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2011 Science, Mathematics & Research for Transformation (SMART) Fellowship Application Now Open

The 2011 SMART Scholarship application is now open.  The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program has been established by the Department of Defense (DoD) to support undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The program aims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working at DoD laboratories. Learn More >

Participants in the SMART Scholarship for Service Program receive;

  • Full tuition and education related fees (does not include items such as meal plans, housing, or parking)
  • Cash award paid at a rate of $25,000 – $41,000 depending on prior educational experience (may be prorated depending on award length)
  • Paid summer internships
  • Health Insurance reimbursement allowance up to $1,200 per calendar year
  • Book allowance of $1,000 per academic year
  • Mentoring
  • Employment placement after graduation

All awardees must be;

  • a U.S. citizen,
  • 18 years of age or older as of August 1, 2011,
  • able to participate in summer internships at DoD laboratories,
  • willing to accept post-graduate employment with the DoD,
  • a student in good standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (as calculated by the SMART application) and,
  • pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in one of the disciplines listed on the About SMART page.

Contact Jodi Lehman in ( or 487-2875) if you are interested in submitting a SMART application.

2011 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program Solicitation

The 2011 NSF GRFP application is now available.  You are eligible to apply if you are:

1. a US citizen, US national or permanent resident alien, and

2. a  graduating senior; have completed a B.S./B.A. degree in a STEM field; or are in their 1st year or the first semester of their 2nd year in graduate school, and

3. pursuing a research-based master’s or doctoral degree in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields supported by NSF.

GRFP fellows receive the following:

– Three years of support
– $30,000 annual stipend
– $10,500 cost-of-education allowance
– $1,000 one time international travel allowance
TeraGrid Supercomputer access

Application Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter’s local time):

November 15, 2010

Interdisciplinary Fields of Study

November 16, 2010


November 18, 2010

Mathematical Sciences; Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering; Chemistry; Physics and Astronomy

November 19, 2010

Social Sciences; Psychology; Geosciences; STEM Education and Learning

November 22, 2010

Life Sciences

Please note in the solicitation that:

  1. Fields of Study have been revised.
  2. The description of eligibility requirements is clarified with respect to non-eligible fields of study.
  3. The international options for Fellows have been revised.
  4. The Fellowship conditions have changed.  The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship cannot be accepted concurrently with another Federal fellowship.

Contact Jodi Lehman in ( or 487-2875) for

Michigan Tech applauds six of its student applicants who received Fellow Awards this past year:

  • Kaitlyn (Reed) Bunker (Electrical Engineering)
  • Nicole Colasacco-Thumm (Geosciences/Climate Dynamics)
  • Jared Cregg (Biomedical Engineering)
  • Ashley Thode (Civil Engineering)
  • Eli Vlaisavljevich (Bioengineering)
  • Samantha Wojda (Biomedical Engineering)

Graduate School Orientation – August 25th

Michigan Tech looks forward to welcoming our new graduate students. All new degree seeking students will be invited to orientation on August 25th beginning at 8:30am in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Registration and light snacks will be available beginning at 8:00am. Lunch is included in the program, and will be followed by a Student Services Fair designed to introduce students to the services available on campus.

Registration for orientation is now closed.  Students may register onsite and will be accommodated as space permits.

In addition to the orientation session sponsored by the Graduate School, students may also be required to attend sessions sponsored by:

Questions about Graduate School orientation may be directed to Debra Charlesworth or Carol Wingerson.

Graduate School Summer Seminar Series

The Graduate School is pleased to announce its summer seminar series.  Seminars focus on topics of interest to students completing a thesis or dissertation, and some will be presented in conjunction with the Library.

The start time for all seminars will be 2:30pm.

Please register online so we can plan for your attendance and let you know the location of the seminar.  Space is limited, but all seminars will be taped to provide access to our off campus students and those unable to attend.

  • June 9, Tips and Tricks for MS Office
    Learn how to use efficiently use MS Office.  Seminar will be similar to GSG lunch and learn from spring 2010.
  • June 30, An Introduction to EndNote
    EndNote helps you organize, search, and enter citations in your documents.  Co-presented with Rhianna Williams from the Library.
  • July 14, An Introduction to Copyright
    Learn the basics about copyright and how to use materials published by others in your thesis or dissertation. Co-presented with Nora Allred from the Library.

