Update: School of Technology Transitions

In a previous Tech Today article, Adrienne Minerick, dean of the School of Technology (SoT), noted that a variety of options were being considered for the future of programs currently housed within SoT.

Recently, SoT faculty, the deans and the provost reached agreement on where all SoT programs will reside after July 1, 2019:

  • The Computer Network and System Administration (BS), Cybersecurity minor (TCYM) and Medical Informatics (MS) programs will move to the new computing unit.
  • Construction Management (BS) will be jointly managed through the School of Business and Economics and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
  • The Mechanical Engineering Technology (BS) and Manufacturing Systems minor (TMS) programs, as well as the School of Technology Machine Shop, will move to the College of Engineering as a new department; the tentative planned name for this department will be Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology.
  • The Electrical Engineering Technology (BS), Data Acquisition and Industrial Control minor (TDAC) and proposed Master of Science in Mechatronics programs will move to the new computing unit.
  • The Surveying Engineering (BS), Surveying minor (TSUM) and Integrated Geospatial Technology (MS) programs will move to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

 SoT faculty members John Irwin and Sunil Mehendale presented this plan at the University Senate meeting of March 27, 2019. As noted in Dean Minerick’s previous Tech Today article, in order for these transitions to have the minimum impact on students, the School will remain fully functional for advising students and conducting classes through the end of summer semester 2019.

The planned transitions will help SoT faculty and staff to continue to improve the quality of education for all students.

Megan Frost Selected Chair of KIP

The College of Sciences and Arts Dean’s Office announced that Megan Frost (KIP), an associate professor of biomedical engineering, has been selected as the chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology, after an international search.

Frost is currently serving this year as interim chair of the department. Her regular three-year appointment begins July 1. Frost received her PhD in Chemistry from the University of Michigan in 2003 and joined Michigan Tech in 2007.

She is a world leader in nitric oxide chemistry and designing nitric oxide releasing polymers. Her research led to her being cofounder and chief technology officer of the startup company FM Wound Care. Its patented technology infuses bandages with nitric oxide gas, which kills bacteria and prevents infection.

David Hemmer, dean of the College of Sciences and Arts, said he was thrilled with Frost’s selection. “Her scholarship is a natural fit for the integrative physiology work in the department,” Hemmer said. “She has done a wonderful job leading the department on an interim basis this year, and I am excited that she will be joining KIP and CSA on a more permanent basis.”

Frost took over last year when former chair Jason Carter moved to the Vice President for Research office. Carter said he was also pleased to learn the news. “KIP has a strong and cohesive identity, both internally and externally, as an academic unit that values excellence in both research and teaching. Megan has demonstrated throughout her career, and in her time as interim chair, that she too espouses those core values."

Carter added “I look forward to Megan building upon this strong foundation to take KIP to new heights that advance the department’s national and international presence and impact.”

Michigan Tech, EPA Partner for Renewable Energy

Michigan Technological University’s commitment to renewable energy has been recognized by inclusion in the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Green Power Partnership.

As of 2013, Michigan Tech has been purchasing electricity from the Wolverine Power Marketing Cooperative (WPMC) headquartered in Cadillac, Michigan, in an effort to reduce utility costs on campus. In June 2017, Michigan Tech committed to purchase 50% of all electricity used on campus from renewable wind sources. This commitment stands through December 2025.

Larry Hermanson, the University’s director of energy management, said Michigan Tech is one of five universities in the 22-member WPMC. “This was a choice the University made,” Hermanson said. “We use about 36 million kilowatt hours of electricity annually. Eighteen million kilowatts are wind power.”

Read the full story on mtu.edu/news.

Americans Will Need to Register to Visit Parts of Europe Starting in 2021

All U.S. citizens traveling to Europe should be aware of changes implemented by the European Council requiring nationals of certain visa-waived countries, including the United States, Canada and Mexico, to register prior to traveling to a European country in the Schengen Zone (an area comprising 26 European states).
These changes will take effect Jan. 1, 2021 and citizens of more than 60 countries that currently travel visa-free to the European Union, including the United States, Australia, Canada and Mexico, will need to register.
Registration will take place through the European Travel Information and Authorization System (E.T.I.A.S.). E.T.I.A.S. is not a visa. Americans will not be required to visit a consulate to file any kind of application and fingerprinting is not required. 
U.S. citizens will need a valid passport, an email address and a debit or credit card to register. Authorization will not be tied to any travel plans. The E.T.I.A.S. authorization will be valid for three years, unless a passport expires earlier, and allows an unlimited number of entries.
For more information, please visit the E.T.I.A.S. Visa application or click here.

