Undergraduate Research Internship Program (URIP)

The Pavlis Honors College announces the fourth year of the Undergraduate Research Internship Program (URIP) for the 2018-19 academic year. 

URIP 2018-19 applications are due March 28. This differs from the 2017-18 URIP as these applications were due in the Fall of 2017. We have made this change based on feedback from faculty and students.

 There are two tracks for faculty mentors to consider:

  •  Faculty in Health-Related Fields are invited to identify an undergraduate research intern with any amount of prior experience - Portage Health Foundation Scholars
  • Faculty in any discipline are invited to identify an undergraduate intern that is relatively new to research or scholarship (less than six months) - Pavlis Young Investigators

The internship program is open to any undergraduate student on campus. Faculty are welcome to apply with students with whom they are already working. 

The program consists of a 20-week internship (mid-September through mid-March) as well as professional development activities centered on academic research and scholarship.  

The Pavlis Honors College will provide $800 in funding for the student intern, with the expectation that faculty will provide matching funds to be dispensed concurrently, resulting in a total of $1,600 (or $10/hr for 8 hours per week for a period of 20 weeks). Faculty may make use of research funds, IRAD, startup packages, or consult their chairs, deans or center/institute management to identify the source of their match.

Details regarding the Undergraduate Research Internship Program (URIP) application process can be found online. The deadline to submit applications is Wednesday, March 28.

The Undergraduate Research Internship Program is made possible by  donations from the Portage Health Foundation and with the support of the Pavlis Honors College.

Distinguished Teaching Award Finalists Announced

The William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning seeks input for its annual Distinguished Teaching Awards, which recognize outstanding contributions to the instructional mission of the University.
Based on more than 50,000 student rating of instruction responses, 12 finalists have been identified for the 2018 awards. The selection committee is soliciting comments from students, staff, faculty and alumni to aid in its deliberation process. 
This year's finalists are:
Assistant Professor / Lecturer / Professor of Practice Category
  • Andrew Barnard (MEEM), Assistant Professor
  • Lisa Johnson de Gordillo (VPA), Assistant Professor
  • Heather Knewtson (SBE), Assistant Professor
  • Brigitte Morin (Bio Sci), Senior Lecturer
  • Stephen Techtmann (Bio Sci), Assistant Professor
  • Ebenezer Tumban (Bio Sci), Assistant Professor
  • Jeffrey Wall (SBE), Assistant Professor
Associate Professor / Professor Category
  • Andrew Burton (SFRES), Professor
  • Ann Maclean (SFRES), Professor
  • Amy Marcarelli (Bio Sci), Associate Professor
  • Christopher Webster (SFRES), Professor
  • Richelle Winkler (Soc Sci), Associate Professor

Comments on the nominees are due by Monday, March 26, and can be completed online. The process for determining the Distinguished Teaching Award recipients from this list of finalists also involves the additional surveying of their spring classes.

The selection committee makes the final determination of the award recipients. The 2018 DistinguishedTeaching Awards will be formally announced in May.
For more information, email Nancy Seely or call 7-1896.

Michigan Canvas Users Conference - Call for Proposals

Are you using Canvas to engage students in learning or to focus on facilitating learning? Share what you are doing with colleagues from across the state at the Michigan Canvas Users Conference. 

The first annual Michigan Canvas Users Conference is scheduled to take place on Friday, March 16. which is the Friday of Michigan Tech’s Spring Break at Macomb Community College in Warren, Michigan. 

Presentation proposals are still being sought and accepted for review. Since Michigan Tech has been using Canvas much longer than any other college or university in Michigan this is a great opportunity for us to share our knowledge experience with others. The Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is looking to arrange for shared transportation if enough people express interest in attending.

Faculty and support topics may focus on teaching and learning, or on the technical capabilities of Canvas.  Examples of topics:

  • Student-centered learning approaches
  • Creating authentic assessments
  • Your unique applications of Canvas features
  • Integration outside applications within Canvas
  • Other topics that will interest faculty using Canvas

If your proposal is accepted, you will be able to register at a discounted rate of $25. You will be notified of the proposal acceptance by Feb. 9. Contact Tom Freeman from the CTL with any questions and to let me know if you would like to ride down to the conference in a shared rental vehicle.

