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Wednesday, September 17

UPCOMING RACKHAM EVENTS (September 19 - October 2)

UPCOMING EVENTS (September 19 - October 2)

Rackham is sponsoring several events in the coming weeks that may be of interest to students. Follow the links below to find out more about each event and to register.
*Recently scheduled events are highlighted
Welcome Lunch for Student Veterans
Friday, September 19 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Presidential Management Fellows Information Session
Monday, September 22 - 1:00m to 2:00pm
Core Skills: Introduction to Presentation Skills
Tuesday, September 23 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Welcome for First-Generation Graduate Students
Wednesday, September 24 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Preparing Future Faculty One-Day Conference
Monday, September 29 - 12:30pm to 5:30pm
Career Awareness: Global Environmental Careers Panel
Thursday, October 2 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Conference: Knowledge and Models in Climate Science - Rotman Institute, Oct 24-26, 2014

Join us for the 2014
Rotman Institute of Philosophy Annual Conference

Knowledge and Models in Climate Science:
Philosophical, Historical, and Scientific Perspectives

October 24-26, 2014
London, Ontario, Canada

Registration and further details are available online at: 

Tuesday, September 16

Au Sable Graduate Fellows

Graduate students in SNRE, EEB and SPH:

We invite you to join the Au Sable Graduate Fellows group for our fall organizational meeting this Thursday, September 18, at 12:00 pm in room 4315a of the Dana Building (conference room off of the central lounge/atrium on the 4th floor of Dana).

The Au Sable Graduate Fellows group is a graduate student organization that meets regularly for discussions and presentations on the topic of Christianity, ecology, and environmental stewardship. The AuSable Graduate Fellows program is affiliated with the Au Sable Institute for Environmental Studies, a Christian environmental institute devoted to the care and stewardship of creation. In addition to meetings open to all interested persons, graduate fellows are appointed each academic term to receive a stipend for the purchase of books and other resource materials or to attend conferences in the area of ecology and religious faith. If you are unable to attend the organizational meeting, but are interested in more information, you may contact the Au Sable Graduate Fellows coordinator, Dr. Rolf Bouma, at (734) 668-7421 orrbouma@umich.edu or student coordinator, Mozhgon Rajaee, at mrajae@umich.edu. For more information, visit the Au Sable Graduate Fellows website at ausable.org/graduate_fellows.


Mozhgon Rajaee, MPH, MS
PhD Candidate 2014
School of Public Health
University of Michigan

Monday, September 15

Graduate Student Workshop on Current Trends in Statistical Ecology

The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) is now accepting applications for the Graduate Workshop on Current Trends in Statistical Ecology to be held April 15-17, 2015, at NIMBioS.

Objectives: For graduate students in ecology-related fields or statistics with an interest in ecological applications, this workshop will give participants the opportunity to learn about the latest trends in statistical ecology. There will be opportunities to build skills in new statistical tools useful for ecology and to work on applying tools to participants' research questions. The program will also feature panel discussions about career opportunities, the job search, and surviving graduate school/writing your dissertation. Participants will be encouraged to bring data sets associated with their research to be explored under the guidance of workshop leaders.

This workshop is co-organized by the Ecological Society of America SEEDS program and SAMSI (Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute). Alumni of the SEEDS program will receive priority consideration to attend, and all participants will be invited to join the SEEDS network.

Workshop Leaders: Charmaine Dean, Statistics and Actuarial Science, Simon Fraser Univ.; Jim Clark Statistical Science, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke Univ.; Carlos Castillo-Chavez, Mathematical Biology, Arizona State Univ.; Lucas Joppa, Computational Ecology and Environmental Sciences Group, Microsoft Research; Janneke Hille Ris Lambers, Biology, Univ. of Washington

Location: NIMBioS at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Organizers: Teresa Mourad, Ecological Society of America; Richard Smith, SAMSI and Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Suzanne Lenhart, NIMBioS and Mathematics, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville; Louis Gross NIMBioS, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Mathematics, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville; Jim Clark Statistical Science, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke Univ., Durham NC

For more information about the workshop and a link to the online application form, go tohttp://www.nimbios.org/education/WS_gradconf2015
Application deadline: December 1, 2014

Participation in the workshop is by application only. Graduate students with a strong interest in the topic are encouraged to apply. Successful applicants will be notified by mid-January. If needed, financial support for travel, meals, and lodging is available for workshop attendees.

