Virtual Interest Session: Online MS in Applied Statistics

Kui Zhang (Math), Vice President for Global Campus and Continuing Education David Lawrence and program admissions advisors will be hosting a 45-minute virtual interest session on Michigan Tech's online M.S. in Applied Statistics (MSAS).

Save the date: The interest session will run June 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. ET via Zoom.

Register for this interest session.

Attendees will learn more about this versatile online degree, including registration requirements, program details and career trajectories.

If you have any questions about this online event, please email Amanda Irwin at or phone her at 906-487-1000.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Use Your Staff Service Award Days

Benefits Services is reminding you to use your staff service award days, so you don't lose them. The deadline to use them is the end of the current fiscal year, June 30.

To see your current available balance, log into Banweb. Under the Employees tab, click Leave Balances. Your hours will be listed as "Service Award Recognition." They can be entered as Payroll Earn Code 430 or listed as "Service Award Day" on your timesheet.

Employee Financial Health Webinars by TIAA

Michigan Tech employees are invited to join the Benefits Office for these free, online, live financial health webinars offered through Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America (TIAA) this June:

  • Be a Cyber Hero: Help Protect You, Your Family and Your Money — June 7, noon
    Are you concerned about identity theft and your family’s security online? TIAA’s Information Security team will discuss how you can protect yourself and your family from cyber criminal social engineering. Register now.

  • Inside Money: Managing Income and Debt — June 14, noon
    It’s your budget — take control. Everyone talks about a budget, but how many of us actually make one? Most people have some debt, but how many understand its effects on their lives and their futures? Let us show you the real impact of budgeting and debt — and how to help make your money work.
    Register now.

  • At Your Fingertips: Manage Your Money from Wherever You Are — June 21, noon
    Learn about TIAA’s commitment to digital, and how we’re leveraging the latest technologies in our online and mobile tools to help you save time and achieve financial success while you’re on the go.
    Register now.

  • Start to Finish: Make the Move Toward Long Term Financial Security — June 28, noon
    For anyone halfway down the road to retirement, this webinar is a critical checkpoint. This webinar takes you through the keys to successful money management, how to juggle competing financial demands, and retirement saving strategies that can help put you on the path to lifelong financial security.
    Register now.

All webinars are recorded and available for viewing 90 days after the live event. Visit to register or watch past presentations on demand.

Spanish-Speaking Webinars
Starting in 2022, TIAA is offering financial education webinars in Spanish. The webinars can be accessed at

New Scholarship Available in Digital Commons

The Graduate School is proud to announce the publication of 50 new dissertations, theses and reports in Digital Commons, the University’s institutional repository. These works represent the culmination of scholarly research for 23 PhD students, 27 master’s students and 57 faculty advisors. We hope you take time to explore the work of Michigan Tech’s newest scholarship.

ADVANCE Weekly Roundup: How can a quick social belonging message help student retention?

College is often touted as a gateway to a better life, but if incoming students aren’t able to persist through college, they can be saddled with debt and no meaningful improvement in their career prospects. Many students from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups are less likely to continue beyond their first year of college, making this an important equity issue.

A recent article published in Science investigated how an early-stage social-belonging intervention with first-year students affected their degree completion rates. The study involved nearly 27,000 college students from 22 institutions, wherein a subset of students were exposed to a 30-minute online intervention emphasizing their social belonging on campus: “Do people like me belong here? YES”. The authors theorized that the students exposed to the intervention would be more likely to respond to hardships and setbacks with a growth mindset (“It’s common to go through challenges like this and overcome them”), as opposed to a fixed mindset (“I/people like me don’t belong/can’t fit/can’t succeed at my college”), which would improve their academic outcomes.

The study showed a positive effect of the intervention on retention of all identity groups. However, identity groups with lower historic achievement levels experienced a greater positive effect from the intervention on completion rates compared to historically higher achieving groups. These results demonstrate that simple, targeted messaging at the beginning of a student’s college career can establish a sense of belonging and promote a growth mindset, increasing the likelihood of persistence through college, particularly for identity groups with historically low retention rates.

