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Rackham Development and Alumni Relations

Organization Location

Ann Arbor, Michigan


Kyah Dubay

Description of the Fellow’s Role

This fellow will review existing data and information about ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Awardees, complete interviews, and write feature stories about as many DDA alumni as possible within the time span of the fellowship. The fellow will also provide recommendations on how best to solicit this population in the future.

For more than 30 years, Rackham Graduate School has partnered with ProQuest on the ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Awards to recognize graduate students who have produced outstanding dissertations in a diverse array of academic disciplines. We now have a significant pool of alumni who have received the DDA, many of whom have gone on to successful careers. The Rackham Development and Alumni Relations office would like to engage these alumni, spotlight their achievements, and eventually solicit them for financial support.

This project involves several components: First, a previous fellow researched and compiled a spreadsheet of past recipients of the ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Awards, including their dissertation titles and current place of employment. She also reached out to some of those individuals for interviews and turned those interviews into narratives for use on the Rackham website. This year’s fellow will continue to reach out for and conduct interviews with select recipients and write up their stories for the Rackham website and social media channels. The fellow will work closely with the Rackham development team to gain an understanding of the role of communications and alumni relations in philanthropy, as well as recommending ways in which we may successfully solicit this population.

Time Commitment and Stipend (i.e., schedule, days per week):

  • 3 days per week for 8 weeks
  • $3,360 stipend

About Rackham Development and Alumni Relations

The Rackham Graduate School Development and Alumni Relations team strives to create a culture of engagement and giving to support graduate students at the University of Michigan.