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External Fellowship Opportunities

For the 2014-2015 academic year, NWRI is offering four different fellowship funding opportunities to graduate students at U.S. universities conducting research in the areas of water resources, treatment, and policy. The deadline for fellowship applications is June 1, 2014.

The available fellowships include:

· NWRI Fellowship (two fellowships of $7,500 a year for 2 years). Research must pertain to the following areas of interest in the water and wastewater fields: recycled water, treatment technologies, water and energy nexus, sustainability, exploratory research, desalination, and policy and regulation.

· Ronald B. Linsky Fellowship for Outstanding Water Research (one fellowship of $15,000 a year for 2 years). Research must pertain to interdisciplinary issues in water resources and public policy, planning, or economics. Research topics include, but are not limited to, water and energy nexus, public health and risk assessment, water policy and economics, and water resources management.

· NWRI-AMTA Fellowships for Membrane Technology (two fellowships of $10,000 a year for 2 years). Research must pertain to the advancement of membrane technologies in the water, wastewater, or water reuse industries. Funding is provided by the American Membrane Technology Association (

· NWRI-Southern California Salinity Coalition Fellowship (one fellowship of $10,000 a year for 2 years). Research must address the critical need to remove or reduce salts from water supplies and to preserve water resources in Southern California. This fellowship, which is funded by the Southern California Salinity Coalition (, is limited to students at Southern California universities or colleges.

A total of 6 fellowships will be awarded. For more information, including the application process, please visit


Graduate Research and Creative Scholar, andthis photo shows two international students at an awards ceremony.  Both women are holding up certificates of recognition for their out standing work as students at W M U .
Teaching Effectiveness Awards Announced

The Graduate College, the Graduate Studies Council, and the Graduate Student Advisory Committee are proud to announce the 2013–14 recipients of the Graduate Research and Creative Scholar Awards at Western Michigan University and the Graduate Teaching Effectiveness Awards

View the Graduate Research and Creative Scholar Award Recipients Here

View the Graduate Teaching Effectiveness Award Recipients Here


Council of Graduate Schools Launches GradSense

The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS), a nonprofit organization devoted to graduate education and research, has launched GradSense, a novel online tool. This tool was designed and developed by CGS in collaboration with leading financial service provider TIAA-CREF to help students plan financially for their education and future careers. Among other features, the tool provides a Debt to Salary calculator as well as federal data on education debt. GradSense is part of the Enhancing Student Financial Education projects, which awarded grants to 15 colleges and universities across the country to develop innovative financial literacy programs that teach students about successful strategies for borrowing, lending and managing personal finances. Lessons and data from each of the 15 university programs and many of the 19 affiliate partner universities, which includes Western Michigan University will inform the development of new financial education resources for students nationwide.

Check out GradSense to help plan financially for your education and future career.


January 2014 Graduate Student Research and Travel Grant Awards Announced

[View the Graduate Student Research and Travel Grant award winners here]


Doctoral Scholar Associateship Nomination Deadline Approaching

There is still time for departments to nominate students Graduate College Doctoral Scholar Associateship. Nominations are due by February 24, 2014.

Nomination Information and Details


$tart $mart Salary Negotiation Workshop for Women

$tart $mart is an interactive workshop designed to give college women the confidence and skills they need to earn fair compensation. WMU is hosting a workshop on Thursday, March 27 from 1-4:15 p.m. Advanced registration is required, visit Or call 269-387-2745, Career and Student Employment Services. view informational poster here


Eighth Annual Research and Creative Activities Poster Day April 11, 2014

This is a great opportunity for WMU graduate students to promote university scholarship and be recognized for their research efforts, as well as gain experience in making professional research presentations. Prizes for outstanding student posters will be awarded on the day of the event.

WMU students wishing to participate should have their faculty sponsor contact Allison Weiner in the Office of the Vice President for Research via email at by March 14, 2014.