A goal of NIMBioS is to enhance the cadre of researchers capable of interdisciplinary efforts across mathematics and biology. As part of this goal, NIMBioS is committed to promoting diversity in all its activities. Diversity is considered in all its aspects, social and scientific, including gender, ethnicity, scientific field, career stage, geography and type of home institution. You can read more about our Diversity Plan on our NIMBioS Policies web page.

Teresa Mourad
Director, Education and Diversity Programs

EcoEd Digital Library (beta)  – Advancing Outstanding Ecology Education

2nd Life Discovery – Doing Science Education conference
San Jose State University
October 3-4, 2014
Registration is now OPEN!

Smith Lecture Friday September 19

Dear All,
Our Smith Lecture speaker this week is Jonathan Payne, Stanford.  He is speaking on The End-Permian Mass Extinction and its Aftermath: New Insights from Non-Traditional Isotope Systems.  Abstract below.

Smith Lectures are Friday afternoons from 4:00 to 5:00 pm, in Room 1528 C.C. Little Building.  A reception is held following the lecture in 2540 C.C. Little. The events are free and open to the public.  A full schedule for the term may be found on our website:

Note that the start time for Smith Lectures will move to 3:00pm beginning September 26.

Best regards, -Anne

Anne Hudon
Academic Student Services
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Michigan


The end-Permian mass extinction (ca. 252 Mya) was by all measures the most severe biotic catastrophe in the history of animal life, marked by approximately 80% loss of marine animal genus diversity. The coincidence of mass extinction with Siberian Trap volcanism, carbon cycle perturbation, and ocean anoxia has been known for several decades. However, the magnitude and duration of environmental change and its role in shaping not only extinction but also subsequent reconstruction of marine ecosystems remain poorly quantified. Recently, the development of non-traditional isotope systems has enabled the development of new, high-resolution isotope proxy records that can be used to constrain and quantify the pattern and timing of changes in ocean redox and acid-base chemistry.  In this talk, I will present new evidence from calcium and uranium isotope measurements from marine stratigraphic sections in China and Turkey to demonstrate the global distribution of negative excursions in both d44Ca and d238U across the end-Permian extinction horizon. Together, these observations place quantitative constraints on the magnitude and isotopic composition of carbon released into the exogenic carbon cycle during Siberian Trap volcanism as well as the extent and duration of resulting ocean anoxia. Moreover, continuing perturbation of the marine Ca and U isotope systems during Early Triassic time adds to existing evidence for influence of environmental change on the reconstruction of marine ecosystems. Coupled with increasingly precise geochronological evidence for synchrony between Siberian Traps volcanism and end-Permian extinctions, information from non-traditional isotope proxies paints an increasingly detailed and quantitative picture of anoxic and temporarily acidified oceans during the biotic crisis.  These findings suggest that the end-Permian mass extinction should be added to our growing catalogue of ancient analogs for 21st and 22nd century oceans.

DAAS Graduate Certificate Program Applications and Open House

Tuesday, September 9

Uta Knoche talk September 22 about Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany

Dear All,

On Monday September 22, Uta Knoche, Coordinator for North - America at the International Office of Leibniz Universität Hannover (LUH), Germany, will give an overview on facts about LUH and potential cooperation opportunities. 

The talk will be in 2520 CC Little Building, at 3:00pm.  

A brief overview on potential funding opportunities for faculty and students who would like to cooperate with LUH will be given.

Leibniz Universität Hannover, member of the TU9 group, is one of the nine best technical universities in Germany.  With 24,000 students (3,000 international students), LUH belongs to the biggest technical research and teaching university in the northern part of Germany.

Moreover, with 9 schools in science, architecture, engineering, economics, humanities and law, LUH offers a wide variety of teaching and research opportunities for students.  In addition, LUH has 6 International Master Programs (in English) in science, engineering and economy and IT- law.

LUH provides three ‘Summer Programs’ for US students in ‘Science and Engineering’, ‘Business and Economics’ and German Language and Culture during US- Summer break.
Hannover is not only the greenest city right in the heart of Europe, but also the location of the world leading industrial and computer trade fair and world companies such as VW, Conti, MTU and Sennheiser.

PDF Abstract attached.

Best regards, -Anne

Anne Hudon
Academic Student Services
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Michigan


AAAS Science & Policy Fellows

Learn what AAAS Science & Policy Fellows can accomplish during their fellowship year and how you too can contribute to science policy! Consider applying for the 2015-16 Fellowships class. Click here if the image below does not display.

