FAQs & As for PhD Students

What can Fellows gain by working with their partner-teacher?

Partner-teachers mentor the Fellows through the process of identifying and gathering existing lesson plans on water topics and creating new lesson plans based on the Fellows' research and knowledge on the subject. GK-12 Fellows conduct the actual teaching under the supervision of their partner-teacher.

I'm a PhD student at Michigan Tech. How would this program benefit me if I became a Fellow?

Fellows participating in the program enjoy these benefits:

  • From a graduate student perspective, the purpose of the program is to expand traditional science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) graduate student training to encompass improved teaching and communication skills and to help graduate students gain a greater appreciation of the context of their research. The managers of this program hope to make this expanded training for graduate students a permanent fixture at Michigan Tech.
  • The program covers Michigan Tech tuition and fees, as well as expenses associated with travel to partner schools.
  • Fellows receive a stipend of $30,000 per year.

Do Fellows need a formal teaching background in order to teach middle and high school students?

No. GK-12 Fellows are prepared to teach in the middle or high school classroom through a specially designed education course at Michigan Tech. They are further mentored during the program in lesson planning and teaching practices by their partner-teacher.

What is the deadline for applying and how are Fellows selected?

February 15. Selection occurs in the spring and the Fellowship begins that summer. Fellows are selected to participate in the program by a committee composed of representatives of the school community and Michigan Tech faculty.

What happens after Fellows are selected?

Once selected, Fellows attend a four-day summer workshop designed to prepare GK-12 Fellows and selected teachers for their upcoming work and to pair GK-12 Fellows and teachers with similar interests.

I'm interested in participating in this program as a Fellow. What do I do?

If you are an interested PhD student at Michigan Tech, visit the How to Participate Interested PhD Students page to explore the additional materials. Of particular interest is the Fellows Handbook, which provides more information about the program from a Fellow-perspective. If you are still interested, complete and submit the application materials provided.

I'm a Master's student at Michigan Tech. Can I participate as a Fellow in this program?

Fellowships in the program are available only to PhD students at Michigan Tech.


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