The Student Scoop – February 23, 2022

Join SLI for an Alternative Spring Break Day of Service!

Are you staying in the Keweenaw for Spring Break and looking for a fun and meaningful way to spend your time? Join Student Leadership and Involvement for an Alternative Spring Break Day Trip! On Monday, March 7th, we will be heading to Calumet to support the Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter Home with their spring cleaning efforts. On Friday, March 11th, we will be making the short drive over to Hancock to help St. Vincent De Paul organize donations in both the food pantry and thrift store. Both trips include a free lunch for participants. Sign up today for one or both on GivePulse!

HuskyLEAD Presents: Strategic Doing

Strategic Doing teaches people how to form collaborations quickly, move them toward measurable outcomes and make adjustments along the way. Strategic Doing enables participants to design and guide new networks that generate innovative solutions. It is a new strategy discipline that is lean, agile, and fast—just what student organizations and the Michigan Tech community need to grow and thrive. Join Bre Tucker from the Enterprise Program and Mary Raber, Director of the 21st Century Education Tech Forward Initiative, to learn more on Thursday, February 24th at 6:00 PM!

Snowshoe Fundraiser for KSNAG – hosted by SWE

The Society of Women Engineers is hosting a snowshoe fundraiser for the Keweenaw Spay and Neuter Assistance Group (KSNAG). Come have fun outdoors at the Tech Trails and help support a great cause!

Tickets are $15 or $10 for MTU students and season pass holders. You can register at this link: There will be free hot coco and stickers 🙂

MUB Board presents…


Do you have what it takes to escape? Come test your skills in the escape rooms in the MUB Alumni Lounge!

The room themes are Crime Scene Investigator, time traveler, and zombies. There is no need to sign up in advance, and games will be 15 minutes long in teams of five. We hope to see you there!

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Pancake Art Showdown

Have you ever seen those super fun pancake art videos and wanted to do it yourself? Well now’s your chance to try it out! Sign up by Monday, February 28th to work as a team or by yourself to create the best-looking pancake. 
The event will be on Wednesday, March 2nd at 7pm in the MUB Commons, and we will be giving out complimentary pancakes for the contestants and spectators!

Hiring for Orientation Team Leaders 

Summer in the Keweenaw? Heck yes! Joining our team for training and Orientation Week, August 13-27. The application deadline for this round of hiring is March 14, 2022. New applicants for Wahtera Center staff positions should visit:, for all the information needed to apply. Students who have worked for the Wahtera Center previously, but have yet to apply for the 2022-23 academic year, should contact Susan Liebau directly at

The Blue Economy

Want to make a difference in bringing renewable energy to the UP? The SENSE enterprise team needs your help! Please take the time to scan the QR code and fill out the survey. It only takes 2-3 minutes!

Gift of Life’s Campus Challenge

Join the Pre-Health Association at Tech in competing in the Gift of Life’s annual Campus Challenge by adding the most new names to the Organ Donation Registry! Michigan Tech is currently competing against several other schools in Michigan, all in an effort to provide life-saving organs to thousands in need. Check out how the competition is going here!It takes only a minute to fill out the form to be added to the registry, and this challenge is not limited to MTU students and staff! Share our school’s link,, with friends, family, and more to encourage as many people as possible to be an organ donor. One person can make a difference in dozens of lives. 

Career Navigation for Scientists – Part II

The Professional Development Committee at the Graduate Student Government and MTU’s Career Services are collaborating to bring you a three part seminar dedicated to navigating careers for scientists. Panels will be made up of professionals across academia and industry within different departments and disciplines. These panels will feature brief speaker introductions, questions about their backgrounds, public Q&A, and breakout rooms for discipline specific questions.

The second panel on February 23rd, 2022 at 6 pm EST will feature MTU graduates from departments of forestry, biology, geology and mining, and chemistry. Our prestigious panelists include:

