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Peace Corps Volunteers Talk about Their Experiences

Graduate students Patricia Butler and Michelle Cisz (both of SFRES) will be at the Portage Lake District Library from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 28, to present their experiences as Peace Corps volunteers.

Butler was a volunteer in Armenia, and Cisz volunteered in Paraguay. Both participated in Tech’s Peace Corps Master’s International Program that allows students to earn a master’s degree while serving in the Peace Corps. Professor Blair Orr (SFRES), is one of program coordinators, and has volunteered in Lesotho.

Slides of Armenia, Paraguay, and Lesotho will be shown. The presenters will describe their experiences in the countries where they volunteered, discuss the projects they worked on and read or tell a folk tale from each country. There will also be displays of items or photos from the countries they visited. Orr will also talk about the Peace Corps in general and provide information on how to join.

This presentation is a part of the Library’s Summer Reading Program, “Reading Takes You Around the World.”

Library programs are free to the public. For more information, contact Chris Alquist at 482-4570, or visit Library.

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Fall 2011 Finishing Fellowship Nominations Open

Nominations for fall Finishing Fellowships are now open. Applications must be submitted to the Graduate School no later than 4pm on June 15th.

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

  1. Must be a PhD student.
  2. Must expect to finish in fall.
  3. Must have submitted no more than one previous request for funding.
  4. Must be eligible for Research Only Mode in fall.

Previous recipients of a Finishing Fellowship are not eligible.

Please see our application page for details on the application procedure. Please direct any questions you have about the application or review process to Debra Charlesworth.

Graduate School Announces Summer Seminar Series

The Graduate School is pleased to announce our summer seminar series.  Join the Graduate School to learn about the following topics:

  • May 19th: Submitting your thesis or dissertation to the Graduate School
    Learn important tips about the thesis and dissertation process from formatting to final submission.  Session will include demonstrations of the submission process, and descriptions of all of the forms involved.
  • May 26th: Great images for papers and presentations
    Creating high resolution images is a new requirement for theses and dissertations.  Learn what a high resolution image is, and how to create them with a variety of popular software packages.
  • June 23rd: An introduction to LaTeX
    The seminar will provide general information on getting started with LaTeX – the document markup language/preparation system – including how to install it on commonly used operating systems [Linux, Mac and Windows] and typesetting a variety of documents [from simple text to journal manuscripts with mathematical expressions, graphics, tables, etc.]. It will also cover how to use the thesis/dissertation templates developed specifically for Michigan Tech.

All seminars will start at 2:05pm.  Please register online to receive an e-mail confirmation, the location of the seminar, and reminders before the event.

Seating is limited – register early!  These seminars will be taped and available on our professional resources web page for viewing later.

SACNAS offering travel scholarships – Deadline Extended!

SACNAS provides over 900 Travel Scholarship Awards each year to attend their annual conference. Travel scholarships cover travel and/or lodging expenses for undergraduates, post baccalaureates, graduates, and postdocs to attend the SACNAS National Conference.

SACNAS National Conference
As one of the largest annual gatherings of minority scientists in the country, the interdisciplinary, inclusive, and interactive SACNAS National Conference motivates and inspires with:

  • Professional & leadership development sessions
  • Student & postdoc presentations
  • Scientific symposia sessions
  • Nationally recognized keynote speakers
  • Over 300 exhibits sharing training, research, grad school, and job opportunities
  • Networking and mentoring events
  • Cultural activities & performances

Showcasing cutting-edge science by the nation’s leading minority scientists and offering a supportive community is what makes the annual meeting a transformative event for all participants. Connect with professionals and students in all disciplines of science, technology, mathematics, and engineering from across the country.

Upcoming National Conferences
The annual conference takes place every fall. This year’s conference is scheduled for:

2011: Empowering Innovation and Synergy Through Diversity October 27-30, 2011 in San Jose, California

Apply Now: Deadline Extended!

NASA Internships Available for Fall, Spring Semesters

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) offers a variety of paid internships for undergraduate and graduate students, for both the fall 2011 and spring 2012 semesters. The internships are in a variety of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) disciplines, as well as business and finance.

Application deadline is May 31.  For more information visit intern.

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Open House for the Humanities Digital Media Zone this Friday

The renovated Humanities Digital Media Zone (HDMZ) will host an open house at 1:30 p.m., Friday, April 29. Members of the Michigan Tech Board of Control and the administration are expected to attend, and the public is also welcome. The HDMZ is located on the first floor of Walker. The project cost $550,000 and was funded by departmental resources, student fees and donor contributions.

