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Announcing the 2018 Public Scholarship Grant Award Winners

The Rackham Program in Public Scholarship, with support from the U-M Office of Research, is pleased to announce its 2018 Public Scholarship grant awards to graduate students. The grants, totaling more than $41,000, support research projects created in partnership between Rackham students and a broad spectrum of community partner organizations.

Each of the six funded projects results in a public good—informed by their scholarship—which helps to address complex and wide-ranging social and cultural issues locally and abroad, from Thai migration to Israel to neighborhood-based economic opportunities for Latino/a communities in Detroit.

Street scene in Bogota, Columbia

I Am a Ph.D. Student from a Muggle Family

Recently, more than halfway through my second year of graduate school, I experienced a major breakdown. On my two, three-hour flights that took me back home to Colombia, I questioned my sudden decision to retreat for three weeks to get myself together.

“Is this going to affect the way my professors see me? Do I now seem like I am not committed to my Ph.D. program?” These are the questions that ran through my head.

I tried to breathe through the anxiety while I listened to the Harry Potter audio books that my friend downloaded for me to get me through the flights. “You can’t go through life without knowing about Harry Potter, it’s criminal!” I heard him say in my mind.

Apartments to Houses: Preparing to Rent in Ann Arbor as a Graduate Student

From Apartments to Houses: Preparing to Rent in Ann Arbor as a Graduate Student

As a new graduate student, choosing which school you want to attend and accepting their offer is just the first of a series of decisions you need to make. I personally love moving and house/apartment hunting, but most people find it more stressful than fun. Since moving to Ann Arbor, I have navigated both the apartment and rental house markets. From this process, I have learned some tips and found resources that make moving much easier. In this post, I will detail a few pointers you should know before renting in Ann Arbor, as well as my three favorite websites for finding the perfect living arrangements.

First, what should you consider before apartment/house hunting?

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