  • Dr. Adam Coble earned his PhD in Forest Science from MTU and is now the Manager of Forest Health and Monitoring for the Oregon Department of Forestry.
  • Dr. Kelsey Carter earned her PhD in Forest Science from MTU and now is Post-Doctoral Associate at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in the Department of Energy.
  • Dr. Rapsa Basu earned her PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from MTU and now is the Lead Scientist in Precision Immunotherapy at Humane Genomics.
  • Dr. Aparupa Sengupta earned her MS in Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology and her PhD in Biological Sciences from MTU, worked as a Biosafety Officer at Rutgers University, and is now a BioSafety officer at UofC-MERCED.
  • Dr. Matthew Songer earned a BS in Biological Sciences from MTU and an MD from University of Illinois, Chicago and is now an orthopedic spine surgeon and entrepreneur. He also earned a master of business administration from Northwestern University and taught at MTU and MSU.
  • Dr. Elisa Piispa earned a PhD in Geophysics from MTU, was an assistant professor at Yachay Tech University, and now is a Research Specialist and Lab Manager at the Paleomagnetism Laboratory of Institute of Earth Sciences at the University of Iceland.
  • Dr. Chet Hopp earned an MS in Geophysics from MTU, a PhD in Geophysics from Victoria University of Wellington, and is now a Postdoctoral Scholar at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in the Energy Geoscience Division.
  • Dr. Bhaskar Halami earned his PhD in Chemistry from MTU, worked as a Senior Scientist at PPD in Thermo Fisher Scientific, and is now a Senior Scientist at Sirnaomics, Inc.
  • Dr. Chelsea Nikula earned her PhD in Chemistry from MTU and now works as a Higher Research Scientist in the National Physical Laboratory in the UK.

Don’t miss this opportunity to discuss careers with these knowledgeable people! Register here:

Graduate Research Colloquium

GSG is pleased to announce this year’s Graduate Research Colloquium (GRC) will be held on Tuesday, March 29, and Wednesday, March 30. GRC offers a unique opportunity for graduate students to showcase their research across the campus-wide community and work on their presentation skills for upcoming conferences. Students can give oral presentations, present posters, or do both. Due to the uncertainty of the ongoing pandemic restrictions, the event will be held in a pseudo-hybrid mode. Many conferences have been happening in the hybrid models due to the pandemic, so this would be an excellent opportunity to familiarize yourself with real-life experiences. Poster presentations will be held in person, and the oral presentations will be held virtually. Judges from a similar field will score all the presentations as the presenter. They will provide valuable insight and feedback on how the students can improve their presentations. 

Cash prizes are available for the top three places in both oral and poster presentations (1st – $300, 2nd – $200, and 3rd – $100). Registration is open now and it closes on Monday, February 28, at 11:59 PM. Click here to register today!

Poster Presentations will occur on Tuesday, March 29 in the MUB ballroom, 5-7 pm. GSG will cover the cost of printing posters for this year’s event so don’t let that prevent you from participating! The oral presentations will be held virtually on both days of the colloquium; they will be 12 minutes live talk (no pre-recorded video presentations) followed by a Q&A session.  The GRC event will be capped off with the annual GRC Awards Banquet. All participants and judges are invited to attend. The banquet will also be held in the hybrid mode so that people may join the awards ceremony virtually if they want. The banquet will be held on Wednesday, March 30, following the closing of GRC. Full information can be found on our website. If you have any questions please contact

Enterprise Day — March 02, 2022

Are you interested in learning more about Enterprise at Michigan Tech? Maybe you are thinking about joining Enterprise but are not sure which team is right for you? Learn more by talking with program staff and students from various Enterprise teams, all in one place! Enterprise Day will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 02, in the Rozsa Center Lobby. Teams will be spread out across the Rozsa Lobby.

Visit with:
-Advanced Metalworks
-Alternative Energy
-Blue Marble Security
-Boardsport Technologies
-Built World Enterprise
-Clean Snowmobile Challenge
-Consumer Product Manufacturing
-Green Campus
-H-STEM Enterprise
-Humane Interface Design (HIDE)
-Husky Game Development
-Innovative Global Solutions
-Multiplanetary Innovation Enterprise (MINE)
-Robotic Systems
-Strategic Education through Naval Systems Experiences -(SENSE)
-Supermileage Systems
-Wireless Communication

Find more information about each Enterprise team, please visit Registration is not required for interested students who would like to attend. Root Beer Floats will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis during this event.

The current Campus Health and Safety Level will determine the use of masks and social distancing on the day of Enterprise Day, March 02, 2022. Please keep an eye on the Campus Health and Safety Level information page.

Reimagining the Possible – Discover Engineers Week

This week, we’re celebrating National Engineers Week (Feb. 20-26). Everyone’s invited to special events on campus sponsored by Tau Beta Pi, the Engineering Honor Society student chapter at Michigan Tech.

Founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers in 1951, Eweek is celebrated each February around the time of George Washington’s birthday (February 22) because Washington is considered by many to be the first US engineer. Engineers create new possibilities all the time. From green buildings to fuel-efficient cars to life-saving vaccines, engineers work together to develop new technologies, products, and opportunities that change how we live for the better.

