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Research University Alliance: Rackham Research Exchange

University of Michigan graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are invited to participate in the Research Exchange (RE) program. The goal of Research Exchange is to increase the advancement of diverse Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows from participating institutions into the most competitive research and teaching careers. Through the Research Exchange, advanced Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows from underrepresented minorities in mathematics, physical sciences, computer science, engineering (MPCSE), and related disciplines have an opportunity, while visiting with a host faculty at one of the partner institutions, to engage in scientific collaboration and receive mentorship, career development, and guidance.

The Research Exchange is part of the Research University Alliance, one of the Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP), a program funded by the National Science Foundation. In addition to U-M, this AGEP group includes the University of California-Berkeley, Stanford University, the University of California-Los Angeles, Harvard University, the University of Texas-Austin, the California Institute of Technology, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and the University of Washington. This material is based upon the National Science Foundation Grant No. HRD-2014200. The university benefits from the further enrichment and diversification of the entire learning community, and U-M students and postdoctoral fellows benefit from the combined resources of the outstanding universities in the alliance, as well as a network of 80 AGEP alliances across the United States.

Apply to Participate

Please apply to participate through the Research University Alliance website. The Research Exchange Program Overview page provides useful information about the program, so it is advisable to consult the information prior to completing the application form. In addition, please contact the Rackham Associate Dean’s Initiatives Manager with your application questions.

Resources for Incoming Participants

A lot of the information that we provide for our graduate students will be relevant to our Research University Alliance incoming participants. Please note that the nature of your short visit to the University of Michigan will determine which of the available recourses you will be eligible for.


Lutgarde Raskin

Altarum/ERIM Russell D. O’Neal Professor of Engineering, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering, and Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Initiatives, Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies

Phone: 734.764.8221

John Gonzalez

Director of Rackham Institutional Research

Phone: 734.763.7936

Zana Kwaiser

Manager, Associate Dean’s Initiatives, Rackham Graduate School

Phone: 734.647.2653