This Week's C-Cubed Menus

This week's C-Cubed luncheons take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday (Feb. 1/2) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. All faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited. The C-Cubed lunch buffet menus are created by Executive Chef Eric Karvonen, and prepared by Karvonen and his culinary team.

As the name suggests, the meals are meant to foster conversation, community and collegiality. Attendees may bring their own lunch instead of purchasing the buffet. Fruit-infused water, coffee, tea, cookies and fruit are available free to all attendees.

The buffet lunch is $10 per person. Cash, credit cards and C-Cubed gift certificates (available in the Memorial Union office) are accepted. Find more information and share C-Cubed feedback online. To join the C-Cubed Google Group and receive weekly menus, email llharry@mtu.edu.

The menus:


  • Butter Chicken (GF)
  • Butter Tofu (GF, V)
  • Boondi Raita (GF, V)
  • Grilled Flatbread (V)
  • Onion Tomato Salad (GF, VE)


  • Thai Style Ribs (GF)
  • Red Curry Noodles with Tofu (GF, VE)
  • Bok Choy in Garlic Sauce
  • Thai Tossed Salad with Fresh Mango

(GF, VE) V- Vegetarian, VE-Vegan, Vegetarian, GF- Gluten Free

This Week in Huskies Sports

Last Week in Review

Hockey began its four-game road trip with a pair of losses at Ferris State over the weekend. The Bulldogs won 4-3 Friday and 3-1 Saturday. Greyson Reitmeier, Gavin Gould, Thomas Beretta and Alex Smith scored goals for the Huskies. Patrick Munson earned the start both nights between the pipes. Tech is 13-11-5 overall and 9-8-5-2 in the WCHA and plays Bowling Green for the fourth and fifth times this weekend. The puck drops at 7:37 p.m. Friday and 7:07 p.m. Saturday in Ohio.

The No. 18-ranked women's basketball team swept its set of GLIAC games to move to 16-3 overall and 10-2 in the GLIAC. Tech outscored Davenport 24-4 in the second quarter to fuel an 82-54 victory over the Panthers Thursday at Lake Superior State as 12 players found the score sheet. The Huskies won their second of the season over Northern Michigan Sunday, defeating the Wildcats 61-54 at the SDC Gym. Elizabeth Kelliher (16.5), Brenna Heise (11.5), and Michelle LaFave (11) all averaged double figures on the weekend. Tech hosts Grand Valley State Thursday and Purdue Northwest Saturday at the SDC Gym.

Men's basketball won both games over the weekend to improve to 10-9 overall and 7-5 in the GLIAC. The Huskies defeated Davenport Thursday 71-64 in Sault Ste. Marie, riding Kyle Monroe's career-high 41 points. Tech then took down NMU 77-66 at home Sunday. Monroe added 31 while Bryan Heath had 10 points each game and AJ Grazulis put in 13 Sunday. The Huskies look to build on their three-game winning streak by hosting Grand Valley State Thursday and Purdue Northwest Saturday at the SDC Gym.

The Nordic ski teams were in Duluth Sunday for classic races. Gaspard Cuenot (3rd), Tom Bye (6th), Reid Goble (8th) and Mitch DeLong (10th) placed in the top 10 in the men's 15-kilometer. Sarah Goble (6th) and Amanda Kautzer (10th) led the women in the 10K. The Huskies will host CCSA races at the Tech Trails this weekend (Feb. 3-4). The competition will open Saturday with the classic followed by Sunday's freestyle.


• Huskies Drive Time, 7:30-8 a.m. 93.5 FM

• Women's Basketball vs. Grand Valley State, 5:30 p.m. at SDC Gym on  93.5 FM
• Men's Basketball vs. Grand Valley State, 7:30 p.m. at SDC Gym on  93.5 FM

• Hockey at Bowling Green, 7:37 p.m. on 93.5 FM 

• Nordic Skiing hosts Michigan Tech CCSA Race (Tech Trails)
• Women's Basketball vs. Purdue Northwest, 1 p.m. at SDC Gym on 93.5 FM
• Men's Basketball vs. Purdue Northwest, 3 p.m. at SDC Gym on 93.5 FM
• Hockey at Bowling Green, 7:07 p.m. on 93.5 FM

• Nordic Skiing hosts Michigan Tech CCSA Race (Tech Trails)

Monroe Continues as Player of the Week

For the fourth time this season and second week in a row, Michigan Tech junior forward Kyle Monroe has been named the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference North Division Player of the Week. Monroe helped guide the Huskies to a 71-64 win Thursday over Davenport and a 77-66 triumph Sunday against rival Northern Michigan.

