Nominations Open for Dean’s Fellowships

Nominations are now open for the Graduate School Dean’s Fellowship.  Nominations are due no later than 4pm on March 1, 2010 in the Graduate School.

This fellowship assists with the recruitment of highly talented applicants to Michigan Tech’s PhD programs.

Please see our web page for full details on eligibility and the application procedure.  Questions may be directed to Debra Charlesworth.

Business Plan Competition Deadline Approaches

Want to see your business ideas grow? Enter the first Michigan Tech Business Plan Competition.

Wednesday, February 3, is the registration deadline for the competition, hosted by Michigan Tech’s Institute for Global Learning and Entrepreneurship, the School of Business and Economics and the Michigan Tech SmartZone. Michigan Tech graduate and undergraduate students as well as Finlandia University students are eligible to enter.

If you’re interested in entering a team, send an email to by 5 p.m., Wednesday. In the email, list the names and email addresses of all team members and a one paragraph summary of your business idea.

Ten teams will be selected to present their plans to a panel of judges. Prizes will be awarded to first, second and third places.

Announced in Tech Today

Call for Abstracts for the Annual ESC/BRC Graduate Research Forum

Graduate students from any department conducting research related to ecology, the environment or biotechnology are invited to submit titles and abstracts for poster presentations at the sixth annual ESC/BRC Graduate Research Forum from 3 to 5 p.m., Friday, March 26, in the atrium of the UJ Noblet Forestry Building.

The purpose of the forum is to allow graduate students working in these fields an opportunity to present their research, provide valuable experience preparing for regional or national meetings, showcase new results and find out what others are doing.

Abstracts must be submitted electronically to as an attachment in Word by noon, Friday, March 5.

Posters will need to be set up by noon, Thursday, March 25, to allow time for judging, and there will be a pizza social following the forum from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday.

A poster presentation workshop will be given by David Flaspohler (SFRES) and Erik Lilleskov (SFRES) from 4 to 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 12, in the Noblet Forestry Building G002.

For more information, contact Jill Fisher at .

Nominations for Summer and Fall Finishing Fellowships Open

Nominations for summer and fall 2010 finishing fellowships are now open.  Nominations are due no later than March 18, 2010 at 4pm.

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 be eligible for Research Only Mode during the semester supported is requested.

Please see the application page for complete information on eligibility and the application procedure.

Reminder: Nominations for the DeVlieg Fellowship due February 4th

The Graduate School is accepting nominations for the 2010 DeVlieg Foundation Graduate Fellowships.  Applications are due in the Graduate School no later than 4 pm on February 4, 2010.

This year, The DeVlieg Foundation will provide $3,000 for up to four doctoral students and $1,500 for two master’s students in support of research in engineering or a closely related field. Only US citizens are eligible for the fellowships, which may be used to supplement other fellowships or assistantships.  Complete details on eligibility and application process can be found on our web page.

Please contact Debra Charlesworth with any questions.

Graduate Students and Programs in the News

Humanities PhD candidate Roxane Gay’s father, Michael Gay, was interviewed on National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” on Monday, Jan. 25. A Haitian-American contractor, Gay is in Haiti helping clear debris and plan for reconstruction after the island nation’s devastating earthquake. The NPR broadcast is available online.

Last week Ruth Archer, director of graduate business programs, was featured in the article, “How Online Universities Really Stack Up,” on Janine Swenson’s blog, . According to their website, “Internet Evolution aims to view the future of the Internet through a prism of pragmatism.” The blog discussed online education and included input from a professor, course developer and student. More information is available on the SBE news website.

A news story about Michigan Tech’s research regarding the Haitian disaster was featured in the Chicago Tribune on Sunday, Jan. 24.

Published in Tech Today

Facebook Launches Fellowship Program to Promote Social Computing Research

Facebook Fellowship Program

Every day Facebook confronts the most complex technical problems and we believe that close relationships with the academy will enable us to address many of these problems at a fundamental level and solve them. As part of our ongoing commitment to academic relations, we are pleased to announce the creation of the Facebook Fellowship program to support graduate students in the 2010-2011 school year.

We are interested in a wide range of academic topics, including the following topical areas:

  • Internet Economics: auction theory and algorithmic game theory relevant to online advertising auctions.
  • Cloud Computing: storage, databases, and optimization for computing in a massively distributed environment.
  • Social Computing: models, algorithms and systems around social networks, social media, social search and collaborative environments.
  • Data Mining and Machine Learning: learning algorithms, feature generation, and evaluation methods to produce effective online and offline models of behavioral signals.
  • Systems: hardware, operating system, runtime, and language support for fast, scalable, efficient data centers.
  • Information Retrieval: search algorithms, information extraction, question answering, cross-lingual retrieval and multimedia retrieval

Eligibility Criteria

  • Full-time Ph.D. students in topical areas represented by these fellowships who are currently involved in on-going research.
  • Students must be studying Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, System Architecture, or a related area.
  • Students must be enrolled during the academic year that the Fellowship is awarded.
  • Students must be nominated by a faculty member.

