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Nominations for Dean’s Fellowships Open

Nominations for the Dean’s Fellowship are now open. Nominations are due no later than March 1st by 4pm.

These fellowships are available to assist with the recruitment of highly talented applicants to Michigan Tech’s PhD programs. The Dean’s Fellowship is intended to contribute to the development of a diverse academic community, which includes future faculty and others who will be leaders throughout their professional careers.

Dean’s Fellowships provide partial support for the recipient’s first year in a PhD program. The support includes a stipend of $2,000 per academic-year semester (fall and spring) as well as full summer support (stipend plus minimum full-time tuition and fees).

Please see our web page for complete details on eligibility and the nomination procedure.  Direct any questions about the program to Debra Charlesworth.

Summer 2011 Finishing Fellowship Nominations Open

Nominations for summer Finishing Fellowships are now open. Applications must be submitted to the Graduate School no later than 4pm on February 24th.

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

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

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.

Seventh Annual Student Research Forum Seeks Applicants

The Ecosystem Science Center, Biotechnology Research Center and School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science invites graduate students conducting research related to ecology, the environment or biotechnology to submit titles and abstracts for poster presentation at the seventh annual ESC/BRC Student Research Forum.

New this year, undergraduate researchers who are advised by BRC or ESC members are also welcome to participate in a separate division.

The forum will be held on the afternoon of Friday, March 25, in the atrium of the Noblet. Abstracts are due electronically by noon, Friday, Feb. 25, to

The forum allows graduate and undergraduate students an opportunity to present their research to peers and faculty. This will provide a valuable experience for students preparing for poster sessions at regional or national meetings, give students well-deserved recognition for their work and serve as an excellent setting for students to showcase new results and see what others are doing.

We invite student participants to present their research findings as a research poster. Students are welcome to present advanced or preliminary research (proposals or preliminary data). Prizes will include one grand prize and up to four merit awards for each center. Each student may present only one paper but may be included as a coauthor on others. For details, see

For questions, contact Jill Fisher (SFRES) at 487-3564 or

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GSG – Abstract submission and award nominations open

Graduate Research Colloquium

Graduate Student Government is pleased to announce that abstract submission for the annual Graduate Research Colloquium Poster and Presentation Competition is now open.

This years colloquium will be held on March 3rd and 4th in the Memorial Union Building. The closing date for abstract submission will be February 25th at 5 PM. Submit abstracts to Abdul A. Koroma via email at Please specify if your abstract is for the presentation session, poster session or both. Cash prizes are awarded for first, second, and third place in both categories.

Outstanding Merit Awards

Nominations for Graduate Student Recognition Awards and Outstanding Graduate Faculty Mentor Award are due Friday, February 18th by 5pm.  Nominations are open for the following awards:

  • Exceptional Graduate Student Scholar
  • Exceptional Graduate Student Leader
  • Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award

The nomination materials should be sent to GSG representative Ali Mirchi at or by campus mail to Graduate Student Government, (405 Admin) by February 18th at 5pm.  See the GSG web page for more details on materials needed in a nomination packet.

The winners will receive recognition and the student winners will be awarded a cash prize presented at the annual GSG Research Colloquium Banquet on March 4th, 2011 in the MUB Ballroom.

Thesis and Dissertation Seminars Scheduled

The Graduate School is pleased to announce two seminars to assist students with submitting and formatting their thesis or dissertation.

Submitting a thesis or dissertation

Students planning on finishing a thesis or dissertation spring or summer 2011 are invited a seminar designed to help students understand the submission process and answer questions about it.

Once you register, you will receive a confirmation with the location and a reminder of the date and time.

If you are unable to join us, a taped version of this seminar is available online from our May 18th presentation.

Formatting a thesis or dissertation

Beginning with defenses scheduled January 10, 2011 or later, new formatting requirements are in effect for theses and dissertations.  Students, faculty, and staff are invited to learn the highlights of these new requirements and have an opportunity to ask questions about the new requirements.

Once you register, you will receive a confirmation with the location and a reminder of the date and time.  Space is limited, so register early.

If you are unable to join us, this seminar will be taped and made available for viewing online.