Our first seminar this summer, “Submitting your Thesis or Dissertation to the Graduate School” is now available online.

Thesis and Dissertation Submission Seminar

Students planning on finishing a thesis or dissertation this semester or next semester are invited a seminar designed to help students understand current procedures and answer student questions.

Join Debra Charlesworth on May 19th at 2:30pm to learn about the submission process from start to finish.

Faculty and staff who work with students completing a thesis or dissertation are also invited to attend.

Please register online for the event.

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 will be available online shortly after the event.

Facilitators sought for fall orientation

The Graduate School needs your help in welcoming our new graduate students and helping them successfully begin their career at Michigan Tech.  Fall orientation is on August 25th, beginning at 8:30am and will run through mid-afternoon.  We are looking for volunteers to help facilitate discussion at a table with six or seven new graduate students during the morning session from 8:30 – lunch.

Orientation will help graduate students and advisors set expectations for graduate education and introduce students to basic concepts in responsible conduct for research.  The discussion will center around two vignettes that depict typical graduate student and faculty interactions, and some basic RCR concepts such as plagiarism.

Please register online if you would like to volunteer.

New volunteers will participate in one training session offered the week of August 23rd.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with the locations for the training and orientation, along with reminders as we get closer to the event.

Graduate School Orientation – May 7th

Michigan Tech looks forward to welcoming our new graduate students for summer 2010. All new degree seeking students will be invited to orientation on May 7th beginning at 8:30am in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. Registration and light snacks will be available beginning at 8:00am.

Please register so we can plan for your arrival!

In addition to the orientation session sponsored by the Graduate School, students may also be required to attend sessions sponsored by:

Questions about Graduate School orientation may be directed to Debra Charlesworth or Carol Wingerson.

Call for 2010 Rath Award Nominations

The Vice President for Research is accepting nominations for the Bhakta Rath Research Award, which was made possible by an endowment from Bhakta B. Rath and his wife, Sushama Rath. The award offers an opportunity to promote and reward excellence in scientific and engineering research in the field of physical and natural sciences and engineering. View Tech’s research website for complete submission guidelines. Nominations will be accepted until 4 p.m., Friday, April 30.

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Nominations open for the 2010 Distinguished Dissertation Award

Nominations are now closed for the 2010 competition.

Nominations are now open for the 2010 Council of Graduate Schools (CGS)/University Microfilms International (UMI) Distinguished Dissertation Award. This year, nominations are being accepted from dissertations in the fields of:

  1. mathematics, physical sciences, and engineering
  2. social sciences

Michigan Tech may nominate one student in each field. PhD students who have completed all of their degree requirements between July 1, 2008, and June 30, 2010, are eligible.

A nomination packet must include the following:

  1. a completed nomination form.
  2. a 10-page abstract of the dissertation, double spaced on white letter-sized paper. (pdf preferred)
  3. optional: abstract appendices containing non-textual material such as charts, tables or figures. (pdf preferred)
  4. a letter of reference from the dissertation advisor.
  5. a letter of reference from a member of the nominee’s dissertation committee.
  6. a letter of reference from a person chosen by the nominee.

The letters of reference should address the significance and quality of the dissertation work.

Nominations should be delivered to Debra Charlesworth in the Graduate School no later than 4 p.m. on June 30.  Contact Debra ( if you have any questions about the competition.  See also the Council for Graduate School’s announcement page.

Nominations Open for Gustave O. Arlt Award in the Humanities

Nominations for the Gustave O. Arlt Award in the Humanities are due by March 15th to Debra Charlesworth in the Graduate School.  The award recognizes young scholars who have published an outstanding book in their field.  Fields eligible for nomination this year are classical studies or archaeology.

Eligible candidates can be alumni from Michigan Tech, or current faculty.  Michigan Tech may nominate one candidate.

See the CGS website for complete details on eligibility and the nomination process.