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COVID-19

Find resources, updates, and information of specific interest to graduate students in light of COVID-19.

How Rackham Helps

The Rackham Graduate School is home to over 8,200 students, about half the graduate students on campus. We offer centralized services and special opportunities for all Rackham students.

Living In Ann Arbor

If you are new to U-M, then we'd like to offer some help as you get settled. Check out our tips and resources for making Ann Arbor home.

Academic & Professional Resources

Learn about the people, offices, and tools that can help you thrive academically and stand out professionally.

Support System

Where to get help with challenges or problems either academically or in your personal life if the need arises.

Stay Connected

U-M is a big place, but you are never alone as a Rackham student. Stay connected to Rackham and to fellow students during your time here.

Virtual Rackham Fall Welcome

Friday, August 27, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. EDT

Update: This event is now virtual only.

Join us virtually to hear from Dean Michael Solomon, student leaders, and the Michigan Fanfare Band, as they welcome new Rackham graduate students to campus.

Registration is required.

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Virtual Information Fair

Thursday, August 26, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. EDT

Meet with various campus organizations and departments at our information fair. Learn how you can connect with them throughout the year and what resources these groups can offer during your time at Rackham.

Registration is required.

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Virtual Information Fair Guide

American Library Association Student Chapter

The mission of the Student Chapter of the American Library Association, at the University of Michigan, is to promote awareness of, interest in, and involvement in libraries, librarianship, and information services among all students at the University of Michigan School of Information. To achieve our mission, we will create a space for discussing relevant issues; provide opportunities for professional development; and encourage participation in the University of Michigan community and beyond.

American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Student Chapter

We are a student organization looking to:

  • Inform students about various aspects of a career in academia
  • Enhance the teaching and presentation skills of prospective educators
  • Assist students in their search for academic positions
  • Develop skills needed to establish and lead a research program
  • Encourage under-represented minority participation through focused recruitment efforts and by addressing concerns unique to minorities

ArtsEngine

ArtsEngine is an interdisciplinary initiative of the North Campus schools and colleges: A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning; Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design; School of Music, Theatre & Dance; College of Engineering; and School of Information.

ArtsEngine’s mission is to deepen and enrich the Michigan experience by providing a framework in which curiosity, creativity, collaboration, and passion are engaged through interdisciplinary teaching, learning, research, and community. We do this by promoting, expanding, and enhancing programs and initiatives through which students and faculty develop as interdisciplinary thinkers, outcome-driven makers, and collaborative practitioners across the arts, design, engineering, information sciences and technology.

cataLIST: Ladies in Science & Technology

cataLIST: Ladies in Science & Technology, previously known as The Association for Women in Science, is an organization dedicated to achieving equity and full participation for women in science, technology, and engineering. Membership is offered to anyone who supports these goals. Our chapter focuses on mentorship, community outreach, and career training for our members. Biweekly mentorship circles offer a chance to discuss issues relevant to women in STEM at all levels, give and receive career advice, and just chat about life in academia. Our annual Young Scientists Expo (March) is a great chance to help middle schoolers explore their interests in science, culminating in a community science fair. We also host professional development events and informal socials.

Center for Entrepreneurship

You’re developing world-class skills as a U-M graduate student. Why not round out your education by strengthening your business knowledge?

Discover how to grow your network and work more effectively in teams. Understand how venture capital and financing work. Learn how to do market research. And explore the basics of intellectual property.

The Center for Entrepreneurship’s courses and Graduate Certificate in Innovation & Entrepreneurship can give you an edge.

Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT)

CRLT is dedicated to the support and advancement of evidence-based learning and teaching practices and the professional development of all members of the campus teaching community. CRLT partners with faculty, graduate students, postdocs, and administrators to develop and sustain a university culture that values and rewards teaching, respects and supports individual differences among learners, and creates learning environments in which diverse students and instructors can excel.