Monday, September 8

Smith Lecture Friday September 12

Dear All,
Our Smith Lecture speaker this week is Ben van der Pluijm from the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences.  He is speaking on Smart Clays: States, Dates and Rates.  Abstract below.

Smith Lectures are Friday afternoons from 4:00 to 5:00 pm, in Room 1528 C.C. Little Building.  A reception is held following the lecture in 2540 C.C. Little. The events are free and open to the public.  A full schedule for the term may be found on our website:

Best regards, -Anne

Anne Hudon
Academic Student Services
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Michigan

Clay gouge is common in natural, shallow-crustal fault zones, including strike-slip, normal and reverse fault systems.  The remarkable memory of clays provides information on fault mechanics, fault ages, fluid sources and orogenic evolution, as illustrated in active and recent tectonic settings. 
Mineralogic and chronologic analysis of fault rocks from drill-cores of the San Andreas Fault Observatory at Depth (SAFOD) at Parkfield (CA) shows that active clay growth occurred at shallow crustal conditions.  Brecciated host rock fragments are abundantly coated by polished and/or striated thin-films of hydrated clay minerals, creating an interconnected and pervasive network of displacement surfaces.  Ar encapsulation dating of these mixed-layer nanocoatings shows recent crystallization, while laboratory strength experiments of these rocks support the proposal that clay gouge offers an alternative explanation for the fault strength paradox. Today, some SAFOD strands are sites of active creep behavior, reflecting continued (re)activation of clay-weakened zones. 
Regional illite ages from fault gouge in the Canadian Rocky Mountain fold-thrust belt show that deformation occurred in distinct orogenic pulses instead of by continuous contraction.  These Late Jurassic, mid-Cretaceous, Late Cretaceous, and early Eocene pulses are supported by significant changes in depositional patterns in the adjacent foreland.   Orogenic pulses, separated by periods of tectonic quiescence, match plate boundary strain rates and represent deformation partitioning along a long-lived convergent margin. 
Stable isotopic work of newly-formed clays in gouge shows a dominance of meteoric fluids in shallow fault zones, as preserved in their H signature.  Crustal permeability on geologic time scales is facilitated by episodic, downward flow of surface waters through dynamic opening and closing of spaces in connected, transient fault zone networks that are activated during deformation pulses.

Due September 10: Applications for the 2014-2015 Graduate Student Success Student Advisory Board

Graduate Student Success (GSS) works in partnership with faculty and staff in programs and schools across the University to facilitate the academic success and enhance the quality of student life for all graduate students in order to promote an environment in which students can achieve their academic and personal goals.
The Graduate Student Success Student Advisory Board (GSS-SAB) will provide graduate students a forum to voice their ideas and opinions about academic and professional development issues, as well as evaluate new initiatives proposed by GSS. The SAB will meet 4 times during the 2014-2015 academic year.
Applications for the 2014-2015 academic year are due September 10, 2014. To apply, visithttps://adobeformscentral.com/?f=dioeWpUzDZv%2As7ptr28K1g.

Friday, September 5

Informational session (with pizza) for graduate students interested in computational science

Art+Bio Seminar Course

The Mandorla of Life Sciences and the Arts

This Friday lecture series invites scholars, artists, and scientists from all over the country to introduce the audience to ways of combining art and science in understanding life.
Weekly topics, ranging from medical comics to neuro-aesthetics, represent a wide range of subject matter, medium, and purpose that are derived from the crossings of Art and Life Sciences.

For more information, please visit http://www.project-liaison.org/#!course/c1sbv

CSCS New Course Announcement: CMPLXSYS 510/MATH 550

Complex Systems 510/Math 550: Introduction to Evolutionary Dynamics (Fall 2014)
Instructor: Carl Simon 

This term (Fall 2014) Math 550/CompSys 510 will focus on the connection between dynamical systems and game theory. We’ll start with a quick introduction to dynamical systems  --- difference and differential equations --- from linear systems to periodic systems to chaotic systems. Our target will be the Volterra-Lotka system, which forms the backbone of ecological modeling. Then, we’ll offer a systematic introduction to non-cooperative games via replicator dynamics and other adaptive dynamics. Toward the end of the course, we’ll explore the global properties of replicator dynamics and, hopefully, the genetic mechanisms of selection, mutation and recombination.

Rackham updates and info


Meet Our Bloggers: Jimmy Brancho
Jimmy is a Ph.D. student in Chemistry and wants to be a science writer. He thinks.