Today’s feature was shared with us by the ADVANCE Advocates Team. If you have an article you think we should feature, please email it to and we will consider adding it to the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup. 

The ADVANCE Weekly Roundup is brought to you by ADVANCE at Michigan Tech, an NSF-funded initiative dedicated to improving faculty career success, retention, diversity, equity, and inclusion. Past articles are available on the ADVANCE Newsblog. To learn more about this week’s topic, our mission, programming efforts, and to check out our growing collection of resources, contact us or visit our website.

Upcoming Campus User Training for Cayuse Sponsored Projects Platform

With a successful pilot underway and the “going live” date tentatively set for mid to late June, the Sponsored Operations Office and VPR invite the campus community to participate in training to use the new Cayuse research administration software. Specifically, research-active faculty, research scientists, and research support staff are invited to attend an upcoming training. If you anticipate submitting any externally funded proposals in the next year, consider attending one of the training sessions offered this summer: 

Please register for a session today, as each training session is limited to 30 seats. It only takes a few minutes! 

Tuesday, June 6 – 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Register for the June 6 training.

Wednesday, June 14 – 1:30 to 3 p.m. Register for the June 14 training.

Thursday, August 24 – 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Register for the August 24 training.

All trainings will be held in-person in Room 242 of the Van Pelt and Opie Library.

A recorded training will be available at a later date.

Additional information is available on our Cayuse Implementations webpage. Please reach out to Sponsored Operations with any questions. 

Lange and Sayen Named to CSC Academic All-District Team

Michigan Tech cross country and track & field student-athletes Sam Lange and Clayton Sayen have been selected to the College Sports Communicators (CSC) Academic All-District Team.

Lange holds a 3.97 GPA in mechanical engineering. He was runner-up in the 1,500m at the GLIAC Championships and ran an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 3:46.11. During the cross country season, Lange was the third scorer for the Huskies, placing 49th overall and helping the Black & Gold to a program-best 10th-place team finish. He also earned All-Region honors for his 15th-place finish at the Midwest Region Cross Country Championships.

Sayen is a master's student in business administration with a 3.87 GPA. He was an NCAA Qualifier in the 1,500m, placing 15th at the Division II National Championships. At the GLIAC Outdoor Conference Championships, he won the 1,500-meter event, breaking his own meet record in a time of 3:47.22. He also anchored the men's 4x400m relay team, who narrowly missed the school record, taking second-place overall in 3:18.94. Last fall, Sayen placed 16th at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, the best ever finish for a Husky at the event. Sayen also received All-Region and All-GLIAC honors during the cross country season.

Read more at the Michigan Tech Athletics website.


Job Postings

Job Postings for Thursday, June 1, 2023

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.

Academic Advisor, College of Computing. Apply online.

Department Coordinator, Cognitive and Learning Sciences. Apply online.

Postdoctoral Scholar, Biomedical Engineering. Apply online.

Postdoctoral Scholar - Environmental Biotechnology and Cryomicrobiology, Biological Sciences. 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

In the News

Autobody News mentioned Michigan Tech in a story about a new statewide campaign to promote careers, recruit talent and attract businesses in the state’s semiconductor industry. The campaign was the subject of a Michigan Economic Development Corporation press release, and will include a scholarship program similar to the $10,000 EV Scholars scholarship announced in February. Michigan Tech students will be eligible to apply.


Michigan Tech’s Food Access Network was mentioned in stories from ABC 10 and the Keweenaw Report about the upcoming farmers markets organized by the From the Ground Farmers Market Collective. HuskyFAN was listed as one of eight programs offered to market shoppers in Calumet, Hancock and Houghton to expand food access and alleviate food insecurity. 


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. next Thursday (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. next Thursday; email nominations to are preferred. Contact Debra Charlesworth at if you have any questions about the competition.