MTU Winter Carnival: Finding What Shines

Winter Carnival at Michigan Technological University has been one of the Midwest’s most enduring annual events.

Sponsored by Blue Key Honor Society since 1934, Winter Carnival has been thriving for nearly a century. Familiar events and spectacles, like mammoth snow statues and NCAA Division I hockey, have been and still are its backbone.

This year’s theme “Discover What Shines from Prehistoric Times” promises to inspire both the creativity and technological savvy needed to construct the intricate, and massive, snow statues that draw thousands to Houghton, Michigan each February.

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Nominations Open for DeVlieg Foundation Fellowships

Due to the generous support of The DeVlieg Foundation, the Graduate School announced it is accepting nominations for 2020 summer fellowships.

All graduate programs may nominate one eligible PhD student per program. The recipient will receive a stipend for summer 2020 plus tuition support (one credit or three research credits for PhD candidates).  Eligible students will meet all of the following criteria:

  • Must be a graduate student in the field supported by the DeVlieg Foundation:
    1. Biology/wildlife (2020 Summer Research Award in Biology/Wildlife)
  • Must be a US citizen or permanent resident
  • Must be enrolled in a PhD program
  • Must be nominated by student’s graduate program.  Each PhD program may nominate one student
  • Must not be supported by another funding mechanism while supported by The DeVlieg Foundation (part-time job, fellowship, GTA, GRA, etc.)

Nominations are due no later than 4 p.m. Feb. 26 to the Graduate School. Submit as a PDF file sent to

See our web page for details on the application procedure and materials needed.  Each program may determine its own internal selection procedure.

Contact the Graduate School with any questions. 

Parking During Winter Carnival and Extended Shuttle Service

With Winter Carnival activities in full swing, we wanted to send out a reminder for visitor parking this week. For any students with visitors on campus during Winter Carnival, beginning at 4 p.m. today (Feb. 5), the following lots will be available free of charge and will not require a parking permit:

  • Lot 9 (commuter lot by the Rozsa)
  • Lot 5 (graduate student lot by the Rozsa)
  • Lot 27 (visitor lot between the Administration Building and MUB)
  • Overnight parking — Visitors may park in Lot 9 (commuter lot by the Rozsa) without a permit.

Additionally, there will be free parking at all metered areas throughout Winter Carnival. In accordance with winter parking rules, there will be no parking overnight at the meters.

Note that all residential and faculty/staff lots will still be monitored for proper permits. Transportation Services will also run the Husky Campus Shuttle on Thursday and Friday, which will include service to Mont Ripley. Check out the Winter Carnival Shuttle schedule.

The Shopping Shuttle will run its normal hours today and Saturday, bu there will not be a Shopping Shuttle tomorrow or Friday. The City Commuter Shuttle and Daniell Heights Shuttle will not operate tomorrow and Friday.

For any questions regarding Winter Carnival parking regulations or shuttle bus service contact Transportation Services or call 7-1441.

Scholarships Available

Sons and Daughters Scholarships

A reminder that Michigan Tech Employee Sons and Daughters Scholarship applications, valued at $100 each, are available for the 2020-2021 academic year. Applicants must be children of Michigan Tech employees. Applications must be submitted by Friday, Feb. 28 and are available online.

Leann Becia Family/AFSCME Scholarships

Two $250 Leann Becia Family/AFSCME Scholarships are available for 2020-2021. Applicants must be the son, daughter or spouse of a current AFSCME Local 1166 member. Applications, which must be submitted by Friday, Feb. 28, are available online.

Both scholarships require applicants be full-time Michigan Tech undergraduates in their first four years of study, or high school students planning to be enrolled for Fall 2020.

For more information contact the Financial Aid Office at 7-2622 or at

Did You Know That at the Van Pelt and Opie Library ...

Did you know that the garden level of the library has a time machine? The Michigan Tech Archives provides a place for staff, faculty, students, and community members to engage with the past by researching our local and university history. The archives are open to all.

Use our collections to conduct research for University and department activities, assist with alumni relations, or even conduct family history research. Popular topics include mining company research, obituary requests in the newspaper collection, Michigan Tech recreation and traditions, such as Winter Carnival, and property history research.

While most of our collections are intended for onsite use within the archives public reading room, the library maintains the Copper Country Historical Images (CCHI) database which makes available more than 11,000 images from the region and the University. You can do a keyword search on the CCHI section of the library website.

For more information about the services available in the archives, stop into the reading room from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m. on the Second Saturday of each month, call 7-2505, or">email us.

Our archivists are also available for one-on-one or small group orientations, tours, and research consultations to help familiarize you with the unique aspects of archives research.

No C-Cubed Luncheon

There will be no C-Cubed Luncheons this week. Enjoy Winter Carnival and we will see you next week.

Film Board Presents "Jurassic Park"

This weekend, Film Board presents "Jurassic Park."
Show times:

  • Friday, (Feb. 7) @ 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, (Feb. 8) @ 2:30, 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, (Feb. 9) @ 2:30, 5:30 p.m.

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

"Jurassic Park" is rated PG-13 for intense science fiction terror.

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

Biomedical Engineering Seminar

The next Biomedical Engineering Seminar will take place at 2 p.m. Monday (Feb. 10) in M&M 610. Hoda Hatoum, Postdoctoral Researcher at Georgia Institute of Technology, will present, "A Patient-Specific Approach Towards the Evaluation of Blood Damage after Prosthetic Aortic Valve Implantation."


Introduction to Data Management Planning

Many research proposals require a data management plan (DMP). This session will cover the basics of data management planning including agency requirements, the elements of a good DMP and best practices in creating a plan. As an introduction to DMPs, this session will benefit both new research faculty and graduate students.

