Graduate Student Opportunities and Information
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.
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.
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