Chapter of the Scientista Foundation at University of Michigan

Chapter of the Scientista Foundation at University of Michigan's purpose is to empower women pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM) by providing a strong campus community, online resources, and visible role models. This is achieved through:

  • Organizing socials and study groups
  • Connecting people with similar goals and interests
  • Providing networking and job opportunities
  • Recognizing female achievements in STEM through Scientista Spotlights
  • Facilitating outreach to inspire and encourage young people in the community Providing career training and mentorship

Department of Afroamerican and African Studies (DAAS)

Established in 1970, the now-Department of Afroamerican and African Studies (DAAS) is an interdisciplinary program of research, instruction, and community outreach. Its intellectual focus and mission is to reflect on and participate in determining emerging directions in the study and representation of the diverse cultures, experiences, and societies of Africans and peoples of African descent across the African continent and diaspora.

Eisenberg Family Depression Center

Campus Mind Works is a website and outreach program developed by the Eisenberg Family Depression Center to support student mental health. The website was designed to simplify access to resources and provide information about managing mental health in college. Free, education and support groups are offered in partnership with the U-M Engineering’s C.A.R.E. Center and Munger Graduate Residences, and are run by professional staff.

Engineering Career Resource Center

The Engineering Career Resource Center(ECRC) supports College of Engineering students in their career exploration and job search process. We offer comprehensive career development services to support our students' successful transition from campus to career. We are passionate about providing excellence, innovation, and integrity through our services and relationships.

English Language Institute

The ELI offers a wide range of credit-bearing English for Academic Purposes courses for graduate students at the University of Michigan. ELI classes are small, interactive, and provide students with extensive one-on-one feedback. Our curriculum is based on the latest research on the kinds of speaking and writing students need to achieve their academic and professional goals. ELI faculty provide every student with a high level of personalized guidance and support. Throughout the academic year, ELI offers free workshops focusing on specific English writing and speaking skills graduate students need to achieve their scholarly and professional goals. ELI's Graduate Language Clinics provide international graduate students, GSIs, scholars, faculty, and staff with one-on-one language and academic support. For a personalized advising session with an ELI faculty member for guidance in choosing an appropriate course, please register for an appointment on our website or e-mail ELIadvisor@umich.edu.

Environmental Health Student Association

EHSA is the departmental student group of the Environmental Health Sciences Department within the School of Public Health. EHSA aims to bring together Masters and Doctoral level students for service opportunities, speakers, and social events.

Ginsberg Center

The Ginsberg Center is a community and civic engagement center with a mission to cultivate and steward equitable partnerships between communities and the University of Michigan in order to advance social change for the public good. Based upon this mission, our vision is for inclusive democracy; thriving, diverse communities; and equity and social justice. Graduate and professional students across campus incorporate community needs and priorities into their disciplinary work, professional goals, and personal interests. We would love to work with you, whether you are looking for support on your research projects, developing new initiatives, building your evaluation and assessment skills, or wanting to engage with Ginsberg Center programs, such as our Graduate Academic Liaison Program or Engaged Pedagogy Initiative. Come talk with us and learn more!

GradCru at the University of Michigan

GradCru is a graduate community that seeks to stimulate and support each other to live out authentically and communicate meaningfully our faith in Jesus Christ in the midst of the University.

Graduate Certificate in Judaic Studies

The Judaic Studies Graduate Certificate provides an opportunity for graduate students enrolled at U-M to acquire an interdisciplinary grounding in Judaic Studies as a secondary field. Graduate students examine the histories, cultures, and languages of the Jewish people. Through dynamic courses and working closely with distinguished faculty and prominent visitors, students develop individual responses to complex issues like religious faith, cultural pluralism, ethnic identity, and migration. The diverse curriculum allows for exploration of any aspect of the Jewish experience, from Israel to America, spanning the biblical era to the present.

Graduate Christian Fellowship

Graduate Christian Fellowship is a Christ-centered student organization that seeks to engage graduate students and faculty at UM with the good news of the Gospel and the principles of holiness that conform us to Christ's image. Throughout the academic year, we conduct weekly Bible studies, prayer meetings, and walk alongside each other in community through life's ups and downs.

Graduate Society of Women Engineers

GradSWE’s mission is to support graduate women engineers as they achieve academic and life goals. We host events to foster a more diverse and inclusive engineering community and advocate for changes that result in a more supportive environment for women engineers at the university.

Graduates Out in STEM

Through organizing, mentorship, and networking, our mission is to provide a space for LGBTQ+ graduate students and post-doctoral researchers at the University of Michigan to connect, share experiences, and learn from one another.

