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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:  Katie Foster,

Student Services Assistant:  Clare Brown,

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. Corey Stephenson,

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

The Graduate Committee:

Dr. Julie Biteen, Chair,
Dr. Mark Meyerhoff, Analytical Cluster (Fall 2022),
Dr. Zhan Chen, Analytical Cluster (Winter 2023),
Dr. Wenjing Wang, Chembio Cluster (Fall 2022),
Dr. Sarah Keane, Chembio Cluster (Winter 2023),
Dr. Nicolai Lehnert, Inorganic Cluster,
Dr. Adam Matzger, Materials Cluster,
Dr. Melanie Sanford, Organic Cluster (Fall 2022),
Dr. Corinna Schindler, Organic Cluster (Winter 2023),
Dr. Dominika Zgid, Physical 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

Chemistry Department Programs

Events Calendar

Public url to Chemistry Activities Calendar
Public url to Events & Seminars Calendar


Chemistry Instructional Coaching Team

The Chemistry Instructional Coaching Team is focused on supporting new and experienced GSIs in navigating their teaching role. A group of chemistry graduate students is trained each summer to become coaches, who then offer personalized teaching support for GSIs. GSIs who participate as "coachees" get to choose what they want to improve on in their teaching, and through a non-evaluative process, the coach guides and supports the GSI as they implement their plan for improvement and learn new teaching skills.
You can reach us by email: or check out our website to learn how to sign up at:  Chemistry Instructional Coaching.


Mentoring Program

The purpose of the Mentorship program is to create a support network within the Department of Chemistry Graduate program for first-year students. Our goal is to ease the transition from undergraduate education to a graduate studies career through a pre-arranged pairing with a more senior graduate student, who will guide their partner through what they can expect in their first year of studies, advice on how to handle the various situations that come up in graduate life, and introduce them to a wider support network of other colleagues, faculty, and beyond. We also provide additional enrichment activities through workshops, teach-ins and social events to develop their interpersonal and professional competence.

Study Groups

Chemistry Study Groups are organized and offered for all of our Chemistry graduate courses; participation is voluntary. Each study group meets on a weekly basis to discuss class material, and review sample problems to practice concepts covered in class. This is a great way to overcome procrastination, fill in gaps in note taking, sharpen study skills, and make studying less lonely. 

Tutoring Program This program offers peer tutoring support to Chemistry graduate students who need additional help with their courses. This process can be initiated by the instructor or the student, and allows for more practice with challenging material in a supportive low-pressure environment with a senior graduate student.


The Department of Chemistry coordinates with resources on campus to provide programming such as Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion workshops, as well as mental health and wellness workshops throughout the academic year. Check out our events calendar above for information on upcoming events!


Mental Health & Wellness Resources

Adaptive Technology Computing Services

Adaptive Technology Computing Services meets the computing and information technology needs of U-M students, faculty, and staff with temporary or ongoing physical, visual, learning, or ergonomic impairments.

Ann Arbor Disability Resources

The City of Ann Arbor maintains a website with information and resources, including comprehensive lists of local and national resources and available accommodations for public transportation, city services, recreation, parking, and more.

Center for the Education of Women +

CEW+ provides immediate and ongoing services and the financial support needed to ensure educational success and degree completion. Women and underserved students are CEW+’s primary constituency, but all students are welcome. CEW+ also serves those who encounter education and career obstacles based on their non-linear paths to, and experiences within, the University community.


Comprehensive Gender Services Program (CGSP)

CGSP at Michigan Medicine is a multidisciplinary team that helps transgender, gender nonconforming, and non-binary adults access and obtain gender affirming medical care.


Counseling and Psychological Services

The mission of Counseling and Psychological Services is to foster the psychological development and emotional well-being of students through counseling and psychotherapy, preventive and educational programming, consultation and outreach, as well as contributions to the mental health professions. In collaboration with students, schools, colleges, and other units, Counseling and Psychological Services strives to develop a diverse, inclusive and multicultural community.