At Michigan Tech, the week is organized by Tau Beta Pi, and celebrated with special events on campus, many hosted by student organizations. Everyone is welcome! Please feel free to stop by and check out Eweek events as your schedule allows:

Wednesday, Feb. 23
Eweek Cake – 11am to 2pm
112 Dillman
Delicious cake from Roy’s Bakery, hosted by the Department of Engineering Fundamentals, it’s a longtime Eweek tradition at Michigan Tech!

Spaghetti Towers – 5pm to 6pm
Fisher 129
Test your engineering skills with SSC and Built World Enterprise: Who can build the tallest spaghetti and marshmallow skyscraper?!?

Friday, Feb. 25
Escape Room – 4 pm to 7 pm
MUB Ballroom A2
Join Mind Trekkers for an engineering Escape Room that is truly above and beyond!

This Week in Michigan Tech Recreation…

Register for IM sports at
Using Ripstix®, lightly weighted drumsticks engineered specifically for exercising, POUND® transforms drumming into an incredibly effective way of working out. Instead of listening to music, you become the music in this exhilarating full-body workout that combines cardio, conditioning, and strength training with yoga and pilates-inspired movements.

Gates Tennis Center Announcement

The boilers that heat Gates Tennis Center as of yesterday are no longer functioning.  Our facilities team has been working hard to keep our building warm for the time being with emergency space heaters.  Starting Tuesday, February 22nd, we will have two large temporary units heating our building until a new boiler is delivered and installed.  It will cause a little extra noise than we are used to at Gates.

Court 4 will be out of commission for the time being where the units will be housed.  It can still be used for pickleball with a day in advance reservation, giving time to prepare the space.  As a reminder, the ball machine can now be used on any court because we have court divider nets.  There are outlets on the wall behind each of the courts.

Unfortunately, this also means that we will not have any hot water at Gates Tennis Center until we have a new boiler installed.  If you have a need for the showers, we can issue you access to the locker rooms at the SDC.

We apologize for the inconvenience over the course of the next couple of weeks. Please feel free to reach out to Kristin Yep ( with any questions or concerns you may have.

Husky Hobbies Presents…

Students can register for the in-person pour painting with Maia B. at this link:

This Week Film Board Presents: Encanto

Friday Feb 25th: 5:30, 8:30, 11:30

Saturday Feb 26th: 5:30, 8:30, 11:30

Encanto is Rated Pg for some thematic elements and mild peril

Located on Michigan Tech’s campus in Fisher 135. Tickets are 3$ and concessions are 1$. We hope to see you at the movie this weekend and have a great day.

5:30 Showtimes are to be shown with subtitles now!

Registered Student Organization Catering Menu

Michigan Tech Dining Services is now offering a Registered Student Organization catering menu.  The menu is discounted compared to the regular catering menus, so it is affordable to Registered Student Organizations and is only available to RSOs.

Please click the download button to the right for written instructions on how to use the Dining Services catering website, find the RSO menu, and how to order on the website.

ISA invites you to celebrate of the festival of colors, Holi

Following the tradition of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, the Indian Students’ Association at Michigan Tech heartily invites you in the celebration of the festival of colors, Holi. We will be hosting the “Desi Beats – An Indian Holi Night” on March 19, 2022 (Saturday) from 5:30 to 9:30 pm at the MUB Commons & MUB Ballroom. The event comprises of enthralling cultural performances and a sumptuous Indian dinner buffet. Get ready to taste delicious Indian food and feel the essence of our Indian culture again. We would like you to be a part of this event, to celebrate and enjoy our most well-known festival, and revel in the festivities at our home away from home. The venue for the festivity is MUB Commons and MUB Ballroom for the food and performances respectively.  We hereby proudly invite you to join us and enjoy a grand 7-Course Dinner Buffet at MUB filled with a mouthwatering list of Indian special delicacies, and of course, a complete stage shows with engaging performances from Music and Dance teams.

Date: March 19, 2022 (Saturday)
Food: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm ET (MUB Commons)
Festival: 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm ET (MUB Ballroom) 

TICKETING LOCATION: Tickets are also available by phone at (906)487-2073, SDC Ticketing Office and on-the-spot at the MUB on the evening of the event (While supply last).

$8 – Early bird (Till Friday, March 04, 2022)
$10 – Students
$12 – Staff/ Community
We surely know, your presence elevates the charisma of the event. Awaiting your gracious presence. Hope to see you all there.