Undergraduate Research & Scholarship Symposium Seeking Judges

The Pavlis Honors College is seeking faculty, staff and community members to serve as distinguished judges for the Undergraduate Research & Scholarship Symposium.

Judging entails reviewing the posters and accompanying poster presentations of up to five undergraduate researchers during one or both sessions. The first session will run from 12:30-2 p.m. and the second from 2:30-4 p.m. on March 24 in the Rozsa Center Lobby. We will match faculty with a mixture of posters, some from their home department and others from departments across campus. If you would like to serve as a judge for the symposium, please submit our brief Judge Registration Form.

This year, in addition to the poster sessions from 12:30-4 p.m., the Symposium will also feature a panelist discussion from 11 a.m. to noon and a networking social event from 4-5 p.m. leading up to the announcement of the poster award winners. Our menu for the panelist discussion and the networking social will consist of French-roast coffee, glacè petit fours and Lac La Belle apple cider. The panelist discussion and networking social are optional for judges.

If you have any questions regarding the Undergraduate Research & Scholarship Symposium, please contact Chris Hohnholt at cahohnho@mtu.edu.

Graduate Research Colloquium: Sign Up Today!

GSG is thrilled to announce this year’s Graduate Research Colloquium (GRC) will be held March 29 and March 30. GRC offers a very special opportunity for graduate students to showcase their research across the campuswide community and also to work on their presentation skills for upcoming conferences. Students can give oral presentations, present posters or do both.

Poster presentations will be given March 29 at the Rosza Center Lobby from 5-8 p.m. GSG will be taking care of printing posters this year. The oral presentations will take place March 29 and 30 in the MUB ballroom — each will be 12 minutes long followed by a Q&A session. All the presentations will be scored by judges from a similar field as the presenter. They will provide valuable insight and feedback on how the students can improve their presentations.

Cash prizes are available for the top three oral and poster presentations (first $300, second $200 and third $100).

Registration is open now and closes March 3 at 11:59 p.m.

The GRC event will be capped off with the annual GRC Awards Banquet. All participants and judges are invited to attend. It will be held March 30 following the closing of the GRC.

Register using the GRC Registration Form. For more info visit our website.

ACSHF Accelerated Master's Program Info Session

Demand for human factors practitioners is on the rise, with job opportunities in industry, government and academia. Want to give yourself a competitive edge? Earn a master's degree in applied cognitive science and human factors (ACSHF) in just one additional year beyond your bachelor's!

Find out how by attending the ACSHF Accelerated Master's Program Info Session & Pizza! The session will be held from 6-7 p.m. Monday (Feb. 27) in Fisher 101.

Presented by Kevin Trewartha (CLS/KIP), associate professor and ACSHF graduate program director.

Spring Safe Place Training

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion will be hosting Safe Place Training for this spring semester for faculty, staff and graduate students on the following dates:

  • Session 1 — Tuesday, March 21, 1-3 p.m. (Location TBD)
  • Session 2 — Thursday, March 23, 1-3 p.m. (Location TBD)

Please register in advance, as spots are limited to 30 per cohort. The registration form is located below the Upcoming Training details on the Safe Place Register for Training webpage.

Questions or concerns? Please email cdi@mtu.edu.

Photo Exhibition: ‘Ukraine: War and Resistance’

Ukrainian students on campus kindly invite you all to attend the photo exhibition by American and Ukrainian artists "Ukraine: War and Resistance" on the second floor of the Van Pelt and Opie Library (the corridor that leads to the Rekhi bridge).

The exhibition is on display now and will be there until March 3.

View the exhibition poster.

This Week's C3 Luncheon

Menu for Thursday (Feb. 23):

  • Italian Sausage with Peppers and Onions (Gluten Friendly)
  • Spaghetti with Arrabiata Sauce (Vegan)
  • Garlic Bread (Vegan)
  • Seared Broccolini (Gluten Friendly, Vegan)
  • Citrus Beet Salad (Gluten Friendly, Vegan)

Dining Services presents this week's C3 Luncheon, being held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge (MUB 107). All faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited.