Health Policy Student Association

HPSA strives to cultivate spaces for students to critically engage with health policy, foster interdisciplinary collaboration across health sciences disciplines, and foster dedicated stewards of health policy with strong professional, research, and advocacy skills.

ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research

The ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research offers cutting-edge training in statistics and quantitative methods for researchers across the social, behavioral, and health sciences. From May through August, we offer more than 80 courses taught by leading scholars from around the United States. Our curriculum covers a variety of techniques and methods, including network analysis, machine learning, Bayesian analysis, introductory statistics, game theory, mixed methods, maximum likelihood estimation, multilevel modeling, panel data, and more.

Impact Graduate Student Fellowship

Impact is the graduate/professional student ministry at Harvest Mission Community Church located right on campus. Together, we hope to grow into people who will use our education and gifts to impact our classrooms, labs, and careers. To that end, our grad student ministry focuses on community, spiritual growth, transculturalism, and evangelism.

Information and Technology Services

Information and Technology Services (ITS) provides technology and communications services designed to ensure students' academic success and support U-M Ann Arbor's academic and research needs. Visit its.umich.edu/tech-guide for an overview of many of the IT services and resources available to students while at Michigan.

INFORMS at UM

The INFORMS (Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences) Student Chapter at University of Michigan is an organization for students interested in using mathematical modeling, statistical analysis, mathematical optimization, and other analytical methods to find better solutions to complex decision-making problems.

Internatinoal Institute

The International Institute (II) houses 17 centers and programs focused on specific world regions and global themes. Throughout the year, the II connects students with myriad funding opportunities, events, activities, and academic programs. The II is home to the Masters in International and Regional Studies, an interdisciplinary area studies program designed to prepare students for global career opportunities, whether in academia, private, or public sectors. Its specializations include African Studies; Chinese Studies; Middle Eastern and North African Studies; Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies; South Asian Studies; and Southeast Asian Studies. In addition to the eight specializations of its Masters program, the II is home to five certificate programs in Chinese Studies; Latin American and Caribbean Studies; Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, South Asian Studies; and Southeast Asian Studies.

International Center

The International Center provides a variety of services to assist international students, scholars, faculty and staff at the University of Michigan, as well as U-M American students seeking opportunities to study, work, or travel abroad. The International Center also houses the U-M Peace Corps office, and Returned Peace Corps Volunteers are encouraged to connect with our office.

Logistics, Transportation & Parking

Transportation & Parking options at the University of Michigan.

Michigan Antenna Club

The purpose of the Michigan Antenna Club is to provide a space where undergraduate and graduate students interested in the subject of antennas may gather, learn, teach, and participate in group projects to further their understanding of antennas and strengthen their network.

The Michigan Antenna Club aims to allow for three main functions.

  1. Teaching opportunities to both learn from and instruct other members of the club.
  2. Group projects relating to antennas, in an effort to further practical knowledge.
  3. Social gatherings, to build a network between individuals interested in antennas.

Michigan Dining

Michigan Dining is comprised of twelve on-campus cafés and seven markets, seven residential dining halls, two grills, a line of Blue to Go foods, on-campus bakery and the Michigan Catering unit. Our emphasis is on creative, healthy and nutritious foods, international cuisines and sustainability throughout all dining operations.

Michigan Hillel & jUnion: The Michigan Jewish Graduate Student Union

jUnion is a graduate student-led organization at the University of Michigan, serving one of the largest Jewish graduate student communities in the U.S. We aspire to be like visiting a distant cousin who, despite meeting for the first time, shows you around town and makes you feel at home. We throw socials when you get to campus, host you for the Jewish holidays and Friday night dinners, and connect you with the resources to organize your own community events. In partnership with the Jewish campus organization Michigan Hillel, we look forward to meeting you!

miLEAD Consulting

miLEAD is a nonprofit professional development consulting organization for those interested in careers in industry, consulting, biotech, patent law, policy, and beyond. Our members have the opportunity to work with real clients to help guide business decisions in translating innovation to commercialization. We encourage all graduate students (including masters, MBA, PhD, and PharmD programs) and postdoctoral researchers affiliated with the University of Michigan to apply, regardless of field. Consultants will receive active training and develop important skills through professional development and networking events hosted by miLEAD. Consultants will be working with a team of their peers who use their critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills to deliver real business solutions. No prior consulting experience is required. Come join us!

