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Students Win 1st Place at the ICAMES Conference in Istanbul, Turkey

Two ECE students, Eric A. Pietrowicz and Tyler W. Bayne, who are working with Dr. Pnina Ari-Gur on her National Science Foundation grant, traveled to Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey to present a paper on their work at the 21st International Cultural and Academic Meeting of Engineering Students (ICAMES).  To be accepted at this competitive conference is an honor and recognition of high quality project. Ari-Gur (who is a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering) sent the pair to the conference to present the NSF and Hewlett-Packard funded 3D virtual laboratory research project. Eric, an undergrad student (junior in electrical engineering), delivered the paper while Tyler (masters student in computer engineering) served as a graduate student advisor.  Tyler graduated from WMU and was also a member of the honors college. Both Eric and Tyler were also winners of the Undergraduate Research Excellence award for their work on this project.

The presentation was very well received by audience and referees alike and led to the team winning the 1st place in the competitive part of the conference. Eric and Tyler presented at the conference a computer-game style 3-D virtual scanning electron microscope (SEM) that is fully interactive. This simulation and others (such as tensile testing of materials and X-ray diffraction) are being phased into the undergraduate engineering curriculum at Western Michigan University. Over 50 institutions around the globe have requested and received the ‘hand-on’ simulated experiments to use at their sites. Professors at the audience were impressed with the virtual lab and plan to adopt the simulations for use in their classes.

The conference also included a variety of tours and activities with representatives from the other 17 countries in attendance. These activities included Culture Night, a school-wide carnival, Turkish Night, and local concerts at the university. It was a fun and educational experience that created many new friendships, as well as professional contacts.


Coming soon: Library Search. New system, better results

The University Libraries is in the process of implementing a new library system complete with an improved discovery and search interface.  Some features of the new Library Search system include:

This new library system will replace the previous Books+, PowerSearch and Classic Catalog search tools. In addition, it will take the place of the previous Journals button on the Library Homepage.  It won’t affect access to specific databases (e.g. JSTOR, Scopus), borrowing periods or interlibrary loan.
The new Library Search system is scheduled to Go-Live the week of May 18.  Library staff are available to provide help and individual support both before and after the switch over. 
For more information, please contact the Ask-a-Librarian service at
or call the University Libraries Reference Desk at: (269) 387-5178.


Associate position available in new Wayne State urban watershed and aquatic sciences program

Wayne State University is seeking applicants for the position of Program Associate for a new center for research on urban watersheds. This center will be Wayne State University’s focal point for leadership, research and education on water and aquatic resources in urban and natural systems, with goals of advancing the health of urban waters and associated research, education, policy, economic development, and environmental sustainability.

The Program Associate will:

The Program Associate position is expected to be a part-time position, but may also be supplemented to bring to full-time status, depending on applicant qualifications, at the time of hire. This is a 2-year position with the possibility of a longer appointment.

The ideal candidate will possess an advanced degree (e.g. M.S., PhD or equivalent) with relevance to aquatic science and engineering. The position requires strong skills in leadership, interpersonal communication, fundraising, management, organization and collaboration.

To apply, send a letter of interest by email with “Watershed Program Associate” in the subject line, indicating your preference for a part time or full time position, CV, and contact information for three references to Dr. Carol Miller at


WMU Business PITCH Competition seeking participants (Deadline March 20, 2015)

Have an idea for a business that you would like to pursue?
Think you can pitch it in three minutes or less?
Would you like to win money to help turn your idea into a reality?

If so, the WMU Business PITCH Competition is for you!

Applications to compete for $4,000 in prizes are due by midnight (EDT) on Friday, March 20.

Visit to apply

Consider attending an informational session:

Pitch Workshops:



U.S. News names three WMU grad programs best in Michigan

Release #1415-214; March 10, 2015--Contact: Cheryl Roland (269) 387-8412

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The latest annual U.S. News & World Report rankings of the top graduate programs in the nation shows Western Michigan University with seven programs among the top-100 in their disciplines and three of those named the best in Michigan.

In the latest round of rankings released March 10, WMU's two Occupational Therapy programs--one based in Kalamazoo and the other in Grand Rapids--and the University's Speech-Language Pathology program captured the highest rankings in Michigan in those disciplines. 

WMU graduate programs ranked among the nation's top 100 are:

• Occupational Therapy, Kalamazoo—No. 21

• Speech-Language Pathology—No. 35

• Occupational Therapy, Grand Rapids—No. 36

• Rehabilitation Counseling—No. 37

• Audiology—No. 45

• Physician Assistant—No. 57

• Social Work—No. 66.

All seven of WMU's top-100 programs are part of the University's celebrated College of Health and Human Services. Another eight WMU graduate programs also were highly ranked among graduate programs at the nation's more than 650 colleges and universities that confer master's and doctoral degrees. The additional ranked WMU programs are in: Clinical Psychology (114), Earth Sciences  (113), English (125), History (125), Education (136), Psychology (141), Art (146) and 
Public Affairs (149). 

