Graduate Student Resources

graduate students at december 2017 graduation
Graduate Students at the Decemeber 2017 Graduation Ceremony

Graduate Student Opportunities and Information


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Want to fund your research and scholarship? Check out some opportunities below. 
*These are not endorsed by NMU or the Graduate Office. They are for informational purposes only. 
The Laura Bassi Scholarship, which awards a total of $8,000 thrice per 
annum, was established by Editing Press in 2018 with the aim of providing 
editorial assistance to postgraduates and junior academics whose research 
focuses on neglected topics of study, broadly construed. The scholarships 
are open to every discipline and the next round of funding will be awarded 
in December 2019:

      Winter 2019
      Application deadline: 25 November 2019
      Results: 15 December 2019

All currently enrolled master’s and doctoral candidates are eligible to 
apply, as are academics in the first five years of their employment. 
Applicants are required to submit a completed application form along with 
their CV through the application portal by the relevant deadline. Further 
details, previous winners, and the application portal can be found at:

2020 ICPSR Research Paper Competitions (Undergraduate & Master's categories)

For papers on any topic using data from the ICPSR General Archive or Thematic Collections.

Awards: $1,000 for first place, $750 for second place. There are separate undergraduate and master's prizes for this competition.


  • Entrants must be current master’s or undergraduate students, or recent graduates who graduated on or after April 1, 2019. (Students who graduated before April 1, 2019, are not eligible.)
  • Entrants must be from ICPSR member institutions. (NMU is a member institution)
  • Entrants may be from the US or outside the US.



Ethical Research Conduct

During their graduate career at Northern Michigan University, many students will conduct research as a part of their thesis or capstone work. Students conducting experiments involving human subjects must complete a Human Subjects Institutional Review Board (IRB) application prior to beginning the research. The student cannot proceed with that research project until they have received approval from the IRB. Similarly, graduate students who conduct research involving vertebrate animals must submit an application to the Northern Michigan University Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) prior to the conduct of their research, and must receive approval of the proposed project before beginning their research. Students should work with their faculty advisor to complete all research compliance requirements. Note that ALL graduate students who have utilized human or animal subjects in their thesis research project must submit a copy of the IRB or IACUC approval form with their thesis, or the thesis will not be approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research.

Check out the Fall Trainings available through the Office of Graduate Education and Research! We will cover topics like: thesis formatting and submission, research compliance, grant funding, and how to present research. Thesis and research trainings will have both daytime and evening presentations in order to best meet the needs of our graduate student body. Trainings are usually 1 hour long and light refreshments are provided. RSVP here, or check out the Trainings and Workshops page for more information. 
Follow this link to Career Services' list of skillbuilders, where students ca learn about honing resumes and cover letters, preparing for interviews, and more. Workshops hosted by Career Services are open to all NMU students, and last approximately one hour.



    Student Scholarship Opportunity

    The Helen and William Milliken Scholar Program is a competitive $6,000 internship that will inspire the Great Lake State’s next generation of environmental leaders.


    The Helen and William Milliken Scholar Program will provide an unsurpassed practical experience to Michigan college students who aspire to honor the Milliken legacy with a successful career in environmental law, policy and/or advocacy.  Over time, we expect to see Milliken Scholars in top decision-making positions, leading Michigan to a healthy, sustainable and prosperous future.


    The Basics.  Each year a Michigan college student will be selected through a competitive process.  The winner will receive a $6,000 prize and complete 400 hours of service learning with MEC. Winners may complete their 400 hours of service learning during any 16-32 week span in the 12-month period following their selection.


    The service learning experience will focus on a “big idea”—an innovative policy concept or cutting edge advocacy tool—that will help restore Michigan to its once-proud place as a global leader in natural resource conservation and environmental protection.  Revolving around that “big idea,” the internship will involve:


    ·In-depth research and production of a written report that’s ready to be shared with the world;

    ·Intensive practice in policymaking processes and various forms of advocacy, including media communications, organizing and lobbying; and

    ·Opportunities to build relationships, receive mentoring from leaders of Michigan’s environmental community past, and present.  


    The winner will be recognized along with the recipients of The William and Helen Milliken Distinguished Service Award and The Petoskey Prize for Environmental Leadership at the MEC Environmental Awards Celebration, which is held annually in spring or early summer.

    For more information, reference this form



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