“The HDMZ is designed to create a flexible and sophisticated technological work and social environment,” said Erin Smith, director of the project and senior lecturer in humanities. “The new HDMZ serves a broad range of humanities-centered educational goals and technology practices. It represents the consolidation of the former Center for Computerized Language Instruction (CCLI) and the Modern Language Lab, as well as a classroom and a number of other discrete spaces.”

The new HDMZ includes:

  • a commons area with PC and Mac computing and comfortable seating for work on laptops and other mobile devices
  • a digital media studio with Macintosh computers and software for media development
  • a laptop classroom with Smartboard and projection systems
  • two private recording and listening rooms
  • a new multipurpose seminar space for a range of activities and research, including language cafés, gaming and video-conferencing
  • a centrally located resource desk staffed by student consultants with specialties in foreign languages and/or media development
  • director and support staff offices
  • offices for Cin/Optic Enterprise and student chapter of the Society for Technical Communication

Other resources available to students include digital SLR and video cameras, voice recorders, smart pens, graphics tablets and other language and media resources.

“In addition to improving the services and technology that we offer to students and faculty, the renovation makes visible the interdisciplinary and global nature of the research, teaching and work done by humanities faculty and students,” Smith said. “With its open floor plan, range of technology resources and opportunities for interaction and collaboration, the HDMZ strives to situate technology use as a complex human practice undertaken in a global context.”

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Tickets Available for Commencement, You’re Invited

Spring Commencement begins at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 30, at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena in the Student Development Complex.

Members of the campus community may request tickets from Elizabeth Pollins in the Vice President for Student Affairs Office. Call 487-2465 or email .

The University will honor the achievements of 753 students receiving undergraduate degrees, 156 master’s degrees and 48 PhDs.

Mr. Norman R. Augustine, former chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin and Martin Marietta Corporations, will give the commencement address, as well as receive an Honorary Doctorate in Science and Engineering, and Dr. Katerina E. Aifantis ’02 will be honored with the Outstanding Young Alumni Award.

Commencement is not just a ceremony to honor our students and present degrees. It also serves as a time to reflect on and recognize the important contributions of our faculty and staff to the mission of the University to prepare students to create the future.

Parking, on a first-come, first-served basis, is available in Lots 22, 23 and 24. No parking pass is required.

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Federal Funding General Information Session

Michigan Tech students have an impressive success rate at being awarded some of our nation’s most prestigious and competitive graduate fellowships.

Michigan Tech’s Sponsored Program Enhancement office will host a general information session on  federal funding opportunities.

When: Wednesday April 20th at 6:00 in Fisher Room 131

Please join us if you are interested in finding out how you can fund your graduate education (@ Michigan Tech or at another university) through fellowships/scholarships offered by the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, Department of Defense, NASA, and EPA.

Who should attend: Current juniors, seniors, and graduate students who have a competitive GPA, some research experience, and are a US citizen, US national, or permanent resident alien.

Please contact Jodi Lehman ( with any questions.

Reminder: Dance and Dinner Hosted for Betty Chavis Scholarship Fund

Two events will be held to honor Betty Chavis, and proceeds will benefit the new Betty Chavis Scholarship Fund.

Chavis came to Michigan Tech as an admissions officer in the 1980s; directed multiethnic programs; and then recruited students on behalf of the Graduate School. The community knows Chavis in part through her leadership in spearheading the annual Parade of Nations.

The first event on behalf of her scholarship fund is “So You Think You Can’t Dance: We’ll Show You How,” which will be from 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 16, in the Memorial Union Commons. Admission is by donation. The event, hosted by the students and alumnae of the Society of Intellectual Sisters, is in conjunction with their 20-Year Reunion festivities during Spring Fling Weekend.

For more information, contact Darnishia Slade at .

The second event will be a banquet held at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, April 16, at the Magnuson Franklin Square Inn.

Tickets are $50 and are available at, by calling 487-2073, or at the SDC Box Office.

To give directly to the Betty Chavis Scholarship Fund, call the Michigan Tech Fund at 487-2310, or mail a check to the Betty Chavis Scholarship Fund, c/o Michigan Tech Fund, or visit For more information, contact Chris Anderson at, or Carol Argentati at 487-2474 or

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Library Offers Copyright Workshop

Do you need permission every time you use someone else’s work? Can you show an entire movie in your class? What is Educational Fair Use? The answers to these copyright questions and more will be explored by copyright librarian Nora Allred.

The workshop will be at 1 p.m., Tuesday, April 12, and repeated at 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 20, in Library 244.

The Library offers weekly workshops all semester on different resources that will give you an academic edge or save time. Workshops take place on alternate Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 1 p.m., in Library 244. Each workshop is offered twice to accommodate class schedules.

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