Parental Accommodation for Graduate Students

Being a graduate student is challenging. When coupled with becoming a new parent, that challenge can be overwhelming. To assist graduate students who are new parents, the Graduate School has a parental accommodation policy. This policy grants eligible students:

  • A six-week excused absence from classes,  
  • A one-semester extension for a student’s time-to-degree limit, 
  • A one-semester extension for completion of a qualifying exam,  
  • A one-semester extension for completion of a proposal defense, and 
  • Guarantees that no student will be penalized financially during the period of accommodation.

This policy applies to graduate students who:

  • Have new childcare or related responsibilities due to a recent or upcoming birth or placement of a child under four years of age in the home for the purposes of adoption
  • Are the primary caregiver for the child or children new to the home
  • Are enrolled full-time at Michigan Tech
  • Are in good academic standing
  • Have completed at least one full-time semester at Michigan Tech.

Funding may be available from the Graduate School to Department Chairs, School Deans, Graduate Program Directors and Principal Investigators who must hire a temporary replacement for a student who has been granted an excused absence under the parental accommodation policy.

The Parental Accommodation policy has been in place since 2010. Graduate students who have availed themselves of this benefit have found it to be very helpful at a critical period in their lives.  

One student said, “Returning to work and school right after having a baby is not an easy job. This opportunity to have 6 weeks of parental leave helped me to cope well with my new status. Especially because it provides excused absences in which one can ask to extend course completion which is the peace of mind. Without having this leave, I cannot imagine how I could continue my studies with no complications. I appreciate MTU graduate school to provide this accommodation for new parents. And I encourage all grad students who are considering to become parents to take advantage of this opportunity.”

Another commented, “Having a family and pursuing a PhD is balancing act. I've given birth to 3 precious girls while pursuing my PhD. The parental accommodation policy at Michigan Tech has helped me embrace and enjoy my personal life without feeling pressure to finish my degree. I will finally graduate this semester!”

This Week's C-Cubed Luncheons

Dining Services presents this week's C3 luncheons that will take place from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm today and tomorrow (Jan. 23/24) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. All faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited.

The C3 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 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 gift cards are accepted. Submit C-Cubed feedback here. To join the C-Cubed Google Group and receive weekly menus, email

This week’s menus:


  • Lebanese Style Beef Stuffed Peppers GF
  • Lebanese Veggie Chickpea Stuffed Peppers GF V
  • Tabbouleh VE
  • Lentils with Rice with Crispy Onions GF VE


  • Mediterranean Burger Bar: Greek Lamb Burgers, Greek Style Lentil Burgers V, Brioche Slider Buns
  • Greek Fries GF V
  • Burger Toppings: Baby Argula, Sliced Red Onions, Sliced Tomatoes, Kalamata Olives, Feta, Sliced Cucumbers, Minted Greek Yogurt,
  • Couscous Salad-V

V- Vegetarian, VE-Vegan/Vegetarian, GF- Gluten-Free, P-Alternative Protein

Film Board Presents 'Dr. Sleep'

This weekend, Film Board presents "Dr. Sleep." Years following the events of "The Shining," a now-adult Dan Torrance must protect a young girl with similar powers from a cult known as The True Knot, who prey on children with powers to remain immortal.

 Show times:

  • Tomorrow (Jan. 24) —5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
  • Saturday (Jan. 25) —2:30, 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
  • Sunday (Jan. 26) —2:30, 5:30 p.m.

Located in Fisher 135. Tickets are $3 and concessions are $1 each. All are welcome to attend.

"Doctor Sleep" is rated "R" for disturbing and violent content, some bloody images, language, nudity and drug use. 

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

Fall Sport Student-athletes Honored for Academics

A total of 116 Michigan Tech student-athletes earned recognition from the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference for academics as the league announced its Fall Academic Excellence Awards and All-Academics Teams.

Tech student-athletes from cross country, football, volleyball, soccer and women's tennis were lauded for their work in the classroom. Across the GLIAC, a total of 884 student-athletes achieved all-academic recognition, including 405 on the All-Academic team and 479 on the All-Excellence list.

Criteria state the student-athlete must be an active member on the roster at the end of the season, not a freshman or a first-year transfer student. All-Academic Teams are comprised of those student-athletes that meet criteria and carry a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0-3.49. Academic Excellence Teams are comprised of student-athletes that have a cumulative GPA of 3.50-4.0. Grades are based on marks from the fall semester of 2019.

Bilski Named Player of the Week

Michigan Tech basketball's Dawson Bilski has been selected the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference North Division Player of the Week, announced by the conference office on Monday. The junior guard helped guide the Huskies to a pair of big GLIAC wins over Lake Superior State and No. 8 Ferris State last week.

