Grant Awards

Faculty achieved a record-high new funding of >$12 million in last six years as PIs, Co-PIs, or senior personnel. New funding in the 2018-19 year includes the following:

  • Dr. Chunxiu (Traci) Yu received a NIH R03 grant worth $150,000 for two years to work on a project titled "Functional dissection of pallidal circuits in therapeutic deep brain stimulation.”
  • Dr. Guiliang Tang raised ~$16,000 through crowdfunding efforts for a project studying genetic improvements of blueberries.
  • PhD student Christopher Adams received a fellowship from the DeVlieg Foundation, providing full support for Summer 2019 to continue his research on life history variation in trout populations.
  • Dr. Gord Paterson is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $61,950 research and development contract with the Great Lakes Fishery Commission. The two-year project is titled "Predicting Contaminant Transfer Following Re-Establishment of Controlled Connectivity in the Boardman River."
  • The Vice President for Research Office awarded Dr. John Durocher the Century II Campaign Endowed Equipment Fund (C2E2) awards at the recommendation of the C2E2 Committee for the purchase of Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitors.

College of Engineering Cross-Cutting Initiative: Stage 2 Seed Grants Awarded

Michigan Tech’s College of Engineering awarded ten Stage 1 seed grants in October 2019. In November, the college received 15 Stage 2 proposals which were reviewed by a group of six faculty members representing interdisciplinary research across campus. Three Stage 2 recipient teams included Biological Sciences faculty:

  • Say NO to viruses! Team led by Megan Frost, Caryn Heldt and Ebenezer Tumban
  • Advances in Zinc Based Stent Research Team led by Jarek Drelich, Traci Yu and Jeremy Goldman
  • Transdisciplinary Approach to Sustainable Remediation Technologies for PFAS-Contaminated Water and Soil Team led by Andre R. Da Costa, Pradeep Agrawal, Michael Mullins, Tony Rogers, Judith Perlinger, Rupali Datta, Stephen Techtmann and Richelle Winkler

H-STEM Building Project

Michigan Technological University Board of Trustees approved expenditures to complete planning and design for what is currently being referred to as the H-STEM Engineering and Health Technologies Complex (or H-STEM Complex). Expenditures for planning and design are not to exceed $3.1 million.

In late 2018, the Michigan Legislature granted planning authorization for the H-STEM Complex, a $44.7 million capital outlay project that will comprise to-be-constructed shared and flexible lab spaces co- located with renovated classrooms and learning spaces in the Chemical Sciences and Engineering Building. The project request included a proposed $29.7 million in State support, with $15 million in matching funds.

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Michigan Technological University is a public research university founded in 1885 in Houghton, Michigan, and is home to more than 7,000 students from 55 countries around the world. Consistently ranked among the best universities in the country for return on investment, Michigan’s flagship technological university offers more than 120 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science and technology, engineering, computing, forestry, business and economics, health professions, humanities, mathematics, social sciences, and the arts. The rural campus is situated just miles from Lake Superior in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, offering year-round opportunities for outdoor adventure.