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RMF Connection

The 2017 Rackham Merit Fellowship (RMF) Connection will be held from August 14th to the 25th, 2017.

The "Developing Shared Expectations" handout was a critical piece to starting a conversation with my advisor and supervisor. It really set me apart from other students, and also made me look professional and prepared. I feel like they both take me very seriously and are interested in working with me even more because I started an important conversation.

2016 RMF Connection Participant

I made a lot of friends! We still hang out, and we even got together after the first day of class just to check in with each other. I appreciated RMF bringing us together because otherwise I would not have found them.

2016 RMF Connection Participant

About the Program

The Rackham Merit Fellowship (RMF) Connection is a program designed for newly admitted doctoral students who are recipients of a Rackham Merit Fellowship (RMF). This includes Rackham Engineering Awards (REA), Rackham Science Awards (RSA), and Rackham Merit Fellowship students in Education and Psychology.

This two week program, scheduled from August 14th to the 25th, is designed to:

  • Introduce students to resources in Rackham and across the university
  • Provide professional, academic and personal development experiences to assist with the first-year transition
  • Cultivate community among the RMF cohort
Tentative Schedule
Date Time Event
Monday, August 14 9:00am to 6:00pm Welcome and Orientation
Tuesday, August 15 to Friday, August 18 10:00am to 1:00pm Professional Development Workshops and Lunch
Saturday, August 19 9:00am to 3:00 pm Day Trip to Detroit (optional)
Monday, August 21 to Thursday, August 24 10:00am to 1:00pm Professional Development Workshops and Lunch
Friday, August 25 9:00am to 5:00pm Intellectual Autobiography Presentations

Participation in this program is optional, but it is highly encouraged. All students that complete the application by June 1, 2017 will be guaranteed a space.

Please note: Fellows are expected to attend the entire two-week program and will be responsible for their own housing and transportation costs.

Register for the 2017 RMF Connection