At the end of this workshop, attendees will be able to define the basic elements of a data management plan, identify the benefits of having a good data management plan, and discover campus and national resources available for assistance in creating a data management plan.

The workshop will take place at 12:05 p.m. on Wednesday (Feb. 12) in Library 242. Registration is required. 

Job Postings

Job Postings for Wednesday, February 5, 2020

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

Assistant Sponsored Programs Accountant, Sponsored Programs Accounting. Apply online.

Coordinator of Outreach, College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science. Apply online.

Accountant (two positions), Financial Services and Operations. Apply online

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. Accommodations are available. If you require any auxiliary aids, services, or other accommodations to apply for employment, or for an interview, at Michigan Technological University, please notify the Human Resources office at 906-487-2280 or


Parenting All Rainbow Kids (PARK)

Parenting All Rainbow Kids (PARK) is faculty/staff-led group for Michigan Tech employees who are the parents/guardians of LGBTQIA* youth. PARK aims to offer all parents/guardians of LGBTQIA* children a confidential, supportive community to learn and grow as parents/guardians together.

Meetings will be held on the first Thursday of each month at noon in the Center for Diversity and Inclusion's basement conference room. Our next meeting is tomorrow (Feb 6). Everyone is welcome. Feel free to bring your lunch. For questions or concerns, contact Michelle Jarvie-Eggart.


Story Time at Winter Carnival

Staff from the Van Pelt and Opie Library will be reading books from the new Children’s Book Collection at 11 a.m. Saturday (Feb. 8) in the library cafe.

Take a break from the cold to enjoy hot chocolate and cookies from the Friends of the Michigan Tech Library, browse the Friends book sale, and listen to a book with your kids.

Friends will be in the library until 4 p.m., but storytime ends at noon, so don’t miss us.


CC and CoE Faculty Led Seminar Today

The College of Computing and the College of Engineering invite the campus community to a lecture by faculty candidate Lan Zhang at 3 p.m. today (Feb. 5) in Chem. Sci. 101. Zhang will present “Machine Learning Enabled Better Cyber-Physical Systems: A Case Study on Better Networking for Connected Vehicles.”

Zhang is a PhD. candidate in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Florida. Her research interests span across the fields of big data, cyber-physical systems, machine learning, wireless communications, and cybersecurity.

Read the blog post here.

On the Road

Last Friday (Jan. 31), students from Michigan Tech, along with the Lake Linden-Hubbell eighth grade eCYBERMISSION team, visited the fifth-grade classes at Calumet-Laurium-Keweenaw Elementary. Students in each fifth-grade class learned about electrical engineering by making circuits from Play-Doh, creating a paper circuit, and building a small wiggling "BouncyBOT."

The fifth graders were very curious about Michigan Tech and what it means to be a college student in engineering. They asked the Tech representatives about projects they had worked on during their time on campus, as well as what they did in high school to get ready for college.

These students—coming together from the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Mind Trekkers—represent the great characteristics of the Tech community: they stepped up to give back through hands-on engagement with engineering and science.

In the News

Guy Meadows (GLRC) was quoted in the story "Rising water slams Lake Superior communities," in Business North.


Michigan Tech was mentioned in the story "Dickinson County Using Recycled Asphalt in Road Repairs," on the Radio Results Network.


Sunil Mehendale (MMET) was quoted in the story "Energy-saving experimental geothermal battery that heats homes came out of Oak Ridge," in the Knoxville News Sentinel.


Michigan Tech's After School Science and Engineering Program was featured on WLUC TV6.


Michigan Tech alumnus Thomas Lyden passed away Jan. 31 in Duluth, Minnesota. His obituary appeared in the Grand Rapids Herald-Review, Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Before his retirement, Lyden had been the General Manager of the Northern Division of Minnesota Power.

Today's Campus Events

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Study Abroad 101 Information Session

Are you thinking about studying abroad but don't know how to start the process? Attend a Study Abroad 101 information session to learn about the programs Michigan Tech offers,...


Graduating and Still Looking

Are you graduating in the Spring and could use some help with the job search? Join us in Career Services to learn about how you can up your game!


Lecture by Faculty Candidate Lan Zhang

The Colleges of Computing and Engineering invite the campus community to a lecture by faculty candidate Lan Zhang Wednesday, February 5, 2020, at 3:00 p.m., in Chem. Sci. 101....


After School: Investigating Chemistry

After School Science and Engineering Classes 2020 Grades 6-8 on WEDNESDAYS For grades 6-8, meets on Wednesdays. Find out how cabbage can be used to measure the pH (acidity)...


C4 Winter Pump Track

This event is free. Helmets and bikes will be provided. Bikes will be provided from both Rhythm and Cross Country Sports.


Supper and Scripture

Enjoy dinner and a bible study with Lutheran Collegians at our campus house, located behind Peace Lutheran Church! Rides are available approximately 10 minutes before behind...


Guardians of the North, Air Force ROTC All-Nighter Pancakes

The Air Force ROTC cadets are hosting their annual pancake fundraiser during Winter Carnival All-Nighter. Proceeds support the cadets in leadership opportunities and advancing...


Winter Carnival Karaoke

Start preparing your singing voice for Karaoke Night on Wednesday, February 5th, during the Winter Carnival All Nighter. Come on into the MUB Commons and enjoy some nice warm...


Winter Carnival

Organized by Blue Key National Honor Society since 1934, Winter Carnival started in 1922 and has grown to become one of the largest annual winter festivals in the nation....