The C3 lunch buffet menus are created and prepared by executive chef Michael Landini 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. Gift cards can be purchased in the Memorial Union office (MUB 101). You can submit C3 feedback using our Google form. To join the C3 Google group and receive weekly menus, email business-support@mtu.edu.

ChE Research Seminar with Catherine Majors

Catherine Majors will present as part of the Department of Chemical Engineering (ChE) Research Seminar Series on Friday (Feb. 24) at 10 a.m. in person in Chem Sci 201 or virtually via Zoom.

Majors will present "What You Don’t Know Can Kill You: Improving Health Outcomes with Innovative Diagnostic Technologies."

Read the abstract on the University Events Calendar.

Majors is a National Research Service Award postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University.

Nordic Ski Teams Place First, Second at CCSA Conference Championships

The Michigan Tech men's Nordic ski team won the Butch Reimer Cup and the women's team finished second at the CCSA Conference Championships, held at Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis, Minnesota, over the weekend.

Overall, Michigan Tech took second place in the team standings behind Northern Michigan. The Husky men won the conference title with 65 points to the Wildcats’ 64, and the women took second place with 127 points behind NMU's 134.

Read more at the Michigan Tech Athletics website.

Women's Basketball Stays Undefeated at Home

Michigan Tech women's basketball improved to 12-0 at SDC Gymnasium with victories over Purdue Northwest and Wisconsin-Parkside this weekend.

The Huskies cruised on offense and received 45 points off the bench for an 80-46 victory over the Pride on Thursday (Feb. 16). Ellie Mackay led the team with 16 points, going 3-for-5 from beyond the arc. Katelyn Meister contributed 15 points in 17:22 off the bench and went an efficient 7-for-11 from the field. Overall, 12 Huskies scored at least two points in the GLIAC match.

"I was happy with our performance," said head coach Sam Clayton. "Everyone executed defensively and forced them to take tough shots. We played confident from top to bottom. Even after a slow start, I was glad all of our players were able to contribute to the win."

The Huskies stifled the Rangers 68-58 on Saturday (Feb. 18) in another GLIAC game. Mackay led the offense with 17 points and Sara Dax notched her second double-double of the season with 13 points, 10 rebounds.

"This was huge for us," said Clayton. "We proved we could defend (against) them, which shows the growth we've made this season. This was an important game to win both for the conference standings and the regional rankings and I was happy with our effort and execution this afternoon."

MTU has won three straight and stands at 22-5, 14-3 GLIAC, with one game left to play in the regular season.

Read more at the Michigan Tech Athletics website.

Men's Basketball Bests Pride, Falls to Rangers

Michigan Tech men's basketball snatched a win from Purdue Northwest but ran out of steam against Wisconsin-Parkside in two GLIAC matches at SDC Gymnasium over the weekend.

The Huskies held off Purdue Northwest 71-70 on Thursday (Feb. 16) after Pete Calcaterra gave MTU the lead with 3.3 seconds left. With the teams tied at 70, he drove to the basket and converted one free throw.

"Pete gave us the spark and got to the basket going to his right," said head coach Josh Buettner. "He's a great athlete and he was the hot hand so we gave him the ball. I think he would have made it to the rim had there not been a foul first. I was really happy he stepped up for our team tonight." 

Michigan Tech was outlasted by the Rangers, falling 76-58 on Saturday (Feb. 18). Adam Hobson had a positive outing for Tech with a team-high 15 points. However, the Rangers scored 46 points in the paint compared to 16 for Tech and pulled away in the second half.

"They're a good team and they were tougher than us," said Buettner. "They have a great defensive game plan. Everything we had was contested, especially at the rim. We didn't shoot well but most of the credit goes to Parkside. They took away a lot of what our players wanted to do individually and they executed better than we did physically and schematically."

The Huskies stand at 8-18 overall, 5-12 in GLIAC play.

Read more at the Michigan Tech Athletics website.

