Graham Sustainability Institute

Graham Scholars Take the Next Step In Their Leadership Journey

The co-curricular Graham Scholars program is complementary to many academic programs, including the Program in the Environment, the Program in Sustainable Engineering, and the Business and Sustainability Concentration. The program is three semesters, beginning in the Fall of the Junior year, and ending the Fall Semester of the Senior year. The program is open to current undergraduate and transfer students attending the Ann Arbor campus and supports up to 50 undergraduate students annually.

  • Focus on collabortive interdisciplinary team projects, develop skills to be a sustainability leader in any discipline, and connect with other scholars interested in sustainability. 
  • Interaction with students across campus is what sets this program apart from others.

U-M Sophomores & Transfer Students: Become A Sustainability Leader

Become part of an interdisciplinary sustainability program and receive financial support for a field-based experience (in alignment with your major/minor). Gain leadership skills through a dynamic project with a client external to UM. Begin participation and get to know your cohort at the Fall Retreat, become a certified Planet Blue Ambassador, and learn about sustainability projects. Attend professional development seminars, Thursdays (5:00 PM - 6:30 PM) from September-April (three required seminars and one optional community-building event per semester).

Participation in co-curricular activities provides an opportunity to further develop multi-cultural engagement, project management, and other skills applicable to all career paths. 

  • Each scholar is eligible to receive support for a field-based course (remote or in-person)
  • Participating in seminars, discussion, and other opportunities builds a sustainable community of Scholars
  • Join a growing cohort of more than 1,500 U-M Sustainability Fellows and Scholars advancing their careers

“You're interacting with and learning from local people all of the time, whether that's through a guest speaker, or community event... You learn about why people choose to live in the valley, why they love it, its deep cultural and homesteading history, the challenges and joys of living among so much wildlife.” — Graham Scholar

    Contacts & About the Program

    Scholars comments about field-based courses

    “This study abroad program exposes you to a wide array of perspectives, cultures, climates, people, food, and experiences, giving you a better understanding of the global system, the diversity of approaches to environmental management, and the varying perspectives and responses to climate change.”

    “The opportunity to design and conduct an independent public health research study was incredibly valuable, and in my experience is a rarity in the course of undergraduate education. I feel capable of designing and carrying out independent research, which I could not have said before this program.”

    Above: Graham Scholars in Switzerland, see the field-based course page

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