Multidisciplinary Design Program

The Multidisciplinary Design Program, based in the College of Engineering, recruits students from across campus to earn academic credit on real-world design projects & faculty research labs.

Puentes

Puentes was founded in Summer 2019 with the goal of creating a Latinx graduate welcome program for all newly admitted Latinx graduate students across all schools and departments at U-M. Puentes’ function and role has since expanded to include socials, professional development and networking opportunities, as well as wellness events for current Latinx graduate students and allies.

Rackham Resolution Office

Graduate school is full of challenges, both academically and personally. Graduate students are often working to navigate studies, research, funding, and relationships with peers and advisors, often under pressure. Addressing your concern or sharing a need can feel like one more thing to do, many students (and staff) can feel stuck as a result. Rackham is here to help.

The Rackham Resolution Office provides a safe and confidential environment to discuss concerns, and advises faculty, postdoctoral fellows, staff, and students on matters related to emergencies, crisis situations, disputes, and student conduct violations. The Resolution Office also provides information about Rackham Graduate School and university policies and procedures, makes referrals, and offers resources when appropriate.

Rackham Student Government

The Rackham Student Government strives to improve the graduate student experience at the University of Michigan through academic and professional programs, extracurricular engagement, community service, and multi-level advocacy.

Recreational Sports

Learn about how you can stay active and healthy with Rec Sports! We offer everything from group fitness classes and open recreation, to casual or competitive team sports. We also have outdoor adventures, team building and leadership development opportunities. If you love being in an active environment, we're a great place to work! Find yourself here.

SACNAS University of Michigan Chapter

SACNAS (Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science) is an inclusive society of scientists across the country dedicated to fostering and supporting the success of Chicano/Hispanic and Native American scientists from all education levels.

The SACNAS UMich chapter was founded in 2015 by 6 graduate students from different scientific fields. The chapter is an all inclusive student run organization.

The purpose of the SACNAS UMich chapter is to foster the advancement of underrepresented students in the sciences and to bring scientists of all levels together and mentor one another.

SCOR(Students of Color Rackham)

The Students of Color of Rackham (SCOR) graduate organization is a network for Rackham graduate and professional students at the University of Michigan. SCOR is dedicated to the social, cultural, political, and academic well-being of students of color representing diverse cultures, ethnicities, and international origins.

SLATE (Service Learning and Trans-disciplinary Education)

SLATE is a collaboration between graduate students at the University of Michigan with the Community Action Network of Washtenaw County at the Bryant Community Center. Its mission is 1) to increase graduate students' awareness of, interest in, and capacity to reduce social economic disparities 2) to create opportunities to develop a meaningful mentoring relationship with a young disadvantaged person in a community setting, and 3) to eliminate obstacles to thriving amongst the youth with whom SLATE works.

Sling Health - Michigan

Sling Health was founded in 2013 by medical students at Washington University in St. Louis to confront the surplus of unsolved clinical problems they encountered within hospitals. University of Michigan’s Sling Health chapter is one of several chapters nationwide striving to make medical entrepreneurship more attainable for students and physicians. We provide students with the requisite skills, structure, and resources needed to design, build, and commercialize new medical technologies. Each year, we review over sixty applications and select roughly thirty students to join our incubator. Once admitted, students form teams based on the clinical problems they’d like to solve, leveraging Sling Health’s clinical problem database to identify real-world, unmet clinical needs.

Smart Cities Club

The Smart Cities Club at the University of Michigan was launched in 2015 to provide students across all disciplines and backgrounds with an outlet to learn about the intersection of business, government, policy, technology and impact. The club provides students with opportunities to pursue a civic mindset regardless of specific career paths or concentrations and build community with like-minded students and professionals.

Student Organization for Data Analytics

SODA is led by a team of elected students who coordinate academic, professional, and social events for students interested in a career in analytics or data science. Such events include a summer internship panel, data analytic competitions, and networking events in addition to others.