Men's Tennis Falls to Findlay, Hillsdale

Michigan Tech men's tennis fell to the University of Findlay and Hillsdale College over the weekend.

The Huskies were defeated 6-1 on Saturday (Feb. 18) at Findlay YMCA East. The Oilers gained an early lead with the team doubles point but, then took five of six singles matches.

"We struggled a bit with the slower courts today," said head coach Kristin D'Agostini-Yep. "I think that the doubles point really helped Findlay gain momentum, and we couldn't quite figure out how to turn the tide."

MTU struggled again on Sunday (Feb. 19), falling 7-0 to the Chargers at Margot V. Biermann Tennis Center. Hillsdale swept doubles and continued with straight-set victories in singles.

"Hillsdale played better than us mentally today," said D'Agostini-Yep. "We didn't take care of the opportunities that we had, and they were better in critical points. I was happy with the way Nikolai (Prosjanykov) played at No. 2 singles."

The Huskies are 0-4 so far this spring. MTU continues nonconference play at Maryville on Friday (Feb. 24) at 2 p.m.

Read more at the Michigan Tech Athletics website.

Women's Tennis Defeated by Chargers

Michigan Tech women's tennis fell to Hillsdale College at Margot V. Biermann Tennis Center on Sunday (Feb. 19). 

The Huskies were defeated 5-2 by the Chargers. Marina Fernandez and Chiara Heinz prevailed at the bottom of the singles lineup for MTU, and Neva Manas and Ewa Podulka also picked up a win at No. 2 doubles for Tech.

"We just weren't resilient enough today," said head coach Kristin D'Agostini-Yep. "We needed to be adaptable to playing styles and game plans, which we struggled to do. Still, Marina and Chiara played great matches, so we ended the day on a positive note."

The Huskies are 1-2 this spring, and will continue nonconference play at Maryville on Friday (Feb. 24) at 2 p.m.

Read more at the Michigan Tech Athletics website.

This Week in Michigan Tech Athletics

Tuesday (Feb. 21)
• Huskies Drive Time, 7:30-8 a.m. on Mix 93 WKMJ-FM

Friday (Feb. 24)
• Men's Tennis at Maryville, 2 p.m.
• Women's Tennis at Maryville, 2 p.m.
• Hockey at Minnesota State, 8:07 p.m. on Mix 93 WKMJ-FM

Saturday (Feb. 25)
• Nordic Skiing at NCAA Central Regional Championship (Ishpeming)
• Women's Basketball vs. Northern Michigan, 1 p.m. at SDC Gym on Mix 93 WKMJ-FM and TV6 or FOX-UP
• Men's Basketball vs. Northern Michigan, 3 p.m. at SDC Gym on Mix 93 WKMJ-FM and TV6 or FOX-UP
• Hockey at Minnesota State, 7:07 p.m. on Mix 93 WKMJ-FM
• Men's Tennis at Lindenwood, 8:30 p.m.
• Women's Tennis at Lindenwood, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday (Feb. 26)
• Nordic Skiing at NCAA Central Regional Championship (Ishpeming)

Job Posting

Job Posting for Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2023

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available on the Human Resources website. For more information regarding staff positions, call 487-2280 or email humanresources@mtu.edu. For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

Postdoctoral Scholar, Chemical Engineering. 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 humanresources@mtu.edu.

In the News

Rolf Peterson and Sarah Hoy (CFRES) and were mentioned by MLive in a story about the status of Michigan Tech’s 2023 winter study of wolves and moose on Isle Royale. The story shared photos and observations posted by the researchers on social media since the study began Jan. 22.


Raymond Shaw (Physics) was quoted by Australia’s ABC in a story about statements by President Joe Biden that three unidentified objects recently shot down by the U.S. military over North America were "not nefarious." The story was picked up by MSN. Shaw’s comments were taken from an earlier story published by Reuters.


MLive mentioned Michigan Tech in a story about how research expenditures at Michigan universities compare to research spending by other colleges in the U.S.