WMU faculty members wishing to serve as graduate student poster judges should contact Allison Weiner in the Office of the Vice President for Research via email at by March 14, 2014.


Teaching with Technology Symposium

Come check out how people from all over campus are teaching with technology, and share your ideas at WMU's first annual Teaching with Technology Symposium. This inaugural event is hosted by The Office of Faculty Development, Extended University Programs, and The Office of Information Technology. Registration is free!

When: February 19th, 2014; 1-4pm
Where: Fetzer Center on WMU's main campus

Keynote address at 1 p.m. by Kevin Abbott
"Game Design and the Classroom: Using game design principles to increase student engagement"
9 workshops - poster presentations - table demonstrations

Download the program here.
Let us know you are coming by registering here.
See you there!!


Western Michigan University Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) Launches New Discovery Experts Database

Western Michigan University is home to a variety of amazing people who are doing great research. Do you have an interest in a specific field of study? See why WMU stands out from the crowd with faculty such as Dr. Chris Coryn Director of the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Evaluation and Associate Professor of Evaluation, Measurement, and Research. Or look up other experts on the database here:

Discovery Experts Database


Graduate Center for Research and Retention Announces New Statistics Concepts Video Tutorial

The Graduate Center for Research and Retention now provides an E-learning course: Statistics Concepts Video Tutorial. This tutorial is available to all WMU students and faculty who want to gain an understanding and knowledge of basic statistics concepts. This tutorial is free, self-paced, and moves students from module to module in a logical order that builds skills sequentially. The tutorial was prepared by Haolai (Lincoln) Jiang, Ph.D. student with the WMU Department of Statistics. We acknowledge the expertise of Dr. Magdalena Bugaj, David Nivala, John Mackenzie, and Bradley Morgan in the preparation, design, and delivery of this important tutorial.

Instructions for course registration:

1. Visit and enter Bronco ID and password to log in.
2. Click "Self Registration" on the upper right bar.
3. Find course "Statistics Concepts Video Tutorial" and register for the course by following the instructions.
4. After registration, the course name should appear on the E-learning home page.


Call for Papers to present at the Graduate Humanities Conference

Graduate Humanities Conference Theme: Open Friday, February 14, 2014 Call for Papers and Panels. The Western Michigan University Center for the Humanities and the Graduate Student Advisory Committee (GSAC) invite submissions to the Graduate Humanities Conference to be held Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 on campus. The Conference invites proposals from all graduate students at WMU. Consideration will be given to any submissions related to the humanities; however, papers, posters and panels addressing the 2013-2014 Humanities Center theme, Changing Climates, are particularly welcome.

Eligibility: The conference is open to currently enrolled graduate students at WMU. The deadline to submit a proposal is January 24, 2014 and completed papers must be submitted by February 7, 2014. Presenters will be contacted by e-mail to confirm receipt of the completed proposal as well as conference acceptance. The faculty serving as respondents will select two outstanding submissions to be awarded a cash prize and publication in the Hilltop Review. The first place prize will be $500, and the second place prize will be $300. The submissions will be published in the Spring 2014 edition of the Hilltop Review.

Submit a Proposal


WMU announces new participation with Versatile Ph.D.

Students and recent alumni--with access to GoWMU--can access the link in GoWMU, in the My Self Service channel (top left corner). New users must access the subscription through the portal to establish a new account. Once log-in credentials are established, access is available directly at the website.

View the announcement flier

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New Teaching Assistant, and Research Discovery Training Booklets Available

2013/14 GA Health Insurance Enrollment Information Now Available

Fall 2013 Health Insurance Letter [docx]

Professional Email Etiquette in 11 Easy Steps

Get to know the rules of email etiquette before you hit the send button [email_etiquette.pdf]

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The Spring 2013 issue of the Western Michigan University Magazine lists the ten of the top earning degrees after graduation. Graduate degrees are well represented in eight of the top ten.

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