Bilski, from Powers, Michigan, averaged 25 points for the two games and poured in a career-high 29 points against the Lakers on Thursday. He also scored the Huskies first 14 points in that game. Bilski connected on 17 of 24 field goals (70.8%) and fired in 11 of his 12 three-point attempts (91.7%) combined for the week. In addition, Bilski averaged five rebounds per game, dished out two combined assists, and came up with two steals.

The Huskies are on the road this week for two more GLIAC games beginning today when they battle Grand Valley State followed by a showdown at Davenport Saturday. Today's tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. followed by a 3 p.m. start time for Saturday's game.

Huskies Sports This Week

Athletics Schedule:


  • Women's Basketball at Grand Valley, 6 p.m. Local radio on 93.5 FM
  • Men's Basketball at Grand Valley State, 8 p.m. Local radio on 93.5 FM


  • Hockey vs. Ferris State, 7:07 p.m., MacInnes Student Ice Arena. Local radio on 93.5 FM


  • Women's Basketball at Davenport, 1 p.m. Local radio on 93.5 FM
  • Men's Basketball at Davenport, 3 p.m. Local radio on 93.5 FM
  • Hockey vs. Ferris State, 6:07 p.m. MacInnes Student Ice Arena. Fan Appreciation Night, $1 hot dogs, $1 pop. Skate With the Huskies after the game.


  • Nordic Skiing at CCSA Gitchi Gami Games, Cable, Wisconsin.

Effect of Blue Light on Sleep Quality and Blood Pressure

Have you ever been curious of how your nightly use of computers, television, and smart phones may be impacting your sleep efficiency?

Although many factors play a role in sleep quality, nightly exposure to blue light, such as that emitted from your phone, TV, and laptop, can often be detrimental to a good night's rest. Help us to study the role that nocturnal exposure to blue light plays in both sleep efficiency, and blood pressure regulation.

If you are a good sleeper, and are interested in participating, please read the attached flyer for additional information regarding the screening process as well as participation.

Naturally Slim Registration Starts Soon

You don't have to give up your favorite foods to lose weight and feel your best.

Ever wonder how some people can eat all their favorite foods and not gain weight? Naturally Slim is an online program that will teach you how. And here's a hint: it doesn't include starving, counting calories or spending hours prepping "approved" foods. Michigan Tech is giving you the chance to learn how to eat the foods you love while reducing your risk of developing serious conditions, like diabetes or heart disease.

Naturally Slim is available at NO COST to you and is accessible via computer and mobile device so you can participate whenever it's convenient, wherever you are. Space is limited. Apply between January 27 through February 7. This program starts February 24, 2020. Completion of the 10-week core program counts toward Husky Health Option 3.

Please contact the Benefits Office with questions. 

Chemistry Chair Candidate Presentation

There will be chemistry chair candidate presentation at 9 a.m. Tuesday (Jan. 28) in MUB Ballroom A1. Markus Petters will present “The Amorphous Phase State of Complex Organic Aerosol.”

Petters is a Professor of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at North Carolina State University.

EndNote and Cite While You Write Workshop Tomorrow

Join the Library for an EndNote and Cite While You Write workshop at 11 a.m. tomorrow (Jan. 24) in Library 242. Register here for the workshop. 

Use EndNote software to manage your citations and save time. In this session, you will:

  • Add references to an EndNote library
  • Import references from databases and PDFs
  • Organize your citations
  • Use Cite While You Write tool to incorporate references into Microsoft Word

No prior knowledge of EndNote is required for this workshop. PCs will be available; if you anticipate using EndNote primarily on your own laptop, please install EndNote ahead of time and bring it to the session (install via IT's Software Center).

COB Seminar Today

Prab S Mukandwal (COB) will present a talk on "An examination of the effect of a firm’s environmental sourcing practices on consumer’s perceptions of product quality and their willingness to pay for environmentally-friendly products."

The seminar will be held from noon to 1 p.m. today (Jan. 23) in AOB 101. All are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be provided.

Abstract: The purpose of this study is to theoretically and empirically investigate how a firm's environmental sourcing strategy impacts a consumer's perceptions about the product quality and their subsequent purchase intentions. The current study also examines how consumers’ perceptions of product quality are managed through the firm’s corrective actions.


ME-EM Graduate Seminar Today

The next Graduate Seminar Speaker/Tomorrow Needs Faculty and Scientist Seminar Series will be held at 4 p.m. today (Jan. 23) in EERC 103. Homin Song will present “Full-field high-resolution ultrasonic imaging for nondestructive evaluation and structural health monitoring."