For more information about application/faculty nomination process visit:

Record Enrollment for Spring 2010

The final preliminary spring 2010 enrollment numbers are out and the Graduate School is pleased to announce that  Michigan Tech has a record enrollment of graduate students.

Total graduate headcount is 1189 which is an increase of 212 or 21.7% over the spring 2009 numbers.

Total graduate student credit hours are 8162.5 which is an increase of 1411.0 or 20.9% over the Spring 2009 numbers.

Total 1st time master’s students are 71 which is an increase of 21 or 42.0% over the spring 2009 numbers.

Total 1st time doctoral students are 31 which is an increase of 6 or 24.0% over the spring 2009 numbers.

The Graduate School would like to thank everyone involved in achieving these numbers from our graduate students, faculty, directors and assistants, to the Registrar’s office for diligently working to recruit and enroll the newest students in our programs.  These numbers are very encouraging and are moving us closer to our goal of having 1250 graduate students at Michigan Tech.

For more information about future recruiting efforts and ways the Graduate School can assist programs with recruiting, please contact Jacque Smith, director of graduate marketing and advancement.

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Graduate Student’s Testimonial Stands Out

When YouTube reached out to users recently asking them to share which of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s words they found most memorable, graduate student Justin Ayers felt compelled to answer that call. “I remember reading King’s speech, “Loving Your Enemies,” in high school and I really enjoyed it,” says Ayers, who is pursuing his master’s in computer engineering. “I wanted to revisit the speech that I had found so inspirational, and this seemed like an awesome way to respond.” So awesome, in fact, that the video Ayers created was featured on YouTube’s homepage Monday–MLK Day–for thousands to see.

See for yourself–check out the YouTube video and get inspired .

Michigan Tech Rallies Around Haitians

Far from their devastated homeland, Haitian members of the Michigan Tech community struggled to track down family members and friends in the wake of last week’s disasterous earthquake. Here is the story of Fredline Ilorme, a graduate student in civil engineering, who writes about the longest 24 hours of her life.

“Hello Global Citizens,

“The day looked like any other day to me as I woke up and got ready, thinking about everything I needed to accomplish. I was far from thinking about my family in Haiti, how long it had been since I talked to them and the last things we said.

“However, sometime in the evening, everything changed. I had just gotten to my office when I received a call from a friend about an earthquake in Haiti. A quick Google, and I had an idea of the magnitude of the situation. My first thoughts: my family. Are they okay? Did the house fall on them?

“Quickly rushed back home and spent the entire night trying to reach any one of them by phone. To no avail. News was bad. Many of our most cherished historical buildings–the national palace, the ministries, the cathedral, some hospitals and schools–had fallen. All in thirty seconds. Did my people have time to escape? As I gathered info from my friends on Facebook and through some other friends by phone and online, things seemed dire. Some of my friends had been able to reach their families; they were okay. But still I could not reach any of mine.

“As I watched the videos, the images of the fallen structures, I thought I was losing all I have ever had: my family, my friends, my country. How could this happen? What had we done to deserve this? Weren’t the past year’s four hurricanes enough?

“My friends on Facebook, the ones who called or emailed trying to give me hope, told me to keep trying, and tomorrow I might reach them. I felt hopeless. Why hadn’t they answered till now if other people had found out about their loved ones? They must be gone as everything around them.

“I got tired of staying inside. Went for a drive, but the car could not get me to my people. Could only get me around Houghton. Wasting gas, polluting the environment, and putting myself at risk for nothing. That’s not what my parents would have wanted me to do.

“Went back home. Got some rest and continued the calls. And early the next morning, a miracle happened. I got through. I reached Jessie, a former Tech student. She was alive. Quick talk as no electricity to recharge phones, but she said she’s okay. Continued trying. I got one of my aunties for five seconds. FIVE seconds. But I heard her voice. She was alive. Could the other ones still be? Continued calling and found her again. She said everyone was fine except for two they had not heard from, but that did not mean they were not okay. Sigh of relief. This was good news. They had survived. I regained strength.

“As emails of comfort and support kept pouring in, I continued to regain more strength. I had not lost everything. The country was still worth being rebuilt, for them, with them. Now that I was stronger, I could help others. Tried to locate their loved ones for them and offered advice and comfort. During the next day, got confirmation that all of my family was okay.

“Still, not everyone was as lucky as my family. Casualties are high, and there is lots of damage. But I have hope. Hope for Haiti. Because its citizens acted bravely in the face of this terrible tragedy. Because they were there for each other, and because since everything has started, every country in the world has been with us, from the closest ones–Dominican Republic, Cuba, Puerto Rico, United States, Canada, Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia; some further away, like France and Spain; and some even further, like China.

“But closer to me, the response has also been amazing–the number of emails and calls from students, faculty and staff at Tech and organizations like NOSOTROS [Tech’s Hispanic Student Organization] have given me hope. Rebuilding will be tough, but we will do it together, with our countrymen and our friends and partners from around the world.

“Thanks to you all, and thanks for keeping Haiti in your thoughts and prayers.”