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The Fifth Force

For decades, the Standard Model of physics outlined four fundamental forces underlying every physical phenomenon. Now, nationwide research including Rackham students and alumni may change the way we understand our universe.

Rackham Creates Standing Committee on Graduate Student Mental Health and Well-Being

The committee will prioritize the creation of a network of graduate student mental health and wellness advocates in graduate programs across the university.

Why Did the Bumblebee Cross the Road?

Bees and other insects are crucial for the reproduction of many plant species, but roads often impose obstacles to this vital function. Rackham students Gordon Fitch and Chatura Vaidya studied this problem and proposed some solutions.

Evening the Scales

Some of the most widespread sources of information on the planet, Wikipedia’s articles are praised for their neutrality, but show significant biases in whom they cover. Rackham political science student Samuel Baltz spent most of 2020 working to change that by writing an article on women in political science every day.

Time Travel with Typewriters

With support from the Rackham Program in Public Scholarship, Rackham alumna Meghan Forbes created a program that uses a retro strategy to encourage children to write: giving them access to typewriters.

Boosting the Signal

Tribal radio stations are important sources of healthcare information in Native American communities. With support from the Rackham Program in Public Scholarship and Rackham summer research funding, Ph.D. alumna Jana Wilbricht studied this crucial role, and helped two stations better reach their audiences.

Rackham’s Strategic Vision for Graduate Education

Rackham is leading a charge to reenvision graduate education at U-M in a way that is student centered and faculty led, and that emphasizes a holistic view of graduate training.

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Sweetland Write Together

Monday, December 6, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm EST
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Rackham Resolution Office: Virtual Office Hours

Monday, December 6, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EST
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Rackham Resolution Office: Virtual Office Hours

Wednesday, December 8, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EST

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Rackham King Talks

January 26, 2022, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm EST
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Rackham Resolution Office: Virtual Office Hours

Monday, December 6, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EST
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Rackham Resolution Office: Virtual Office Hours

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Discover Rackham

Stories, blog posts, and more illuminating the experiences of graduate life and highlighting the impact of our students’ critical research.

Charles Williams holds a woman's hand as she receives a COVID-19 vaccine.

Rackham Student Mobilized Hundreds to Care for Detroiters During COVID-19

Social work and sociology Ph.D. candidate Charles Williams II used his scholarly training, civil rights experience, and position as a Baptist pastor to connect the city’s most vulnerable to the care they needed.

A variety of snake species.

Rackham Alum Writes New Chapter in Snake Evolution

In a new study, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Ph.D. alumnus Michael Grundler found evidence that snake species rapidly diversified in the wake of the extinction of the dinosaurs using secrets locked in the species’ genome.

Brendan Nash looks for artifacts at the Belson Site.

Rackham Student Helps Rewrite Michigan History

Anthropology Ph.D. candidate Brendan Nash helped identify a 13,000-year-old Paleoindian camp in St. Joseph County, now thought to be the earliest archaeological site in Michigan.

A group of teenagers walk through an autumn forest.

Rackham Student Finds Time Outdoors Improves Youth Physical and Mental Health

In a new study, Rackham public health student Astrid Zamora finds spending time in nature has significant mental and physical health benefits for teenagers and young adults.

Rackham by the Numbers

Browse statistics and interactive visualizations of the activity and culture of our graduate programs, including data on enrollment, funding, completion rates, and placement.

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