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Announcement

Rackham Graduate School will be closed for the Memorial Day holiday from 5:00 p.m., Friday, May 25 to 8:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 29.

Meet the Deans: Peter Hitchcock

Hello! I am one of four Associate Deans, and my role at Rackham is to provide administrative oversight for graduate programs in the biological, biomedical and health sciences. In addition, I help coordinate campus-wide resources for training in the responsible conduct of research and scholarship, and I help provide support and resources for the 1400 postdoctoral research fellows working at the University of Michigan.

What Is the Purpose of Studying History?

In thinking about my own work as an historian, I cannot help but think of the profession as a whole. Traditionally, a “successful” practitioner of history with a Ph.D. was supposed to find a tenure-track job at a university, where he or she would teach undergraduate students and complete research. While this myth of “success” was never the case for every Ph.D., only in the past few years have professional historians really thought about the state of the profession and what it means to be an historian.

Rackham Student Awarded CIC Smithsonian Fellowship

Last week, the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) announced this year's CIC/Smithsonian Institution Fellowship awardees. Kristine Ronan, a Ph.D. candidate in History of Art, also enrolled in Museum Studies Graduate Certificate Program, was one of 6 students to be awarded this prestigious fellowship. Fellowships are offered by the CIC and the Smithsonian Institution to provide opportunities for graduate students to conduct research in association with members of the Smithsonian professional research staff, and to utilize the resources of the Institution.

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