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Rackham’s Campaign Update

As we near the halfway mark for the University of Michigan Victors for Michigan fundraising campaign, Rackham is pleased to announce that we have raised $18.7 million to date and are more than halfway to our $30 million goal.

Donors to Rackham support graduate students by funding conference travel awards, summer stipends and research grants. Donors also support many programs and services that provide a sense of community among graduate students, including interdisciplinary workgroups and workshops ranging from dissertation writing to fostering professional development skills. Our offerings are open to all Rackham students, which include every Ph.D. student and roughly two thirds of the Master’s students at the University of Michigan.

Education That Knows No Boundaries

Spend more than five minutes with a doctoral student and you’re all but guaranteed to hear her utter the word ‘interdisciplinary.’ More than a recruiting buzzword, interdisciplinary work is increasingly a common practice for students across departments to collaborate in creative ways. Rackham plays a big role in this interdisciplinary landscape, thanks in large part to the proliferation of Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshops (RIW). These efforts are designed to encourage exchange and collaboration among students and faculty who share intellectual interests but do not necessarily have an easily available forum in common because they have different academic affiliations.

Rackham Predoctoral Fellowships: Impacting Graduate Education for 80 Years

In the spring of 1935, in the depths of the Depression, U-M President Alexander Ruthven met with Mary Rackham to present his vision for endowing the Graduate School. Horace Rackham had passed away two years earlier and left his fortune to the newly-established Horace and Mary Rackham Fund. In September of 1935, after several months of negotiations, the Rackham Fund, led by the widowed Mary, granted $4 million to U-M in order to endow the Graduate School and name it in honor of Horace Rackham.