Sweetland Center for Writing

The Sweetland Center for Writing, a comprehensive writing center, exists to support student writing at all levels and in all forms and modes. Sweetland oversees the College of LSA’s First-Year and Upper-Level writing requirements, offers one-to-one tutoring for undergraduate and graduate students in our faculty-led Writing Workshop and undergraduate Peer Writing Center, and teaches writing courses from the undergraduate to the graduate level. Sweetland provides support for all multilingual and international undergraduate students. Sweetland offers the Minor in Writing, teaches and supports new media and multimodal forms of writing, and runs the invitational Dissertation Writing Institute and Fellows Seminar. Sweetland offers consultations and workshops for instructors and students across the University, and conducts research on writing.

The Lobby

This is where you come if you have questions about the Information Fair or are having issues getting into rooms.

U-M Work-Life Resource Center and U-M Children's Centers

Our programs contribute to a culture supportive of personal/family life, and include our on-campus U-M Children’s Centers for young children, and the Work-Life Resource Center, which offers resources including backup care (Kids Kare at Home), Campus Child Care Homes and other community child care options, financial assistance information, and an online posting board of primarily U-M students (Family Helpers) who sign up to offer child care and other household help (for pay) in U-M affiliated homes.

UHS Managed Care/Student Insurance Office

Our office administers the U-M Domestic Student Insurance Plan, U-M Tuition Insurance Plan, The U-M Travel Abroad Insurance Plans and assists students with MI Medicaid eligibility and enrollment.

UM Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum

We are one organization with two locations at the University of Michigan. Our mission is to promote environmental enjoyment, stewardship, and sustainability through education, research, and interaction with the natural world.

UMMA (University of Michigan Museum of Art)

One of the finest university art museums in the country, UMMA holds collections representing 150 years of art collecting. A dynamic schedule of special exhibitions and interpretative programs connects visitors with the rich artistic legacy of the past and today’s avant-garde.

One of the Museum of Art’s most important roles is its contribution to the academic mission of the University of Michigan. From the research and study uses of the extraordinary works of art in our collections, to the teaching implications of all of our temporary exhibitions, the Museum plays an increasingly central role in the academic life of the University, even as it connects to broad regional and national community audiences.

University Career Center

The University Career Center (a unit of Student Life) serves graduate students in a variety of ways and offers expertise on how to conduct non-academic job searches. Graduate students are encouraged to access individual appointments, programs, job/internship fairs, and web resources designed to address their career needs throughout graduate school.

University Library

The Library offers a great collection, vast electronic resources in all disciplines, millions of books and other print resources, primary source and archival materials, and much more. Library instructors are available for course-integrated instruction as well as workshops centered on the use of digital tools and technology in learning, teaching, and research across disciplines. We also have services and expertise, from disciplinary research and digital scholarship tools to publishing and technology assistance, that can advance your scholarship, research, and teaching. Visit our Information for Faculty and Researchers page for additional information. https://lib.umich.edu/information/faculty-and-researchers

University Unions and the Center for Campus Involvement

The Michigan Union, Michigan League and Pierpont Commons are spaces that welcome you to experience the warmth, history, diversity and vibrancy of campus culture. They are spaces that bring students, faculty, staff and the community together to connect, learn and thrive.

The Center for Campus Involvement is a dynamic, student-focused department that serves undergraduate and graduate students campus wide through its programs and student organization support. Through meaningful involvement, CCI creates transformative experiences, a vibrant community, and lifelong memories for University of Michigan students.

Wolverine Support Network

Wolverine Support Network (WSN) empowers University of Michigan students to create an inclusive community and support each other’s identity, mental well-being, and day-to-day lives.

Wolverine Wellness

Wolverine Wellness at UHS provides wellness information and referrals, early intervention & wellness coaching, collaborations and consultations; and also influences policy and advocates for the U-M campus community around creating a culture of well-being.

Here are some options:

  • Wellness Coaching: 1-on-1 and group sessions available
  • Wellness Program requests for your group/classroom
  • The Student Life Well-Being Toolkit: activities to use in your organization or classroom
  • The Model of Well-Being site, including a resource finder
  • How to Use University Health Service (UHS)

Wolverine Wellness, UHS

Wolverine Wellness: Our mission is to partner with students to foster personal and community well-being, in college and beyond.

Certificate in Community Action and Research

Certificate program providing students with opportunities to connect their research and education in ways that can benefit communities and the larger society.

