library

Faculty, staff and graduate students are invited to join the staff of the Van Pelt and Opie Library for the October First Friday University Social on Oct. 4, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Opie Reading Room.  Complimentary soda, beer and wine will be served along with some delicious food.

Visit with library staff and meet the newest members.  Learn about some of the library’s latest programs and services including the undergraduate information literacy program, Browzine, Digital Commons @Michigan Tech, the planned opening of the US Patents and Trademarks Resource Center and more.  Appreciate “People, Place and Time: Michigan’s Copper Country through the Lens of J. W. Nara.”  Talk or tour with the provost and library and IT leadership to celebrate the progress with the new workstations and student-centered furniture as they unfold throughout the library.

Nominations open for Spring 2014 Finishing Fellowships

Applications for spring 2014 finishing fellowships are now being accepted, and are due no later than 4pm, October 23, 2013 to Dr. Debra Charlesworth in the Graduate School. Instructions on the application and evaluation process are found online.  Please note that the required form has changed slightly for this cycle of competition.

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 Only 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.