LSA Embedded Counselor for Graduate Students

Rackham Graduate School Embedded Counselor


Depression Center

Provides diagnosis and treatment of depression and bipolar disorder through the Department of Psychiatry, the UM Health System, and the University Health Services. The mission of the University of Michigan Comprehensive Depression Center is to detect depression and bipolar disorders earlier, treat more effectively, prevent recurrences and progression, counteract stigma, and improve public policy.


Find an Off-Campus Mental Health Provider

Find a therapist by location, insurance provider, gender, therapy modality, etc. 


Impostorium Test

The mission of Counseling and Psychological Services is to foster the psychological development and emotional well-being of students through counseling and psychotherapy, preventive and educational programming, consultation and outreach, as well as contributions to the mental health professions. In collaboration with students, schools, colleges, and other units, Counseling and Psychological Services strives to develop a diverse, inclusive and multicultural community.

Please see this link for a great talk on imposterism and some resources to help you overcome these feelings.


Mary A. Rackham Institute - University Psychological Clinic

The University Psychological Clinic provides psychoeducational evaluations and evidence-based psychotherapy to students, staff, and faculty at the University of Michigan as well as members of the local community and southeast Michigan.


Michigan Warmline,9753,7-406-98158-525635--,00.html

Starting today, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is launching a statewide warmline for Michiganders living with persistent mental health conditions. The warmline will connect individuals with certified peer support specialists who have lived experiences of behavioral health issues, trauma or personal crises, and are trained to support and empower the callers.

The warmline will operate seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. at 888-PEER-753 (888-733-7753). It is intended to serve individuals living with persistent mental health challenges including anxiety, depression and trauma. Individuals in crisis, including those considering suicide, are urged to contact the Disaster Distress Helpline 24/7 at 800-985-5990 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24/7 at 800-273-8255


Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA)

As a unit in Student Life, MESA strives to achieve our vision of a diverse and vibrant campus community where all members are embraced, nurtured, and free to achieve their definition of success.  

MESA is grounded in theory, engages both the individual and collective, promotes cross-collaboration, builds intercultural and leadership skills, and empowers students to address social justice issues.


The Program on Intergroup Relations

The Program on Intergroup Relations (IGR) is a social justice education program. IGR blends theory and experiential learning to facilitate students' learning about social group identity, social inequality, and intergroup relations. The program prepares students to live and work in a diverse world and educates them in making choices that advance equity, justice, and peace. IGR was founded in 1988 and was the first program of its kind. IGR is a partnership between Student Life and the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. Core work of IGR includes courses, community outreach, and research.


Rackham Help and Support Resources

If you encounter challenges or problems either academically or in your personal life during your time as a graduate student, there are many resources available at Rackham and the University of Michigan to assist you. If you do not find what you need in the information on these pages, we encourage you to contact the Rackham Resolution Officer or the office of Graduate Student Engagement and we can direct you to the appropriate resources.


Rackham Leave of Absence Policy and Process

Ph.D. students may request a leave of absence when certain life events prevent continued active participation in their degree program. Rackham’s Leave of Absence Policy enables students to officially suspend work toward their degree for a limited time.

Students may request a leave of absence as early as six months prior to the term the leave is to start. A leave will be granted to students for illness (either physical or mental) or injury, to enable them to provide care or assistance for family or dependents, to allow them to meet military service obligations, or for other personal reasons.

For help navigating the leave of absence policy, contact Ida Faye Webster by email at or call (734) 615-5670.


Services for Students with Disabilities

The Office of Services for Students with Disabilities offers information for students, an online handbook for faculty, and links to other related resources for students with disabilities. The mission of the office is to support the university’s commitment to equity and diversity by providing support services and academic accommodations to students with disabilities. They share information, promote awareness of disability issues, and provide support of a decentralized system of access for students within the university community.


Sexual Assault Prevention and Awarness Center (SAPAC)

SAPAC promotes healthy relationships, teaches non-violence and equality, supports survivor healing, and fosters a respectful and safe environment for all members of the U-M community. SAPAC provides educational and supportive services related to sexual assault, intimate partner violence, sexual harassment, and stalking.

24-Hour Crisis Line: (734) 936-3333


Spectrum Center

With sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as our framework, the Spectrum Center is committed to enriching the campus experience and developing students as individuals and as members of communities. Our work is accomplished through a student-centered, intersectional lens.