MRacing Formula SAE

MRacing is The University of Michigan's Formula SAE team. Each year we design, build and race a formula-style car against other college teams worldwide. We have a long-standing legacy of high-performing vehicles and great success at competitions. For the past three competition seasons, we placed #1 in the US at all five competitions we attended, and are currently ranked 5th in the world out of ~600 teams. Most recent achievements include 1st Overall and Podium at all events at the Formula SAE Michigan, the biggest collegiate formula competition in the world. For 35 years, MRacing designed and built IC vehicles, this upcoming year, MRacing and Michigan Electric Racing (MER) will be merging into one team under the name of MRacing. For our 36th vehicle, MR22, we will have a fully electric race car for competitions in North America and Europe, taking on the most competitive teams worldwide.

Center for the Study of Complex Systems

The Center for the Study of Complex Systems (CSCS) is a multi- and interdisciplinary program at the University of Michigan designed to encourage and facilitate research and education in the general area of nonlinear, dynamical and adaptive systems.

Its more than 50 participating faculty represent nearly every college of the University. Researchers at the Center recognize that many different types of systems that include self regulation, feedback or adaptation in their dynamics possess similar underlying structure despite their apparent differences. Their goal is to exploit these deep structural similarities to transfer methods of analysis and understanding from one field to another. We offer a Graduate Certificate program in Complex Systems and an undergraduate Minor in Complex Systems.

UM Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

U-M Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS), offers free, confidential services for U-M students including:

  • Short-term counseling for individual students or couples
  • For urgent concerns, walk-in services and 24-hour phone support (call 734-764-8312)
  • Workshops and groups for support and learning new coping skills
  • Assessment of substance abuse patterns (ASAP) and eating patterns
  • Online screening for common mental health concerns
  • SilverCloud Interactive Mental Health Resource, is an online, self-guided, interactive mental health resource available on the CAPS website that provides cognitive behavioral interventions around a range of concerns, including depression, anxiety, sleep, and resiliency
  • Community Providers Database is a searchable listing of off-campus mental health care providers.

If you are interested in receiving counseling services, please visit the CAPS website, or call at 734-764-8312 for more information about CAPS services, to view staff biographies and graduate student-specific services, and to schedule an appointment.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) staff know that it is common for graduate students to feel overwhelmed by academic and life demands.

In addition to services at their central location at the UM Student Union Building, CAPS has an embedded staff member dedicated to the Rackham Graduate School. Dr. Laura Monschau, is available at the Rackham Building or via virtual telehealth appointments to work specifically with graduate students. If you would like to schedule an appointment with her, please email her directly at lauralm@umich.edu. All counseling services are free and confidential.

Equity, Civil Rights & Title IX Office

The Equity, Civil Rights & Title IX Office oversees, facilitates and supports the University’s efforts to ensure equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Graduate Employees' Organization (GEO)

The Graduate Employees’ Organization (GEO) is the labor union representing Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs) and Graduate Student Staff Assistants (GSSAs) at the University of Michigan. GEO was founded in 1970 and we won our first contract in 1975, making GEO one of the oldest graduate employee unions in the United States.

University of Michigan Amateur Radio Club

The University of Michigan Amateur Radio club supports individuals interested in using radio to make connections with people around the world (without using the internet or cell phones), experiment with applied technology, embark on scientific exploration, and provide community service.

Rackham Professional and Academic Development Team (PAD)

Rackham supports graduate students in their professional and academic development during their student experience and as they transition to their career. Our team created the core skills framework to articulate the range of capacities that students should develop during their graduate-school experience. These core competencies range from career development to personal well-being to diversity, equity, and inclusion. To help students develop these competencies, the Professional and Academic Development (PAD) Team offers a number of workshops and programs around Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Public Scholarship, and Career Development and Exploration for example. We also have an Internship Program as well so students can practice the theoretical skills learned in different workshops to their careers. If you are interested in learning more about ways to gain new skills and knowledge outside of the traditional classroom setting, the PAD Team is here to help!

Rackham Connect

Rackham Connect is a digital space for you to network with alumni, explore career possibilities in industry, nonprofit, the professoriate, and beyond–and engage with the Rackham community.

