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Graduate Student Opportunities and Information

We've assembled a list of resources on this page that may be helpful to stay connected with NMU, fund your education, explore Marquette and more. 

If you were unable to find the information you were looking for, please contact us and we’ll do our best to assist you. We can be reached at 906-227-2300 or

Office of Graduate Studies and Research Trainings

Our department regularly covers 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. 

Graduate Studies Workshops Page

Research Information

Skill Builders

NMU's Career Services Office hosts a variety of skill builder workshops throughout the year where students can 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.

View Upcoming Skill Builders

Graduate Assistantship Openings

Reminder: Northern Michigan University uses a student’s NMU email account as its primary means of communicating official university business, including legally required information. As a condition of enrollment, all NMU students are required to use their assigned NMU email accounts to receive communication from the university.

Library Resource Guides - information provided by NMU librarians about citations, formatting, and so many other things! 

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.

Research and Scholarship Funding Opportunities

National Science Foundation: NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Program
Deadline: March 25, 2020
Amount: $650,000 - $5M

Summary: A well-educated science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce is a significant contributor to maintaining the competitiveness of the U.S. in the global economy. The National Science Foundation (NSF) Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) program addresses the need for a high-quality STEM workforce in STEM disciplines supported by the program and for the increased success of low-income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need who are pursuing associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Recognizing that financial aid alone cannot increase retention and graduation in STEM, the program provides awards to Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) to fund scholarships and to advance the adaptation, implementation, and study of effective evidence-based curricular and co-curricular activities that support recruitment, retention, transfer (if appropriate), student success, academic/career pathways, and graduation in STEM. The S-STEM program encourages collaborations among different types of participating groups, including but not limited to partnerships among different types of institutions; collaborations of STEM faculty and institutional, educational, and social science researchers; and partnerships among institutions of higher education and business, industry, local community organizations, national labs, or other federal or state government organizations, if appropriate.

The program seeks to 1) increase the number of low-income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need obtaining degrees in S-STEM eligible disciplines and entering the workforce or graduate programs in STEM; 2) improve the education of future scientists, engineers, and technicians, with a focus on low-income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need; and 3) generate knowledge to advance understanding of how interventions or evidence-based curricular and co-curricular activities affect the success, retention, transfer, academic/career pathways, and graduation of low-income students in STEM.

Scholars must be low-income, academically talented students with unmet financial need who are enrolled in an associate, baccalaureate or graduate degree program, with a major in an S-STEM eligible discipline.

The S-STEM program particularly encourages proposals from 2-year institutions, Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), tribal colleges and universities, and urban and rural public institutions.

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 & Eligibility: 

  • $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.
Student Scholarship Opportunity
Helen and William Milleken Scholar Program

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.

*The opportunities listed above are not endorsed by NMU or the Graduate Office. They are for informational purposes only.