GSG works on various projects every year. Below is information about some of our active engagements.
Encouraging COVID-19 Vaccinations for Students
In lieu of our campus opening up and going in-person this next Fall 2021, GSG has put together a resolution that encourages not only graduate students, but all students, faculty, and staff, especially those who serve in a teaching role to get your COVID-19 vaccine. Find the document here.
The GSG publishes short portraits of MTU students on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. This initiative is designed to highlight the diversity of our graduate student body not only in terms of the work and research that MTU graduate students do, but also in terms of their personal stories, their path to Michigan Tech, their professional objectives, and their motivations.
Please nominate someone who you think should have their portrait on our social media. You also have the possibility to nominate yourself! Nominees will be asked to write a (very) short narrative about themselves as well as to share a photo with us.
Feel free to reach out to Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Formal Recommendations for IPS and the Administration
Shortly after the SEVP and ICE announcements of early July 2020, GSG witnessed increased anxiety among the international student body as questions and concerns regarding the status of international students were brought to our attention. In response to this, GSG formed an ad-hoc committee for international students’ concerns, in order to understand the main concerns our international students are facing, not only in times of COVID-19 or in regards to the ICE regulations, but also for life in general at Michigan Tech. The charge of this committee was to find out ways to help and support the international student community at Michigan Tech, and to provide a formal recommendation to the President of the GSG to be delivered to President Koubek.
Read the full document here.
Cost of Living Survey
In Fall 2019 GSG conducted a cost of living survey in order to determine what the monthly expenses were for graduate students, how this compared to their monthly income, as well as gather demographic information about the graduate student body at Michigan Tech along with their concerns.
Based on our analysis of the data we have determined that the income of many supported students does not provide enough for them to meet their basic monthly expenses, and does not allow students to adequately prepare for emergency situations which may negatively impact their research. In order to combat these issues, and to ensure that Michigan Tech can continue to attract and retain the best and brightest researchers on its path to becoming an R1 Research Institute the Graduate Student Government of Michigan Tech has made recommendations to Pr Koubek and the administration.
Read the full report here.
Health Insurance Benchmark
GSG has put together a Health Insurance Benchmark document that gathers information on health insurance benefits and coverage for Tech students (from 2016 to 2020). Find the document here.
Promoting Events for Graduate Students
If you are organizing and/or hosting an event relevant to graduate students and others, the GSG can help promote your event by sharing it on our social media. Just fill out this form to provide us with the necessary information. Please be aware that in order for us to best promote your event, you should submit the form at least 10 days prior to the date of the event.
GSG has partnered with the Undergraduate Student Government and the University Senate to adopt a resolution on sustainable practices that the organisation will follow. The resolution can be found here.