Retirement Plan Changes

As announced on July 1, the University will gradually phase out the Retirement Supplemental Voluntary Program (RSVP) over the next four fiscal years (FY22-FY25). All options available under the current RSVP policy will remain in place during the phase-out.

For further clarification, please see the RSVP matrix, which explains the gradual phase-out of all RSVP options.

As a reminder, the University will incrementally increase its 403(b) employer retirement contribution match starting in January 2022 (up to 7.75%) and again in January 2023 (up to 8.5%).

University Archives Launches Virtual Copper Range Railroad Exhibit

In October 2018, the Michigan Technological University Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections launched its traveling exhibit, "Becoming the Pride of the Upper Peninsula: The Formative Years of the Copper Range Railroad." The first installation took place in the Van Pelt and Opie Library from October 2018 to May 2019, then traveled the Upper Great Lakes from June 2019 to June 2020. The physical exhibit is currently on display at the Carnegie Museum of the Keweenaw in Houghton.

In an effort to make the exhibit more accessible to railroad enthusiasts outside of our local region, the Michigan Tech Archives is pleased to announce a digital version of the exhibit. Like the panels, the online exhibit is divided into six sections that document the early years of the Copper Range Railroad, from the founding of the road until its initial expansion beyond the main line. The online exhibit also provides a glimpse beyond the formative years, including the impact of the decline of mining in the area, the school train runs and the dissolution of the company. The digital exhibit can be found on the Michigan Tech Archives website.

"Becoming the Pride of the Upper Peninsula" was made possible in part by the Keweenaw National Historical Park Advisory Commission Heritage Grant Program. The research was conducted in the Michigan Tech Archives by Michigan Tech alumnus Jeremy Whitman. The exhibit portal was designed by David Holden, manager for technology and innovation at the J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library. The graphical design of Engine No. 29 was created by Mike Stockwell of Cranking Graphics. A special thanks to all who have helped make this project possible.

The physical exhibit is still available to be loaned to regional host sites on a monthly or quarterly basis. To schedule the exhibit for your museum or library, please contact University Archivist Lindsay Hiltunen at or call 906-487-3209.

Job Postings

Job Postings for Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available on the Human Resources website. For more information regarding staff positions, call 906-487-2280 or email

For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted. 

Office Assistant 6 (12 months/ 30 hours/ first shift), Ticketing Operations (UAW posting Aug. 3 to Aug. 9, 2021 — external applications will only be reviewed after internal applications). Apply online.

Food Service Helper* (nine months/ 40 hours/ first shift) #21191 and #21192, Dining Services (AFSCME posting Aug. 3 to Aug. 9, 2021 — external applications will only be reviewed after internal applications). Apply online.
* Two positions available.

Laboratory Operations Coordinator, Associate Vice President for Research Development. Apply online.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including 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


Get Vaccinated, Continue Washing and Sanitizing Hands

While Michigan Tech is at Health and Safety Level One, face coverings and daily symptom monitoring are no longer required. However, those who wish to continue wearing a face covering are encouraged to do so.

The MTU Flex Task Force also encourages University community members to get their vaccinations and continue with handwashing and hand-sanitizing practices.


MS Defense: Abby Mikolitis, Chem

M.S. candidate Abby Mikolitis (Chem) will hold her defense at 10:30 a.m. today (Aug. 3). This is an online defense. Attendance is invited virtually via Zoom.

Mikolitis's defense is titled "Determination of Molecular Markers of Vaccinium Berry Standard Reference Materials Through Differential Analysis with UHPLC-ES/MS." 

Today's Campus Events

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Master's Defense: Abigale Mikolitis

Chemistry Advisor: Lynn Mazzoleni Determination of Molecular Markers of Vaccinium Berry Standard Reference Materials Through Differential Analysis with UHPLC-ES/MS Attend...


Master's Defense: Kavya Sivaraj

Geology Advisor: Gregory Waite Volcan de Fuego: A Machine Learning Approach in Understanding the Eruptive Cycles Using Precursory Tilt Signals Attend Virtually:...


PinT 2021: 10th Parallel-in-Time Workshop

Please join us for the 10th parallel-in-time workshop, held virtually, Aug 2- 6, 2021. More details are available at the conference website:


Master's Defense: Oluwatomisin Shalom Akinbo

Applied Natural Resource Economics Co-advisors: Gary Campbell and Emanuel Castro Oliveira Resource Curse, Economic Freedom and Economic Development: Case of Africa Attend...


PhD Defense: Yanfang Liu

Mathematical Sciences Advisor: Jiguang Sun Deterministic-Statistical Approaches for Inverse Problems with Partial Data Attend Virtually:...