Graham Sustainability Institute

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Taking the Next Step In Their Leadership Journey

Open to undergraduate students across U-M, and transfer students, this program engages participants in collaborative, co-curricular activities that foster interdisciplinary sustainability leadership, collaboration, and community engagement.

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

Become part of this program and receive financial support for a field-based experience and a dynamic team-based project. Learn more about requirements, field experiences, co-curricular activities, and how you can get involved.

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

Participation in courses and co-curricular activities provides an opportunity for scholars to further develop leadership skills and foster a sense of identity in and among cohorts, see the events and activities overview below. A critical component of the program, each scholar is eligible to receive support to pursue a field-based experience. Support for a field-based course and interaction with students across campus are the highlights of the program, in addition to the fall retreat, networking, and discussion.

Read what Scholars have to say about their field-based study experiences:

  • “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 academic coursework often consisted of synthesizing these experiences in relation to the concepts we'd learned in the classroom. 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 Scholar Keny Patel in Switzerland with other students, see the field-based course experiences for more information.

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