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Michigan Technological University — Biological Sciences, Social Sciences, Forest Resources and Environmental Science

Program Type:
Coverdell Fellows
Biological Sciences, Social Sciences, Forest Resources and Environmental Science
Degrees Awarded:
Applied Ecology (MS), Biological Science (MS), Environmental Policy (MS), Forest Ecology and Management (MS), Forest Molecular Genetics & Biotechnology (MS), Forestry (MS), Industrial Archaeology (MS)
Admissions Deadlines:

 Rolling, although each department may have specific deadlines for financial awards.

Admissions Cycle:


Program Start:
Fall or Spring semester (when new Fellows arrive on campus)
Program Founded:
December, 2012


 No application fee, 30% tuition fellowship, all credits associated with internship paid by Michigan Tech, limited graduate assistantships available on a competitive basis, paid VISTA internship with a VISTA education award ($5,350) upon completion of service.




The Coverdell Fellows program at Michigan Tech is a great way to reenter the United States.  Houghton is rural and remote, surrounded by forests and Lake Superior.  Michigan Tech has an active Peace Corps community.  Our Fellows program covers a range of disciplines that feed into internships with VISTA through the Department of Interior’s Office of Surface Mining.  Graduate classes are small and focused.  The program is typically one year on campus, one year of an internship and one more academic semester to complete the research. 

The year-long internships are conducted in coordination with two Office of Surface Mining VISTA programs: the Western Hardrock Watershed Team (http://www.hardrockteam.org/)and the Appalachian Coal Country Team (http://www.coalcountryteam.org/).  The two teams work in communities that have been economically or environmentally damaged by prior mining activities.  The communities have needs from stream and watershed restoration to historic preservation to economic development to broader community development programs.  RPCVs will enhance the program by bringing their experience with community development and cultural awareness to the program.  It is a natural fit for RPCVs who want to continue to work in rural development and improve their skill set by obtaining a graduate education in the appropriate field of study.



 Applicants must be RPCVs and provide their DOS, GRE, transcripts from their undergraduate institution(s), letters of recommendation, letter of intent, and application (available on line). We recommend consulting with a faculty member prior to application.  Potential Fellows should also apply to both the VISTA Western Hardrock Team and the VISTA Applachian Coal Country Team.  Details are on our website http://www.mtu.edu/gradschool/admissions/requirements/.

For inquiries about Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program, call 855.855.1961 x1440.

Program Contacts

If you have questions, please contact:
Prof. Blair Orr

School of Forest Resources and Environmental Sci.
1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, Michigan 49931-1295
(906) 487-2291
(906) 487-2915

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