Peace Corps Fellows

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Office of Surface Mining VISTA
and
Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows Programs

Fast Facts

  • Michigan Tech began their partnership with the Office of Surface Mining (OSM) VISTA Teams in 2012.
  • Accepted students will participate in one year of VISTA service at a location in the United States coordinated by either the Western Hardrock Watershed Team or Appalachian Coal Country Team.
  • Upon completion of the program students can earn a master's degree in either Applied Ecology, Biological Sciences, Civil Engineering, Environmental and Energy Policy, Environmental Engineering, Forestry, Geology, or Industrial Archaeology.

OSM/VISTA Master's Programs

The OSM/VISTA Graduate Programs combine academic study with supervised, practical field experience and research.

After completing a program of on-campus academic work and a short VISTA pre-service orientation, OSM/VISTA students then serve one year of VISTA service. After completing their year of service, students return to Michigan Tech for one additional semester to complete their degree requirements.

Michigan Tech grants OSM/VISTA tuition status to students in the OSM/VISTA Graduate Programs. Tuition and fees are paid by Michigan Tech while students are serving in VISTA.

Learn more about the Appalachian Coal Country Team's projects.

Learn more about the Western Hardrock Watershed Team's projects.

Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows Programs

Returned Peace Corps Volunteers are eligible for the Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows Programs. These programs follow the same structure and format as the OSM/VISTA programs except that, as Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, the Fellows receive the National Service Graduate Fellowship rather than OSM/VISTA tuition status.

Applied Ecology, Forest Ecology and Management, Forest Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology, Forestry

The School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science offers Applied Ecology, Forest Ecology and Management, Forest Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology, and Foresty programs to OSM/VISTA or Fellows students. Students interested in the OSM/VISTA or Fellows Forestry program can pursue either a Master of Science or Master of Forestry degree.

Core courses required for the degree prior to OSM/VISTA service will be determined with the approval of the student's faculty advisor.  Students have the option of pursuing their degree through the Thesis Option, Report Option, or Course work Option.

For more information about these OSM/VISTA or Fellows program please contact: Joe Bump, Rod Chimner, Yvette Dickinson, Oliver Gailing, Audrey Mayer, Blair Orr, Amber Roth, Andrew Storer, Joe Wagenbrenner, or Chris Webster.

Learn more about the Applied Ecology program.

Learn more about the Forest Ecology and Management program.

Learn more about the Forest Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology program.

Learn more about the Forestry program.

Biological Sciences

Students interested in pursuing the OSM/VISTA or Fellows Biological Sciences program can elect to complete their MS degree through either a Thesis Option or Report Option. The Thesis Option is intended for students who intend to conduct original scientific research in the course of their OSM/VISTA or Fellows program.

For more information about the OSM/VISTA or Fellows Biological Sciences program please contact: Nancy Auer, Casey Huckins, or Amy Marcarelli

Learn more about biological sciences at Michigan Tech.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Students interested in pursuing the OSM/VISTA or Fellows Civil Engineering or Environmental Engineering program can elect to complete their MS degree through either a Thesis Option or Report Option. The Thesis Option is intended for students who intend to conduct original scientific research in the course of their OSM/VISTA or Fellows program.

For more information about the OSM/VISTA or Fellows Civil or Environmental Engineering program please contact: Veronica Griffis, Eric Seagren, Noel Urban, or Dave Watkins.

Learn more about civil engineering at Michigan Tech.

Learn more about environmental engineering at Michigan Tech.

Environmental and Energy Policy

Students interested in pursuing the OSM/VISTA or Fellows Environmental and Energy Policy program can elect to complete their MS degree through either a Thesis Option or Report Option. The student's faculty advisor will determine core courses required prior to OSM/VISTA service.

For more information about the OSM/VISTA or Fellows Environmental and Energy Policy program please contact: Barry Solomon, Hugh Gorman, Audrey Mayer, Carol MacLennan, or Richelle Winkler

Learn more about the Environmental and Energy Policy MS program.

Geology

Students interested in pursuing the OSM/VISTA or Fellows Geology program can elect to complete their MS degree through either a Thesis Option or Report Option. The Thesis Option is intended for students who intend to conduct original scientific research in the course of their OSM/VISTA or Fellows program.

For more information about the OSM/VISTA or Fellows Geology program please contact John Gierke.

Learn more about geology at Michigan Tech.

Industrial Archaeology

The OSM/VISTA or Fellows Industrial Archaeology program requires a minimum of 38 credit hours. Students can choose to pursue the degree through either a Thesis Option or Report Option.

For more information about the OSM/VISTA or Fellows Industrial Archaeology program please contact: Timothy Scarlett or Fredric L. Quivik

Learn more about industrial archaeology at Michigan Tech.