When you join, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Expand your network
  • Connect with alumni based on a number of criteria, including geographic location, field of study, and industry expertise
  • Join groups related to the things you care about
  • Establish short- or long-term mentorships with alumni
  • Learn about career and professional development opportunities
  • Access educational/career resources and discussions
  • Request advice and guidance from Rackham alumni

This platform, in partnership with the U-M Career Center, was developed to serve the unique mentorship and networking needs of graduate students, as we know they differ greatly from the undergraduate experience. This platform is an easy, accessible way to capitalize on the vast Michigan network, and that of the Rackham Graduate School.

CEW+

At CEW+, we navigate circumstantial barriers by providing academic, financial, and professional support to help you reach your personal potential. Established to support women through higher education, we lift up women and all underserved communities at U-M and beyond. Through career and education counseling, funding, workshops, events, and a diverse, welcoming community, we exist to empower. We are CEW+, and we’re here to help you reach your potential.

Engaging Scientists in Policy and Advocacy (ESPA)

Founded in the Fall of 2017, Engaging Scientists in Policy and Advocacy (ESPA) aims to promote the participation of scientists, engineers, and other STEM professionals in policy and advocacy. We are an interdisciplinary group of undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and staff at the University of Michigan, ranging from biomedical science to environmental science to health and public policy. The goals of this group is to provide training and implementation for two essential skills:

  1. Effective science advocacy and communication
  2. Comprehension and analysis of science policy

The above skills are vital for the professional development of aspiring science policy professionals, as well as the engagement of scientists as public citizens. Additionally, many of our events help members engage with the public and government, providing valuable opportunities to build trust in scientists and science.

Graduate Student Parents and Caregivers (GSPaC)

GSPaC was established for the expressed purpose of providing visibility and support to the highly motivated population of graduate students who are engaged scholars as well as devoted parents/caregivers at the University of Michigan. We advocate for increased institutional and financial support for graduate student parents, facilitate increased communication between graduate student parents and their departments, and work to identify issues and solutions that are unique to the graduate student population.

Our mission is to provide holistic support for graduate students with or expecting children or other caregiving responsibilities and to create a space where graduate students who are parents/caregivers can connect with one another, share resources, and form lasting friendships.

Academic & Professional Resources

Computing & Technology

Do you know all the computing and technology centers and services available to you as a student? Now's a great time to get acquainted.

Libraries

The U-M Library system includes 20 libraries and access to many more through Inter-Library Loan. Five independent libraries add to the wealth of material at your fingertips.

Mentoring & Advising

Read "How to Get the Mentoring You Want" and find campus resources to strengthen your relationship with faculty and others who mentor you.

Professional Development and Paths to Careers

Rackham has multiple ways you can engage in professional development and explore careers, no matter what stage you are in of your graduate education.

Research Assistance and Support

Find information on statistical consulting, data services, and funding especially for doing research abroad.

Communication, Writing, Language

Expand your training as an instructor in any course and get support for your writing. Non-native speakers of English can also find an array of English language support.

How Rackham Helps

The Rackham Graduate School is home to over 8,200 students, about half the graduate students on campus. We offer centralized services and special opportunities for all Rackham students.

Academic Support and Social Events

Bringing together Rackham students to develop academic and professional skills, foster conversations across disciplines, and to mingle with fellow students outside one's program, department, or school.

Resolution Support

Providing a neutral environment to discuss concerns, receive guidance in instances of discrimination or harassment, and advise students on how to use university resources and policies.

Financial Support

Awarding over $50 million each year in fellowships and grants to support diversity in graduate education, dissertation writing, career exploration, presenting research at professional conferences, and emergency aid.

High Standards Across Graduate Programs

Working with faculty in Rackham graduate degree programs to improve the quality of graduate education, encourage innovation and effective practices, and build a diverse student community.

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Make sure your voice is heard, plus plug into Rackham’s many information channels for real-time updates. There are lots of ways to stay engaged.

  • Blog

    Everyone has a different story and journey on their way through graduate school. Read about other grad student stories on the Rackham blog.

  • Social Media

    Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. You can share with us using #IChoseUMich, #RackhamGrad, or #IAmRackham.

  • Events

    Check out our events calendar for upcoming social events, networking opportunities, and professional development workshops.

  • Newsletter

    We send you a weekly newsletter to make sure you don’t miss any essential information, like funding opportunities, important deadlines, and major events.