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Nominations Open for the 2016 CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award

Nominations are now open for the 2016 Council of Graduate Schools (CGS)/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award. 

This year, nominations are being accepted from dissertations in the fields of:

  • Mathematics, Physical Sciences and Engineering
  • Social Sciences (note: history is classed within humanities and is not a field of competition in 2016)

Michigan Tech may nominate one student in each field. PhD students who have completed all of their degree requirements between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2016 are eligible. The fields of competition for 2017 will be humanities/fine arts and biological and life sciences.

The deadline to submit nominations is 4 p.m. Monday, June 20 following the online instructions. Nominations must be delivered to Debra Charlesworth in the Graduate School. Emailed nominations to are preferred. Contact Debra Charlesworth if you have any questions about the competition.

(This article originally appeared in Tech Today.)

Rozsa’s Project Learning Lab gallery b Presents “Extraction”

The Rozsa Center and Michigan Tech’s Department of Visual And Performing Arts present the final exhibit by sculpture and 3D design students in collaboration with HumanitiesLiterary Survey students. The exhibit, “Extraction,” will feature a public reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m. tomorrow (April 21) in Rosza “gallery b,” the Rozsa’s experimental Project Learning Lab gallery space. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

On display will be “Call and Response,” a collaboration between Sculpture and 3-D design students with Laura Fiss’s (HU) Literary Survey class. Students will also showcase a collection of sculptures, a series of drawings, and four “traditional lathes,” designed and fabricated by students.

Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon to 8 p.m. Saturday. The gallery is free and open to the public.

Alden Groen Selected by Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange

by Maria Bergstrom

A summer, online German language course and an interest in study abroad have paved the way for ME student and German minor, Alden Groen, to participate in a unique and prestigious opportunity to study and work abroad in Germany as one of only 75 American students selected for the Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals. Alden will travel to Germany this coming July for two months of intensive language study, a four-month study abroad experience at a German University, and a five-month internship with a German engineering company.

It all began for Alden when he enrolled in a summer online introductory German language course at Michigan Tech with Professor Karin Schlenker. He was interested in learning a second language and drawn to German because of Germany’s strong reputation in engineering and technology. Alden enjoyed the course so much he followed up with another semester on campus and began looking for an opportunity to study abroad in Germany. With help from International Programs and Services, Alden found a six-week program in Stuttgart for the following summer. As part of the home stay program, Alden lived with a German family in Stuttgart for the full six weeks, which, he says, was one of the highlights of his time there. He was able to experience everyday German family life in the evenings, while during the days he was studying with other students from all over the world. In addition to the U.S., students in the program came from Mexico, Canada, Singapore and other nations. “I learned as much about the world from my fellow students as I did from being in Germany,” Alden says.

Six weeks was not enough time in Germany to satisfy Alden, and he found himself looking for a way to return. After doing a summer-fall engineering co-op at Kohler Company, Alden learned about the Congress Bundestag exchange program. Professor Schlenker, who supported his application, says, “Alden’s previous study abroad experiences really helped make him a good candidate for this program. He was able to show that he is adaptable and ready for the challenges of a cross-cultural experience.”

While engineering majors sometimes think they don’t have time for language study or a study abroad experience, Alden is a strong advocate for both. He found language study to be “a really interesting way to fulfill HASS credits in a connected way. Even with only a couple of classes, you can get some use from the language.” As for study abroad, “Everyone should definitely try to do it. If it’s a money thing, look for scholarships and financial aid. If it’s a time thing, consider a six week program in the summer. You can learn so much in just six weeks.”