Joint ROTC Commissioning Ceremony

The Air Force and Army ROTC invite you to the Fall 2023 Commissioning Ceremony on Friday (Dec. 15) at 7 p.m. at the Rozsa Center.

This semester, we have one Air Force cadet and eight Army cadets commissioning.

Those commissioning are from the following programs:

Accounting & Data Analytics | Chemistry | Computer Engineering | Electrical Engineering | Materials Science and Engineering | Management | Mechanical Engineering

We will also be streaming the ceremony if you prefer to watch it live on YouTube.

SURF Applications Now Open

Applications for 2024 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURFs) are now open. Fellowship recipients will spend the summer working on an individual research project under the guidance of a Michigan Tech faculty mentor.

SURFs are open to all Tech undergraduates who have at least one semester remaining after the summer term. Awards are up to $4,500. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Feb. 9.

Students who have questions about the program or application process can take advantage of a virtual drop-in advising session with the SURF coordinator, Robert Handler (ChE).

Virtual drop-in advising sessions are scheduled for these dates:

For more information and access to the application materials and instructions, visit the SURF webpage or contact Handler at

MTU Wellness 360 Reminder

Remember to complete your MTU Wellness 360 Incentive 2023 Checklist Google form with the activities you completed between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2023, to earn up to $450 in health incentives for benefits-eligible employees.

Jan. 9 at 5 p.m. is the deadline to submit your MTU Wellness 360 Incentive 2023 Checklist for the 2023 reporting period. The 2023 payout incentives will be available in late February.

Questions? Contact the Benefits Office at or call 906-487-2517.

Rozsa Winter Break Hours, Closure Dates

Tickets for upcoming Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts events are available online 24/7, but if you’re looking to give physical tickets tucked into a festive envelope, plan to stop by this week during normal Rozsa Box Office hours — Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Rozsa Box Office will be closed throughout winter break, from next Monday (Dec. 18) through Jan. 7. It will reopen on Jan. 8 for normal business hours. Tickets for upcoming events can be purchased online throughout the winter break.

Rozsa administrative offices will close next Monday (Dec. 18) and reopen Jan. 3 for normal business hours, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Minimum Wage Increasing Jan. 1

Effective Jan. 1, 2024, the minimum wage will increase from $10.10 to $10.33 per hour. Therefore, all employees who currently fall below this new hourly rate will see an automatic increase. Department-generated Electronic Personnel Action Forms (EPAFs) will not be needed.

For jobs starting after Jan. 1, 2024, use the minimum wage of $10.33 per hour. This change will have an impact on departments that pay students and temporary employees less than this amount.

In the News

ExecutiveGov covered NASA’s announcement of the six winning teams in Phase 1, Level 2 of the Break the Ice Lunar Challenge — including Michigan Tech’s Planetary Surface Technology Development Lab. The PSTDL earned a $75,000 prize and advanced to the challenge’s final round. The team will bring their prototype to a NASA-designated test facility for a series of head-to-head matchups with the other finalists in spring 2024.


Outlook India referenced Michigan Tech’s Earthquake Magnitude Scale in a story about four low-intensity earthquakes recorded in the Indian states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Meghalaya and Gujarat last Friday (Dec. 8).


The Quinnipiac Chronicle mentioned Michigan Tech in a story about the departure of Wayne Gersie, vice president of equity and inclusion, from Quinnipiac University. Gersie announced his return as Michigan Tech’s vice president for diversity and inclusion last Thursday (Dec. 7) in Tech Today.


Traveling Lifestyle mentioned Winter Carnival and Mont Ripley in a short blurb about Houghton, featured as one of three underrated Michigan travel destinations to visit this winter.


RSVP for Research Day 2024

Save the Date: Research Day 2024 will be held Jan. 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Memorial Union Building.

Everyone is invited to join us for a time of learning, inspiration, networking and celebration as we look toward the future of research at Michigan Tech. Our theme this year is Strategic Partnerships, and we are excited to announce Volker Sick from the University of Michigan as our keynote speaker.

Please RSVP to attend by Friday (Dec. 15).

We encourage participants to attend in person for the best experience, and we also plan to, where practical, provide hybrid options and virtual networking opportunities for anyone who needs to attend remotely. A full agenda with more details and a list of sessions with hybrid options will be coming soon for those who RSVP.

Any questions should be addressed to


Sponsored Programs Proposal Submissions During MTU Holiday Recess

Accounting for the University holiday schedule, Sponsored Programs will be closed Dec. 23 to Jan. 2. Proposals with sponsor due dates falling between these dates will need to be submitted to the sponsor by Dec. 22. The two-tier internal proposal deadlines will be adjusted accordingly.

For proposals due between Jan. 3 and Jan. 9, the first internal deadline for proposal paperwork will be adjusted to the week of Dec. 18.

Please work with your assigned Sponsored Programs analyst for specific internal paperwork due dates.

If you have any questions, please contact Sponsored Programs at 906-487-2226 or


Nominations Open for 2024 MAGS Excellence in Teaching Awards

Nominations are now open for the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) Excellence in Teaching Awards. Michigan Tech may nominate one student at the M.S. and Ph.D. level. Each graduate program may nominate one student at the M.S. and Ph.D. level. Nominations are due to the Graduate School no later than 4 p.m. Wednesday (Dec. 13).

Eligible students:

  • Will have been enrolled at Michigan Tech during the 2023 calendar year and have a teaching appointment.
  • Will have earned the Michigan Tech Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award.
  • Will have an excellent teaching portfolio and student evaluations.

See the application page for complete details on what is required for a nomination.

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