Trans Care at University Health Services

The Trans Care Team is a group of health care providers at UHS specifically trained in providing affirming care to trans and non-binary patients. You can schedule with one of these providers for a general health care visit, to discuss transition goals, to initiate or continue hormone therapy, and/or to receive referrals for gender-related services outside of UHS (e.g. surgery, voice coaching).


University Health Services

Provides a wide variety of health and wellness services including mental health screenings, regular doctor visits, prescriptions, and referrals to specialists.


University Health Services - Gynecology and Sexual Health Clinic

The UHS Gynecology and Sexual Health Clinic provides comprehensive care for patients of any gender seeking gynecologic, STI treatment, or post-sexual assault services. We affirm diversity in gender and other identities, and aim to create a welcoming environment for all patients. For more on sexual and gender inclusion at UHS, visit Trans Care or For LGBTQ Patients.


University of Michigan Sleep Disorder Center

The U-M Sleep Disorders Center has three locations in order to diagnose and treat patients who have problems with their sleep or their level of alertness. The Sleep Disorder Center is able to treat almost 100 sleep disorders. Call to schedule an appointment: (734)-936-9068 


U-M Community Provider Database

This service has been developed by the Mental Health Work Group at the University of Michigan - a collective effort devoted to the mental health of UM students. Please use this resource to search for private mental health care providers in the Ann Arbor area.

The video below gives a quick overview of the process of finding a community provider.


Wolverine Support Network

The Wolverine Support Network (WSN) is a student-led peer support program developed by Central Student Government leaders in collaboration with Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). WSN is designed to empower students to create a safe community in support of mental well-being and identity development. The peer-facilitated groups meet weekly and provide a place to discuss day-to-day stressors, build trust, and connect with students from all across campus. The Wolverine Support Network has over 60 WSN Leaders who co-facilitate the groups in teams of 2 or more, and there are groups scheduled almost every evening of the week, in multiple locations around campus.


Wolverine Wellness - Wellness Coaching

Free one-on-one coaching conversations focused on your wellbeing. Common coaching topics include adjustment to U-M, academic concerns, relationships, sleep, stress/anxiety management, physical health, nutrition, sexual health, alcohol and other drug use, and more. You can schedule your first appointment online


Financial Assistance

Center for the Education of Women +

CEW+ provides immediate and ongoing services and the financial support needed to ensure educational success and degree completion. Women and underserved students are CEW+’s primary constituency, but all students are welcome. CEW+ also serves those who encounter education and career obstacles based on their non-linear paths to, and experiences within, the University community.



The University of Michigan provides many sources of financial assistance to help students meet educational and living expenses. Whether you are a prospective student, a current student, a master’s or doctoral student, we want to make sure you know about the funding available for your graduate education.

The nature of funding varies widely. Opportunities highlighted here range from large competitive fellowships that pay tuition and stipends, to targeted grants that assist with foreign language study, dissertation research, and conference travel, to emergency grants and awards designed to help students manage student loan debt.


Dental Plan

The University of Michigan dental plan, administered by Delta Dental of Michigan, is designed to promote regular dental visits and good oral health, a key part of your overall wellness.

Grad Care

GradCare, an HMO with low out-of-pocket costs, is exclusively available to benefit-eligible graduate students, including Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs), Graduate Student Staff Assistants (GSSAs), Graduate Student Research Assistants (GSRAs), benefit-eligible fellowship holders, medical school students, and their eligible dependents. GradCare is administered by Blue Care Network (BCN). As with all U-M health plans, prescription drug coverage is included with enrollment.

To help you better understand your GradCare coverage, view the following two-minute video.

Student Organizations

African Graduate Student Association (AGSA)

The African Graduate Student Association (AGSA) is committed to enhancing the University of Michigan community by hosting social, professional, and community service events for the benefit of African communities in the U.S. and in Africa. AGSA is open to all members of the U-M community who support the aforementioned initiatives and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or disability.


American Chemical Society Outreach Organization (ACS O2)

The ACS O2 has been established to create outreach, networking, and mentoring opportunities for graduate students in chemistry and chemistry-related disciplines whose research and studies take place at the Ann Arbor campus of the University of Michigan, and to promote chemical education within the greater community.


