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Michigan Anthropology Graduate Students

Michigan Anthropology Graduate Students (MAGS) is a graduate student-run group that supports graduate students of anthropology in creating a positive environment and in fostering academic professionalism.

Rackham Student Government

The University of Michigan Graduate Student Government is comprised of elected students representing all graduate programs administered by the Rackham Graduate School, including: Health and Biological Sciences, Engineering and Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, and Education.

The Board meets weekly during the academic year on Wednesdays at 7:15 PM in the Rackham West Study Lounge, South Alcove. All students are welcome to attend.

Michicagoan: Graduate Student Conference in Linguistic Anthropology

The Michicagoan graduate conference organized by students in the Linguistic Anthropology program is an annual international and interdisciplinary event that fosters intellectual exchange between graduate students and faculty in anthropology, linguistics, and area studies from the University of Michigan and the University of Chicago.

Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshops

The Rackham School of Graduate Studies sponsors an on-going program of interdisciplinary graduate student and faculty workshops. The groups to be supported should be self-organized by the participants, have an ongoing core membership, and meet regularly throughout the academic year. There should be an interdisciplinary goal or end product. As examples, you might consider increasing knowledge in a specific targeted area with the goal of developing a publishable paper, a conference, a grant proposal or a research project. We expect that most groups will discuss members’ work in progress and published scholarship on relevant topics, and they may include discussion with invited visitors; other activities may be proposed as appropriate.

Active Rackham Groups


Michigan International Student Anthropology Association (MISAA)

The primary goal of this group is to provide an inclusive and welcoming community for all our international students by representing international student needs and concerns to the Department and relevant University administration.

Anthropology Undergradute-Graduate Mentoring Program (AUGMENT)

The Anthropology Undergraduate-Graduate Mentoring Program (AUGMENT) was founded in Fall 2020 by Anthropology graduate students at the University of Michigan to serve the Anthropology undergraduate community. AUGMENT is designed to empower underrepresented undergraduates who are interested in Anthropology, and wish to pursue this field as either majors or non-majors. AUGMENT matches undergraduates with a graduate student mentor with similar interests, similar experiences, or a similar background -- providing them with a mentor early on so that they can get help navigating Anthropology and the university as a whole.

Mentors help their mentees to navigate the ins-and-outs of the field (examples include how to find research opportunities or a graduate program, or how to write better papers, or explore their interests in the field and future pathways in and out of academics), in regular meetings. Additionally, AUGMENT holds monthly professionalization workshops with topics that demystifies the hidden curriculum (e.g., “How to Craft a CV”, “How to Read an Academic Paper”, etc.). These meetings are designed by grad students from diverse backgrounds, and often include invited outside experts to help equip our undergraduate students with valuable tools.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact the AUGMENT board at