Free Showings of "2001: A Space Odyssey" This Weekend

This weekend, Film Board and USG present free showings of Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey."

Join us for this special event as this will be the last film shown on our 35mm film projector.

After discovering a mysterious artifact buried beneath the lunar surface, mankind sets off on a quest to find its origins with help from intelligent supercomputer HAL 9000.

 Show times are:

  • Today (April 5) - 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
  • Tomorrow (April 6) - 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
  • Sunday (April 7) - 2:30, 5:30 p.m.

Located in Fisher 135, the film is 117 minutes long and tickets are free.

Want to see what movies we’re playing next? Check out our movies and showtimes at the Film Board website.

Campus Store and University Images Semi-annual Customer Appreciation Sale

Feeling appreciated is one of life’s greatest pleasures and the Michigan Tech Campus Store and University Images would like to show our appreciation and thank you for your continued patronage by once again offering our semi-annual Customer Appreciation Sale. Receive 25 percent off your entire purchase from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m Friday (April 12). Can’t make it in? That’s okay, our sale is also offered online at bookstore.mtu.edu.

Growing Up in East Germany: A Presentation by Thomas Werner

The Modern Languages program invites you to join us for a presentation by Thomas Werner (Bio) from 4:45 to 6 p.m. Wednesday (April 10) in Walker 120A.

Werner will present his story about growing up in East Germany and living a political double life in a socialist country. Hear what it was like for him to have a personal spy who tried to send his parents to prison, and how his home country dropped out of existence overnight. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Karin Schlenker.

Diverse Dialogues: Changing the Conversation - First Gen in STEM

Being a first-generation student on a university campus can be isolating on its own — that’s if one even recognizes that they have different experiences and disadvantages than other college students whose immediate family members have gone to college and earned a degree.

The Center for First Generation Student Success states, “The term 'first-generation' implies the possibility that a student may lack the critical cultural capital necessary for college success because their parents did not attend college.” While many first-generation, college-seeking students prove to be academically advanced, the hidden “curriculum” of university life can change the opportunities and success of a first-gen individual.

It’s estimated that approximately 25% (or more given new literature) of students enrolled in four-year degrees nationwide are identified as first-gen and given the multitude of hidden obstacles, approximately one third of first-gen students drop out of college after year three.

So, what does it look like to be part of the two thirds of first-gen students who graduate? What is it like to be an aspiring and thriving professional who faced these obstacles? What was it like to be a first-gen student in STEM? What is it like to be a first-gen professional at Michigan Tech and in the Upper Peninsula?

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) invites you to join Michigan Tech faculty and staff who identify as former first-gen students for a Diverse Dialogue panel, “Changing the Conversation: First Gen in STEM “ at 12:05 p.m. Wednesday (April 10) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge.

The Diverse Dialogues series aims to provide opportunities for students, faculty and staff to have conversations about relevant issues of equity, diversity, inclusion, social justice and much more.

Be part of crucial campus conversations, help to highlight underrepresented voices, elevate the social justice work being done by our Michigan Tech community and engage and learn from difficult diversity and inclusion issues that affect us all. If you’re part of the dialogue, you’re part of the solution.

Lunch & Learn: Turn Your Savings Into Retirement Income

You put so much time and effort into educating others that finding the time to plan for your future can be a challenge. Faculty and staff are invited to join Seth Yanik, Fidelity director retirement planner, from noon - 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 7 in the MUB Alumni Lounge B to learn more about how to plan for the future. 

Yanik is a licensed professional, experienced in helping people plan for their financial futures. Register online here. Beverages will be provided. Feel free to bring your lunch. Attendance counts toward Husky Health Option 2. Questions? Contact Shannon Brodeur.

ME-EM Faculty Candidate Research Seminar Monday

The next ME-EM faculty candidate research seminar will take place at 4 p.m. Monday (April 8) in R.L. Smith (MEEM) 402. Wanliang Shan, University of Nevada, Reno, will present, "Integrating Smart Materials and Solid Mechanics for Soft Robotics."

His research group currently focuses on interdisciplinary research in smart, hybrid, active and nature-inspired materials, mechanics and machines. His research, innovation and educational efforts have been funded by multiple NSF awards including one from National Robotics Initiative 2.

Job Postings

Job Postings for Friday, April 5

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.

  • Administrative Aide 8, Alumni Engagement, UAW. Posting 4/5/2019 - 4/11/2019. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. Apply online
  • Custodian, Facilities Operations, AFSCME. Posting 4/5/2019 - 4/11/2019. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. Apply online
  • Custodian, Facilities Operations, AFSCME. Posting 4/5/2019 - 4/11/2019. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. Apply online

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Education Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. 

