Rackham’s Public Scholarship Programs
Rackham’s Public Scholarship programs support students in developing the professional experience necessary to impact the public good through their scholarship and careers. Four core programs are offered annually.
Through workshops, discussions, and learning with presenters and peers, the Institute for Social Change introduces students to the practice of publicly engaged scholarship. The program provides space and mentorship for students to develop their own approaches and project ideas.
Rackham offers both summer and academic term doctoral internships during which students receive career training in multiple fields. Students apply their skills in a range of sectors, from biotechnology and national laboratories to information technology, communications and cultural institutions.
Each year, Rackham selects and supports four graduate students to attend the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering workshop in Washington, D.C. Students spend two to three days learning about the structure and organization of Congress, the federal budget and appropriations process, and tools for effective science communication and civic engagement.
The Engaged Pedagogy Initiative is a semester-long workshop that guides students through the theory and practice of community engaged teaching. During the program, students design a course specific to their field.
Public Scholarship Grants provide funding for projects co-created by students and a community partner that meet shared, mutually beneficial goals at the intersection of a community’s needs and a student’s scholarship.
Rackham’s Public Scholarship programs:
- Nurture students’ interest and commitment to produce scholarship that serves the public good and community identified needs.
- Creates spaces for interdisciplinary learning where students can gain professional experience and develop ideas for community engaged scholarly work.
- Provide professional development opportunities for students to cultivate and use their graduate training in diverse career contexts.
- Strive to foster ethical, mutually beneficial relationships for students and their partners to achieve shared goals.