Monroe, from Green Bay, Wisconsin, scored a career-high 41 points in the win over the Panthers on Thursday and followed up with 31 points Sunday afternoon against the Wildcats, which averaged 36.0 points per game for the week.

Monroe has posted 31 or more points for the seventh time this season. He has also eclipsed 30 points in three consecutive games and reached or surpassed 40 points twice in 2017-18. Monroe leads the GLIAC in scoring at 26.2 points per game .

To read the full story and find out more about Michigan Tech sports visit michigantechhuskies.com.

ICC Seminar

The Institute of Computing and Cybersystems (ICC) will host a seminar from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 1) in Rekhi 101. ICC member and associate professor Elizabeth Veinott (CLS) will present "Developing problem solving skills in STEM students: From dragon slaying to sensemaking."

The abstract can be found online. Refreshments will be served.

Materials Science and Engineering Seminar

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering Seminar Series Speaker will be Stephen Morse (CEE). Morse's research focuses on the window glass strength, wind loads on structures and finite element analysis. He will present “Architectural and Structural Use of Glass, Current Methods and Future Challenges” from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Feb. 6 in M&M 610. Refreshments provided. A full abstract can be found here.

Communicating STEM Alan Alda Style

Many people on campus are pushing for better STEM-based communication, both in formal classrooms and beyond. How can we connect better?

Last August, around 30 faculty and staff participated in a two-day workshop with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science.

Join them as they share activities they learned and brainstorm how to build momentum for better STEM communication at Michigan Tech. Please note, this is not a training session to teach best practices for STEM communication; it's more about getting people working on similar initiatives into one room.

Faculty, staff and students are all welcome to attend if they can contribute to improving STEM comm initiatives on campus — and are willing to join in a round of Zip Zap Zop.

The gathering is from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Friday (Feb. 2) in the MUB Superior Room (B001). Contact Allison Mills with questions.


Materials Science and Engineering Seminar Today

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering Seminar Series Speaker will be Pinaki Mukherjee (MSE). He will present “Fundamentals of Analytical Electron Microscopy Techniques” from 11 a.m. to noon today (Jan. 30) in M&M 610. Refreshments provided.


Winter Carnival Raffle

The Winter Carnival 2018 Raffle to support Blue Key Honor Society is now open with tickets available from Blue Key representatives or online. Tickets are $5, with the winners being selected at the Queens Coronation taking place at 7 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 3) in the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts. You do not need to be present to win. 

The grand prize this year is a Magnuson Hotel Franklin Square Inn getaway package. For details, including the full list of prizes, see the original Tech Today article.


EndNote Workshop Today

Learn how EndNote can help you easily create and manage bibliographic information and incorporate references into your writing. EndNote also offers a relatively easy way for faculty to upload citations into Digital Measures. This combined EndNote Basic and Cite While You Write workshop will be held from 1:05 to 2:30 p.m today  (Jan. 30) in Library 242.


New ASPIRE Website

A new google site has been released to help answer some of the questions that you may have concerning the ASPIRE system including topics such as: error reports, duties, access, training, etc. Bookmark this new page, and begin using it immediately. The ASPIRE system will be changing in the near future, and we are looking for space coordinators, department coordinators or equipment coordinators that may be interested in being part of a user group to help us determine the needs and wants of ASPIRE users. If you would be interested in joining this group, please complete this form. If you have any questions regarding the ASPIRE system, contact aspirehelp-l@mtu.edu.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in Human Resources.  For more information regarding staff positions, call 7-2280 or email jobs@mtu.edu. For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

Office Assistant 6, ​Mechanical Engineering - Engineering Mechanics. ​UAW posting 1/30/2018 - 2/5/2018. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. ​Apply online.​

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