Association for Women in Science (AWIS)

AWIS Affiliates extend the reach and effectiveness of our collective advocacy efforts on behalf of women in STEM. Affiliates are grassroots and agile. Their activity may be centered at one campus or location, or they may be a seed group for a chapter in a larger community. Their activities can vary greatly based on the leadership and community they serve. However, like Chapters, Affiliates bring together professionals and students across all disciplines, career stages, and employment sectors. By joining an Affiliate, members have opportunities to advance their careers through information sharing, outreach and professional networking in formal and informal social settings.


Association of Multicultural Scientists (AMS)

We are a graduate student organization comprised primarily of historically underrepresented students in PhD programs in the Program in Biomedical Sciences (PIBS) program and others pursuing scientific training at the University of Michigan medical school.



Our objectives in the CALC|UM program are to:

(a) increase student awareness and understanding of critical features of their future professional lives where their scientific expertise intersects with the other constituencies typical in an industry setting (business, law, informatics, etc.); and

(b) provide opportunities for first-hand leadership and multi-disciplinary team experiences that are relevant to their future professional lives.


Chemistry Graduate Student Council

The CGSC aims to act as an advocate for the interests of Chemistry graduate students to the Chemistry Department. In this role, the CGSC shall, among other things, organize student committees, organize discussion events, collect information via anonymous survey, and present information and guidance to faculty committees in the department.  The CGSC also aims to increase social activities among all members of the department. In this role, the CGSC shall, among other things, organize passive and active events open to graduate students, post-docs, faculty, and staff; collaborate with other student organizations; and engage in fundraising to collect funds for future events. The CGSC shall meet at least once a month to discuss and plan initiatives related to these aims.



commUNITY is a student run organization dedicated to serve in the development of the social, academic, and professional well-being of the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) community and strive to support them through all aspects of their journeys as scientists, scholars, and beyond. 

Contact Information
Address:   930 N University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Email :



Long in the forefront of delivering innovative and quality instruction in Chemistry, the UM Chemistry Department pairs CSIE-UM participants (postdoctoral associates, graduate and undergraduate students) with faculty members working on revamping the curriculum, reworking laboratory instruction, exploring new approaches and technologies in pedagogy, and more.



At our core (our mission statement), GradCru is a graduate community that seeks to stimulate and support each other to (1) live out authentically and (2) communicate meaningfully our faith in Jesus Christ in the midst of the University.


Graduate Christian Fellowship (GCF)

Graduate Christian Fellowship seeks to be a vibrant and welcoming community of graduate students and professionals through:

  • The study and application of God's word in our life together

  • Faithfully praying for each other, our community, our departments, and our campus

  • Fostering the growing and deepening of relationships with our Lord Jesus Christ and each other

  • Serving those in need and sharing our hope in Jesus


Graduate Rackham International (GRIN)

As one of the Rackham-sponsored organizations, Graduate Rackham International (GRIN) aims to develop an inclusive and diverse student-run organization to improve the experience of all graduate students, especially those who identify as international and/or multi-ethnic/racial/cultural at the University of Michigan.


Karle Symposium Committee

Designed and run by graduate students, the Isabella and Jerome Karle Symposium serves as a venue for sharing exciting research taking place within the Department of Chemistry.  The Symposium is named for Isabella and Jerome Karle, distinguished graduates of the University of Michigan Department of Chemistry.

Michigan Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (MI-LSAMP)

The Michigan Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (MI-LSAMP) was launched in November 2005 with a grant from the National Science Foundation. The MI-LSAMP partners the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Wayne State University and Western Michigan in an effort to significantly increase the number of underrepresented minority students earning baccalaureate degrees in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and prepare them for entry into graduate programs. These partners are “flagship” institutions in the State of Michigan and represent the diversity of public doctoral research extensive institutions in the nation


Movement of Under-represented Sisters in Engineering and Science (MUSES)

This organization is designed to provide a unique support structure for women of color pursuing advanced degrees, particularly in STEM at the University of Michigan. MUSES utilizes three principles that are critical to creating an effective support system: empowerment, harmony, and mentoring.


