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What Advice Would You Give Your First-Year Self?

Some of our most recent Rackham alumni share what they wish they would have known when they started graduate study.

Welcome to the New Academic Year

Dean Mike Solomon highlights ways that Rackham can support students at every stage of their graduate education.

To Walk Again

Rackham mechanical engineering student Alejandro Azocar’s work blends artificial intelligence with high-torque motors to create the next generation of bionic prostheses.

Our Political Environment

Earth and environmental sciences alum Professor Daniel Horton discusses the tools of climate-change research and his frustrations with the atmosphere surrounding it.

Youth, Race, and Media in the Digital Age

Rackham alum S. Craig Watkins explores young people’s engagement with media and technology, including how young creatives are using tech and social ingenuity to build a new innovation economy


The mission of Rackham Graduate School is to partner with University of Michigan graduate faculty and programs to advance excellence in graduate education, to cultivate a vibrant and diverse student community, and to impact the public good through the scholarship and discoveries of its students and degree recipients.

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Mon 16

Town Hall on Faculty Ideology and Responsibility to Students

Monday, September 16, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm EDT
Tue 17

Three Key Elements to Make a Positive Professional Impression

Tuesday, September 17, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EDT
Tue 17

Cover Letter Writing Workshop

Tuesday, September 17, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm EDT
Wed 18

Professional Development DEI Certificate Information Session

Wednesday, September 18, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EDT
Wed 18

Rackham Symposium: State of the Graduate School

Wednesday, September 18, 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm EDT
Wed 18

Professional Development DEI Certificate Information Session

Wednesday, September 18, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EDT
Oct 11

Mentoring Plan Workshop

Friday, October 11, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm EDT
Nov 01

Mentoring Plan Workshop

Friday, November 1, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm EDT
Wed 18

Professional Development DEI Certificate Information Session

Wednesday, September 18, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EDT
Tue 24

Rackham Professional Development DEI Certificate Orientation

Tuesday, September 24, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EDT
Thu 26

Bouchet Fall Panel: So You’re a Professor Now?

Thursday, September 26, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm EDT
Thu 26
Oct 02

Change It Up!

Wednesday, October 2, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EDT
Oct 07

Rackham LGBTQ Out in the Grad School

Monday, October 7, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm EDT
Nov 01

Demystifying Work-Life Balance

Friday, November 1, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm EDT
Nov 19

Active Attacker Preparedness Training

Tuesday, November 19, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EST
Thu 19

Rackham North: Communicating and Engaging Across Disciplines

Thursday, September 19, 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm EDT
Thu 26
Fri 27

Rackham North: Designing Your Life Series

Friday, September 27, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm EDT
Oct 10

Rackham North: Intercultural Development Inventory Group Session

Thursday, October 10, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm EDT

Discover Rackham

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

Jallicia Jolly

Young Black Women’s Voices and the Praxis of HIV/AIDS Research

This is for graduate students committed to elevating rebellious voices, to being undisciplined interdisciplinarians, to pursuing radical ethics that set your soul on fire.

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Rackham Student Interviewed by Michigan Radio

Jallicia Jolly discusses her research on how HIV-positive black women in Detroit and beyond are connecting and advocating for more resources.

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Collaboration as Career Value

Writing in Inside Higher Ed, Rackham Program Manager for Public Scholarship Joseph Cialdella discusses the importance of knowing and articulating your approach to working with others.

Rackham Mental-Health Task Force

Rackham Launches Task Force on Graduate-Student Mental Health

The task force will focus on identifying and implementing specific changes that can be made to better support graduate-student mental health at U-M.

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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