Maintaining Momentum During the Dissertation Stage
Rackham's Natalie Bartolacci gchats with History Ph.D. student, Marie Stango, about writing the dissertation.


Dissertation Writing Groups Fall 2014
In collaboration with the Rackham Graduate School, the Sweetland Center for Writing coordinates several student-led writing groups for graduate students writing their dissertations. These interdisciplinary writing groups provide structured support in a facilitated peer-based setting to aid dissertators working through long-term projects. Dissertation Writing Groups typically consist of four members including a group leader. Participants must be in the writing phase of their dissertations and available to meet eight times per semester to workshop group members’ writing on a rotating basis. Each group will determine meeting schedules and expectations.

Those interested in becoming group leaders must provide additional information with their applications.  Group leaders attend a facilitator training workshop and mentor meetings through the term.

Applications must be e-mailed to Laura Schuyler at schuyler@umich.edu by Wednesday, August 27, 2014. Groups will start meeting in mid-September. Applications are available athttp://www.lsa.umich.edu/sweetland/graduate/writinggroups

Introducing the New CAPS “Embedded Model”
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) has embarked on a new way of effectively and efficiently distributing mental health services for students across the schools and colleges by creating a community-based model - placing CAPS clinicians inside a number of the schools and colleges, known as the “embedded model.”  This year CAPS will place three clinicians within the College of Engineering, the School of Music, Theatre & Dance, the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, and the A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. Each therapist will work exclusively with the specific student population in each of the four schools and colleges. By doing so, each therapist will address the specific and unique needs of each culture through confidential clinical service delivery and tailored outreach, education, and prevention programs, engage with faculty and staff through consultation, and develop materials specifically tailored to each school and college.

The three embedded CAPS clinicians include:
Karen Burba, Psy.D., she will work exclusively with the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design and the A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. She can be reached atkaburba@umich.edu

Emily Shipman, LLMSW, she will work exclusively with the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. She can be reached at emship@umich.edu

Shivaun Nafsu, MSW, M.A., LISW-S, LMSW, LPC, she will work exclusively with the College of Engineering. She can be reached at snafsu@umich.edu.

For more information about general CAPS services, please visit www.caps.umich.edu 

Download the new CAPS Stressbusters Wellness App!
The app, developed by the national Stressbusters wellness program and the CAPS Student Advisory Board, now makes it possible for students and others in the U-M community to view, share, store and use campus event announcements, news alerts, student and department videos, one-touch dial emergency buttons, health tips, surveys and other features, directly on their iOS and Android mobile devices at no cost. Simply go to your app store and search for “stressbusters wellness” to experience daily wellness messages, mindfulness and meditation audiotapes, and health rewards. Fore more information, visit  www.caps.umich.edu/article/innovative-free-app-puts-wellness-your-fingertips

UPCOMING EVENTS (August 29 - September 28)

Rackham is sponsoring several events in the coming weeks that may be of interest to students. Follow the links below to find out more about each event and to register.
*Recently scheduled events are highlighted
August 29, 2014 - 9:30am to 12:00pm

Rackham/RSG Fall Welcome Social
August 29, 2014 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm September 3, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm September 8, 2014 - 8:00am to 10:00am

Welcome Lunch for Student Veterans
September 19, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm September 23, 2014 - 10:00am to 11:30am September 24, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Graduate Student Strategies for Finding International Internships: Panel Presentation
September 25, 2014 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
September 28, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

faculty position

I am writing today to let you and interested members of your department know of a tenure-track, Assistant Professor position in the Zoology Department here at Ohio Wesleyan University.  We have only recently begun our search and I was hoping you might be willing to post our advertisement in your department and/or forward it to graduate students and doctoral fellows who are on the job market.  The position is for a field-oriented vertebrate biologist who is committed to teaching in a liberal arts setting and who will develop a productive research program that includes undergraduate students.