Library Workshop Scheduled

The library will offer weekly workshops all semester long on resources that lend an academic edge and save time. Workshops take place at 1 p.m., on alternate Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Library 244. Each workshop is offered twice to accommodate class schedules.

The first workshop, “Finding Company Information,” will be on Jan. 11 and again on Jan. 19. It focuses on finding information useful in the job-search process, such as company news, rankings, financial information, contact information and company history.

Upcoming workshops will focus on resume building, material science resources, managing citations and more.

The library welcomes feedback and ideas for future workshops. Email .

For a schedule of workshops, see schedule .

For more information, contact Shannon Brodeur at 487-2500 or .

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Nominations open for The DeVlieg Foundation Fellowships

The Graduate School is accepting nominations for the 2011 DeVlieg
Foundation Graduate Fellowships.  Applications are due in the Graduate
School no later than 4 pm on February 3, 2011.

This year, The DeVlieg Foundation will provide $3,000 for up to two
doctoral students and $1,500 for one master’s student in support of
research in engineering or a closely related field. Only US citizens or permanent residents eligible for the fellowships, which may be used to supplement other fellowships or assistantships.

Each graduate program may nominate up to two doctoral students and one
master’s student.

Complete details regarding the application and the review process can be found online:

Please direct any questions to Debra Charlesworth (

Nominations for MAGS Excellence in Teaching Award Open

MAGS is currently soliciting for nominations for the inaugural 2011 Excellence in Teaching Award. Internal applications are due to Debra Charlesworth no later than 4pm on January 7, 2011. Michigan Tech may nominate two students; one each at the master’s and doctoral level.


Eligible students

  • will be enrolled at Michigan Tech for spring 2011 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


Programs may nominate eligible students by submitting:

  1. A letter of support from the department head
  2. A current curriculum vitae for the nominee
  3. A current transcript for the nominee
  4. The following materials, limited to six double spaced pages (total):
    1. A teaching portfolio from the nominee which is suggested to include:
      1. Statement of teaching philosophy
      2. Evidence of instructional design and innovation, instructional delivery, course management, and student learning
      3. Publications and presentations, and /or grants proposals submitted and/or funded which support the portfolio
    2. Student evaluation of teaching: courses taught and number of students, instructional responsibility, and a summary of student evaluation of teaching data (not the forms)
    3. Evidence of effective student/colleague mentoring
    4. Awards and honors for teaching excellence

Nomination packets are due by 4pm, January 7, 2011 to Debra Charlesworth in the Graduate School via e-mail or campus mail. Eligible students with a complete nomination packet will be evaluated by a panel of faculty from the University.


Recipients of the MAGS Excellence in Teaching Award will receive:

  • A $750 honorarium.
  • A citation given at the Annual Meeting.  This year’s meeting will be March 30 to April 1, 2011 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

NSF Intellectual Property Program: Spring Term 2011

Patents and Copyright – Spring Term 2011

This program for STEM graduate students begins on Jan. 19, the required orientation session, and continues for 10 weeks.

This is a semester-long, non-credit program for graduate students, funded by the National Science Foundation.  Students receive a certificate of completion for training on the Intellectual Component of Responsible Conduct of Research.   Participants work in small teams to solve one copyright problem and one patent problem in primarily online learning spaces using Blackboard Learn 9.1 tools.  Students are guided by Jim Baker, TED, and Nora Allred, copyright librarian, in these online learning spaces and in face-to-face discussion meetings.

Using online tools offers two benefits compared to traditional classroom or programmed online instruction such as CITI training. First, these tools allow asynchronous learning, which enables graduate students, particularly those with English as a second language and those with demanding schedules, to participate in a relaxed and reflective manner. Second, these tools support active, collaborative learning, which is useful for understanding complex ethical concepts.

Students can register online to participate in the program.

Archives Workshop

Ever wonder how to start a historical research project? Not sure where to find the right documents to answer your question? Unclear how a research archives operates? Join Michigan Tech archivists Julie Blair and Erik Nordberg for an introduction to archival research at 1 p.m., today, in Library 244.

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

See the Tech Today posting for additional workshop details.