Nominations Open: 2023 CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award

Nominations are now open for the 2023 Council of Graduate Schools (CGS)/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award. Please submit nominations to the Graduate School no later than 4 p.m. on June 8, following our online instructions.

This year, nominations are being accepted from dissertations in the fields of:

  1. Biological and Life Sciences
  2. Humanities and Fine Arts

Michigan Tech may nominate one student in each field. A list of eligible students is available online. The fields of competition for 2024 will be Mathematics, Physical Sciences and Engineering; and Social Sciences.

Nominations must be delivered to Debra Charlesworth in the Graduate School no later than 4 p.m. on June 8; email nominations to are preferred. Contact Debra Charlesworth at if you have any questions about the competition.

Summer WonderHack 2023 Winners Announced

The Summer WonderHack 2023 has concluded with the announcement of its top 10 winners. This Capture-The-Flag (CTF) cybersecurity competition is specifically tailored for K-12 participants. The event is proudly hosted by the GenCyber Team at Michigan Tech. A total of 34 teams from across the country participated in this thrilling competition.

The top 10 winning teams are:

  1. FireStar
  2. Warden Inc.
  3. HuskyCyber
  4. sakrifries
  5. NOT_SUS
  6. GirlsWhoCodeHHS
  7. Mr_Abe_Was_Epic
  8. cyborg
  9. awstafford
  10. NoSekritDocuments

In Print

Iosif Pinelis (Math) is the co-author of a paper accepted for publication in Proceedings of the Edinburgh Mathematical Society.

The paper is titled "Schwarz lemma for real harmonic functions onto surfaces with non-negative Gaussian curvature."

The paper was authored jointly with David Kalaj and Miodrag Mateljević.

A preprint version of the paper can be viewed and/or downloaded online.

New Funding

Bradley Wells (CEO/RISE) is the principal investigator (PI) on a project that has received a $50,000 sponsored activities contract from the Michigan Department of Transportation.

The project is titled "Michigan Tech Summer Youth Programs - National Summer Transportation Institute 2023."

Jannah Tumey (CEO/RISE) is a co-PI on this project.

In the News

WLUC TV6 covered Michigan Tech track and field’s Jesse Jacobusse and Clayton Sayen’s qualification for the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field National Championships in Pueblo, Colorado. The Keweenaw Report,  WJMN Local 3 and the Daily Mining Gazette also covered USTFCCCA All-Region Midwest honors received by Jacobusse, Sayen and fellow track and field student-athlete Sam Lange.


The Bangor Daily News mentioned Michigan Tech in a story reviewing the differing opinions of the state of Maine and local citizen scientists on what constitutes an eastern wolf. 


A Healthier Michigan mentioned the Tech Trails in a story suggesting “cool” mountain biking trails to try around the state. The recommendations were collected from the Pure Michigan travel and tourism campaign and mountain biking websites.


GLRC Invited Campus Talk with Ben Kopec

Please join us in GLRC 202 next Tuesday (May 30) from 3-4 p.m. for an invited campus talk by Ben Kopec titled “Tracing the roles of sea ice in the Arctic water cycle.”

From the abstract:
A fundamental change in the Arctic has been the amplification of its water cycle. This amplification is driven by new ocean‐atmosphere interactions resulting from sea ice loss and the opening of Arctic ocean waters. The impacts of this amplified water cycle are widespread across the Arctic’s terrestrial and marine systems, and it is thus critical to understand the spatial and temporal variations in these ice‐ocean‐atmosphere interactions. One particularly valuable method to assess processes associated with the Arctic’s water cycle is through major advances in tracing the components of the hydrologic cycle with water isotope measurements (δ18O, δD, deuterium excess). In this presentation, I will share isotopic observations from a suite of Arctic cruises to 1) trace changing ocean‐atmosphere interactions and subsequent increases in evaporation (atmospheric freshening), and 2) identify the sources and impacts of increased freshwater influxes to the Arctic seas (ocean freshening). I will show how these measurements directly above and below the ocean surface offer a unique opportunity to constrain changes within Arctic systems, and explore how these approaches can be used to examine components of the water cycle around the globe.


EHS Hosting MIOSHA/MTU Safety Educational Outreach Event

Michigan Technological University Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) will host a two-day Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) Safety Education and Training event tomorrow and Wednesday (May 23 and 24) featuring Senior Occupational Safety Consultant John Bodnar.

The event will focus on the improvement of occupational safety in Michigan Tech teaching and research laboratories. Bodnar will educate Michigan Tech employees on how to identify and correct safety and health hazards in their work environment, explain how MIOSHA standards and policies apply to laboratories, and provide training education on selected topics.

Please mark your calendars and join us in person or remotely (Zoom details will be posted on the EHS webpage) for these safety events!

The following events will be held in MUB Ballroom A and are open to all Michigan Tech employees:

Tuesday, May 23 — Open Question Forum

  • Coffee with John — 9-10 a.m.
    An informal opportunity for faculty, staff and students to stop by MUB Ballroom A to ask Bodnar questions about workplace safety and obtain information on MIOSHA's program services and resources. Light morning refreshments provided.

Wednesday, May 24 — Educational Training Courses

  • MIOSHA Perspective: General Industry, Research, and the General Duty Clause — 10:10-11 a.m.
    Understand how MIOSHA applies its safety standards and views the safety responsibilities of supervisors and managers, and how the General Duty Clause pertains to Michigan Tech research and teaching laboratories.

  • What to Do When MIOSHA Enforcement Visits — 11:10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    Gain insight on the process and procedures a MIOSHA compliance officer follows while conducting a workplace inspection.

  • MIOSHA Laboratory Standard — 1:30-3 p.m.
    Learn about the specific MIOSHA standards that apply to laboratories and laboratory activities. MIOSHA laboratory standards provide rules that protect and support researchers and staff in laboratories who work with chemical, biological, physical and other safety hazards.

About the Speaker
MIOSHA Senior Occupational Safety Consultant John Bodnar is familiar with the unique challenges to health and safety in the Upper Peninsula.  He served as the Upper Peninsula senior safety officer in the MIOSHA Enforcement division for many years before transferring to the educational arm of the agency. Bodnar’s background spans over 25 years in occupational safety, health, and emergency services and operations in both the private and public sectors. He has been involved with several recent Michigan Tech/MIOSHA educational events and is well acquainted with our campus, employees and community.

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