Deans' Teaching Showcase

This week the showcase returns to the College of Sciences and Arts, where Dean David Hemmer has selected Lisa Gordillo, assistant professor in Visual and Performing Arts (VPA).

Gordillo was nominated by VPA Chair Jared Anderson, who applauded the many interdisciplinary collaborations she has initiated to publicly exhibit student art, especially around campus. 

Anderson highlighted a wide variety of projects,"ranging from artistic design for windows that would reduce bird-window collisions to carving and casting sculptures based on traditional models in partnership with the Materials Science and Engineering Department."

Gordillo teaches a wide variety of courses including traditional sculpture, contemporary sculpture, art + design, scenic art and illustration, and advanced sculpture. All of these make important contributions to the general education program, the visual art minor and the major in theater and entertainment technology.   

According to Anderson, in all of these courses, "Lisa leads a very collaborative environment where students are encouraged to explore creative solutions to problems while creating beautiful art. Her curriculum uses gallery b in the Rozsa galleries as an interactive classroom space where students create art right where it will be installed for public exhibition."

In addition, barriletes (patterned after traditional Guatemalan barriletes) made by students in the Traditional Sculpture course are currently displayed in the Rozsa Center lobby.  

Gordillo's highly hands-on approach with a focus on exhibition is very popular with students as she was named a finalist for the 2019 Distinguished Teaching Award, her third time as a finalist in the last four years.

Gordillo also connects her teaching with a much broader artistic context in her role as director of the Rozsa Art Galleries.  Recently, the exhibition, Salon!, opened in Gallery A in the Rozsa Center. This show brought together work from more than 30 artists and writers from around the world. Gordillo worked with student painters to transform the gallery into a space that was inspired by the salons of the late 19th century.

Dean Hemmer summarizes Gordillo's impact by saying,  "I am grateful to have colleagues like Lisa. I've had the pleasure of visiting two magnificent shows that she curated in the Rosza Art Gallery. For the many students involved in putting these together, learning extends far beyond the classroom. Faculty like Lisa enliven Tech every day."

Gordillo will be recognized at an end-of-term luncheon with other showcase members and is now eligible for one of three new teaching awards to be given by the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning this summer recognizing introductory or large class teaching, innovative or outside the classroom teaching methods, or work in curriculum and assessment.

Reminders

Public Radio's Chris Farrell to Speak on Campus Monday

The School of Business and Economics and WGGL Minnesota Public Radio present Chris Farrell, senior economics contributor at "Marketplace," American Public Media’s nationally syndicated public radio business and economic program. A social with light refreshments will be offered before the program at 6 p.m. Monday (April 8) in Fisher 135. Following the 6:30 p.m. presentation, Farrell will take questions from the audience. The event is free and open to the public.

Read the full Tech Today story.

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Skating Show Tomorrow and Sunday

The Copper Country Skating Academy (CCSA), Michigan Tech Learn to Skate Program and the Figure Skating Club at Michigan Tech announce the annual spring skating show, "Broadway on Ice" Tomorrow and Sunday (April 6/7).

The show will be at 7 p.m. Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday (April 7) in the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena. Tickets are available from any CCSA member or at the door. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students or seniors. Children under 5 are admitted free.

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Diverse Dialogues Spring 2019 Schedule

The Diverse Dialogues series aims to provide opportunities for students, faculty and staff to have conversations about relevant issues of equity, diversity, inclusion, social justice and much more. So, join us and be part of crucial campus conversations, help to highlight underrepresented voices, elevate the social justice work being done by our Michigan Tech community and engage and learn from difficult diversity and inclusion issues that affect us all. If you’re part of the dialogue, you’re part of the solution.

To view the Spring schedule, click here.

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New Community Board Located in the Memorial Union Building

Check out our new Community Board located in the Memorial Union Building foyer just outside the Campus Store. You'll find a new question every week, and campus and local community participation is welcomed. The Community Board posting rules are nearby. Take a moment to become familiar with them before posting.

The Community Board is sponsored by the Campus Store and Memorial Union Manager's Office.

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Physics Colloquiums Today 

There will be a physics colloquium at 4 p.m. today (April 5) in Fisher 101. Mark Shiflett of the University of Kansas will present "Ionic Liquids - Phase Behavior to Applications."

