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Graduate Student Life Guides

Highly recommend you to read these general information about life on campus!

Rackham Life

Rackham serves as a vital resource for students in their pursuit. On this page, find links to information on a range of topics that will enhance your time at Michigan and help you find assistance, from graduate student groups to tips on living in Ann Arbor and resources for your personal well-being.
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Mentoring and Advising

Research shows that both students and faculty benefit when graduate students are involved in effective mentoring and advising relationships.
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Health & Wellness

Physical and Mental Health

We all need to feel well to do well. There are dozens of campus and community resources devoted to keeping you healthy as well as resources to help you when you are not feeling your best. Link >

Benefits and Wellness

Health and well-being are a top priority. From competitive benefits to on-site wellness programs, we provide resources to support you and your family’s health and happiness. Link >


The Michigan Engineering C.A.R.E. Center is the central hub to assist engineering students by providing genuine and practical support, both inside and outside of the classroom.  Link >


Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) now has one full-time counselor and one full-time adjunct counselor conveniently available to assist students in understanding, and solving their problems. Link >

Campus Mind Works

In Campus Mind Works, the wellness groups are free drop-in groups for U-M students that provide mental health education and support. Link >

Lactation Resources

A highlight among the resources is a list of lactation rooms across the Ann Arbor campuses. Link >

Help and Support

Discrimination and Harassment

Advice, information, and support for graduate students and those who want to help for and what you should know about: Sexual Misconduct, Bias Incidents, Ethnic Intimidation, Discrimination, and Discriminatory Harassment. Link >

Reporting Concerns and Misconduct in CSE

If you encounter inappropriate behavior or misconduct, or if you are unsure if you have experienced such behavior, there are resources and contacts available for you here. Link >

Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center

SAPAC believes that people of all identities must work together to eradicate sexual assault, stalking, sexual harassment, and intimate partner violence and that this necessitates activism in many areas, including education, advocacy, crisis-intervention, safety-building, bystander intervention, and policy development. Link >

Psychiatric Emergency Service

PES provides emergency/urgent walk-in evaluation and crisis phone services for psychiatric evaluation, treatment recommendations; crisis intervention; screening for inpatient psychiatric hospitalization, and mental health referral information. Link >

Fellowships and Opportunities

General Fellowships

Microsoft Women’s Scholarship

Covers a stipend and conference travel allowance. For one academic year. Nominated by the university. Link >

Susan Lipschutz, Margaret Ayers Host and Anna Olcott Smith awards

For spring/summer research. Must have achieved candidacy and be nominated by your program. Link >

Barbour Scholarship

Citizens of countries in Asia (Including Turkey and everything east of there) who are not US citizens or permanent residents nor married to one, and intend to return to their native countries to pursue a professional career. Link >

Scholarships for Women Studying Information Security

Master’s students only, preference to US citizens and permanent residents. Link >

For attending conferences

ACM-W Scholarship

Note that you are not required to be presenting a paper. Link >

N2Women Fellowships

Must help organize the N2Women meeting, check their website for the conference for which they are looking for applicants. Link >



Graduate Committee of the Society of Women Engineers. Provides professional and social networking opportunities, organizes speakers, symposiums, and presentations encourages undergraduates to attend grad school, and disseminates information about a variety of events and opportunities that may be of interest. Link >


Girls in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Both undergraduate and graduate. Organizes a variety of social, professional, and academic events, including outreach to high schools. Link >


CSE Graduates: General graduate student society, representing all CSE grads. Also hold a variety of social events and programs to improve graduate life, including Chez Betty. Link >


Networking Networking Women, an international organization for researchers in communications and networking research. Look out for their events at major networking conferences. Link >