The Keweenaw Report picked up Michigan Tech’s announcement of presentations to be made by candidates for the position of provost and senior vice president of academic affairs. The candidates and presentation dates were announced last Thursday (Feb. 16) in Tech Today.


WZMQ 19 News and Northern News Now mentioned the Michigan Tech Mushing Club in stories previewing the Festival of the Sled Dog held Friday (Feb. 17) in Marquette. The festival was organized by the Upper Peninsula Dog Sled Association and other sponsors after the UP200, Midnight Run and Jack Pine 20 dog sled races were canceled due to trail conditions.


Kalamazoo’s 107.7 WRKR-FM ran a story about the flaming trumpets played by Michigan Tech’s Huskies Pep Band.


WLUC TV6 mentioned Michigan Tech in a story about the annual Pigs N Heat hockey game fundraiser, held Friday (Feb. 17) at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena.


The Houston Chronicle mentioned Michigan Tech in a story about the origins of former Husky wide receiver Bobby Slowik, the new offensive coordinator for the Houston Texans.


Summer 2023 PHF Graduate Assistantship Nominations Open

Applications for Summer 2023 Portage Health Foundation (PHF) Graduate Assistantships are being accepted and are due no later than 4 p.m. next Tuesday (Feb. 28) to the Graduate School. Instructions on the application and evaluation process are found online. Students are eligible if all of the following criteria are met:

  1. Must be a Ph.D. student conducting a research or outreach project that will promote and/or improve the overall health of Houghton, Keweenaw, Baraga and Ontonagon communities.
  2. Must be a Ph.D. candidate at the time of application.
  3. Must be two years after starting the graduate program at the time of application.
  4. Must not be a prior recipient of a PHF Graduate Assistantship.
  5. Preference will be given to applicants with longstanding local connections to Houghton, Keweenaw, Baraga or Ontonagon county.

Priority will be given to students originally from Houghton, Keweenaw, Baraga or Ontonagon counties. Nonresident students and international students are encouraged to apply if their health research is applicable to health needs and job shortages of our local community (obesity research, rural health, medical informatics, drug delivery and lab testing, physical therapy, etc.).

These assistantships are available through the generosity of the Portage Health Foundation. They are intended to recognize outstanding Ph.D. talent in health-oriented research areas. Applicants should be a catalyst for promoting and improving the overall health of Houghton, Keweenaw, Baraga and Ontonagon communities through one of the following:

  • health research and technology development
  • health education or preventive and wellness initiatives
  • rural health care access, informatics and assessment of care

Students who receive full support through a PHF Graduate Assistantship may not accept any other employment. For example, students cannot be fully supported by a PHF Graduate Assistantship and accept support as a GTA or GRA.


Husky Health Improvement Survey

The University Senate Fringe Benefits Committee is polling all benefits-eligible MTU employees to determine their preferences to identify ways the Husky Health program may be changed. This information will be summarized and shared with the University Senate and the Benefits Office.

The Husky Health Improvement Survey will remain open through next Wednesday (March 1). Questions about the survey can be directed to Fringe Benefits Committee co-chairs Patty Cobin at pfcobin@mtu.edu or Radwin Askari at raskari@mtu.edu.


Important Deadline Notice: 2022 Flexible Spending Account Claims

The deadline for employees to submit claims for their 2022 Flexible Spending Account (FSA) is March 31. Health care and dependent care claims during the 2022 calendar year are eligible if the date of service was in 2022. Any money remaining in the account after this date is forfeited per IRS regulations.

Dependent care claims require an invoice or receipt from the provider. All medical, dental and optical claims should be processed through your insurance plans before submitting them to your health care reimbursement account.

Attach the Explanation of Benefits (EOB) or a claim summary from your insurance plan to the claim form when submitting a claim. For expenses not processed through insurance, submit the itemized receipt.

More information and the FSA claim form and can be found online on the Human Resources Flex Spending webpage.

For questions, contact Benefits Services at benefits@mtu.edu or call 7-2517.


'Telling Your Story' Workshop Registration is Now Open

Are you a student who wants to pitch in the New Venture Challenge or another pitch competition? Do you want to make your presentations more compelling? If so, this workshop is for you.

