FAQs & As for PhD Students
What can Fellows
gain by working with their partner-teacher?
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
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
- 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
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
What is the
deadline for applying and how are Fellows
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.
after Fellows are 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
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