Homin Song is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at Argonne National Laboratory. Homin’s research interest is in nondestructive evaluation (NDE) and structural health monitoring (SHM) based on ultrasonic wave motion. This seminar is sponsored by ME-EM, ICC, GLRC, and CoE. 


Advanced Career Management Spring Social Today

ADVANCE at Michigan Tech includes Advanced Career Management (ACM), a program committed to improving retention and career development of mid-career faculty at Michigan Tech.

Following a series of workshops in the Fall, we are now beginning to develop peer affinity groups facilitated by a senior faculty member. Senior guides will be introduced at the Spring Social from 4 to 6 p.m. today (Jan. 23) in MUB Ballroom B2. Each guide will meet with an affinity group throughout the semester. We hope you will consider joining our affinity groups and attend the Spring Social.

If you are unable to attend the Spring Social but are still interested in participating in our affinity groups, contact us at


Physics Colloquium - Graduate Presentations Today

Physics Colloquium - Graduate Oral Presentations takes place at 4 p.m. today (Jan. 23) in Fisher 139. Michael Foetisch (advisors:  Jacek Borysow and Timothy Eisele) will present “Hydrated Mineral Excavation through Water Jet Comminution." Tong Gao (Advisor: Issei Nakamura) will present “Effects of Ionic Liquids on Lithium Dendrite Growth."  A social with refreshments will be held 30 minutes prior to the talks in the Fisher Hall lobby.


PSI Health Information Session Monday

Understand your health insurance benefits and have your health insurance questions answered by representatives of PSI and HR in this information session at 5:30 p.m. Monday (Jan. 27) in Fisher 138.


 Puppet Workshops this Weekend

Puppetry workshops are offered from 3 - 4:30 p.m. this Saturday (Jan. 25)  in Walker 208. We will be creating puppets for a performance with the Superior Wind Symphony at 7:30 p.m. on February 15.

Puppeteers need attend only one of the workshops, but should be available to rehearse at the following times:

  • 3 - 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1
  • 3 - 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8
  • 8 - 9:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10
  • 8 - 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12

Please contact Trish Helsel to reserve a spot, or for further information.

In the News

Simon Carn (GMES) was quoted in the story "The Taal Eruption Looks Even More Massive When Seen From Space," in


Michigan Tech Alumnus Tim Shrift was featured in the story "These Local Teachers Are Institutions," in the Ticker. Shrift is a physical science teacher at Traverse City, St. Francis High School, with more than 30 years of experience.

Today's Campus Events

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C-Cubed Luncheon

Dining Services presents this week's C3 luncheons that will take place on Thursday and Friday from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge (#107). All faculty...


C-Cubed Luncheon

This week's C3 luncheons take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge (#107). All faculty and staff, along with their...


Brown Bag Presentation by Prab Singh Mukandwal, Assistant Professor in College of Business

Title: An examination of the effect of a firm’s environmental sourcing practices on consumer’s perceptions of product quality and their willingness to pay for...


Introduction to Lean Workshop

In this workshop, you'll learn basic Lean concepts and methods you might encounter on the job. You'll learn about Lean culture and the principles of Lean thinking, and...


Student Commission Meeting

The Student Commission is a broad based group of students, staff and faculty that work together to enrich the student experience for everyone at the University. They do this...


Bio. Sci. Seminar - Dr. Amanda Larracuente

Amanda Larracuente, PhD Assistant Professor University of Rochester Presentation Title: Meiotic drive and satellite DNA in Drosophila melanogaster Abstract: Conflicts...


Extracellular Matrix Mimicry for Transformative Craniofacial Therapies

Biomedical Engineering Graduate Seminar The Department of Biomedical Engineering presents Tugba Ozdemir, PhD Postdoctoral Researcher University of Pennsylvania Abstract:...


Advanced Career Management Spring Social

To kickoff the Spring semester and officially launch our affinity groups, the Advanced Career Management program invites you to join us for our Spring Social. Table topics...


Full-field High-resolution Ultrasonic Imaging for Nondestructive Evaluation and Structural Health Monitoring

The Tomorrow Needs Faculty and Scientists Seminar Series and the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics Graduate Speaker Series are pleased to present a...


Networking Social - Green Bay, WI

Enjoy an informal evening out and network with fellow Michigan Tech alumni and friends. This month we are going to check out The Bottle Room. There will be Happy Hour specials...


What the Eyes Don’t See

A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City (Flint, MI) Panel Presentation and Book Discussion The book chronicles the Flint Water Crisis and its impact on...


Range Day

Come join us at the SDC range to learn firearm safety and have fun shooting our various pistols. First time down is free (besides ammo) and second time down is $15 for the...


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