Category: Notables

Mayra Sanchez Gonzalez and SFI

Mayra Sanchez GonzalezCold Treat to (Cool) Tech Education: Mexican Grad Student Finds a New Home

“I went out for an ice cream cone,” Mayra Sanchez Gonzalez says, of a routine journey in her native city of Merida, Mexico, on the Yucatan Peninsula. “I noticed this man asking directions in English, and the store clerk couldn’t help him.”

The man was Richard Donovan, operations manager of Michigan Technological University’s Sustainable Futures Institute (SFI).

Sanchez Gonzalez wound up receiving a very competitive Mexican government scholarship to pursue a PhD in Environmental and Energy Policy at Tech and do research on her native Yucatan. Her work is part of a $5 million National Science Foundation grant with Donovan, Shonnard and others.

Read more at Michigan Tech News, by Dennis Walikainen.


Spoehr Nominated for the Truman Scholarship

Truman ScholarshipMaryBeth Spoehr, law and society major, has been nominated by the University for the Truman Scholarship. She is an ROTC cadet and on the women’s varsity soccer team.

The Truman Scholarship has two missions. First, to find and recognize college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere in the public service; and, second, to provide them with financial support for graduate study, leadership training, and fellowship with other students who are committed to making a difference through public service.

From Tech Today.


Sladek Wins First Prize in National Geographic Contest

Lindsey Sladek GalleryLindsey Sladek is a First Prize Winner in National Geographic’s “The Full Story” contest. The photo competition was for amateurs. Sladek’s gallery is entitled “Music.”

Sladek came “home” to Tech to take coursework in the Department of Social Sciences for a social studies secondary education certificate; she got her BS in Anthropology from Grand Valley State University in 2008.

Local photographer places in National Geographic contest

She, along with four individual winners, won a Nikon D600 to shoot the full visual story she had pitched to compete for a shot at the grand prize, a trip to the Galapagos Islands with National Geographic Digital Nomad Andrew Evans. She had from Dec. 17 to Jan. 7 to shoot the story, using only the new D600 camera.

Read more at the Mining Gazette, by Stephen Anderson.

Photo Contest: The Full Story

Last fall these five talented amateur photographers each won a new Nikon D600 with which they shot their own FULL STORY.

Read more at National Geographic.