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Exploring Computer Science Research Workshop Keynote Presentation 

The Exploring Computer Science Research Workshop welcomes the Michigan Tech community to Robin Hunicke’s keynote presentation “Designing for Future Realities” on Saturday, April 6, 2019 in Dow 641 from 7 to 8pm. Robin Hunicke is the co-founder and CEO of the independent game studio Funomena and is tenured professor at UC Santa Cruz, where she directs the Art, Games, & Playable Media BA and the Digital Art and New Media MFA program. The ExploreCSR Workshop is sponsored by Google, the Department of Computer Science, and Graduate School. This program/lecuture is partially sponsored/funded by the Visiting Professor Lecturer/Scholar Series (VPLSS) which is funded by a grant to the Provost Office from the State of Michigan's King-Chavez-Parks Initiative.

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You are Invited to the 25th Student Leadership Awards

You are cordially invited to the 25th Student Leadership Awards Ceremony. At Michigan Tech we are blessed with students that are crazy smart, motivated and adventurous. As faculty and staff, we partner with these students to inspire community, scholarship, possibilities, accountability, and tenacity. We realize how lucky we are to be able to work alongside them in their academic and career pursuits.

Now is the time to recognize these students for their commitment, enthusiasm and leadership. The recipient of each award will be honored at the 25th Annual Student Leadership Awards Ceremony at 6 p.m. Friday, April 19 in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

Dress is business casual. Appetizers and socializing will directly follow the conclusion of the awards ceremony. Fill out this form to confirm your attendance.

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Chemistry Seminar Today

The next chemistry seminar will take place at 3 p.m. today (April 5) in Chem Sci 101. Martin L. Kirk, University of New Mexico, will present "Late Stage Mo Cofactor (Moco) Construction, Moco Sulfuration, and Moco Contributions to Catalysis."

Kirk's research program focuses on spectroscopic, synthetic, biochemical and computational studies of pyranopterin molybdenum enzymes and models as well as detailed magnetic, spectroscopic and theoretical studies of spin containing molecular systems in the context of molecular electronics.

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C-Cubed Luncheon Today

The C3 luncheon takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today (April 5) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. All faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited. 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 $12 per person. Cash, credit cards and C-cubed gift certificates (available in the Memorial Union Office) are accepted. Submit C-Cubed feedback here. To join C-cubed google group and receive weekly menus, email kalprice@mtu.edu.

  • Seared Salmon Tacos, GF
  • Seared Black Bean and Mixed Grain Tacos, V
  • Mixteca-Style Rice, GF, VE
  • Corn Poblano Soup, GF
  • Taco Toppings: Salsa Verde, Pico de Gallo, Shredded Pepper Jack,
    Cilantro, Chipotle Crema

V- Vegetarian, VE – Vegan/Vegetarian, GF – Gluten Free

In Print

Angie Carter (SS) has published '"We Don't Equal Even Just One Man: Gender and Social Control in Conservation Adoption" in Society & Natural Resources, the flagship journal of the International Association for Society and Natural Resources.

In the News

Thomas Oommen (GMES), was referenced in the article "Kerala proposes tough steps to tide over water crisis," in The Hindu Business Line. The story looks at concerns for fresh water in the India state of Kerala.

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Michigan Tech was among the colleges listed as still accepted applications in the story "College Admissions expert offers advise on being 'accepted,'" on Fox 2 Detroit.

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The Michigan Tech Mobile Lab was mentioned in the story "ASME Sponsors May 7 Electric, Autonomous Vehicle Event At ACM," in mitechnews.

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Michigan Tech was mentioned in the story "Of Course Women Are 'IT Geeks', Now More Than Ever" in Forbes.

2019 Graduate Research Colloquium Award Recipients

The Graduate Student Government (GSG) hosted the 11th Annual Graduate Research Colloquium March 27 and 28, to celebrate the hard work and outstanding achievements of our graduate students. The event has grown from a one-session event with a handful of participants into a two-day event with a record 85 participants, representing 17 academic schools and departments. The event ended with an awards banquet honoring presenters, award nominees and three new awards recognizing departments for supporting graduate education. Congratulations to the 2019 graduate student recipients for their outstanding accomplishments.

Top three GRC poster presentations:

  1. Janna Brown, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  2. Laura Schaerer, Department of Biological Sciences
  3. Avik Ghosh, Department of Chemistry

Top three GRC oral presentations:

  1. Nabhajit Goswami, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  2. Nicholas Gerstner, Department of Humanities
  3. Jeremy Bigalke, Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology

The Graduate School sponsors three awards to honor students that have committed an extraordinary amount of time to their studies, instructing others or serving the graduate community. These awards include: Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award, Dean’s Award for Outstanding Scholarship and Graduate Student Service Award.

Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award:

Chemical Engineering

  • Aaron Krieg
  • Daniel Kulas

Chemistry

  • Vagarshak Begoyan
  • Charles Schaerer

Civil and Environmental Engineering

  • Dongdong Ge
  • Christa Meingast
  • Mohammadhossein Sadeghiamirshahidi
  • Darud E Sheefa
  • Sarah Washko

Cognitive and Learning Sciences

  • Catherine Tislar

Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • Mehdi Malekrah

Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

  • Brandi Petryk

Humanities

  • Elizabeth Renshaw

Mathematical Sciences

  • Jacob Blazejewski
  • Nattaporn Chuenjarem

Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

  • Ahammad Basha Dudekula
  • Siddharth Bharat Gopujkar
  • Cameron Hansel
  • Erica  Jacobson
  • Luke Jurmu
  • Mingyang Li
  • Si Liu
  • Niranjan Miganakallu
  • William Pisani
  • Samantha Swartzmiller
  • Upendra Yadav
  • Zhuyong Yang

Physics

  • Lisa Eggart
  • Nicholas Videtich

Social Sciences

  • Sun Nguyen
  • Daniel Trepal

Dean’s Award for Outstanding Scholarship:

Atmospheric Sciences

  • Janarjan Bhandari
  • Kamal Kant Chandrakar

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

  • Jeffrey Kiiskila

Biomedical Engineering

  • Anindya Majumdar

Chemistry

  • Mingxi Fang
  • Shahien Shahsavari

Civil and Environmental Engineering

  • Mohammadhossein Sadeghiamirshahidi
  • Xinyu Ye
  • Shuaidong Zhao

Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • Wyatt Adams

Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

  • Priscilla Addison

Humanities

  • Nancy Henaku

Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology

  • Jeremy Bigalke

Mathematical Sciences

  • Matthew Roberts

Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

  • Sampath Kumar Reddy Boyapally
  • Oladeji Fadayomi
  • Hui Huang
  • Xian Li
  • Miles Penhale
  • Nikhil Appasaheb Shinde
  • Rahul Jitendra Thakkar
  • Mitchel Timm
  • Xiucheng Zhu

Physics

  • Chad Brisbois
  • Dolendra Karki

School of Business and Economics

  • Garrett  Mitchell
  • David Renaldi
  • Gina  Roose
  • Dylan Steman

Social Sciences

  • John Barnett
  • Erin Burkett
  • Robert Zupko

The Graduate Student Service Award is given to graduate students nominated by the Graduate Student Government Executive Board for their outstanding contributions to the graduate community at Michigan Tech.

Graduate Student Service Award:

  • Daniel Byrne, Department of Computer Science
  • Nabhajit Goswami, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Ami Kling, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Michigan Tech is a member of the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS), which solicits nominations for its Excellence in Teaching Award and Distinguished Master’s Thesis Competition.

The MAGS Excellence in Teaching Award participating schools are able to nominate one master's and one doctoral level graduate students who exemplify excellence in the teaching/learning mission of our university.

Excellence in Teaching Award Nominee:

  • Jacob J. Blazejewski , Mathematical Sciences

The MAGS Distinguished Master’s Thesis Competition recognizes and rewards distinguished scholarship and research at the master’s level.  

Distinguished Master's Thesis Competition Nominee:

  • Sagda Osman, School of Technology

Michigan Tech is also a member of the Council for Graduate Schools/ProQuest and recognizes nominees for having completed dissertations representing original work that makes an unusually significant contribution to the discipline.

Council for Graduate Schools/ProQuest Nominee:

  • Erin C. Pischke, Social Sciences Department
  • Lauren N. Schaefer, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences Department.

New Graduate School Awards to Graduate Programs Innovations to Enhance Graduate Student Recruitment and Enrollment Award:

  • Significant Enhancement in Recruitment and Enrollment Award - For creative strategies to enhance growth in graduate programs. Awarded to Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Graduate Research Colloquium (GRC) Participation – For highest participation at the GRC. Awarded to Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology, Biomedical Engineering and Chemistry
  • Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Participation - For highest participation at the 3MT competition. Awarded to Biological Sciences


The GSG sponsors an Annual Merit Awards Program consisting of four awards that honor the exceptional work of one staff member, one graduate mentor and two graduate students. The recipients of these awards were nominated by their fellow graduate students and selected by the Graduate Student Government Executive Board.  

Exceptional Staff Member Recipient:

  • Brittany Buschell, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Exceptional Graduate Mentor Recipient:

  •  Melissa F. Baird, Social Sciences

Exceptional Student Leader Recipient:

  • Karina Eyre, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Exceptional Student Scholar:

  • Miles Penhale , ME-EM

Congratulations to award recipients and nominees and a huge thank you to all the presenters, judges, volunteers and GSG supporters for helping make this one of the largest colloquiums in GSG’s history.