Whitaker International Fellows and Scholars Program

Whitaker International Fellows and Scholars Program

Biomedical engineers are encouraged to apply for a Whitaker fellow (current graduate students) or scholar (will have a PhD by the beginning date of the award)


Award Benefits: The Whitaker International Fellows and Scholars Program offers a stipend commensurate with the recipient’s experience and expected expenses in the host country.

Fellows: The term of the award will be for a maximum of one academic year (as defined by the academic calendar of the host country).

Scholars: The term of the award will be as little as one academic semester, or up to two academic years in length (for post-doctoral research fellowships). Scholar awards generally should require a full academic year, but any length of time proposed should be appropriately justified at the time of application.

  • Round trip international airfare
  • A monthly living stipend
  • Health & Accident insurance
  • Fellows Only: Tuition reimbursement, capped at US$35,000 (regardless of country of exchange or exchange rate)
    Individual reimbursement amounts are determined by the Whitaker Program at the time of grant award, typically no greater than US $25,000

Application deadeline is Monday, January 25, 2010.

Summer Internship In Biomedical Research

The Summer Internship Program (SIP) at the NIH provides an opportunity to spend the summer working side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. Students sixteen years of age or older who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and are currently enrolled at least half-time in high school, an accredited U.S. college or university or an accredited U.S. medical/dental school are eligible to apply. Students who have been accepted into a college or university may also apply.

See program description for more information.

Application deadline for all participating NIH Institutes and Centers is March 1, 2010.

Newberry’s Fellowships in Humanities

Newberry Library

The Newberry’s fellowships support humanities research in their wide-ranging, rich, and sometimes eccentric library collections.  Long-term (six to eleven months with stipends of up to $50,400)  and short-term fellowships (one month with stipends of $1600) are available.

Long-term applications are due January 11, 2010

Short-term applications are due March 1, 2010

For more information visit http://www.newberry.org/research/felshp/fellowshome.html or contact Jodi Lehman at jglehman@mtu.edu.

Graduate School Holiday Closures

Due to University holidays and staff vacations, the Graduate School will be closed from December 24 – January 3.

The Graduate School will also be closed from 11:30am – 1:30pm on Friday, December 18th.

The Graduate School’s web page can provide assistance for many questions regarding:

Happy holidays and new year!

Facilitators sought for Graduate School Orientation

The Graduate School needs your help in welcoming our new graduate students and helping them successfully begin their career at Michigan Tech.  Faculty, staff and student volunteers are needed to facilitate discussion during orientation.  This is your opportunity to help enhance graduate education at Michigan Tech.

The training will help graduate students and advisors set expectations for graduate education and introduce students to basic concepts in responsible conduct for research.

Volunteers will help facilitate discussion at a table with six or seven new graduate students.  The discussion will center around two vignettes that depict typical graduate student and faculty interactions.  Volunteers will participate in one training sessions offered the week of January 4th.

Orientation begins at 9am on Friday, January 8th.

Please register online if you would like to volunteer.

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.

Please contact Debra Charlesworth with any questions about orientation.

Graduate School Orientation – January 8

Michigan Tech looks forward to welcoming our new graduate students for spring 2010. All new degree seeking students will be invited to orientation on January 8th beginning at 9am in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Registration and light snacks will be available beginning at 8:30am.

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.

Funding Opportunities in STEM Graduate Programs

Funding Opportunities in STEM Graduate Programs


programs offer minority students support in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields.

• GK-12:

The NSF Graduate Teaching Fellows in K-12 Education (GK-12) Program supports fellowships and training for graduate students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).


fellowship programs offer a $30,000 stipend plus tuition and fees. Over 100 programs nationwide emphasize interdisciplinary studies in science, technology, mathematics, and engineering.


The Minorities Striving and Pursuing Higher Degrees of Success (MSPHDS) in Earth System Science initiative was developed by and for underrepresented minorities with the overall purpose of facilitating increased participation in Earth system science.

• NSF Grad Research Fellowships:

provides students with three years of funding for research-focused Master’s and PhD degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields.

For additional information please visit: http://www.pathwaystoscience.org/Grad.asp

NSF Announces PAID Summer Research Experiences For Undergraduates

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Pathways to Science

About Summer Research
Many organizations fund a research opportunities for undergraduate students (National Science Foundation programs are called ‘REUs’, Research Experience for Undergraduates’). The programs usually consist of a group of ten undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student works closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are given stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel.

You must apply to each individual site or program to be considered for acceptance into these programs.

Check out the over 400 programs:

Undergraduate REU and Other Summer Research Opportunities

Library Study Rooms Equipped with Monitors for Presentation Practice

Published in Tech Today

Since mid-July, Michigan Tech students, staff and faculty have had a state-of-the-art way to practice their oral presentations: project them on a large-screen monitor in a study room in the Van Pelt and Opie Library. Large-screen monitors (42 inches) have been installed in rooms 302 and 303, two of the larger study rooms on the third floor of the library.

The monitors, which can easily be connected to a laptop computer, are open to all. The rooms may be reserved at the circulation desk or through Zimbra.

The technology was purchased with funding from the Friends of the Van Pelt Library, which obtains funding from donations and proceeds from its book sale. The next Friends Book Sale is April 9, 2010, with a presale for members on April 8. To become a member, make a donation at: www.lib.mtu.edu/friends/friends.htm .

“The students were asking for this, and when we proposed it to the Friends, they agreed to support it right away,” says interim Library Director Ellen Seidel.

Suggestions for the library can be sent to: reflib@mtu.edu .