Thank you in advance for your help.  If I can answer any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Best Regards,

David Markwardt, PhD
Department of Zoology
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH  43085
740-368-3880 (office)
614-330-5741 (cell)

Thursday, September 4

Postdoctoral research associates positions at UM

Departments of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Statistics, Mathematics and Center for the Study of Complex Systems, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
Applications are invited for two postdoctoral research fellowships as part of a 5-year NIH-funded project involving an interdisciplinary team of collaborators: Pej Rohani, Aaron King, Ed Ionides and Mercedes Pascual.
We are seeking to recruit candidates who will participate in one of two related projects.
  1. (1)  Use computational and statistical models to understand the immunological, spatial and climatic determinants of dengue transmission.
  2. (2)  To develop and implement computational methods for statistical inference applied to high-dimensional, mechanistic epidemiological systems, with a focus on polio population biology.
The ideal candidate has a PhD in statistics, applied mathematics, applied physics, epidemiology or other highly quantitative field and previous experience in the analysis of epidemiological or ecological systems. The salary will be in the range of $40,000-50,000 per year (depending on experience), plus fringe benefits. Starting date is negotiable.
The University of Michigan is a vibrant scientific community and the successful applicants will be afforded many opportunities for professional development. Ann Arbor offers a rich cultural and intellectual life in a very livable small city setting.
For further information, contact Pej Rohani (e-mail: rohani@umich.edu). Applicants should send a cover letter, a detailed CV, a brief statement of research interests, and the names of three referees. The cover letter should discuss possible starting dates.
Review of applications will start on October 1st and will continue until the posts have been filled.

Join us for the Grand Opening of the Sweetland Peer Writing Center

Join us for the Peer Writing Center Grand Opening!

Join us Friday, September 12th from 3-5pm to celebrate the grand opening of the Sweetland Peer Writing Center! Check out our newly remodeled space, learn about our services, meet our staff, and enjoy some yummy refreshments. 

The Sweetland Peer Writing Center offers one-to-one writing support to all U-M undergrads from our Sweetland-trained, undergraduate writing consultants. The center also serves as the home base of our OWL (Online Writing Lab) where our consultants provide writing assistance live via video chat. 

We hope to see you there!

Invitation-Grad students: Coleman-Munger Fellows Program-- INFO fair, community gathering and Think-tank-- TUES SEPT 9 12:30 p.m Couzens Hall

Greetings to all:

I'm writing to invite you to attend an information session, community
gathering and think tank to discuss a wonderful new opportunity to innovate
and start a new program that will be available in the new "graduate only"
living learning community known as MUNGER GRADUATE RESIDENCES!!  The
session will be held on Tuesday, September 9th.  This session will be an
opportunity to learn about the Coleman-Munger Fellows program to help
inform your decision whether to apply for this fellowship.  (If you are in
the cc line please feel free to forward this opportunity to other
potentially interested candidates.)

LUNCH (pizza/salad/drinks) will be provided from 12:30-1:30 but I will be
onsite to discuss the program and our plans from 12:30-4:30 with snacks the
whole time :). You may attend at any point during this time slot as your
schedule allows.  I will offer a brief information session from 12:40-1:15 for
those who can make it during the lunch period.  The info fair and informal
community connection/think-tank will be held in the Multipurpose Room Room
of Couzens Residence Hall located in the Hill area on the North side of
Palmer field and across the bridge from Palmer Commons.  If you have
trouble entering the building please send a text to 734 323 3455 and I will
come let you in! :)

fall of 2015-- so for this year without a building to live in, the
Coleman-Mungers Fellows will have an opportunity to develop what the
program will be and become--- a truly constructivist, interdisciplinary
venture for the selected fellow(s).  A group of 5 fellows and one director
(me), will have the unique opportunity to create what the program becomes
for years to come.  This once in a lifetime (at least of this program) will
enable students who are intrinsically motivated to create something from
the ground up in an incredibly interdisciplinary manner (we are trying to
model the behavior we hope to create when the building opens).

WHO IS ELIGIBLE? Any graduate or professional student is eligible to apply.
Preference will be given for students with a deep interest and passion for
multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary/transdisciplinary thinking and
behaving.  The idea is for this to be a 1 year fellowship with the
possibility of renewing the fellowship, with the hope that those who
develop the program will be able to live in Munger Residences in order to
implement the plans created this year.

HOW DO I APPLY? After our information fair, we will be creating an
application and selection process.  Please come to the session for more
information and to provide input on the application process and what might
be best for you... how's that for involvement in the program planning!  :)

are evolving, the goal is for this to be a very competitive, very flexible,
20 hour per week commitment with a salary ranging from $1,500-$1,600 per
month, office space in Eaton House in Baits 1 on north campus, (shared of
course so that we can work together collaboratively), parking, and we are
assuring that grad care is covered for the successful candidate(s).  The
goal is to have an occasional weekend retreat, possible travel to other
campuses to learn from them and regular 1:1 and group meetings.  Other
tasks (like working on projects, meeting other graduate students to tell
them about the program and the building, writing up the plans as they
develop, work on operational issues of the building, etc.) will occur
outside of the office space and is individual work.

