Weekly Download, November 1, 2022

Why did you choose Michigan Tech?

Pradnya Pendse

Pradnya Pendse, Graduate Student, Data Science
"I choose Michigan Technological University for it's well designed course curriculum with a balanced focus on statistical computing and technical course supporting these statistical courses."
Pronouns: She, her
Future Plans: I would like to work on machine learning and predictive modeling to contribute in business revolution.
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Are you interested in a cybersecurity career?

NSF CyberCorps Scholarship for Service

Do you want to help defend the nation’s digital frontier? The NSF CyberCorps Scholarship for Service (SFS) program will help you get ready for an exciting career in cybersecurity.

  • To learn more, attend an informational session on Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. in Rekhi 113. The SFS program provides full scholarships for two or three years to support cybersecurity undergraduate and graduate education. In return for their scholarships, following graduation recipients agree to work in a position related to cybersecurity with the U.S. government for a period equal to the length of the scholarship.
  • This year’s application window for the 2023 CyberCorps cohort is from January 1 to February 2, 2023. The new cohort will receive CyberCorps scholarships starting in fall 2023. Scholarship opportunities are limited, and early application is strongly recommended.
  • SFS Scholars can major in:
    • BS in Cybersecurity (CyS)
    • BS in Computer Network and System Administration (CNSA)
    • BS in Computer Science (CS)
    • BS in Software Engineering (SE)
    • BS in Computer Engineering (CpE)
    • BS in Electrical Engineering (EE)
    • BS in Management Information Systems (MIS)
    • MS in Cybersecurity
    Scholarship Benefits
    • Full-time tuition and education-related fees
    • Stipend: $25,000 per year for undergraduate students and $34,000 per year for graduate students
    • Professional development allowance (travel, professional certification etc.) up to $6,000 per academic year

Meet CCLC Coach Debbie Brink

Debbie Brink

  • About me: I am a hard worker, a loyal friend, and a fast learner. I try to do my best in everything and constantly improve my skills and methods. Some of my interests include cars, dog training, and cybersecurity. I enjoy reading, playing tennis, and participating in Dungeons & Dragons campaigns. 
  • Thoughts on CCLC coaching: I think the CCLC is a great opportunity to grow my own skills while helping others to develop theirs. Being able to explain concepts and the application of them to others strengthens my own understanding of them, and gives me the opportunity to think of and explain them in different ways. I also wish to help fellow students work through their programs because I've utilized the CCLC in the past year and found it to be extremely helpful.
  • CS courses that I can help with: CS 1131, CS 1142
  • Programming languages that I know: Assembly Language, C, Java, MATLAB

Student News Briefs

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Software Engineering BS in Top 10. The College Gazette has ranked the Michigan Tech B.S. in Software Engineering program among the top ten in the U.S. Michigan Tech joins many prestigious universities in the rankings, including Carnegie Mellon, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, UC Berkeley, and Stanford. Learn more.

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Free Webinar Series on Robotics and AI. The Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation will host a FREE online webinar series called Robotics and AI: New Perspectives, Nov 1-4. Learn more and register.

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Conflict Resolution Workshop. Do you wish you knew how to handle different types of conflict better? Are you interested in learning new strategies? The Graduate Student Government Professional Development Committee will present a Conflict Resolution Workshop on Nov. 7, 6-7:30 p.m.

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Michigan Space Grant Consortium Funding Opportunities. The MSGC is accepting applications for 2023-2024 student funding opportunities. Applications must be submitted by Nov. 16, at 11:59 p.m.

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LeaderShape Institute. The 2023 LeaderShape Institute will take place Jan. 4-7 at the Ford Center in Alberta, Mich. The four-day retreat helps students identify their values and gain confidence in their leadership skills through self-assessment, intensive small-group discussions, team-building challenges, and more. 

Student Events and Deadlines

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ROBOT101 Events

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  • Nov. 2, 12 p.m.: Robotic Art as critical intervention: Petit Mal; Library East Reading Room
  • Nov. 9, Weds., 12 p.m.: The Robot Plot. a
    Panel Discussion, Library East Reading Room
  • Nov. 17, 12 p.m.: Caution: Robots at Work, a Panel Discussion; Library East Reading Room
  • View all ROBOT101 events

College Lectures and Events

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  • Nov. 4, 3 p.m. CS Colloquium Lecture: Yi He, Old Dominion University, Rekhi 214
  • Nov. 11, 3-4 p.m. Doctoral Student Lecture: Suresh Pokharel, Computer Science, "Improving protein succinylation sites prediction using embeddings from protein language model," M&M U115
  • Nov. 18, 10:30 a.m. ICC Distinguished Lecture: Khalid Saqr, Tohoku University, virtual
  • Dec. 2, 3-4 p.m. Doctoral Student Lecture: Xuewei Cao, Mathematics, "Gene selection and genetic association test by incorporating the genetic networks," M&M U115
  • Dec. 9, 3-4 p.m. Doctoral Student Lecture: Chen Zhao, Applied Computing, "Multi-view information fusion using multi-view variational autoencoders to predict proximal femoral strength," M&M U115

College News

Computing Learning Center

Finals are approaching. Get help now! The College of Computing Learning Center (CCLC), on the first floor of Rekhi Hall, Room 118, is staffed by upper-level undergraduate students and supported by the College of Computing. The friendly CCLC coaches are available to help succeed in your computing courses. No appointments are necessary. Free. Open to all students taking computing classes. This fall, the Learning Center is open Sunday-Friday according to the schedule here.

Academic Calendar

FALL 2022

  • View the full Academic Calendar
  • Sunday, Oct 23, 12 pm: Spring/Summer Registration Begins    
  • Sunday, Nov 13, 11:59 pm:     Spring/Summer Registration Ends
  • Friday, Nov 18,10 pm: Thanksgiving Recess Begins
  • Monday, Nov 28: Classes Resume
  • Friday, Dec 09: Last Day of Regular Classes
  • Monday, Dec 12: Final Exam Period
  • Friday, Dec 16: Fall Semester Ends
  • Saturday, Dec 17: Midyear Commencement


  • Monday, Jan 09, Instruction Begins
  • Monday, Jan 16, Martin Luther King Day Recess
  • Wednesday, Feb 08, 10 p.m., Winter Carnival Recess Begins
  • Monday, Feb 13, Classes Resume
  • Friday, Mar 03, 10 p.m., Break Begins
  • Sunday, Mar 12, 12 p.m., Fall Registration Begins
  • Monday, Mar 13, Classes Resume
  • Sunday, Apr 02, 11:59 p.m., Fall Registration Ends
  • Friday, Apr 21, Last Day of Regular Classes
  • Monday, Apr 24, Final Exam Period Begins
  • Friday, Apr 28, Spring Semester Ends
  • Friday, Apr 28, Spring Graduate Student Commencement
  • Saturday, Apr 29, Spring Undergraduate Student Commencement

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