National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

With more than 500 chapters and nearly 16,000 active members in the U.S. and abroad, the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) is one of the largest student-governed organizations based in the United States. NSBE, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1975, supports and promotes the aspirations of collegiate and pre-collegiate students and technical professionals in engineering and technology.  NSBE’s mission is "to increase the number of culturally responsible Black Engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community."

NSBE offers its members leadership training, professional development activities, mentoring, career placement services, community service opportunities and more. NSBE comprises 515 active chapters — 288 collegiate, 82 professional and 145 pre-collegiate — located in six geographic regions. NSBE is governed by an executive board of college students and engineering professionals and is operated by a professional staff at its World Headquarters, located in Alexandria, Va.



The National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) at the University of Michigan is dedicated to developing the skills of those in chemistry, chemical engineering, and the related fields. We aim to create a sense of community, highlight and increase the engagement of Black people in the sciences, and enact social change through outreach activities.

Contact Email:

Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (oSTEM)

Our mission is to provide professional development and social support for undergraduate and graduate LGBTQ+ students through networking opportunities, mentorship programs and social activities. We seek to empower LGBTQ+ people in STEM to succeed personally, academically, and professionally by cultivating environments and communities that nurture innovation, leadership, and advocacy. We are the largest LGBTQ+ organization at the University of Michigan and one of the largest oSTEM chapters in the country.


Researchers Engaging Lay-Audience Teaching and Engagement (RELATE)

RELATE is dedicated to training the next generation of scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians in effective lay-audience communication and engagement.



The Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) at Umich Chapter is a student run organization that fosters the advancement of underrepresented students in the sciences. The purpose of this chapter is to bring scientists of all levels together and mentor one another. In addition, we will have the support from faculty that promote diversity in the sciences and aid those of underrepresented communities. SACNAS as a whole is a national organization with over 110 professional and student chapters working to increase diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). All chapters meet annually at the SACNAS national conference in which students present their research and participate in leadership and professional development sessions. Involvement in SACNAS at Umich will provide members the opportunity to get involved in the community, network with other SACNAS members around the country, and increase diversity in STEM.

Contact Information
Address:  Room 2966 Taubman Health Sciences Library, 1135 Catherine St. C/O CMB, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 
Phone: 323-286-8324


Science for the People

Science for the People originally arose in 1969 out of the anti-war movement and lasted until 1989. With radical analysis and non-hierarchical governing structure, Science for the People tackled the militarization of scientific research, the corporate control of research agendas, the political implications of sociobiology and other scientific theories, the environmental consequences of energy policy, inequalities in health care, and many other issues. Since 2015, SftP veterans have collaborated with a new generation of SftP members to explore the history of radical science and to rebuild the organization for today. Science for the People organizes scientists, activists, students, and scholars to face these issues head-on in research institutions, universities, and communities.


STEM in Color

STEM In Color seeks to be a resource for under-represented minorities by providing resources both financially and professionally that will equip students of color with tools to build the STEM career that they desire. Below are links to financial resources based on education level.


The Students of Color of Rackham (SCOR)

The Students of Color of Rackham (SCOR) graduate organization is a network for Rackham graduate and professional students at the University of Michigan. SCOR is dedicated to the social, cultural, political, and academic well-being of students of color representing diverse cultures, ethnicities, and international origins. We work to improve the quality of students’ academic, professional, and social lives respectful of differences in culture, ability, religion, gender, and sexual orientation.


Women in Science and Engineering (WISE)

The WISE Mission. The University of Michigan Women in Science and Engineering Program is designed to increase the number of girls and women pursuing degrees and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics while fostering their future success. The University of Michigan is at the forefront of equality in science and engineering.


Women+ Excelling More in Math, Engineering, and the Sciences (F.E.M.M.E.S.)

F.E.M.M.E.S. is dedicated to closing gender and racial divides in computer science and science, technology, engineering and math (CS/STEM) fields. Working specifically in diverse, underserved communities, F.E.M.M.E.S. creates collaborative teaching and learning environments to promote leadership development, technical skills and self-confidence of women* of all ages.

*We support inclusive definitions of “women,” and welcome all people who identify as women, including transgender and non-binary women.



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