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Michigan Doctoral Experience Study (MDES)

Rackham implemented the Michigan Doctoral Experience Study (MDES) to examine the doctoral-student experience over the entire trajectory of graduate study and into early career development. The goals of the study are to inform Rackham programming and policies to better meet student needs and to contribute to the scholarship on doctoral-student success.


1st Year Doctoral Students Who Identify as Being Part of the LGBTQ Community


1st Year Doctoral Students Who Anticipate Their Funding Package Will Fully Cover Their Expenses during the Academic Year


1st Year Doctoral Students Who Had Difficulty Finding Suitable Housing in and around Ann Arbor


1st Year Doctoral Students Who Had Assisted a Professor with Research Prior to Starting Their Program

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