Category: Theses and Dissertations

Dissertation, thesis, and report posts

Upcoming Michigan Space Grant Consortium Conference at the University of Michigan

The Michigan Space Grant Consortium (MSGC), of which Michigan Tech is a member, will host its annual conference at the University of Michigan on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The event will be held in the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Building at 1320 Beal Ave. in Ann Arbor on the North Campus. MSGC supports student work in space-related science and technology—as well as STEM disciplines—in Michigan.

The conference offers students, faculty, instructors and researchers the opportunity to display their research through presentations and posters. Registration is free but required to allow for adequate planning for seating, meals and refreshments. The registration deadline date is Oct. 6, and travel assistance is available for students.

Non-MSGC individuals and groups from academia, industry and the local community are also invited to share their experience and knowledge in aerospace, space science and aeronautics.

To register and for more information, see online. The on-campus contact is Paige Hackney, in the Pavlis Honors College, she can be reached at or 7-4371.

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Michigan Tech Multiliteracies Center offers graduate students writing groups

The Michigan Tech Multiliteracies Center (MTMC) offers graduate students at any level of their degree writing groups to work on projects (planning and writing), proposals, conference papers, posters, presentations and defenses.  These groups are discussion based, allowing students to explain their project to other students and get feedback from peers.

The groups meet for one hour a week on the following days/times:

  • Monday, 11 AM – 12 Noon (thesis and dissertation writing)
  • Tuesday, 2 PM – 3 PM (any work)
  • Thursday, 7 PM – 8 PM (abstracts, proposals, conference papers, presentations)

Additionally, the MTMC also offers weekly appointments, one-time appointments and walk-in appointments if students are unable to attend a graduate writing group.  Please stop by the MTMC in Walker 107 to sign up for a group or schedule an appointment.

Please remember that the University Strategic Plan is open for comments, and encourage your departments to leave feedback before the September 19th deadline.

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EndNote workshops announcement

The J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library is offering introductory EndNote workshops. EndNote is a citation management software that helps you easily create and manage bibliographic information and incorporate references into your writing.

Upcoming sessions will be held:

EndNote Basic I – Tuesday, September 16 , 5:00 p.m.

This workshop will introduce users to creating and managing references using the citation management 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 and create custom and smart groups to efficiently manage references.

EndNote Basic II – Thursday, September 25, 6:15 p.m.

This workshop will introduce users to incorporating EndNote Library citations into a written document (MS Word). Attending EndNote Basic I 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), and locate, identify, and import specialized output styles.

Seating for these workshops is limited and registration is required. To register please visit the library’s Workshops calendar.

Our instruction rooms have EN X7 on Windows workstations. Attendees may bring their own laptops with EN X7 downloaded prior to the session. Visit the library’s Citation Support page to download.

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Degree completion timeline on MyMichiganTech

Graduate students can now see a personalized list of items they need to complete for each graduate degree on MyMichiganTech. A full description of items needed to complete each degree along with details about when, how, and why to complete them is found on the Graduate School’s web site.

Students can access their personalized list by:

  1. Logging into MyMichiganTech using their Michigan Tech ID and password
    • For example, if your email is, you would log in with “blizzard” as your ID along with the same password used to check email
  2. Clicking on the “Current Students” link in the menu bar across the top of the page
    • The “Student Checklist” box in the left column will show items that are due now or recently completed

For detailed information about the degrees you are seeking, look for the “Degree Completion Timeline” section in the center “My Status” column:

The Degree completion timeline section in the My Status area.
  • The question mark icon will display a pop-up window with helpful information and links
  • If links to any of the forms aren’t working, the helpful link will direct you to technical information
  • Click on the “your degree completion timeline” link to display a new window described in the screenshots below
  • The “timeline details” link will take you to more information on the Graduate School’s web site

At the top of every degree completion timeline are requirements for all graduate students. Some of these requirements are based on when a student started a degree, so not all students will have the same requirements appearing.  If a requirement is complete, the item will display a green check and the date completed on the far right (not shown). Links will take students to the form, or more information about that requirement on the Graduate School’s web page.

Items required for this graduate student to complete that are not specific to a degree.

Each degree that is sought, awarded, or dropped will appear along with a list of all the items required to complete that particular degree.

Items needed to complete a master’s degree with a thesis option.

Click on the arrow next to the degree name to expand or contract the listing.

If a degree requires a dissertation, thesis, or report, a separate section detailing the items necessary to complete the defense and written document. For more information about this portion of the timeline see our tutorial.


Items needed to complete a thesis and defense.

If you have any questions about MyMichiganTech, please send them to

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Nominations open for 2014 CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award

Nominations are now open for the 2014 Council of Graduate Schools (CGS)/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award. Please submit nominations to the Graduate School no later than 4pm, June 25, 2014, following our online instructions. 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, 2012, and June 30, 2014, are eligible. The fields of competition for 2015 will be Biological/Life Sciences and Humanities.

Nominations must be delivered to Debra Charlesworth in the Graduate School no later than 4 p.m. on June 25, 2014; e-mail nominations are preferred.  Contact Debra Charlesworth ( if you have any questions about the competition.

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Seminar on Submitting your Dissertation, Thesis, or Report

Students planning on finishing a dissertation, thesis, or report in summer 2014 or fall 2014 are invited a seminar designed to help students understand the submission process and answer questions about it. Faculty and staff who assist students with submissions are also welcome to attend.