WHEN DOES THE FUN BEGIN? The goal is to have 5 fellows selected on or
before October 1, 2014 and work through June 30, 2015 with the possibility
of moving into Munger and continuing the fellowship beginning in late
summer of 2015.

WHY WOULD I DO THIS? If you have an entrepreneurial spirit, innovative by
nature, intrinsically motivated, want to transform and disrupt the way
things have always been, and you want ways to interact with folks who study
in disciplines that are quite different from yours, then this is the
program for you to get involved with-- we need energy, can do staff and
folks who have a passion for creating something that hasn't been done
before!  If that's you, then come hear more!

Please e-mail gmerritt@umich.edu to let me know you are coming before Monday
Sept 8 at 5:00 p.m. so we can make sure we have the right amount of food!

to learn a bit more about what might be possible and more about the

Thanks for reading/coming or passing along to other talented students as we
work to build something new, stimulating, innovate and fun for our campus!

All the Best!


Greg Merritt, PhD | Sr. Associate Director, University Housing &
Director, Coleman-Munger Fellows Program
Eaton House Baits Hall
University of Michigan |734.764.8515
Tri-Advisor: FirstGen@Michigan Student Group

Principal Investigator Position in Adaptive Evolution/Quantitative Genetics at DuPont

Dear colleague,

The Biotechnology division of DuPont’s Central Research & Development organization has an opening for a Principal Investigator in the field of adaptive laboratory evolution (evolutionary engineering), or quantitative or population genetics of microbes.

I would be greateful if you could please post or circulate the attached job announcement, and bring it to the attention of any Post-Doc or colleague who you think would be a good candidate for the position.

Candidates can apply through the DuPont career web page: http://careers.dupont.com/jobsearch/posting.php?id=PhDMicroBio2015

The job description is detailed in the attached, and at the application web page.

Thank you very much for your help.


Arthur L. Kruckeberg, Ph.D
Principal Investigator
Central R&D, DuPont Corporation


Experimental Station
200 Powder Mill Road
PO Box 8352
Wilmington,  DE  19803
Office: (302) 695-6695 

Wednesday, September 3

The International Institute Needs Your Help!

The International Institute is seeking the names of graduate students who have expressed an interest in international and area studies. In order to help us at the International Institute make these important connections, please send the attached email message out to your first and second year graduatestudents by September 8. We would like to connect with all the potentially interested students out there in your programs.  We are asking them to respond to a web form where they can indicate the Center(s) in which they are interested.

As you may know, the International Institute is responsible for coordination of research and training in area, comparative, and international studies within the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, as well as promotion of innovative collaborations in international affairs across the University's schools and colleges. By identifying students whose research focuses on international and area studies, units at the International Institute are able to reach out to these young scholars and connect them with students and faculty who share similar interests, as well as introduce them to U-M resources and programs that may be relevant to their research.  Resources include various funding opportunities sponsored by the International Institute or its constituent centers, including the FLAS fellowships.

Thank you for your assistance in this important endeavor,


 The International institute would like to welcome you to Michigan!

Do you have international study interests?
The University of Michigan International Institute (II) houses 18 centers and programs focused on specific world regions and global themes. Our centers rank among the nation’s finest in their respective fields of study and bring together faculty experts from across the U-M campus.  We are looking for students who have an interest in, or wish to focus on a particular world region or country, as part of their studies or for their own enrichment.

Benefits of connecting with our Centers:
·         Graduate student email lists for information on each Center's activities, lectures, events, job news, conferences, funding opportunities, etc.
·         Courses on the various regions or countries of interest.
·         Certificate in Graduate Studies programs focusing on some regions, open to students from any graduate program to enhance your current area of study
·         Invitations to special events where you can connect with other students and faculty from around the University who have the same regional interests.
·         Center web sites that you can go to for more information, including fellowship & grant opportunities.
Please note that programs and benefits vary from Center to Center. 

If you would like to learn more about the programs available through the II’s centers, please select the link below and fill out the response form.  We would appreciate hearing from you as soon as possible, preferably by September 15, so that we can contact you as soon as possible.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Best wishes for the upcoming year,

Julie Claus Burnett
Academic Services Coordinator
Armenian Studies Program
Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies
Center for European Studies
Copernicus Program in Polish Studies
Islamic Studies Program
Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies
University of Michigan