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Graduate Student Resources

We have several sources of support to assist you during your time as a student.

Student Services Department: Assist with general questions and concerns and a central area to connect you with resources.  Please contact us using

MS Students:  Emma Houle,

PhD Students:  Chrissy Zigulis, and Nico Spraggins,

Student Services Assistant:  Kira Lustick,

Funding/ benefit questions:  Emma Houle,

Student Services Manager:  Heather Hanosh,

Associate Chair of Graduate Studies: Dr. Julie Biteen,

Department Ombuds: A representative of the students and postdocs independent from the role of the Graduate Committee and Department administration. This person is not considered a responsible employee and can serve as a confidential adviser (within legal limits) who can help navigate issues that you may feel uncomfortable discussing with others.
Dr. Paul Zimmerman,

Graduate Committee: Serve as your first year faculty advisors and assist with questions, concerns and conflict resolution throughout your graduate career.

Graduate Student Handbook (pdf)

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Policy (pdf)


The Graduate Committee:

Julie Biteen, Chair,
Ryan Bailey, Analytical Cluster,
Joshua Buss, Inorganic Cluster,
Kristin Koutmou, Chembio Cluster,
Kevin Kubarych, Physical Cluster,
Adam Matzger, Materials Cluster,
Matt Soellner (Fall 2023), Organic Cluster,
Pavel Nagorny (Winter 2024), Organic Cluster,


Other Support Contacts:

Rackham Resolution Office
Rackham CAPS Office
Rackham Help and Support Contacts



If you or someone you know is in immediate danger because of thoughts of suicide, there is help for you. Do not hesitate to call. Please reach out for help.

If you are not in immediate danger, but need someone to talk with right now, please call one of the following 24/7, 365 days/year, resources:

  • UM Hospital Psychiatric Emergency Services: (734) 996-4747

  • LGBT Suicide Hotline: 1-866-4-U-TREVOR

  • 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
    All calls: main number
    Military Veterans: press 1
    Spanish speaking: press 2

        Call a friend or family member



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