Once you register, you will receive a confirmation with the location and a reminder of the date and time, or information on how to join us online.

If you are unable to join us, this seminar will be taped and available online after the event.

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

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Copyright and Your Thesis or Dissertation – Second Workshop Offered

The Van Pelt and Opie Library will offering a repeat of our workshop, “Copyright and Your Thesis or Dissertation.” on Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 2:00pm.

This workshop will examine the role U.S. Copyright law plays in the thesis or dissertation writing and publishing process.   The use of copyrighted material, publishing agreements and the role of the Digital Commons at Michigan Tech repository will be explored.

The workshop will be held in room 242 of the Van Pelt and Opie Library and is limited to 25 attendees.  Register at Copyright by Friday, May 22nd.  For questions, please contact Nora Allred, Scholarly Communication and Copyright Librarian at

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Copyright and Your Thesis or Dissertation workshop – May 20th

The Van Pelt and Opie Library is offering a workshop entitled, “Copyright and Your Thesis or Dissertation.”
Date – Tuesday, May 20th
Time – 2:00pm
Location – Van Pelt and Opie Library, room 242

This workshop will examine the role U.S. Copyright law plays in the thesis or dissertation writing and publishing process.  The use of copyrighted material, publishing agreements and the role of the Digital Commons at Michigan Tech repository will be explored.

The workshop is limited to 25 attendees, register at Copyright by Friday, May 16th.

For questions, please contact Nora Allred, Scholarly Communications and Copyright Librarian at

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2014 Graduate Student Research Grant Program

The NCAA Research Committee is pleased to announce the 2014 NCAA Graduate Student Research Grant Program.

The NCAA Research Committee invites research proposals within the general topic areas of student-athlete well-being and college athletics participation.  Research grants are available for graduate students only and are intended to support the student while conducting research to be used for a doctoral dissertation, master’s thesis or external publication.  Awards for these one-time research grants are set at a maximum of $7,500.

Recipients will be expected to culminate their project in an article suitable for publication in a scholarly journal, or in a completed master’s thesis or dissertation.  Grant recipients will also be expected to submit a brief summary of the research that is suitable for publication in the NCAA News.

The program’s goals are:

  1. to stimulate research on college athletics
  2. to foster contributions to the empirical research on college athletics
  3. to provide financial support to graduate students interested in engaging in high-quality research related to college athletics
  4. to assist NCAA-member institutions and the general public in gaining access to new, outstanding research in this field

The deadline to apply is August 10, 2014.

For more information, see the 2014 Call for Proposals.

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Tech Gives Minnesota Communities’ History Back to Them

A PhD candidate in Industrial Heritage and Archaeology at Michigan Tech has given the residents of Minnesota’s Cuyuna Range a unique gift–a glimpse into the history of their own communities. Fred Sutherland is researching the history of the Cuyuna Range, an iron mining region between Brainerd and Aitkin, Minn., for his PhD dissertation. Earlier this month, he presented a summary of findings from a survey of nearly 900 historic buildings and sites along the Cuyuna Range.

Sutherland had to inventory the locations to identify potential sites for archaeological fieldwork. His architectural inventory is a model for public research advocated by Michigan Tech faculty, according to Tim Scarlett, associate professor of social sciences and head of Tech’s Industrial Heritage and Archaeology program.

Instead of isolating himself from community residents and organizations, the PhD student reached out to the community through stakeholder groups. He then coordinated a team of 12 local volunteers, equipped them with Michigan Tech instruments, designed their survey to the professional standards defined by the Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office, and led teams of surveyors as they recorded sites in Crosby, Riverton, Wolford, Trommald, Deerwood and Ironton, Minn. Eventually, they catalogued 876 individual buildings.

On Jan. 14, Sutherland presented the volunteers’ results at a public meeting and delivered a complete printed inventory to community residents. He also presented the communities with a multi-volume report for the archives at the Hallett Memorial Library in Crosby, Minn. Community organizations and local governments can now use the information collected by their own citizens for civic planning and efforts to nominate eligible structures and neighborhoods to the National Register of Historic Places.

Sutherland’s efforts also generated intense public curiosity about archaeology, heritage and preservation, Scarlett said.

The collaborative project began during the winter of 2010-2011, when the Ironton chapter of the Serbian Sisters contacted the Industrial Heritage and Archaeology program at Michigan Tech. Supported by a seed gift from Charles Leir and Laura Ukura-Leir of Ironton, Minn., the initial goals of the collaboration were to research and publish the first major academic study of the heritage of the Cuyuna Range mines and communities; to use Michigan Tech’s expertise to help improve range communities’ efforts at cultural revitalization, economic redevelopment and planning; and to train young professionals in best practices for Industrial Heritage and Archaeology efforts.

The collaborative team is seeking funding for the second phase of the study, including archaeological excavations of various industrial sites to yield clues about this poorly understood iron mining region. Sutherland would like to investigate a rare example of an Ardis Furnace, the Milford and Sagamore mine locations, and the Rowe Concentrator and Portsmouth Sintering Plant sites in the Cuyuna Range. Anyone wanting to help support this research can contact Scarlett at or Ben Larson, senior advancement officer for the Michigan Tech Fund, at

Published in Tech Today by Jenn Donovan, public relations director

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