"We have a long history of graduate programs that have established a national  reputation, particularly in the health and human service fields," says Dr. Susan Stapleton, dean of the WMU Graduate College. "That, of course, continues, but I'm also extraordinarily pleased at the breadth of academic disciplines represented by our other ranked graduate programs. Together, they reflect our commitment to outstanding graduate education."

Included in U.S. News & World Report's annual graduate education edition are rankings for the nation's top medical and law schools. The magazine unveiled a new listing this year of the most diverse law schools in the nation. The listing, which was based on the total proportion of full and part-time minority law students, includes the Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School, which was listed as Michigan's most diverse law school. WMU-Cooley was tied for 36th place nationally with law schools at such other universities as Harvard, Northwestern and Illinois, Urbana Champaign.


Professor Anthony "Tony" Silva,  Director of the Graduate Program in Second Language Studies/ESL at Purdue University will visit Western Michigan University

"English Language Learners and Plagiarism," Talk. Thurs., Feb. 26, 6:00-7:30 p.m. in Brown 4705 (Open to all)

"Encouraging English Language Learners' Writing Engagement (and Avoidance of Plagiarism)," Workshop. Fri., Feb. 27, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Sangren 4705 (Open to all)


Midwest Graduate Research Symposium invites students to participate

The Midwest Graduate Research Symposium is the largest multidisciplinary symposium in the Midwest. This event is the perfect opportunity for students to practice presentation skills by presenting research to other students and faculty from over 65+ schools from the Midwest! This all day symposium will include graduate student presentations (poster and oral), an awards ceremony, and will end with a dinner and keynote speaker.

Online registration is open and is free to all students. The deadline to register for this year’s Symposium is February 28th. To learn more, or register as a participant (abstract submissions encouraged), visit the website at:


WMU Doctoral Student Missy Callaway Awarded Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) Scholarship

Congratulations to Missy Callaway, doctoral student in WMU's Clinical Psychology program for being awarded the Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) scholarship. The PPCLI's bursary is awarded by the Canadian Army to an individual who demonstrates a significant dedication to military members, veterans and their families. In particular, it is given to those who have portrayed an extensive commitment to supporting the military community in multiple different capacities. Missy has been working with the armed forces community for over five years with a special interest in addressing combat stress reactions such as Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and moral injuries. She is passionate about her work and looks forward to continuing to learn under the supervision of Dr. Spates.

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WMU again called best buy, top-100 school by Washington Monthly
KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University has once again been named one of the country's top 100 national universities and a "Best Bang for the Buck" school in rankings released Aug. 25 by Washington Monthly.
WMU is one of four Michigan universities to make the 2014 list, which the popular Washington, D.C., magazine has published annually since 2005. The publication's College Guide and Rankings rates schools based on what they are doing for their students and the country. This is the second year WMU has appeared on the list of top-100 national universities and its second appearance in the more recent "best bang for the buck" category. On earlier Washington Monthly lists, WMU consistently appeared on the overall list of national universities.
WMU ranked No. 90 on the list of top national universities and No. 54 on the "best bang for the buck" list. Also appearing on the overall list were University of Michigan and Michigan State and Michigan Technological universities. Of Michigan's top national universities, only Michigan State and Michigan Tech also appeared with WMU on the "best bang for the buck" list.
The lists appear in the magazine's September/October issue. The overall list is based on three factors the publication characterizes as college qualities that are good for the nation--producing cutting-edge research and new Ph.Ds., encouraging students to give back to the nation through service, and promoting social mobility by recruiting and graduating low-income students. The editors also, for the second year, credited universities for offering a good value proposition, giving its highest marks "based on the economic value students receive per dollar: Best Bang for the Buck."
"Our rankings have always rejected the idea that expense, luxury, and exclusivity should be held up as the highest values for colleges and students to aspire to," wrote the editors in an introduction to this year's rankings. "Instead, we ask a different question: What are colleges doing for the country?"
WMU's rankings in the public service measures were particularly high this year, with two key measures--participation and institutional support for service ranking nationally at No. 35 and No. 28, respectively.
"I've always found the Washington Monthly rankings intriguing," says WMU President John M. Dunn. "The measures used by the group to assess quality and effectiveness dovetail with Western Michigan University's values, which are centered on opportunity, scholarship and serving the community. Washington Monthly gets it right."


The Graduate College announces a new associate dean

The Graduate College has announced Christine Byrd-Jacobs as the new associate dean. Dr. Byrd-Jacobs comes to the Graduate College from the department of biological sciences and will begin her new position on July 1st.

Find out more about Dr. Byrd-Jacobs in this article from MLive


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 on-line 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.


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.


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.

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Professional Email Etiquette in 11 Easy Steps

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