Your ability to pitch greatly improves when you explain your business venture in a persuasive way. What need does your product or service fill? What impact will it have? Communicating your value proposition through the art of storytelling is an important part of connecting with your audience.

Laura Kasson Fiss (PAV), who teaches writing, literature and a course through Pavlis on telling your story, will walk pitch contestants through a process to help them identify key elements of their stories to pitch their innovations. We'll talk about ways to arrange narrative elements to create a story arc and how to mobilize techniques of storytelling in the service of your innovation.

Join us Thursday (Feb. 23) from 4- 5:30 p.m., at the West Collaboration Space in the Pavlis Honors College. Register online by the end of today (Feb. 21).


PhD Defense: Sodiq O. Waheed, Chem

The Department of Chemistry (Chem) is pleased to announce that Ph.D. candidate Sodiq O. Waheed will be presenting a final Ph.D. defense today (Feb. 21) at 11 a.m. The defense will be presented online via Zoom.

Waheed's defense is titled "Multiscale Molecular Modeling Studies of the Dynamics and Catalytic Mechanisms of Iron(II) and Zinc(II) Dependent Metalloenzymes."


ChE Research Seminar with Karl Hammond

Karl Hammond will present as part of the Department of Chemical Engineering (ChE) Research Seminar Series tomorrow (Feb. 22) at 10 a.m. in person in Chem Sci 201 or virtually via Zoom.

Hammond will present "That Does Compute: Transport and Thermodynamics in Nuclear Fusion Reactors."

Read the abstract on the University Events Calendar.

Hammond is an associate professor of chemical engineering at the University of Missouri.


GSG Hybrid Health Insurance Open Forums

Join the Graduate Student Government (GSG) as we explore ideas and take suggestions on recommendations as the Student Insurance Committee works on the graduate student health insurance for next year.

As student insurance is a vital part of a graduate student’s life, we would like to hear from you regarding what can be done to make the student experience with health insurance better. We would like to hear your preferences, recommendations and issues with the current state of the student health insurance.

All graduate students at Michigan Tech are welcome to attend this event, and we welcome your involvement!

Your participation in the public forum and the following survey will help GSG to voice your concerns/problems/issues in this year's student insurance recommendations and ultimately help in deciding the upcoming academic year's insurance plan.

The second open forum is being held today (Feb. 21):

  • Student Health Insurance Forum — Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 4-5 p.m. Attend in person in MUB Alumni Lounge C or  virtually via Zoom.

Sign up using the Student Health Insurance Public Forum's RSVP/Question Submission Form.


Happy Engineers Week 2023

We’re celebrating National Engineers Week (Feb. 19-25). Everyone’s invited to special events on campus sponsored by Tau Beta Pi, the Engineering Honor Society student chapter at Michigan Tech.

Founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers in 1951, Eweek is celebrated each February around the time of George Washington’s birthday (Feb. 22), because Washington is considered by many to be the first U.S. engineer.

At Michigan Tech, the week is celebrated with special events on campus. Everyone is welcome! Please feel free to stop by and check out Eweek events as your schedule allows.

  • Demonstrations with Mind Trekkers
    Tuesday, Feb. 21 — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fisher Hall Lobby

  • Eweek Cake Courtesy of the Department of Engineering Fundamentals
    Wednesday, Feb. 22 — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Dillman 112

  • Tau Beta Pi Alumni Panel
    Thursday, Feb. 23 — 5-6 p.m., Dow 0642 and virtually via Zoom
    • Katelyn Ramthun ’21, B.S. Biomedical Engineering, B.S. Mechanical Engineering — Product Engineer at Plexus
    • Jennifer Larimer ’09, B.S. Chemical Engineering — Research Scientist at Dow
    • Quinn Horn ’93 ’95 ’98, B.S. and M.S. Metallurgical Engineering, Ph.D. Metallurgical and Materials Engineering — Principal Engineer at Exponent

Read more at the College of Engineering Blog.

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